Sudha Bharadwaj arrested

Sudha Bharadwaj at the Faridabad court on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Ashok Kumar

Noted human rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested by the Pune police from her Sector 39 residence in Faridabad on Tuesday in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.

Transit remand stayed

However, her transit remand was stayed till August 30 in a dramatic turn of events that went on till the early hours of Wednesday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate (Faridabad) Ashok Kumar, granted her transit remand to the Maharashtra police on Tuesday evening, despite the Punjab and Haryana High Court staying the transit remand for three days.

However, Ms. Bharadwaj’s counsel Vrinda Grover approached Mr. Kumar around midnight in the wake of the High Court orders and made submission on the matter.

In view of the High Court order, the CJM recalled his earlier order for transit remand and dirtected SHO Surajkund to keep Ms. Bharadwaj at her Badarpur house.

Ms. Bharadwaj purportedly told her lawyer that the police were taking her directly to the airport from the court after her transit remand was earlier granted.

Workers’ rights activist Rakhi Sehgal said that it was not clear where the police took Ms. Bharadwaj and expressed fear for her safety.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Bharadwaj had said that all those who opposed the present regime, “whether on the issue of tribal rights, human rights or workers’ rights”, were being rounded up in this manner. “Everybody knows my credentials. I am a public figure working for 30 years. I have nothing to do with the incident in the FIR,” said Ms. Bharadwaj.

She alleged that her laptops, mobile phones and pen drive were seized by the police and apprehended that the police were going to play around with her data.

“My email password and Twitter passwords have been taken. I do not know what are they going to do with it,” she said.

Ms. Bharadwaj was arrested from her Charmwood village house around 7 a.m. “Around 10 Maharashtra police personnel, along with a local woman constable, raided the house and took her into custody. The police were in plain clothes,” said Anu, the activist’s daughter.

Ms. Bharadwaj’s other counsel Sanjeev Choudhry had opposed the transit remand on the grounds that Ms. Bhardwaj had no criminal background, her name was not in the FIR and was a visiting law faculty. He demanded that she be granted time to appear in the concerned court in Pune, Maharashtra.

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