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SC grants bail to Bastar journalist Santosh Yadav after 17 months in prison

Yadav was arrested by police in October 2015 on the suspicion of links with Maoist leader Shankar in Darbha area of Bastar.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2017 01:25 IST
Ritesh Mishra
The Supreme Court in New Delhi.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Santosh Yadav, a Bastar journalist who was arrested by police for alleged Maoist links in 2015.

Yadav was booked on charges of rioting, criminal conspiracy and associating with a terrorist organisation.

“Yadav was granted bail by a division bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice AK Sikri. Yadav has to visit Darbha police station (Jagdalpur) to mark his daily attendance,” said advocate Kishor Narayan who appeared with senior counsel Colin Gonsalves for Yadav in the SC.

Nayaran further said the court has also said Yadav will not leave Chhattisgarh without authority’s permission. “The written order is yet to come,” he added.

Yadav was lodged in Jagdalpur jail, but was later shifted to Kanker jail after he had reportedly protested against the substandard food given to the inmates by the jail authorities.

Yadav was arrested by police in October 2015 on the suspicion of links with Maoist leader Shankar in Darbha area of Bastar. His arrest led to a protest by journalists who organised a protest march to CM house in Raipur.