November 7, 2019 3:41:57 pm
A special court in Pune will pass an order over anticipatory bail application filed by activist Gautam Navlakha on November 12.
Navlakha is an accused in the Elgaar Parishad case in which the Pune city police have so far booked 23 persons for their alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist.
The same court on Wednesday had rejected the regular bail applications of six of the nine accused arrested in the case.
The prosecution opposed Navlakha’s application calling him an “anti-national”, who was trying to unite the banned CPI-Maoist with Hijbul Mujahideen (HM), a banned terror group from Kashmir.
Arguing for Navlakha’s custodial interrogation, prosecution lawyer Ujjwala Pawar, said that the material seized from his possession shows that the activist was an active member of the banned CPI-Maoist.
Some of the material evidence was also submitted to the court in a “sealed envelope”.
Meanwhile, Defence lawyer Ragini Ahuja took objection to the sealed envelope saying if the material was recovered from Navlakha’s possession, then it should be shown to her. Ahuja also argued there was no evidence to show the involvement of Navlakha in any illegal activities.
On hearing arguments from both sides, Special Judge SR Navandar said that he will pass an order over the application on November 12 and asked police not to take any coercive action against Navlakha till then.
The Supreme Court on October 15 had extended the interim protection from arrest granted to Navlakha by four weeks and had granted him liberty to approach the concerned court to seek bail. After Navlakha approached the Bombay High Court for the anticipatory bail, it had directed him on Monday to approach the special UAPA court in Pune. The HC had also further directed prosecution in Elgaar Parishad case to avoid seeking adjournments while the matter is being heard by the Special Court.
On September 13 in a setback to Navlakha, High Court had rejected his plea seeking to quash the First Information Report filed against him by the Pune Police in Elgaar Parishad case. Subsequently, in first week of October, the Supreme Court extended the interim protection granted to Gautam Navlakha till October 15, which was extended by the apex court for four weeks till November 11.
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