Elgar Parishad Case: Pune Police Arrest Activist Anand Teltumbde At Mumbai Airport

| February 2 , 2019 , 13:03 IST

Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde, an accused in Koregaon Bhima case, was arrested at Mumbai airport on Saturday morning, a day after his request for protection from arrest was rejected by a court.

He is likely to be produced before a court in Pune later in the day.

A special court quashed his anticipatory bail plea on Friday. Rejecting Teltumbde’s bail plea, Special Judge K.D. Vadane observed that the alleged offenses against him were “serious” in nature and that there appeared to be “no mala fide exercise of power by the investigating agency [the Pune Police] to implicate” the academician.

Anand Teltumbde's lawyer claimed the arrest was "illegal" as the activist had been provided protection from arrest till February 11.

"The Supreme Court in its January 11th order had given Anand Teltumbde a relief of four weeks which means he could not be arrested till February 11th, but still the arrest has been made. Will also inform the court about this order," Rohan Nahar, who is representing Teltumbde in the case, said.

Teltumbde, who is a professor at Goa Institute of Management, was arrested by Pune Police in the Elgaar Parishad case in connection with his purported links with the banned CPI-Maoist.

Teltumbde, along with nine other rights activists and lawyers currently in prison, has been booked under two charges – for allegedly plotting to assassinate prime minister Narendra Modi, and for allegedly inciting mob violence on the Dalits who had visited Bhima Koregaon on January 1 last year.