Sudha Bharadwaj to be under house arrest

A local court on Wednesday directed that trade unionist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj will remain at her residence under Surajkund Police guard till Thursday. Picture courtesy Twitter

A local court on Wednesday directed that trade unionist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj will remain at her residence under Surajkund Police guard till Thursday.

Last night, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the transit remand of Bhardwaj, who was arrested from Faridabad after the Maharashtra Police raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several states for their suspected Maoist links.

In the early hours on Wednesday, Chief Judicial Magistrate Ashok Sharma recalled his previous order for the transit remand and directed that as per the HC order Bhardwaj will remain at her residence till August 30 under Surajkund Police guard.

The high court had said, "It is directed that in case the detainee is produced before the Ilaqa Magistrate/Duty Magistrate/Chief Judicial Magistrate, Faridabad, the orders granting transit remand will be passed after going through the contents of the FIR and recording a finding that the provision of Sections 41 and 50 of the Criminal Procedure Code have been complied with,"

"Till then, the detainee, Sudha Bhardwaj, shall be kept at the place, that is her home at Badarpur in Haryana, from where she was arrested under the supervision of Police Station Surajkund," it said.

The raids were carried out as part of a probe into an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year, which had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village.

Prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao was arrested from Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira from Mumbai, Bhardwaj from Faridabad and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha were arrested from New Delhi. 

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