The ED had filed an application before the special National Investigation Agency court seeking to record his statement in a Prevention of Money Laundering Act case filed against the website.
A bench of justices UU Lalit and K M Joseph dismissed the appeal of Navlakha against the Bombay High Court order denying him bail in the case.
Navlakha, in the apex court, has sought bail on the ground that the NIA failed to file its charge-sheet within the prescribed upper-limit of 90 days as per Section 167(2) of the CrPC.
The apex court had taken note of the submission of Additional Solicitor General S V Raju that NIA be granted some more time to file its response to the plea.
The activist had moved the top court on February 19 against the Bombay High Court order of February 8 dismissing his bail plea.
The bench took note of the brief submission of senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Navlakha, and asked NIA to respond by March 15.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal had said Navlakha had already spent 93 days in custody, including 34 days of house arrest, and that the high court must count house arrest as a period of custody.
Special NIA judge D E Kothalikar recently noted that it would not be just to pass any order as it would be within the province of the jail authority to accept articles for the undertrial prisoners.
The HC reserved its verdict on a plea filed by Navlakha seeking statutory or default bail in the case.
Navlakha's family members had on Monday claimed that his spectacles were stolen on November 27 inside the Taloja prison, where he is lodged.
Gautam Navlakha's family had alleged that without his spectacles, the activist was almost blind but authorities at Taloja jail were not allowing him to get a new pair.
Navlakha's family members on Monday claimed that his spectacles were stolen on November 27 inside the Taloja prison, where he is lodged.
Gautam Navlakha had surrendered before the NIA, which is probing the nearly three-year-old case, on April 14, 2020.
The Delhi HC freed Navlakha from house arrest saying the Supreme Court last week had given him the liberty to approach the appropriate forum within four weeks to seek further recourse.
The activist was one of the five put under house arrest in connection with the violence in Koregaon-Bhima in Maharashtra.