PUNE: A Special Court on Wednesday rejected the bail applications of six of the nine accused persons arrested in Elgar Parishad case. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had rejected the bail application of three accused namely Sudha Bhardwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira.
The accused whose bail pleas were rejected on Wednesday are Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Varavara Rao and Sudhir Dhavle.
While rejecting their applications, Special Judge (UAPA) SR Navandar stated, “Prima facie it reveals that all the accused are not only members but also were working to achieve the objectives of banned organisation, which is not good for democracy.”
Elgar Parishad was held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017 ahead of the 200th commemoration of the battle of Koregaon-Bhima.
The next day i.e. on January 1 when lakhs of people mostly from Dalit community had gathered at Koregaon-Bhima, there was large-scale violence in which one Maratha youth was killed while property worth crores was damaged.
Based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude, Vishrambaug police registered a case against organisers of Elgar Parishad who included Harshali Potdar, Dhavle of Republican Panthers (RP), Mumbai and Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap, Deepak Dhengle of the Pune-based Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) which is accused of being a frontal organisation of the banned CPI (Maoist).
There was one more case against Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and student leader Umar Khalid for allegedly giving provocative speeches during the Elgar Parishad.
According to the police, the Parishad was organised as part of Maoist strategy to mobilise people against the elected government and spread violence.
Later, the police arrested Wilson from Delhi, lawyer Gadling in Nagpur, Dhawle in Mumbai, Professor Shoma Sen and former Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) fellow Raut in Nagpur.
The police have also booked four underground Maoist operatives Milind Teltumbde, Prakash alias Ritupam Goswami, Manglu and Deepu for allegedly planning to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.