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Bhima Koregaon case: CJI Gogoi recuses from hearing Gautam Navlakha’s plea

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. File   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing a plea filed by civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha challenging the Bombay High Court order refusing to quash the FIR lodged against him in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

“List the matter before a Bench in which I am not the member,” the Chief Justice said.

The matter was listed before a Bench of Chief Justice and Justices Bobde and S. Abdul Nazeer.

The Maharashtra government had filed a caveat in the matter seeking to be heard before any orders are passed.

On September 13, the High Court had refused to quash the FIR lodged against him in the 2017 Bhima Koregaon violence and for having alleged Maoist links, noting that there was prima facie substance in the case.

The High Court had said, “Considering the magnitude of the case, we feel a thorough investigation is required”.

The FIR was lodged against Mr. Navlakha and others by the Pune police in January 2018 after the Elgar Parishad held on December 31, 2017, that had allegedly triggered violence at Bhima Koregaon in Pune district the next day.

The police had also alleged that Mr. Navlakha and other accused in the case had Maoist links and were working towards overthrowing the government.

The High Court had, however, extended the protection from arrest to Mr. Navlakha for a period of three weeks to enable him to approach the Supreme Court in appeal against the HC order.

Mr. Navlakha and the other accused were booked under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code.

Besides Mr. Navlakha, four others — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj, are accused in the case.


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