Elgaar Parishad, an evening event in Pune on December 31, 2017, during which several speakers had made speeches, is being investigated by Pune City Police for alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist group.
Kawade, an MLC, appeared before the inquiry commission after he filed an affidavit before it. In it, he had blamed Hindutva leaders Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide for the Koregaon Bhima violence of January 1, 2018.
The high court has directed that the plea be heard in an expeditious manner. The Supreme Court had on October 15 extended the interim protection to Navlakha till November 12, granting him the liberty to approach a concerned court for anticipatory bail.
Appearing for Navlakha, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the three-week protection from arrest granted to him by the High Court would expire Friday. Taking note, the bench assured him that the matter will be heard Friday.
On September 13, the high court had refused to quash the FIR lodged against him in the 2017 Koregaon-Bhima violence and for having alleged Maoist links, noting that there was prima facie substance in the case.
People like Hany Babu, with the confidence of their scholarship and the integrity of their profession, can talk to the state with their heads held high. Statism cannot succeed as long as they are free.
"Considering the magnitude of the case, we feel a thorough investigation is required," a division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre said. The case is not without basis and absence of material," it added.
Daily life came to a halt after a state-wide bandh was called by Dalit groups on Wednesday in protest against the violent clashes between the Dalit and Maratha community, which broke out during the Bhima Koregaon battle anniversary on January 1.
Violence between the Dalit and Maratha communities was reported on Monday, after lakhs of Dalits gathered in the city to attend an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
As the 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.