Set up by the state government, the two-member commission is looking into the factors that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima area on January 1, 2018. It has held several hearings and heard depositions from several witnesses, historians and others.
According to the police, speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017 had led to violence near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial in Pune district the next day. The police have claimed that the conclave was funded by Maoists.
Teltumbde is shown as an accused in an FIR registered by the Pune Police on January 8, 2018 in connection with the Elgaar Parishad held in Pune on December 31, 2017 which they say incited the Bhima Koregaon violence on January 1, last year.
The statement comes close on the heels of a similar statement decrying “the injustice being meted out to one of IIM system’s illustrious alumni, Prof. Anand Teltumbde, under false charges” issued last week by 23 faculty members at IIM Ahmedabad.
Senior counsel Mihir Desai, representing Teltumbde, told the court that “none of these documents (letters) have been recovered from me and none of them in any case make out any triable case against Teltumbde”.
On January 1 each year, lakhs of people, including members of the Dalit community, visit the Jaystambh, or war memorial, to commemorate the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, in which a British Army with a contingent of Mahars defeated the Peshwa regime in 1818.
As Pune Sessions Court rejects the bail plea of Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, and Sudha Bhardwaj in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, a look at the activists who were placed under house arrest for alleged links to Maoists.