The Delhi High Court on Monday released Gautam Navlakha from house arrest on Monday. Navlakha is one of the five activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. While granting him relief, the Delhi High court said that he has availed the privilege granted by the Supreme Court of India last week in which he had the freedom to approach any appropriate forum within four weeks in order to seek relief in the case. The Delhi High Court has also said that Gautam Navlakha’s detention has extended for 24 hours, which was “untenable”.
Furthermore, Delhi High Court has also quashed the trial court’s transit remand order, which Gautam Navlakha had challenged before the case was taken up by the Supreme court.
Navlakha was arrested by the Pune police from Delhi earlier in August during pan-India crackdown in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case. The Saket district court in South Delhi also had to issue a transit remand for Navlakha so that the police could take him to Pune.
Questioning the arrest of Navlakha, the high court also asked the Maharashtra government to examine the legality of the transit remand order and the police’s action to arrest him.
Gautam Navlakha was taken into custody by the Pune police following an FIR that was lodged against him for his involvement in the violence during the Bhima-Koregaon protests. He was among the five activists including Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Saurabh Bharadwaj and Varavara Rao, who were arrested by the Pune police in the Bhima-Koregaon protests connection. They all had been under house arres at their respective homes since August 29.
Earlier on September 28, Supreme Court refused to interfere in the arrest of the 5 accused persons in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. In a 2:1 majority judgment, the court rejected the plea for SIT probe in the case and had said that "accused can't choose which agency will probe them." The Supreme Court while pronouncing the judgment has also said "it's not a case of arrest due to dissent".