Bhima-Koregaon case : Supreme Court rejects NIA plea against Bharadwaj’s bail in Bhima-Koregaon case

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New Delhi, Dec 7 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an NIA appeal to quash the default bail granted by the Bombay High Court to social activist Sudha Bharadwaj, one of the accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad alleged violence case.

A bench headed by Justice UU Lalit passed the order and refused to quash the default bail, saying: “There was no error in the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Bharadwaj.”

The apex court dismissed the NIA appeal without hearing the contention of the activist.

On December 1, the high court granted default bail to Bharadwaj. The NIA approached the Supreme Court the next day, challenging the high court order.

NIA on Monday moved the Supreme Court for an urgent listing and hearing of its plea as the high court was to take effect from December 8.

Bharadwaj was taken into custody by Pune police on October 27, 2018.

She was remanded to police custody for 10 days by Additional Sessions Judge, Pune, K.D. Vadane.

On November 22, the public prosecutor filed a report seeking extension of period for investigation.

On November 26, Bharadwaj filed for bail under the CrPC as the 90-day period from the date of her arrest and production before the magistrate had expired.

Judge Wadane, however, extended the period of detention by 90 days.

The charge sheet was filed and on February 21, 2019.


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