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Activist Shoma Sen’s bail plea rejected

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A special court here rejected the bail plea of Nagpur University Professor Shoma Sen, who was arrested along with four other activists by the Pune police on June 6 for their alleged links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and their roles in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and subsequent the Bhima-Koregaon clashes.

The order rejecting Ms. Sen’s bail application noted that the material collected by the investigating officer prima facie revealed her involvement in alleged unlawful activities inimical to the country’s security and that the investigation against the accused and other activists was at a very crucial stage.

The court of special judge K.D. Wadane is expected to pass the order on the bail plea of human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling on November 3.

“We will be moving another bail plea once the Pune police files their charge sheet against Ms. Sen and the others,” said advocate Pradeep Vitankar, counsel for the defence.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had stayed the Bombay High Court’s order of October 24 that refused a 90-day extension to the Pune police for filing a charge sheet against the five activists arrested in the June 6 crackdown.

This led to the defence counsel applying for regular bail before the special court here. All five activists would have been legally entitled to a default bail on or after November 1 had the Supreme Court not stayed Bombay High Court’s order.

Ms. Sen. and advocate Gadling, who are presently lodged in Yerwada prison, were arrested along with Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson in the first countrywide crackdown by the city police probing the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and the subsequent Bhima-Koregaon violence.

Earlier this week, the court of special judge K.D. Wadane heard pleas from advocate Gadling seeking permission for books for a course in cyber law which the activist is intent on pursuing as well a request for warm apparel to cope with the onset of winter.

During his defence on October 10, Mr. Gadling had submitted that the Pune police’s investigation was ‘tainted by prejudice’ towards him and that the letters publicised by them alleging the arrested activists to have strong Maoist links were fabricated and full of mere insinuations.

Likewise, Ms. Sen’s counsel, advocate Rahul Deshmukh had stated on October 12 that there was nothing in the so-called Maoist communications to incriminate Ms. Sen.

Opposing their bail pleas, public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar had submitted before the court that the evidence retrieved by the Pune police clearly proved that Mr. Gadling had allegedly met with a Central Committee member of the banned Maoist party in Delhi last year and had apparently informed that person about funds being made available to Naxal cadres through illicit means.

Ms. Pawar had further stated the activists were actively involved in the recruitment of professional revolutionaries for Maoists.

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