Bhima-Koregaon violence case: SC reserves verdict on 5 activists

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on a plea by Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case and a probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) into their arrest.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra reserved the judgment after the counsel for both the parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta concluded their submission.

The bench also comprised of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, who asked the Maharashtra police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing probe in the case by September 24.

The five activists –Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha– are under house arrest since August 29.

The plea by Thapar and Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala has demanded an independent probe into the arrests and the immediate release of the five activists.

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