The Supreme Court on Monday has issued a notice to Gautam Navlakha in the Bhima-Koregaon case after the Maharashtra government filed a plea challenging his release from house arrest by the Delhi High Court. The apex court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India has asked Gautam Navlakha to respond within two weeks. Furthermore, the top court has also stayed the Bombay High Court’s order that refused to give more time to the Pune police to complete the investigation and file charge sheets against some activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case.
On October 3, Maharashtra government moved the Bombay High Court seeking to put a stay the order passed by the Delhi High court and restore the house arrest of Gautam Navlakha.
“The state has filed the petition in the Supreme Court registry to revoke the verdict of the Delhi High court,” Nishant Katneshwar, counsel for Maharashtra government had said.
Five weeks after Gautam Navlakha was arrested by the Pune police in the connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, the Delhi High Court had freed the activist from his house arrest. The HC bench including Justice S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel revoked Navlakha’s house arrest and squashed the transit remand order released by the Maharashtra government. It also pointed out that the apex court had extended the house arrest for the five activists by four weeks so that they can avail for appropriate legal remedy, which Navlakha had used. Furthermore, it was stated by the High Court that 65-year-old Gautam Navlakha’s transit remand order issued by Pune Police was unsustainable in law and regarded his arrest as “untenable”.
Activist Gautam Navlakha was arrested by the Pune police from the national capital along with four other accused in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case from different parts of the country. Besides Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested in the matter and they were put to house arrest on August 29.