Bhima-Koregaon case: SC rejects review plea for release of activists


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed the review petition filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others challenging the court’s verdict, upholding the arrests of five activists for alleged Maoist links.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said that there was no case for review of the ruling given on September 28 is made out. The review petition is accordingly dismissed.

The bench gave green signal to the Maharashtra Police to pursue the case against the five activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The activists—Vara Vara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha—were arrested by the Maharashtra Police as part of a pan-India crackdown and raids held on August 28.

On September 28, a three-judge bench headed by former Chief Justice Dipak Misra allowed investigation officers to continue with their inquiry and rejected the plea for a SIT investigation. The court also extended the house arrest of five of the activists by four weeks.

On Friday, a Pune sessions court rejected the bail pleas of Bharadwaj, Ferreira and Gonsalves. Gonsalves and Ferreira were taken into custody in Mumbai later in the day and on Saturday they were sent to police custody till November 6.

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