The Supreme Court denied activist Gautam Navlakha’s request for bail in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist connection case in Bhima Koregaon, Maharashtra, on Wednesday.
Navlakha’s appeal against the Bombay High Court order denying him bail in the case was rejected by a bench of justices UU Lalit and K M Joseph. The court is rejecting Navlakha’s appeal, said Justice Joseph, who delivered the bench’s decision. The Supreme Court had reserved its decision on Navlakha’s appeal on March 26.
The top court had requested a response from the NIA on March 3 in response to Navlakha’s plea that the charge sheet had not been filed within the stipulated time span and that he was therefore entitled to default bail. Navlakha surrendered to the NIA on April 14, last year, after the FIR against him was re-registered in January 2020.
The high court dismissed Navlakha’s appeal on February 8, stating that “it sees no reason to interfere with a special court’s order which earlier rejected his bail petition.”
Last year, Navlakha filed a petition with the high court, challenging the special NIA court’s July 12, 2020 order rejecting his statutory bail application.