Bhima-Koregaon Case: Maharashtra Government Moves Supreme Court Challenging Bombay High Court Order

General News

The Maharashtra government Thursday moved the SC challenging the Bombay HC order by which the extension of time granted to state police to conclude probe in the Koregaon Bhima violence case was set aside.

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Updated On:

The Maharashtra government Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order by which the extension of time granted to state police to conclude probe in the Koregaon Bhima violence case was set aside. 

The Bombay High Court October 24 had quashed the lower court's decision by which the Maharahstra Police was granted more time to conclude the investigation and file the chargesheet in the violence case in which several rights activist had been made accused. 

READ | In Supreme Court Plea Against "patently Illegal" Leave Order, CBI Director Alok Verma Mentions 'probe Undesirable To Government', Rakesh Asthana's 'complicity', And Making CBI Independent. Read Here

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submissions of lawyer Nishant Katneshwar, appearing for the Maharashtra government, that the appeal needed to be heard on an urgent basis. 

The lawyer said if the high court order is not stayed then accused in the violence case would become entitled for grant of statutory bail for want of non-filing of chargesheet within the stipulated period. 

The bench, which also comprises Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, said the appeal of the Maharashtra government would be heard on October 26. 

READ | As Liberty To Love And Freedom To Choose Triumph, Here Are The Most Beautiful Things The Supreme Court Judges Said In Their Verdict On Section 377, Decriminalising Homosexuality In India

Earlier, the apex court had refused to interfere with the arrest of five rights activists by the Maharashtra Police in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and declined to appoint a SIT for probe into their arrest.

The Maharashtra Police had arrested five activists -- Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha -- in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave -- 'Elgaar Parishad' -- held last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.

READ | Urban Naxals Case | 'Wrong To Attack The Institution When Verdict Doesn’t Come In Your Favour': Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on Indira Jaising's Open Attack On CJI Post Supreme Court's Refusal to Interfere With The Arrest Of The 5 Accused

By 2030, 40% Indian will not have access to drinking water