Bhima Koregaon case: 5 important developments in the case so far

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Sep 17: Updated: Supreme Court will hear the matter on September 19, as the Central government wants to produce the case diary and other evidence on that day. 

There are new developments in the Bhima Koregaon case after the house arrest of the five accused continued till September 17, on Supreme Court's direction. The Supreme Court is hearing the matter today and the bouts of allegations and counter-allegations continue.  The Supreme Court has resumed the hearing in the arrests of five activists made by Maharashtra Police in relation to the Bhima-Koregaon violence on January 1, 2018.Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha were arrested and remain under house arrest as directed by the apex court.

Here are the main 5 developments of the case:1. Senior lawyer Maninder Singh appearing for the Central govt told the Supreme Court that the menace of Maoists and Naxalites is increasing day by day, and it is these accused persons who are responsible for the increasing threat of the anti-social activities.Singh questioned the way the petitioners had directly approached the Supreme Court, and said, "they have options to approach the lower court, high courts or even other legal options to seek redressal."  

2. CJI Dipak Misra observed, "We entertained the case on the foundations of liberty. Issues like independent enquiry, etc, comes at a later stage."CJI Dipak Misra further observed, "We are not going to any extreme propagation, but wanted to see whether the case is connected to Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) or article 32 of the Indian Constitution."3. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior lawyer appearing for many petitioners, submits to the Supreme Court that the Apex Court had in many cases directed for a SIT or Court-monitored probe.Further Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior lawyer appearing for many petitioners, submitted to the Supreme Court that we have directly come to SC, as we only need a court-monitored investigation or a CBI or NIA probe, to ascertain what the case is and who is involved in it.4. Abhishek M Singhvi, appearing for many petitioners, submits to SC that out of 25 cases against accused, Varavar Rao, he was acquitted in all cases. Vernon Gonsalves, was acquitted in 17 cases out of a total of 18 & Arun Ferreira was acquitted in all 11 cases. 

5. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior lawyer appearing for many petitioners, submitted to SC that no accused was present in the programme of Yalgar Parishad and even the FIR does not have names of any of the five accused persons in the case. 

The Case so Far:

The Maharashtra government had told the apex court that the five rights activists were arrested due to the cogent evidence linking them with the banned CPI(Maoist) and not because of their dissenting views.The state police had filed the affidavit in response to a plea of historian Romila Thapar and four others, challenging the arrest of the five activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, and claimed that they were planning to carry out violence in the country and ambush the security forces.

While prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao was arrested from Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira were nabbed from Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad and civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha was arrested from Delhi.With Agencies