Gautam Navlakha released from jail, taken to Navi Mumbai premises
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Gautam Navlakha released from jail, taken to Navi Mumbai premises

Gautam Navlakha, an accused in Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, was released from Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai on Saturday evening and will live under house arrest for a month.He was immediately taken to a building in Navi Mumbai’s Belapur-Agroli area by a police team where he would be staying.

Gautam Navlakha, an accused in Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, was released from Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai on Saturda

Investigating agency on Nov. 19 submitted to the special court in Mumbai

Navlakha left the prison around 6 pm, said a senior prison official. On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court had rejected the NIA’s application opposing his house arrest. The investigating agency on Nov. 19 submitted to the special court in Mumbai the compliance report about completing the release formalities of the activist, after which the court issued the release memo, which will then be mailed to the jail authorities and the Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner.

charge-sheeted accused in a case involving threat to national security and integrity

However, the NIA had moved the apex court earlier this week seeking vacation of its order for house arrest, saying Mr. Navlakha, being a charge-sheeted accused in a case involving threat to national security and integrity, does not deserve any extra leeway.

SC order of placing the activist under house arrest

On Friday, the SC, however, went ahead with its November 10 order of placing the activist under house arrest. The case against Mr. Navlakha relates to alleged inflammatory speeches made at the ‘Elgar Parishad’ conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon Bhima war memorial on the outskirts of the western Maharashtra city.

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People linked to banned naxalite groups had organised the programme

According to the Pune police, people linked to banned naxalite groups had organised the programme. The case, in which over a dozen activists and academicians have been named as accused, was later handed over to the NIA.

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