Why Media Briefing by Police when the matter is sub-judice: Bombay HC on Activists’arrests

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Mumbai, Sep 3 : The Bombay High Court  has slammed Maharashtra Police for talking to media persons  regarding activists arrested for their alleged links with Maoists, when the matter was sub-judice in courts and adjourned the petition demanding NIA inquiry in Elgar Parishad ‘anti-Maoist’ crackdown matter for  September 7.

The court adjourned the petition demanding National Investigation Agency (NIA) inquiry in Elgar Parishad matter for 7 September because copies of the petition were not served to all concerned persons.

The bench was hearing a petition filed on Friday by one Satish Gaikwad, who claims to be a victim of the Koregaon Bhima violence. He sought a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case.

The activists who were arrested on August 28 – poet and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, activists Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves – are under house arrest on the orders of the Supreme Court till September 6.

During the press conference, Singh had read out letters purportedly exchanged between the activists. He claimed that the police had “conclusive proof” to link Left-wing activists arrested in June and last week to Maoists.

A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Mridula Bhatkar questioned how the police could read out such documents which may be used as evidence in the case.

“How can the police do this? The matter is sub judice. The Supreme Court is seized of the matter. In such cases, revealing information pertaining to the case is wrong,” Justice Bhatkar said.

Pune Sessions Court on Sunday granted 90 days time period to the city police to file the chargesheet in a case registered against five accused in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence that took place on January 1.

‘ The police sought more time to file the chargesheet against Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson, who are accused of being directly responsible for the violence in the Maharashtra village.

The case has been registered against Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson.

The Pune Police had on Saturday filed an application in a Pune court, requesting a deadline extension regarding filing the chargesheet.

The bail application of accused Surendra Gadling and Shoma Sen will be heard on September 6 before the sessions court. The application for shifting them from Yerwada Jail to any other jail will also be heard on the same day.

The application to shift accused was moved by jail authorities,they have mentioned overcrowding and security issues in Yerwada Jail as the reasons for transfer of the accused.

 

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