Court extends Navlakha's interim protection

Court extends Navlakha's interim protection

Gautam Navlakha.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday extended the interim protection granted to New Delhi-based human rights activist Gautam Navlakha till November 21.

A division bench of the court comprising justice Ranjit More and justice Bharati Dongre, while extending the interim protection, said: "We would wait and see what orders the Supreme Court passes in these cases, we will grant interim protection till then."

The court also extended the interim protection to Anand Teltumbde and Stan Swamy, the two activists who are also under the scanner for reported links with Maoists.

Navlakha was arrested by Pune Police on August 28, along with P Varavara Rao, Shubha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira.

The human rights activists and civil rights defenders were arrested for reported link with CPI (Maoist) and their role in the December 31, 2017 Elgar Parishad in Pune city and the January 1, 2018, caste riots in Koregaon Bhima.

However, they were under house arrest at the orders of the Supreme Court.

Later, the Delhi High Court had quashed the arrest of Navlakha.

Subsequently, he had moved the Bombay High Court to quash the proceedings against him by the police.