CJI re­cuses from hear­ing ap­peal against Koregaon FIR

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New Delhi: Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi on Mon­day re­cused from hear­ing an ap­peal filed by so­cial ac­tivist Gau­tam Navlakha, who has chal­lenged the Bom­bay high court’s judg­ment de­clin­ing to quash Pune po­lice’s FIR against him in con­nec­tion with the Koregaon-Bhima vi­o­lence in Jan­uary 2018.

The CJI made known his de­ci­sion to re­cuse from the ca

The ap­peal filed by so­cial ac­tivist Gau­tam Navlakha chal­lenges Bom­bay HC’s judg­ment de­clin­ing to quash Pune po­lice’s FIR against him in re­la­tion to the Koregaon-Bhima vi­o­lence in Jan­uary 2018

se the mo­ment it was called for hear­ing be­fore the bench, which also com­prised Jus­tices S A Bobde and S Ab­dul Nazeer. Ap­pear­ing for Navlakha, se­nior ad­vo­cate A M Singhvi re­quested ur­gent list­ing of the ap­peal on the ground that the three-week pro­tec­tion from ar­rest granted by the HC would end on Oc­to­ber 4. The CJI as­sured Singhvi that the ap­peal would be listed for hear­ing ei­ther on Tues­day or Thurs­day.

Pune po­lice had reg­is­tered the FIR against Navlakha and other ac­tivists for their al­leged role in in­cit­ing vi­o­lence in Koregaon-Bhima on Jan­uary 1, 2018. Navlakha had moved the HC for quash­ing of the FIR. A divi­sion bench of the HC com­pris­ing Jus­tices Ran­jit More and Bharati Dan­gre went through ad­di­tional ma­te­rial fur­nished in sealed cover by the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor and dis­missed Navlakha’s pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, on the re­quest of his coun­sel, the HC had or­dered Pune po­lice not to ar­rest Navlakha for three weeks.

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