News24 Bureau, New Delhi, Sep 12: Update: Five accused activists to continue to be in house arrest till September 17, when the Supreme Court will hear the matter on Monday now.
The story earlier:
The Supreme Court is all set to resume the hearing on PIL challenging arrest of five accused.
The Supreme Court had extended till 12 September, the house arrest of five rights activists in connection with the violence in Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday will resume the hearing in the case. The activists were held by Pune police in August for their alleged role in the Bhima-Koregaon violence.
The bench had posted the matter for further hearing on September 12.
The Maharashtra government had told the apex court that the five rights activists were arrested due to the cogent evidence linking them with the banned CPI(Maoist) and not because of their dissenting views.
The state police had filed the affidavit in response to a plea of historian Romila Thapar and four others, challenging the arrest of the five activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, and claimed that they were planning to carry out violence in the country and ambush the security forces.
While prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao was arrested from Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira were nabbed from Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad and civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha was arrested from Delhi.
The raids were a result of a probe into an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year. Allegedly this event had later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon village in Pune district of Maharashtra.