Bhima-Koregaon case: SC extends protection from arrest to Gautam Navlakha

Bhima-Koregaon case: SC extends protection from arrest to Gautam Navlakha

The Supreme Court today extended interim protection from arrest granted by the Bombay High Court to civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha till October 15 in the Koregaon Bhima violence case.

The top court directed the Maharashtra Government to place before it the material which was collected during the investigation against Navlakha and placed before the high court in a sealed cover.

The FIR was lodged against Navlakha and others by the Pune Police in January 2018 after the Elgar Parishad held on 31 December 2017 had allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district the next day.

The case relates to the violence in Bhima Koregaon during a Dalit function.

The Maharashtra government had arrested several members of the intelligentsia who organised the function over their suspected links with Naxals. The prosecution has dubbed them as “urban Naxals”.