The Bombay High Court on Monday directed activist Gautam Navlakha to file an anticipatory bail application before the special court in Pune. Navlakha, who has been named an accused by the Pune police in connection with the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case, had sought pre-arrest bail before the single bench of Justice P D Naik.
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.
Last month, the high court had dismissed his petition seeking quashing of the FIR against him, stating that it was satisfied that the investigating agency has material to connect him with the alleged offences.
Navlakha had said in his petition before the high court that he has been a human rights activist for decades and his outspoken views on political issues are well within the constitutional guarantee of free speech.
He had also said that he had nothing to do with Elgar Parishad or the event organised on December 31, 2017, which is the focus of the Pune Police probe.