Why press conference when matter sub-judice: Bombay HC

Maharashtra Police ADG (Law and Order) Param Bir Singh, with Pune's Additional CP Shivaji Bodke (L), at a press conference about the house arrest of rights activists in Bhima Koregaon case, in Mumbai. PTI Photo

The Bombay High Court on Monday questioned as to why the Maharashtra police held a press conference on the issue of arrest of activists arrested for Maoists links when the matter was sub judice.

“How can the police do this? The matter is sub-judice. When the Supreme Court is seized of the matter then revealing information is wrong,” the Bombay High Court observed.

The statement came during the hearing of a PIL filed by Pune-based businessman Satish Surgiv Gaikwad, who had contended that the probe of Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima riots be transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Last week, five civil right defenders and human rights activists - P Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira - were arrested by the Pune police for alleged Maoists links, however, the Supreme Court ordered all five of them to be placed under house arrest - after commenting - "dissent is the safety valve of democracy".

The next date of hearing in the apex court is scheduled for 6 September.

Last Friday, the Maharashtra police held a press conference in Mumbai - that was addressed by Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Parambir Singh.
 

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