Gautam Navlakha’s plea for Default bail is rejected by Special Court at Mumbai in Elgar Parishad case

Justice DE Kothalikar denied bail application of activist Gautam Navlakha, who wants default bail under section 166 of CrPC, as he was under custody for more than 90 days. Currently, he was kept in Taloja Jail.

Advocate Ragini Ahuja argued on behalf of activist Navlakha and contended that NIA was failed in submitting the charge sheet within the time period of 90 days. Whereas, Additional Solicitor General on behalf of NIA questioned the maintainability of the default bail application.

In addition to this justice, Kothalikar of the Special Court accepted NIA’s plea demanding extension of duration from 90 to 180 days to file charge sheet against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and activist Gautam Navlakha, who were allegedly taken part in Maoist movement which incited the caste-based violence through hateful speeches in Elgar Parishad Conclave on 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon on December 30th, 2017.

In April this year, the 67 years so-called activist Gautam Navlakha surrendered before National Investigation Agency, thereafter which he was taken to Tihar jail for 10 days for further investigation. Moreover, on May 24th, NIA presented applications before the Special Court for the production of warrants which was eventually granted by the Honorable Court.

There were eight other accused of Bhima Koregaon’s case, which was kept in Taloja Jail. The court had repeatedly denied bail applications related to the Elgar Parishad case as accused were booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

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