Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case: SC extends house arrest of Navlakha

The top court had on November 18 ordered that Navlakha be placed under house arrest "without fail" within 24 hours.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday extended till the second week of January its interim order placing social activist Gautam Navlakha, accused of having links to Maoists and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI, under house arrest.

A bench of Justices K M Joseph and B V Nagarathna passed the order extending the social activist’s house arrest.

The top court had on November 18 ordered that Navlakha be placed under house arrest “without fail” within 24 hours and ordered some additional security measures to be put in place at the building where the activist will be kept under house arrest.

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Alleging that Navlakha’s medical report issued by the Jaslok hospital was “vitiated”, the National Investigation Agency had said proper treatment was given to him whenever required and his condition was manageable within the premises of Taloja central jail.

On November 15, the top court cleared the hurdle for the release of Navlakha from Taloja prison by waiving the requirement of a solvency certificate for availing the benefit of house arrest.

Navlakha had appealed to the apex court against the April 26 order of the Bombay High Court dismissing his plea for house arrest over apprehensions of lack of adequate medical and other basic facilities in Taloja jail near Mumbai, where he is lodged.

The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claim triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra city.

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