HC rejects the bail statements of Navlakha and Teltumbde before arrest

MUMBAI: The Bombay Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant an advance bond to civil rights activists and in the Elgar Parishad case of alleged Maoist ties.

Judge PD Naik rejected the pre-arrest bail statements submitted by them.

However, the court extended the provisional protection against arrest granted to them for a period of four weeks so that they can go to the Supreme Court on appeal.

Navlakha, Teltumbde and several other activists have been hired by Pune police for their alleged Maoist ties and several other charges following the violence in the village of Pune district on January 1, 2018.

According to the Pune police, inflammatory speeches and provocative statements made in the conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017 triggered the violence of castes in Koregaon Bhima the next day. Police claimed that the conclave was backed by Maoists.

Teltumbde and Navlakha approached the higher court in search of a pre-arrest bond in November last year after a session court in Pune rejected their pleas.

In December of last year, the superior court had granted them provisional protection against arrest until the elimination of their advance bail statements.

Although Pune police were investigating the case, the Center had transferred the probe last month to (NIA).