On February 11, after Pune Police refused to issue a statement over not arresting Teltumbde before February 22, the court had directed it to release him against a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh in the event of his arrest till the final order.
Teltumbde was arrested on February 3 after his anticipatory bail was rejected by a Pune court, but released hours later when a city sessions court termed his arrest ‘illegal’. He had then moved the High Court to seek pre-arrest bail.
Teltumbde had been arrested on the morning of February 2 from Mumbai, but that arrest was ruled ‘illegal’ by a city court, since a four-week protection-from-arrest, granted to him by the Supreme Court in January, was not over at that time.
Teltumbde has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and is accused of being part of the Elgaar Parishad, held in Pune on December 31, 2017, and having links with the banned CPI-Maoist.
On January 14, while rejecting his plea to quash the Pune Police FIR against him, the Supreme Court had granted him protection from arrest for four weeks, so that he could seek bail from the trial court. Teltumbde had accordingly filed the plea for anticipatory bail on January 18.
Protesting against the "false allegations" against Teltumbde, the statement issued on Wednesday "strongly" condemned the threat of Teltumbde's imminent arrest calling him distinguished scholar, civil rights activist, and one of India's leading intellectuals.
Claiming that the charges against him were false and that he had evidence that he did not attend the Elgaar Parishad event on December 31, Teltumbde said, “The day the Elgaar Parishad was held, I was attending a wedding function in Pune.”