Sardar Sarovar Dam Protest: Medha Patkar granted bail by Indore HC


Indore: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has granted bail to Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar on Wednesday, who was arrested on the charge of holding government officials captive during her indefinite fast, for full rehabilitation of those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project.

Justice Ved Prakash Sharma of the Indore bench of the High Court granted bail to Patkar, on the condition that she would not obstruct government officials engaged in removing people from the submergence area of the dam in Madhya Pradesh.

Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat is one of the biggest dams on the river and was one of the first focal points of the movement. It is one of the many dams under the Narmada Dam Project.

Anandmohan Mathur, Patkar’s lawyer, questioned the veracity of the charges against her. Additional Advocate General Manoj Dwivedi opposed her bail plea, saying if released, she may obstruct officials again from discharging their duties.

Patkar was arrested on 9 August, after a case was registered against her under IPC sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty) and 365 (kidnapping) at Kukshi in Dhar district.

Patkar, who was on indefinite hunger strike at village Chikhalda in Dhar district, was shifted to hospital after her condition deteriorated, and subsequently arrested.

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