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Mumbai Special Court Declines Gautam Navlakha’s Plea for Default Bail in Elghar Parishad Case

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jul 2020 6:22pm

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A Special Court in Mumbai denied default bail on Sunday, 12 July 2020, to activist Gautam Navlakha who is currently in Taloja jail. The Court also permitted NIA to seek custody of Navlakha for ten days in order to question him in the Bhima Koregaon case. Judge DE Kothalikar has been hearing Navlakha's plea for default bail under Section 167 of the CrPC, since he has been in jail for over 90 days.

In addition to that, Judge Kothalikar accepted the plea of NIA seeking an extension of 90 to 180 days to file charges against Navlakha and Dr. Anand Teltumbde, who was also accused of being part of the Maoist movement and of inciting caste-based violence that took place on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon in speeches at the Elgar Parishad conclave a day earlier on 31 December 2017.

In April of this year, 67- year- old Navlakha had surrendered to the National Investigation Agency. He was taken to Tihar jail after being in NIA custody for 10 days. Subsequently, on 24 May (Sunday), NIA moved production warrant applications to the special court, which was allowed. Following this, the jail superintendent moved an application requesting a transit order to transfer Navlakha to Mumbai and was transferred by rail on 26 May. 

On 28 May, the Delhi High Court observed that prima facie the NIA had acted in a rush to transfer Navlakha from Delhi to Mumbai. Currently, eight other accused in the case, namely Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao, Surendra Gadling, Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh… Continue Reading...

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