Bhima Koregaon case: Gautam Navlakha moves Supreme Court

first_imgActivist Gautam Navlakha has moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court decision to reject his plea to quash the FIR against him in the Bhima Koregaon case. On September 13, the High Court had granted him protection from arrest for two weeks to approach the Supreme Court in appeal.A Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear the appeal on September 30.The FIR filed by the Pune Police accuses Mr. Navlakha of links with the Naxal groups.Poet Vara Vara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Mr. Navlakha were arrested by the police as part of a pan-India crackdown and raids.In September 2018, a majority judgment of the Supreme Court had held the arrests were not an attempt to silence dissenting voices in the country. It had given the go-ahead to the Maharashtra Police to pursue the case against the five activists under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, but allowed the house arrests of the five to continue for four weeks. In October, the apex court had dismissed a review petition.last_img

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