SC Reserves Order on Petitions Against Activists’ Arrests
Maharashtra police raided homes of activists in several states and arrested five for suspected Maoist links.
The Supreme Court on Thursday, 20 September reserved its order on the petitions filed by Romila Thapar and others challenging the arrest of activists. The court also asked parties to file their written notes by Monday.
Hearing the Bhima Koregaon case on Wednesday, 19 September, Justice Chandrachud had said that the court “cannot sacrifice liberty on the basis of conjectures.” He also told ASG Tushar Mehta to present one document that shows the involvement of the five arrested activists.
The apex court last week had adjourned the hearing on a petition seeking the release and an independent inquiry into the arrest of five activists till Wednesday. The apex court had also agreed to go through the material submitted by both sides.
- On 6 September, the top court had reprimanded the Maharashtra Police over their press conference, saying that they cannot make statements in the press
- The SC had directed that the five activists should be kept under house arrest until 19 September
- A PIL was filed against members of Maharashtra Police on 4 September for participating in the press conference
Human Rights Activist Anand Teltumbde's Residence Raided
Human rights activist Anand Teltumbde, whose house was searched by the Maharashtra police as part of multi-city raids, said he was not even remotely connected to the allegations levelled against him.
Sources in the Goa police said a team from the Maharashtra police searched Teltumbde's residence in Sankhalim village, 40km from here, today, but left soon as he was not at home.
Asked to comment on the police action, Teltumbde, a professor of data analytics at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM), said he is not even remotely connected to the allegations levelled against him.
"What reaction shall I give to you? There is nothing,” he said.
Brazen Attack on Democratic Rights: Sitaram Yechury
Condemning the police raids on prominent Left-wing activists in several states, the CPI(M) on Tuesday accused the BJP-led Centre of "attacking the democratic rights of people" in a bid to shield the real culprits of Koregaon-Bhima violence.
"This is a brazen attack on democratic rights and liberties. The BJP government is desperately trying to protect the culprits by harassing civil and human rights activist. This is very dangerous trend for our democracy," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Kolkata.
Social Activist Sten Swami's Residence Raided
A police team from Maharashtra on Tuesday raided social activist Sten Swami's residence here and seized his computer in connection with the probe into the Bhima Koregaon violence, a police officer said.
The eight-member Pune Police team questioned Swami, seized his computer, mobile phone and several documents from his residence, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ajit Peter Dungdung said. The team was assisted by the state police and the inquiry was on, he said.
Swami is known to be close to the Left political party CPI-ML (Liberation).
Arrests Shouldn't be Politically Motivated: Maharashtra Congress
The government must take action against culprits but its steps should not be politically motivated, the Maharashtra Congress said on the arrest of five prominent Left-wing activists on Tuesday.
"Truth must come out before the people. The government must go to the root of the issue. Culprits, if there are any, should be caught. But the action should not be politically motivated," Maharashtra Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant said.
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