Special Court Rejects Navlakha Bail Plea
Besides Navlakha, 8 others, including Telugu poet Varavara Rao and Left-wing activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj, are accused in the case.
PUNE: The special court (UAPA) rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha in the Elgar Parishad case on Tuesday. Special judge SR Navandar also rejected an application seeking time to appeal in the HC.
Navlakha and the other accused were booked under the relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Besides Navlakha, eight others, including Telugu poet Varavara Rao and Left-wing activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj, are accused in the case.
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 a Maratha youth was killed while properties worth crores were damaged. The police have filed charge sheet alleging that the Elgar Parishad was backed by Maoists.