Maharashtra government moves SC against HC order ending activist Navlakha’s house arrest

Navlakha was arrested in relation to Bhima-Koregaon violence

New Delhi: Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha at his residence after he was arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence, in New Delhi on Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Chennai: The Maharashtra government moved the Supreme Court against the release of rights activist Gautam Navlakha (65) on Wednesday. Navlakha has been under house arrest for August 28.

The Delhi High Court freed Navlakha from house arrest on Monday, five weeks after he was arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence in Maharashtra.  A Special Leave Petition was filed in the top court, two days after the Delhi High Court set aside Navlakha’s transit remand and ended his house arrest. The case is likely to come up before newly appointed Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The standing counsel for the state of Maharashtra in the Supreme Court, had said, “We will put forward before apex court that the High Court, while ruling on a transit remand, has also ended the house arrest, which was extended by the Supreme Court. While doubting the arrest, the court has questioned the Panchnama, which we will point out Navlakha had signed at the time of arrest.”

 

Quite funny judgements off late from this Hon’ble Court.
The whole country is watching! https://t.co/AMx5QAm7Hv via @IndianExpress

— Sanjay Vishwakarma (@SanjayVW) October 3, 2018

 

Navlakha had moved the high court seeking bail after the supreme court allowed five activists arrested in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case to seek legal remorse in appropriate courts.

On September 28, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition for a SIT probe in the case and said the five activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha — would remain under house arrest for four weeks.