Updated: October 27, 2018 9:30:08 pm
Activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj was on Saturday remanded in police custody by a Pune court till November 6 in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case for their alleged links with the outlawed CPI-Maoist. Bharadwaj, under house arrest in Faridabad, was taken into custody by police this morning and brought to the court in Pune later, reports PTI.
The other two activists– Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira– were also remanded in the police custody till November 6. They were taken into custody on Friday evening after the court rejected the bail applications of all three, observing that the material collected by the police, on the face of it, shows their alleged links with Maoists.
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District and Sessions Judge K D Vadane sent Gonsalves and Ferreira in police custody till November 6 after they were produced in the morning. The judge remanded Bharadwaj in police custody for the same period when she was produced in the evening.
Public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar argued that as all the accused were under house arrest (as per the Supreme Court’s directions), they could not be interrogated, so their police custody was needed. Seeking their police custody for 14 days, Pawar told the court that the preliminary investigation has revealed that the three had links with the banned CPI (Maoist) and were involved in recruitment as well as raising funds for Maoist activities.
The public prosecutor told the court that they were involved in “larger conspiracy to threaten the democratic set-up of the nation”.
The Pune police arrested Ferreira, Gonsalves, Bharadwaj and two others — Telugu poet Varavara Rao and activist Gautam Navlakha — in August this year in connection with the probe into violence in Bhima Koregaon in Pune on January 1 this year.
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