City intellectuals come in support of Dr Teltumbde

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

A group of intellectuals, including retired judges and social activists, have come out in support of Dr Anand Teltumbde, who has been charged in the Elgaar Parishad case of having alleged links with Maoists.

Pune: A group of intellectuals, including retired judges and social activists, have come out in support of Dr Anand Teltumbde, who has been charged in the Elgaar Parishad case of having alleged links with Maoists.

According to Pune city police, Elgaar Parishad resulted in violence at Koregaon-Bhima during commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle there on January 1, 2018.

Few days back, the SC had rejected Teltumbde’s application seeking quashing of the FIR against him and asked him to approach trial court in four weeks. On Friday, he applied for bail in Pune court and a hearing will take place on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, on Monday, several social activists, retired High Court judge BG Kolse Patil and retired police officer Uddhav Kamble organised a press conference at Mahatma Phule Wada, Ganj Peth, for making a statement against the alleged harassment of Teltumbde. They claimed that the charges levelled against him are false and he is being harassed for speaking against the government.

Judge Kolse Patil said, “Teltumbde has nothing to do with the Elgaar Parishad. Except Sudhir Dhavale, none of the persons arrested till now have any links with it. The government is hurt, as we had taken pledge not to vote for the BJP.”

Though retired Supreme Court justice PB Sawant was not present, his video message was shown. “There is an undeclared emergency in the country. Those who oppose the government are being sent to jail. Police are bound by orders,” Sawant said. He also mentioned that he is not aware of the exact nature of charges against Teltumbde.

Vilas Wagh of Sugava Prakashan said, “Teltumbde is an ideologue. We have published his books and know that he has no links with Maoists.” Manisha Gupte of People’s Union for Civil Liberties and film maker Anand Patwardhan also slammed the government. Retired police officer Uddhav Kamble said, “Teltumbde is being harassed for writing against the government.” Republican Yuva Bharat President Akash Sable said, “He is a renowned scholar. He has been implicated on false charges.”

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