Bhima Koregaon case: Delhi High Court seeks NIA`s reply on Gautam Navlakha`s interim bail plea

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New Delhi: In the Bhima Koregaon violence case, the Delhi High Court on Friday (May 22) sought NIA’s response on a plea by civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha looking for interim bail. Navlakha sought the bail on the bottom that attributable to his superior age, he was weak to catching coronavirus in jail.

Hearing the petition via video conferencing, Justice Anup J Bhambhani issued discover to the National Investigation Agency and requested the company to file its response and listed the matter for additional listening to on May 27.

The civil rights activist sought bail on the medical floor stating that he’s a senior citizen and suffers from Colonic Polyposis, Chronic Gastritis, and lactose intolerance, in addition to being identified with hypertension.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the NIA, opposed the plea saying the grounds within the interim bail have been rejected by the Supreme Court when Navlakha had sought extension of his safety from arrest on grounds of the continued pandemic.

67-year-old Navlakha, who’s presently lodged in Tihar jail, had surrendered earlier than the NIA on April 14 in pursuance to the Supreme Court’s course. 

On March 16, the apex courtroom had dismissed Navlakha’s anticipatory bail and had granted three weeks time to give up. On April 8, he once more moved the Supreme Court looking for time to give up citing the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Top courtroom had requested him to give up in a single week whereas dismissing his anticipatory bail plea and that of civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde.

The Pune Police arrested Navlakha from his Delhi residence in August 2018, following the violence at Koregaon Bhima village in Pune district on January 1, 2018, however the Delhi High Court had put aside transit remand order.

Earlier this yr, probe within the case was transferred from Maharashtra Police to the NIA. 
 
Notably, the Elgar Parishad conclave was held in Pune on December 31, 2017, triggering caste violence at Koregaon Bhima the subsequent day.