PUNE: The Court of Special Judge KD Wadne on Thursday extended the police custody of four persons arrested by Pune police for alleged involvement in organising Elgar Parishad and connections with CPI (Maoists).
The court extended the police custody of Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Sudhir Dhawale till June 21. Nagpur-based lawyer Surendra Gadling is in judicial custody till June 21. District Government Pleader Ujjawala Pawar argued in court that all five arrested persons are involved in unlawful activities against the nation.
She said, “We have enough evidence that the accused persons have a connection with CPI (Maoists) and during investigation the police found 25 Terabyte data from the cloned copies received from the Forensic Department which needs to be investigated.”
Pawar stated that the accused were planning to conduct a lecture in memory of slain Naxalite leader Naveen Babu at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi to persuade young students to join the movement of CPI(Maoists). She said, “The police recovered Rs 80,000 from the house of Rona Wilson, which was given to him for anti-national activities. Many more things need to be investigated which is why remand should be extended.”
According to the court order, the defence counsels of accused Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut argued in court that Pune police have no right to investigate the matter. The court has no jurisdiction to entertain the remand plea. They said the police have no right to demand custody of the accused as of right and in FIR there is only allegation about section 156(3) of IPC.
Susan Abraham, defence lawyer, said, “Now they have come out with the new theory that these people were planning to conduct a lecture in JNU to pursuade students to join Maoists. In last hearing they alleged a plot related to assassination of PM which was allegedly mentioned in letters recovered from one of the arrested person’s computer. In this hearing there was not a single mention of those letters. They have not shared a single document with us and will keep on making such theories about my clients.”
Defence lawyer Tousif Shaikh said the police have made a handwritten note on the remand report submitted by them in court on Thursday. He said, “They have written with hand in the copy that they recovered Rs 80,000 from Rona Wilson. When they recovered all documents and money from him 3 months back, then why did they not mention it in the previous remand report?”
YALAVARTHI NAVEEN BABU
Yalavarthi Naveen Babu was a former student leader of JNU. He was doing his Ph.D from JNU and was a member of The Delhi Radical Student Organization. In 1990, he left studies and joined CPI (Marxist-Leninist) and then People’s War Group. He was gunned down by police in exchange of fire at Darakonda in Andhra Pradesh in 2000.