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Elgar Parishad case: NIA seeks 2 weeks to reply to plea seeking copies of devices

Jailed activists Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha had sought cloned copies of the electronic devices that investigators had seized from them

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: September 3, 2021 6:40:01 pm
Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha. (File)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told the Bombay High Court on Friday that it will not press for proceeding with framing of charges before the special court in the Elgar Parishad case till the next hearing on pending petitions filed by the accused for cloned copies of electronic devices.

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh sought two weeks’ time to reply on the petitions filed by jailed activists Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha seeking cloned copies of the electronic devices seized from them by investigators.

The NIA had last month submitted draft charges before the special court against the 15 accused. The accused had sought to defer framing of charges till pending pleas are decided.

Senior advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry submitted before the bench of Justice S S Shinde and N J Jamadar that there was some confusion regarding the devices of which cloned copies are already provided and those still remaining. He said that the NIA could clarify this in its reply but ASG Singh said that the agency will follow its discretion. The High Court will hear the pleas on September 24.

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