India: C’garh HC grants bail to seven TDF activists

June 30, 2017

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During the hearing on their bail plea by the high court bench at Bilaspur on June 22, the petitioners’ lawyers, Pandey and Kishore Narayan, argued that all sevens activists were in Bhadrachalam area (Telangana) for some “fact-finding” purpose when they were held by Bhadrachalam police

The Chhattisgarh High Court today granted bail to seven telanganaDemocratic Forum activists, arrested last year for their alleged links with the Maoists in the state’s Sukma district.

The single-judge bench of Justice Goutam Bhaduri granted bail to them, delivering its ruling on their bail plea, reserved on June 22, said defence counsel Amarnath Pandey.

According to the prosecution, the seven members of Telangana-based civil society TDF, including two advocates Ch Prabhakar and Bala Ravinder; four social activists Rajendra Prasad, R Lakshmaraiah, B Durgaprasad and D Prabhakar and a research scholar Mohamed Nazeer were held from Dharampenta village under Kistaram police station in Sukma district on December 25, 2016.

Cash worth Rs 1 lakh in the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and Maoist literature were claimed to have been recovered from their possession, the counsel for jailed TDF activists said.

They were booked under the provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act for their alleged Maoist links and produced in a local court of Sukma region which had remanded them in judicial custody, he added.

Their bail plea was rejected earlier by a local court following which they had moved the high court for bail.

During the hearing on their bail plea by the high court bench at Bilaspur on June 22, the petitioners’ lawyers, Pandey and Kishore Narayan, argued that all sevens activists were in Bhadrachalam area (Telangana) for some “fact-finding” purpose when they were held by Bhadrachalam police.

http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/cgarh-hc-grants-bail-to-seven-tdf-activists/1088416

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