The Supreme Court on Friday pronouncing its verdict on Bhima Koregaon violence case refused to interfere in the arrest of five activists Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha. The top court extended house arrest of 5 activists' for four weeks.
Supreme Court refuses SIT probe in the arrest of five activists in Bhima Koregaon violence case and asks Pune police to go ahead with the probe. The plea was filed by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of the activists and also SIT probe into the case, that top court has dismissed.
However, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had reserved the judgement on 20th September after counselling for both parties, including senior advocates Harish Salve, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submission. The bench, that also comprises Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
The five activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, were in jail since 29th August. The Maharashtra police had arrested human rights activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave -- ‘Elgaar Parishad’ -- held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.