ACTIVIST and Elgaar Parishad case accused Gautam Navlakha on Tuesday moved a special court in Pune seeking anticipatory bail in the case, a day after the Bombay High Court directed him to do so. The court will hear arguments from both sides on Thursday.
While directing Navlakha to approach the special UAPA court, the High Court had also directed the prosecution to avoid seeking adjournments while the matter was being heard by the special court. On October 15, the Supreme Court had extended the interim protection from arrest granted to Navlakha by four weeks and granted him the liberty to approach the concerned court to seek a pre-arrest or regular bail.
On Tuesday, Advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry, who is representing Navlakha, filed the application before Special Judge S R Navandar. Chaudhry drew the attention of the special court to the High Court order on Monday, which had stated, ‘Since the protection granted by the apex court is for four weeks, it is expected that the special court will decide the application as expeditiously as possible.’
The court said it has considered the request by Chaudhry, but due to the case load and scheduled hearing in the same case on Wednesday, it will hear arguments from both sides on Thursday, November 7.
Earlier, in a setback to Navlakha, the High Court had, on September 13, rejected his plea seeking to quash the FIR filed against him by the Pune City Police in the Elgaar Parishad case. Subsequently, in the first week of October, the Supreme Court had extended the interim protection granted to Gautam Navlakha till October 15, which was extended by the apex court for four weeks till November 12.