Bhima Koregaon case: SC issues notice to Navlakha on Maharashtra Govt’s plea against his release

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The Supreme Court on October 29 has issued a notice to civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha, one of the accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case, in the Maharashtra government’s plea which challenged the Delhi High Court (HC) order that set aside Navlakha’s transit remand and his release from house arrest.

The SC bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice S. K. Kaul and Justice K. M. Joseph had issued the order and also set aside Delhi HC order of quashing Navlakha’s transit remand.

The Delhi HC had released Navlakha from house arrest on October 1. The HC had quashed the order of his transit remand issued by a chief metropolitan magistrate, Saket. A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel had canceled the transit on the ground that there were grave procedural irregularities.

Counsel representing the state government said that following this a plea challenging the order of the Delhi HC was filed in the apex court by the Maharashtra government. The government had argued that the accused has been arrested for involving in grave offenses under UAPA. The Maharashtra police are still pursuing the probe and hence production of translated copies of case diary to the court was not feasible.

Navlakha and four other activists were arrested by Pune Police on August 28 in relation with their alleged involvement in the Elgaar Parishad and the Bhima Koregaon violence.