Full text: SC refuses to interfere with activists' arrest in Bhima Koregaon case, rejects demand for SIT probe
Supreme Court refused to interfere with the arrest of five rights activists by the Maharashtra Police in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the arrest of five rights activists by the Maharashtra Police in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case and declined to appoint an SIT to probe their arrest.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 2:1 verdict, refused the plea seeking the immediate release of the activists.
The bench also extended by four weeks the house arrest of the activists. The five activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — have been under arrest at their homes since 29 August.
The majority verdict said accused persons cannot choose which investigating agency should probe the case, and this was not a case of arrest merely because of difference in political views.
Here is the full text of the Supreme Court's verdict:
With inputs from PTI
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