MUMBAI: The Bombay supreme court on Friday refused to grant anticipatory bail to civil rights activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde within the Elgar Parishad- alleged Maoist links case. Justice PD Naik rejected the pre-arrest bail pleas filed by them.
The court, however, extended the interim protection from arrest granted to them for a period of 4 weeks in order that they will approach the Supreme Court in appeal.
Navlakha, Teltumbde and a number of other other activists are booked by the Pune Police for his or her alleged Maoist links and a number of other other charges following the violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district on January 1, 2018.
According to Pune Police, "inflammatory" speeches and "provocative" statements made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on New Year's Eve , 2017 had triggered caste violence at Koregaon Bhima subsequent day.
The police alleged that the conclave was backed by Maoists. Teltumbde and Navlakha had approached the supreme court seeking pre-arrest bail in November last year after a sessions court in Pune rejected their pleas.
In December last year, the supreme court had granted them interim protection from arrest pending disposal of their anticipatory bail pleas. Although the Pune Police was investigating the case, the Centre had last month transferred the probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA)