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Pune police get 90 more days to file chargesheet in Elgar Parishad case

The law enforcement agency failed to follow the norm to file chargesheet within 90 days of arrests.

pune Updated: Sep 03, 2018 18:00 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Pune police have arrested 10 activists in the Elgar Parishad case for their alleged links with the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Pune A local court in Pune granted an extension of 90 days to the city police to file a chargesheet against five people arrested on June 6 in the Elgar Parishad case for their alleged links with the banned CPI (Maoist) outfit.

KD Vadane, sessions judge with special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (Uapa) granted the additional period to Pune police. Shivaji Pawar, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), said, “We had sought additional time from the court in the case registered under Uapa saying investigation is still in progress. The court has granted us 90 more days.”

Those arrested on June 6 include Sudhir Dhawale, member of theRepublican Panther Party of India; Surendra Gadling, prominent lawyer; Rona Wilson, activist;Mahesh Raut, former prime minister rural development fellow and Soma Sen, retired Nagpur University professor.

As per the norm, police have to file a chargesheet within 90 days of the arrest, though the prosecution can get additional time in special circumstances.

Earlier this week, police made another round of activist arrests for alleged ‘Maoist links’.

P Varavara Rao, revolutionary writer; activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira , Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha were arrested by the police in connection with the December 31 Elgar Parishad case. However, the Supreme Court halted the efforts of the Pune police and instead put them under house arrest.

While seeking additional time for filing chargesheet, ACP Pawar citied other grounds too, including need to investigate the "voluminous data" acquired from "seized devised documents, pen drives, CD, DVD, hard disk, sim cards and other electronic devices", which are at a forensic lab in Mumbai and the report is awaited.

In his application, Pawar alleged that “students from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Chembur, Mumbai were taken by accused Mahesh Raut, safely and secretly to forest areas of Maoist guerilla to meet absconding underground Naxalites and train them. Investigation is also underway”. The case is registered at Vishrambaug police station in Pune.

Yerwada jail wants activists moved out due to “security reasons”

The court has kept September 6 as the date for deciding on the application filed by Yerwada prison seeking to shift the five suspects — Sudhir Dhawale, member of theRepublican Panther Party of India; Surendra Gadling, prominent lawyer; Rona Wilson, activist;Mahesh Raut, former prime minister rural development fellow and Soma Sen, retired Nagpur University professor — elsewhere. The officials of Yerwada central jail, where all the five activists arrested in June are lodged, had moved an application before the court in mid-July, seeking permission to shift all the accused to another prison citing “security reasons”.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 17:53 IST