‘Video record proceedings in Koregaon-Bhima case’

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 29 March 2018

As per SC/ST Atrocities Act, all court proceedings have to be video recorded.


Pune: A special court on Thursday ordered the Pune district collector for making an arrangement of video recording court proceedings in the Koregaon Bhima violence case. 

Special Judge Pralhad Bhagure accepted the plea of the intervenor Sanjay Bhalerao in the case, who has also opposed bail application filed by Milind Ekbote of Samast Hindu Aghadi. 

However, the court rejected other demands like giving travelling allowances, monitoring the case, etc. “The police are investigating the matter and there is no reason and ground for me to monitor the investigation. Without any reason if the court tries to monitor the investigation, it will be interference in the duties and rights of the police agency, which is not permissible,” the judge observed.

Advocate Nitin Satpute, who is representing Bhalerao, said, “As per the amended Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, all proceedings have to be video recorded, including bail hearings. Therefore in the nature and circumstances of the case, it has become necessary to video record the proceedings.” 

However, the court is yet to decide on the demand for narco test of Ekbote. The next hearing in the case is on April 4.

A case has been registered against Ekbote, Sambhaji Bhide of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, and others for allegedly inciting violence that left a man dead, several others injured and properties worth crores were damaged in areas around Koregaon Bhima, about 25 km from Pune on the Ahmednagar highway. 

Lakhs of people had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the famous battle between Peshwa army and the British forces at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, when the violence took place. 

The FIR was registered with Shikrapur police station under Pune rural police based on a complaint from Anita Sawale (30) of Kalewadi. 


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