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Bhima-Koregaon Case: Delhi HC Ends House Arrest Of Rights Activist Gautam Navlakha

Gautam Navlakha was arrested in connection with Bhima-Koregaon case.

Bhima-Koregaon Case: Delhi HC Ends House Arrest Of Rights Activist Gautam Navlakha
Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha at his residence after he was arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence, in New Delhi. | PTI Photo
Bhima-Koregaon Case: Delhi HC Ends House Arrest Of Rights Activist Gautam Navlakha
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2018-10-01T17:26:00+05:30

The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed Gautam Navlakha, one of the five rights activists arrested in connection with Bhima-Koregaon case, to be freed from house arrest.

The high court granted him the relief saying the Supreme Court last week had given him the liberty to approach the appropriate forum within four weeks for further recourse, which he has availed.

The high court also quashed the trial court's transit remand order which he had challenged before the matter was taken to the top court.

Navlakha's detention has exceeded 24 hours which was "untenable", the high court said.

Navlakha was arrested from the national capital on August 28. The other four activists were arrested from different parts of the country.

The apex court on September 29 had rejected a plea for immediate release of the five rights activists, held in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case for alleged Naxal links, saying "it is not a case of arrest because of mere dissenting views or difference in political ideology".

The top court had said the accused will remain under house arrest for four more weeks during which they are at liberty to avail legal remedies in appropriate court which can consider the case on merits.

The Maharashtra police had arrested the activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave -- 'Elgaar Parishad' -- held on December 31 last year that had allegedly triggered violence later at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.

The five activists -- Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha -- were put under house arrest on August 29 following an apex court order on the plea by historian Romila Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala against the police action.

Prominent Telugu poet Rao was arrested on August 28 from Hyderabad, while activists Gonsalves and Ferreira were nabbed from Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad in Haryana and civil liberties activist Navlakha from Delhi.

(PTI)

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