SC ex­tends Navlakha’s pro­tec­tion from ar­rest

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - AmitA­nand.Choud­hary @times­group.com

New Delhi: In a re­lief to ac­tivist Gau­tam Navlakha, the Supreme Court on Fri­day ex­tended his in­terim pro­tec­tion from ar­rest till fur­ther or­ders and di­rected the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment to place be­fore it in a sealed en­ve­lope all the ev­i­dence col­lected against him in re­la­tion to the El­gar Par­ishad case.

Navlakha and the oth­ers were booked in Au­gust 2018 for al­leged links to the CPI (Maoist). Po­lice have claimed that the El­gar Par­ishad held in Pune on De­cem­ber 31, 2017 was sup­ported by Maoists as “the first step to­wards a larger con­spir­acy to cre­ate ter­ror and so­cial unrest and over­throw the gov­ern­ment”.

Navlakha had ap­proached the Bom­bay HC for quash­ing of the FIR but the court turned down his plea on Septem­ber 13 this year.

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