Koregaon-Bhima case: SC reserves verdict on arrests of 5 activists
The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and a SIT probe into their arrest. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, reserved judgment after the counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Harish Salve, concluded their submissions.
Bench asks police to file case diary by Sept 24
The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khaniwlkar and DY Chandrachud, asked the Maharashtra Police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing investigation in the case by September 24. It also asked the parties to file their written submissions by then.
Plea sought independent probe into activists' arrest and immediate release
The five activists - Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha - are under arrest at their respective homes since August 29. The plea by Thapar and economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande, and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala has sought an independent probe into the arrests and the immediate release of the five activists.
Maharashtra Police arrested the activists on August 28
The Maharashtra Police had arrested the activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave - 'Elgaar Parishad' - held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village.
Will look into case with a hawk's eye: SC
The SC had said yesterday that it would look into the case with a hawk's eye as liberty cannot be "sacrificed at the altar of conjectures". It had told the Maharashtra government that there should be a clear-cut distinction between the opposition and dissent on one hand and attempts to create disturbance, law and order problems, or overthrow the government on the other.
Will order SIT probe if evidence found cooked up: SC
Senior advocate Anand Grover, Ashwini Kumar, and advocate Prashant Bhushan also alleged that the entire case was cooked up and adequate safeguards should be provided to protect the liberty of five activists. The apex court had earlier said that it may order a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe if it found that the evidence has been "cooked up".