SC extends house arrests of rights activists till Sept 17

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has extended the house arrest of five rights activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case, till September 17.

The five arrested rights activists are Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, on Wednesday adjourned the hearing plea filed by Romila Thapar and four others to September 17 after it was told that the senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is defending the activists, was busy in another court.

The Maharashtra police had arrested the five activists on August 28 for their alleged link in the violence triggered at Koregaon-Bhima village, that was followed by a conclave ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held on December 31.

On August 29, the apex court had given relief to the five activists as it prevented the cops from arresting them. Instead, the SC ordered for their house arrest till September 6. The house arrest was later extended till September 12 and now is further extended till September 17.

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