NIA gets 2 weeks to reply on pleas of Bharadwaj, Navlakha seeking clone copies of all seized devices
Bharadwaj and Navlakha had approached the high court last month seeking such copies.
Singh made the submissions before a bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar, which is hearing a plea filed by Bharadwaj seeking default bail.
Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, who was arguing on behalf of the state, was referring to the contentions made in a plea filed earlier this year by lawyer and activist Bharadwaj.
Bharadwaj, in jail since September 2018, has sought bail on the technical ground that the court which took cognizance of the charge sheet initially lacked the power to do so.
The court gave the direction after noting that the records produced by the high court registry 'matched' with the claim made by Bharadwaj.
Senior counsel Yug Chaudhry told the high court that KD Vadane, an additional sessions judge in Pune, had remanded her and eight other activists to the Pune Police's custody in 2018.
Activist Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested on August 28, 2018 and has been in jail since then.
Bharadwaj's counsel Yug Chaudhry told a bench of Justices K K Tated and Abhay Ahuja that the lawyer-activist had severe co-morbidities.
A bench comprising Justices U U Lalit and Ajay Rastogi dismissed as withdrawn the plea filed by Bharadwaj.
Justice A M Khanwilkar read out the verdict for himself and the CJI, while Justice D Y Chandrachud said he was unable to agree with the view of the two judges.
The five activists --Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha-- are under arrest at their respective homes since August 29.
The Maharashtra police had arrested the five activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave.
Reacting to this in a handwritten statement, Bharadwaj, who is under house arrest, Friday said the purported letter shown by the Pune Police is a mixture of innocuous.
Prominent people who signed the letter included economist Jean Dreze, Afzal Anees and Kavita Srivastava.
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Bharadwaj has been confined at her residence in Faridabad, under the guard of police officers, and allowed to meet only her lawyer.