New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the Maharashtra government must file a response to the petition challenging the arrest of the five activists on terror charges. A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has directed that to keep the five accused under house arrest till September.
According to police, the five activists - Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves - are linked to Maoists and had plans to recruit members from 35 colleges to launch attacks.
The arrest have triggered massive protest from many groups of ideology, terming it to be the imposition as 'virtual emergency.'
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#Delhi High Court questions the prosecution that why arrest memo was not given to Gautam Navlakha or his counsel. HC observed, "every minute that a person is spending in custody is matter of concern".
#Eminent persons Romila Thapar, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande, Maya Darnall and one other person move the Supreme Court against the arrest of activists Sudha Bhardwaj and activist Gautam Navlakha. SC will hear the matter at 3:45 pm today.
#The raids were carried out by the Pune police in Delhi, Faridabad, Goa, Mumbai, Ranchi and Hyderabad.
#The five have been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the criminal law.
#The raids follow the questioning of five people -- Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson and Shoma Sen -- who were arrested in June for Maoist links, sources said. They had allegedly made "provocative" speeches before the Bhima-Koregaon event.
#Human rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj is under house arrest. Her lawyers alleged that the Pune police refused to comply with the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had barred her from being taken to Pune and ordered her house arrest till August 30.
#Activists Arun Fereira and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested from Thane and Mumbai. Gautam Navlakha's transit remand to Pune is also on hold, the Delhi High Court said. He will stay at home under police guard and can meet only his lawyers.
#"There is only place for one NGO in India and it's called the RSS. Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
#This is a brazen attack on democratic rights. We are demanding that all the cases against these people be withdrawn and they be released forthwith: CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat said.
#Union minister Kiren Rijiju said: "As Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had declared that Maoists are No.1 threat to India's internal security. Now the Congress president openly supports the front organisations and sympathisers of the Maoists. Keep national security above politics."
#Arundhati Roy, who has covered the Maoist conflict in her writings, has condemned the raids on the "homes of lawyers, poets, writers, Dalit rights activists and intellectuals". "They should raid those who make up lynch mobs and murder people in broad daylight. It tells us very clearly where India is headed. Murderers will be honoured and celebrated. Anybody who speaks up for justice or against Hindu majoritarianism is being made into a criminal. What is happening is absolutely perilous."