SC Sets Apart Bombay HC Order To Allow Extra Time For Filing Chargesheet In Bhima Koregaon Case

| February 13 , 2019 , 15:49 IST

The Supreme Court on Wednesday overruled the Bombay High Court order to allow another 90 days to the Maharashtra Police to file charge sheet in the Bhima Koregaon caste violence case and hence gave no relief to five activists named.

The five accused activists- Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Rout, Roma Wilson and Soma Sen - will not be able to have the benefit of default as the apex court said they now must apply for regular bail.

A trial court had under the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act granted the Maharashtra Police additional 90 days time to file a charge sheet that was beyond a 90-day deadline under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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The activists were arrested from various locations in August 2018 for their alleged role in instigating caste violence in Maharashtra's Bhima Koregaon village on January 1, 2018.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had earlier stayed the Bombay high court order which had set aside the trial court decision to extend the time by 90 days for filing the charge sheet in the case by the state police.

The Pune Police had arrested lawyer Surendra Gadling, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson in June for their alleged links with Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act or UAPA.