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Bhima Koregaon Case: SC Agrees To Hear Police Submissions, Adjourns Matter Till Wednesday

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| September 17 , 2018 , 14:07 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday resumed the hearing on the case relating to the arrest of the five social activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case. The bench adjourned the hearing in the matter till Wednesday and has also agreed to hear the submissions by the Police.

The arrested activists are Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha. These accused were placed under house arrest after the orders by the Supreme Court.

A three judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud is hearing the petition filed by Romila Thapar and four others.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Maharashtra Government said, “According to the petitioners, those arrested are social activists, but we have evidence that they were involved in serious crimes.”

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for the petitioners said, “After Interim order directing house arrest, none of the courts have proceesed in the matters.”

Responding to Singhvi, Justice Khanwilkar hearing the matter said, “Your prayer is for a probe into the whole episode; Three of them have already approached High Courts.”

ASG Maninder Singh submits, “What is it that creates doubts in their minds that lower judicial forum won’t hear them? They have not said that courts below are not hearing them. Then why should Your Lordships hear the matter?”

ASG Maninder Singh further submitted that the problem of Naxalism is widespread. He further argues why the petitioners have chosen to come to SC directly without exploring alternative remedies.

Responding to ASG Singh, Singhvi said, “Whether Your Lordships should hear me or not can be decided by Your Lordships itself, their submission completely pedantic.” He said that the petitioners are seeking an independent enquiry and the apex court has jurisdiction.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that the issue of independent probe might be left for lower Courts to decide, and the SC might order continuation of the interim order permitting the activists to be kept under house arrest