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Arrested activists have no vested right to seek SIT probe into Bhima-Koregaon violence: Maharashtra to SC
The state also sought the dismissal of the petition of historian Romila Thapar against the arrests, saying that the allegations made are "moonshine allegations" against the probe agencies.
Senior advocate Anand Grover claimed that the investigation is 'unfair, biased and deficient' as indicated by 'illegalities' in search of the houses of the activists.
Bhima Koregaon violence: Supreme Court extends house arrest of five rights activists till September 20
The court also said that the material, supporting the arrest of the five activists in the case, needed to be examined.
The bench said if there were some grave lapses, then it may consider the prayers like investigation by an SIT in the case.
Teltumbde was one of the several Dalit thinkers whose homes were raided on August 28 by Pune police in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence of January 1.
Demanding their release, PUCL members said the arrests were part of coordinated efforts to silence the voices raised for the most marginalised, exploited and deprived sections of the society.
In a country-wide raid on Tuesday earlier this week, the police arrested five prominent activists. However, all of them have been kept under house arrest until September 6.
There is a reference to the meetings in Paris and some other countries in the letters recovered from activists arrested in June and this week, police said.
Gadling was arrested on June 6 along with Head of English Department of Nagpur University Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson.
The Supreme Court’s order on Wednesday granting house arrest and no-jail to left-wing intellectual and writer Varavara Rao brought immense relief to his family members.
'They (Navlakha’s family) are kind to me. Their children are also respectful. I am shocked to know they are linked with wrong people; it’s hard to believe,' Prasad, a tea seller in that area.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra questioned the Maharashtra police for arresting these persons after around nine months of the Bhima-Koregaon incident.
He said those raising voices against the government were NGOs and non-political organisations, but had their roots in the masses.
Arrest of activists ploy to divert attention from failures of BJP governments: Mayawati slams 'government terror'
The BSP chief said the government was trying to intimidate poets, lawyers, activists, human rights advocates, professors and intellectuals.
Tuesday's arrest of five rights activists from different parts of India, triggered a massive outcry.