PUNE: The Pune District Court on Sunday granted 90 days more to Pune city police to file the charge sheet against five persons, who were arrested in June in connection with Elgar Parishad case.
The arrested accused lawyer Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, former Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) fellow Mahesh Raut, all from Nagpur, activist Sudhir Dhawale from Mumbai and Rona Wilson from Delhi, are currently lodged in Yerawada Central Jail.
Special Judge KD Wadne granted time after hearing defence lawyers’ arguments on the application seeking 90 more days filed by the police on Saturday.
ACP Shivaji Pawar told the court that more time is required to investigate how funds were used for the Elgar Parishad, besides finding out whether weapons were purchased as mentioned in their communication.
Defence lawyers Rohan Nahar, Siddharth Patil and Rahul Deshmukh argued that on September 4, the accused will complete 90 days in custody.
According to the police, the Elgar Parishad was organised in city as part of Maoist strategy to mobilise people against the elected government and spread violence.
DEDICATED ACP FOR THE CASE
Pune city police have appointed ACP Shivaji Pawar as full-time investigation officer of the Elgar Parishad case. On Saturday, he was relieved from charge of Swargate division. Now, Ravindra Rasal has been posted as ACP (Swargate division) in his place.
ACCUSED SEEK BOOKS, DOCU IN JAIL
Some of the arrested accused have filed applications that they are not getting books and documents in the jail. They have filed an application. The court will decide on the application on Monday.