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Elgar Parishad case: SC grants bail to Gautam Navlakha after 4 years

Elgar Parishad case: SC grants bail to Gautam Navlakha after 4 years

New Delhi: Activist Gautam Navlakha granted bail by Supreme Court in Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, denying extension of stay imposed by Bombay High Court order on his bail. The apex court has also directed Navlakha to pay Rs 20 lakh towards expenses for security in house arrest.

“We are inclined to not extend the stay as high court order is detailed in granting bail. Trial would take years and years and years for completion. Without going at length into contentions, we will not extend the stay. A sum of Rs 20 lakh to be paid to the opposite party as earliest,” the bench said.

The top court noted that Navlakha has been in jail for over four years and charges are yet to be framed in the case. The Bombay High Court had on December 19 last year granted bail to Navlakha but stayed its order for three weeks after the NIA sought time to file an appeal in the top court.

Navlakha, who was arrested in August 2018, was in November last year permitted by the Supreme Court to be placed under house arrest. He is currently residing in Navi Mumbai. The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which police claim triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra city. Sixteen activists have been arrested in the case and five of them are currently out on bail.

Source: PTI

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