The Supreme Court directed the state government to submit the charge sheet filed against the arrested rights activists by December 8, and adjourned the matter to December 11.
Fashionable to make noise about personal liberty, Maharashtra tells SC
The Maharashtra government on Monday said it has become “fashion to make hue and cry about personal liberty” as it contended that in the case of Gautan Navlakha, accused of alleged links with outlawed CPI (Maoist), the investigating officer followed every procedure of law in proceeding against him.
The court today directed the hearing of Navlakha case in January as Maharashtra told the bench headed by the Chief Justices Ranjan Gogoi that he was not in custody.
The court, however, directed that the chargesheet filed against the accused, Surendra Pundlik Gadling, Sudhir Pralhad Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Dr Soma Sen and Mahesh Sitaram Raut along with “translated copy thereof and a gist of the allegations made therein be filed on or before December 8, 2018.”
Saying that the conduct of Gautam Navlakha required serious consideration, the Maharashtra police said though the writ of habeas corpus was not maintainable, Navlakha filed the same before the High Court.
During the pendency of the habeas corpus petition before the High court, Navlakha and others moved a petition before the top court.
The top court had on October 29 issued notice to Navlakha on plea by Maharashtra challenging grant of bail to him by the High court.
The matter relates to alleged singing of “objectionable songs” and instigating comments, speeches sloganeering ‘Elgar Conference’ by accused Sudhir Dhawale and others at Bhima Koregaon ‘Shouryadin Prerna Abhiyan’ organised by Kabir Kala Manch on December 31, 2017.
Accusing the five activists of their links with CPI(Maoist), Maharashtra government has alleged that they misled the backward people to infuse radical Maoist thoughts in their minds.
As a part of their policy, the members of Kabir Kala Manch Sudhir, Dhavale and others have made such instigating speech, at various places in Maharashtra that would “create enmity and violence in the society”, says the Maharashtra petition.