After Court Frees Gautam Navlakha, Police Say Lawyers Studying Order

Delhi high court freed Mr Navlakha from house arrest


The Pune police said government lawyers in Maharashtra were studying the Delhi High Court's Monday order freeing rights activist Gautam Navlakha, held in the Koregaon-Bhima case, from house arrest.

The future course of action will be decided after government pleaders give their legal opinion on the matter, a senior police officer said.

Mr Navlakha is one of the five rights activists who was arrested by the Pune police in August-end in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima case.

The Delhi high court freed Mr 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, which he has availed.

Granting relief to Mr Navlakha, the high court also quashed the trial court's transit remand order which he had challenged before the matter was taken to the Supreme Court.

"Our government pleaders are studying the order of the high court and our investigating officer is also travelling to the national capital. So after obtaining their legal opinion, the further course of action will be decided," said Shivaji Bodkhe, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Pune police.

Mr Navlakha was arrested from the national capital on August 28. The other four activists were arrested from different parts of the country.

They were arrested in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — 'Elgaar Parishad' — held on December 31 last year that had allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune on January 1.

The five activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Mr Navlakha — were put under house arrest on August 29 following an apex court order.

Mr Rao, a prominent Telugu poet, was arrested on August 28 from Hyderabad, while activists Mr Gonsalves and Mr Ferreira were nabbed from Mumbai and trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad in Haryana.

The police have claimed that all the five have links with Maoists.

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