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Pune court rejects activist Gautam Navlakha's bail plea

The court also refused to extend protection from arrest given to him by the Supreme Court

By PTI in Pune
  • Published 12.11.19, 6:39 PM
  • Updated 12.11.19, 6:39 PM
  • a min read
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Activist Gautam Navlakha had moved the Supreme Court which granted him interim protection from arrest and said he could seek anticipatory bail from the local court. ABP file photo

A sessions court in Pune on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of activist Gautam Navlakha in the Elgar Parishad case.

The court also refused to extend protection from arrest given to him by the Supreme Court.

Navlakha had moved the sessions court on November 5 to seek anticipatory bail.

According to Pune police, "inflammatory" speeches and "provocative" statements made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held on December 31, 2017, had triggered caste violence at Bhima Koregaon in the district on January 1, 2018.

The police alleged that the conclave was backed by Maoists.

During further probe, it arrested 10 Left-leaning activists including Sudha Bhradwaj and Varavara Rao, accusing them of having links with Naxals. Navlakha was named as accused but was not arrested.

After the Bombay High Court dismissed his plea seeking quashing of the case, Navlakha moved the Supreme Court which granted him interim protection from arrest and said he could seek anticipatory bail from the local court.

Navlakha and the other accused are facing a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).