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The Supreme Court of India permits Gautam Navlakha, the Bhima Koregaon accused, to be transferred to house arrest for a month

While hearing the appeal from the Bhima Koreagaon accused Gautam Navlakha, a bench of supreme court justices Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy bemoaned the increase of corruption in the nation and how it is degrading the nation.

Navlakha was represented by senior advocate Kapil Sibal. Gautam Navlakha is a 73-year-old human rights activist seeking house arrest on the account of his medical condition. He was taken into custody in August 2018 as a result of his connection to the Elgar Parishad. Elgar Parishad was a cultural event conducted on December 31, 2017, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, in which the Mahar Dalits overcame the Marathas (a historically oppressed group in India) (who considered themselves to be a higher caste).

Violence erupted between members of the Dalit and Maratha communities at this gathering. Several human rights activists and journalists present were arrested on suspicion of inciting violence through their comments. Gautum Navlakha, who was not present at Elgar Parishad, was arrested roughly eight months later for “planning” the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon incident and for his “Maoist” connections.

Since then, he has been detained.He had sought the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court denied his request to be relocated to his sister’s house. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appearing for the NIA argued that Navlakha’s condition has improved and he has no complaints at the moment.Navlakha filed a petition for house arrest after his co-accused tribal rights campaigner Stan Swamy died in detention in July of last year.

On 10th November, 2022 the Supreme Court has ordered Navlakha to be transferred to house arrest within 48 hours on account of his medical condition. The order is temporary and will be revisited in one month. The case is now scheduled for the second week of December. The NIA has been directed to get a new medical report from the KEM Hospital before the next scheduled date.

Written by – Unnati

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