September 28, 2018
Today, the Top Court is likely to pronounce, its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar. The plea seeks the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and an SIT probe into their arrest.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra-led bench had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions.
Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud,are also the part of the decision making bench and had asked the Maharashtra police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing investigation in the case.
Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha, are the the five activists, under arrest at their respective homes since August 29.
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Ms Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala’s pleas is seeking an independent probe into the arrests and the immediate release of the activists.
The arrested of the five activist was made on August 28 by the Maharashtra police in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — ‘Elgaar Parishad’ — held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.
On September 19, the Supreme Court said that it would look into the case with a “hawk’s eye” as “liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures”.
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