Mumbai, Sep 28 : Hailing the Supreme Court’s decision of not interfering with the arrests of the five activists in the Bhima-Koregaon case, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the Apex Court accepted that there is no political influence and arrested activists were trying to trigger a civil war in the country.
“The Supreme Court accepted that there is no political influence and it’s not a plot to suppress voices of the opposition. It is a great victory for the Pune police and the country. They’ve (activists) been doing this for many years but there was no evidence against them, so probe couldn’t be completed,” said Fadnavis.
“They were attempting to trigger a civil war in the country. They were trying to shield the Naxals and to kill PM Modi. Now everything is being revealed,” Fadnavis said.
The five activists-Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha were arrested on 28 August by Maharashtra Police 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 in the state.
In a 2:1 judgement, the Supreme Court today, refused to grant relief to the five activists detained in the Bhima Koregaon case. The court turned down their request for setting up of a Special Investigating Team to look into the matter and allowed the Pune Police to go ahead with the probe. The top court asked the activists to go to trial court for relief. The Court also extended their house arrest for another four weeks.
Congress spokesperson and Supreme Court advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who was one of the counsels representing the activists, referred to the dissenting judge’s remark said, “Two important statements of Justice Chandrachud must be noted. First, the arrest of five accused was an attempt by state to muzzle dissent and second, the liberty cherished by Constitution would have no meaning if persecution of activists is allowed without proper investigation.”