‘Deny Gadling’s plea for cyber law course’

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 25 October 2018

The prosecution on Wednesday requested the special judge, hearing the Elgar Parishad case, to deny permission to lawyer Surendra Gadling, an accused, to pursue an online course in cyber law as jail computers might be hacked if he gets access.

Pune: The prosecution on Wednesday requested the special judge, hearing the Elgar Parishad case, to deny permission to lawyer Surendra Gadling, an accused, to pursue an online course in cyber law as jail computers might be hacked if he gets access.

Gadling had applied for cyber law education. In her say, district government pleader Ujjwala Pawar submitted that data can be stolen if he is given access. Gadling submitted that it is his constitutional right to pursue the course. 

The court may pass an order on this application on Friday. 

The matter had come up on the sidelines of hearing on bail application filed by five persons accused in the case. Special Judge KD Wadne is likely to deliver his order on October 26 on bail applications filed by Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Fereira and Vernon Gonsalves, who are under house arrest since August. The prosecution, as well as defence lawyers, have completed their arguments in the case. The judge will give an order on bail applications of Gadling and Prof Shoma Sen, who are in Yerawada Jail, on November 1. Meanwhile, Gadling and Sen moved another application for bail as the police have not submitted charge sheet within the stipulated period. 

On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court set aside a Pune court order that had granted 90 days’ more time to the police for filing a charge sheet against Gadling and some other activists. However, the HC granted a stay on its order till November 1 after the police sought time to appeal in the Supreme Court. 

In the backdrop of HC order, Judge Wadne did not accept the application for bail by default. 

In June, police had arrested Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut,  Surendra Gadling and Shoma Sen. Wilson, who is a social activist, was arrested from his residence in Delhi whereas Dhawale, an activist and an editor of ‘Vidrohi’ magazine was arrested from Mumbai. Nagpur-based lawyer Gadling, tribal rights activist Mahesh Raut and Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen were arrested from Nagpur. 
 
All five are accused of conspiring the violence and playing a major role in organising the Elgar Parishad at Shaniwarwada on December 31, 2017, and also for inciting the violence at Koregaon-Bhima a day later (on January 1, 2018). They have been booked under stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) besides other sections of the Indian Penal Code. The case is registered with the Vishrambaug police station. 

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