Decide on activists’ plea in 8 weeks, SC to Bombay HC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Bombay High Court to decide within eight weeks on a plea for quashing of an FIR filed by human rights activist Gautam Navalakha in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna kept the petition filed by the Maharashtra government challenging the Delhi High Court’s order of October 1, 2018 pending for consideration. The high court had set aside transit remand order against Navalakha. The HC has freed him from house arrest as well. He was one of five activists arrested on August 28, 2018. Advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar, appearing for the state government, contended the high court could not entertain a writ of habeas corpus and quashed the transit remand in the case of lawful arrest.

He said the high court also went ahead to quash the remand on the basis of absence of case diary. The counsel said under Section 167 (1) and (2) of the CrPC, the case diary was to be produced before the jurisdictional magistrate only.

The bench, however, said since a petition filed by Navalakha was pending before the Bombay High Court for quashing of the FIR, let it be first decided within eight weeks. The Bombay HC had extended the protection from arrest to Navalakha as an interim measure.

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