Claim of plot against PM finds only mention

The sensational claim of the Maharashtra police that the five activists arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case were allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw only a mention, without a finding, in the Supreme Court’s majority verdict on Friday.

The dissenting verdict by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud noted however that no effort was made by the law officer, representing the Maharashtra government, to submit that any such probe was being conducted against the five activists.

The apex court by a majority verdict of 2:1 rejected the plea for immediate release of the five activists and refused to appoint a SIT to probe their arrest.

The minority verdict said the course of investigation in the case was sought to be deflected by alleging that there was a plot against the Prime Minister. “On the contrary, he (ASG) fairly stated that there was no basis to link the five arrested individuals to any such alleged plot against the Prime Minister. Nor does the counter affidavit (by the police) make any averment to that effect,” Justice Chandrachud said.

He also deprecated the conduct of the police in releasing an alleged letter claiming that the arrested persons were plotting to attack the Prime Minister. “The course of the investigation was sought to be deflected by alleging (in the course of the press briefings of the police) that there was a plot against the Prime Minister. Such an allegation is indeed of a serious order,” he said.

“Such allegations require responsible attention and cannot be bandied about by police officers in media briefings,” he said, while raising a question as to whether the Maharashtra police could be trusted to carry out an independent and impartial probe.

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