The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the Maharashtra government's plea challenging the Bombay High Court's order in Bhima Koregaon violence case, by which the extension of time granted to state police to conclude investigate the violence was set aside.
The apex court's decision comes after the Bombay High Court on Wednesday junked a lower court's order, which had granted the Maharashtra Police more time to file the charge sheet against lawyer Surendra Gadling and others, who were arrested in June for alleged Maoist links in the aftermath of violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submissions of lawyer Nishant Katneshwar, appearing for the Maharashtra government, that the appeal needed to be heard on an urgent basis.
The lawyer said if the high court order is not stayed then accused in the violence case would become entitled to grant of statutory bail for want of non-filing of charge sheet within the stipulated period.
The bench, which also comprises Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, said the appeal of the Maharashtra government would be heard on 26 October.
Earlier, the apex court had refused to interfere with the arrest of five rights activists by the Maharashtra Police in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and declined to appoint a SIT for a probe into their arrest.
The Maharashtra Police had arrested five activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — 'Elgaar Parishad' — held last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Oct 25, 2018 12:04 PM