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Bhima Koregaon Case: Pune Court Orders Anand Teltumbde’s Release

The Pune Sessions Court ordered Professor Anand Teltumbde’s release after he was arrested by Pune Police on Saturday, 2 February, in connection with the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case for his alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist.

The court also instructed that as per the Supreme Court order, Teltumbde has interim protection till 11 February. However, he can approach the competent authority for bail or pre-arrest bail.

On Friday, 1 February, Teltumbde’s anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a special court in Pune. He was arrested by a team of Pune city at the Mumbai airport in the early hours.

According to Indian Express, Shivaji Pawar, Assistant Commissioner of Police confirmed his arrest. Teltumbde will be produced before the special court in Pune on Saturday. The police will also seek for his custody to further investigate him.

In his order rejecting the anticipatory bail plea, special judge KD Vadane held that the investigating officer had enough material to link him to the alleged offence.

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The order had stated, as quoted by Indian Express, “It appears that custodial interrogation of accused is necessary … Therefore, the accused is not entitled to be released on anticipatory bail. Hence, anticipatory bail application deserves to be rejected.”

Teltumbde had informed the Pune court that he would approach the high court to appeal against its order.

‘Contempt of SC Order’

On 14 January, the Supreme Court had refused to quash Pune Police’s FIR against civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde for his alleged role in the Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima violence and for his alleged Maoist links, reported PTI.

The apex court also refused to interfere with the ongoing investigation in the case.

However, a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Ashok Bhushan and SK Kaul extended the interim protection from arrest granted to him by Bombay High Court, for four more weeks.

As Teltumbde was approaching the Bombay High Court to appeal against the decision of the Pune court, this protection was possibly still active. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, as well as several activists and public figures have condemned Teltumbde’s arrest by the Pune Police as contempt of the Supreme Court order.

On 21 December, Bombay High Court dismissed the petition filed by Teltumbde seeking the quashing of the FIR and granted interim protection from arrest for three weeks.

At the Elgar Parishad event at Shaniwarwada in Pune, held a day before the 1 January caste clashes at Koregaon-Bhima, located near Pune, several activists allegedly made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements that contributed to the violence, police said.

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(With inputs from PTI and Indian Express)

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Updated: February 2, 2019 — 11:22 am
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