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No coercive act against Gautam Navlakha: Bombay High Court

Rights activists Sudha Bhardwaj (right) and Gautam Navlakha. File   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

The Bombay High Court on Friday directed the police not to take coercive action against activist Gautam Navlakha till then.

A Division Bench was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by him and Anand Teltumbde seeking to quash the FIR against them and by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves.

Advocate Yug Choudhary, appearing for Mr Navlakha said all the allegations against him are baseless and that he is an intellectual. However, assistant public prosecutor Aruna Pai Kamat said the government has enough material to prove the case. She produced certain documents relied by the Supreme Court and the Pune sessions court in deciding the case. She informed the court that some information was extracted from the laptop of another activistcurrently in judicial custody Rona Wilson, was also found from the laptop of Mr Navlakha. She also mentioned three letters written by Mr Navlakha and said that the case diary has more incriminating details against him.

Senior counsel Mihir Desai representing Mr. Teltumbde told the court that he is not arrested and therefore sought to quash all criminal proceedings against him.He said Mr Teltumbde is a senior professor and regularly writes books and does not have time to plant bombs. Mr Desai argued that Mr Teltumbde is not associated with Elgar Parishad or Bhima Koregaon and only differs on the history of Bhima Koregaon.

The court has asked the government to produce additional documents and case diary in the case on November 1 and also did not provide any relief to Mr Ferreira and Mr Gonsalves till the same day.

Meanwhile, the same court granted protection to Father Stan Swamy from arrest till October 31.

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