NIA files application to seek transfer of Elgar Parishad case records; files fresh FIR
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has moved a local court in Pune seeking possession of all documents and material related to the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case.
The application was made by an NIA officer in the court of Additional Sessions Judge SR Navander, scheduled under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The NIA also informed in the application that a fresh first information report (FIR) had been registered in the case on January 27, 2020. The NIA has invoked Section 153(a), 505(1)(b), 117 and 34 of Indian Penal Code along with Sections 13, 16, 18, 18B, 20 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in a case registered at the NIA police station in Mumbai.
“Yes, an application has come from NIA for all case-related documents. They have also officially communicated to the city police commissioner’s office. The final decision for us will come from the DG’s (director general) office,” said Assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar of Pune police who is investigating the case.
Advocate Rohan Nahar, representing one of the accused Varavara Rao, a Telugu poet confirmed the development.
The decision to transfer the case from Pune police to the NIA was announced by the central government last week. A chargesheet in the case has already been registered by the Pune police in the matter and the proceedings are approaching a trial.
The state representative, district government pleader (DGP) advocate Ujwala Pawar, will be filing a response to the NIA application on Monday. The court has also scheduled on Monday a hearing in the case filed between the accused and Pune police. The nine arrested accused in the case are lodged at the Yerawada Central Jail.
The case relates to the inter-caste violence that broke out near the Bhima-Koregaon war memorial in Pune on January 1, 2018, leaving one dead and several others injured. Dalits visit the memorial in large numbers as it commemorates the victory of British forces, which included Dalit Mahar soldiers, over the army of the Brahmin Peshwa rulers of Pune in 1818.
The Pune Police had filed cases against activists and intellectuals linked to Left and Dalit movements, who had given speeches at Elgar Parishad, a gathering held on December 31, 2017.
The activists were accused of inciting violence and were picked up in raids across the country. The police had claimed the organisers of the event had links with Maoists, a banned terror group.