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Bhima Koregaon Violence: HC quashes extended time given to Police by Pune court for filing chargesheet

The petition was filed by arrested activist and lawyer Surendra Gadling which involves other four arrested activist as well

Bhima Koregaon Violence: HC quashes extended time given to Police by Pune court for filing chargesheet
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Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed the order of Pune court granting extra time to Pune Police for filing charge sheet against five activists including Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, and Rona Wilson. The five activists were arrested earlier on June 6 in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon Violence. 

Justice Mridula Bhatkar observed that the Pune court’s order granting 90 extra days to the police in order to file a charge sheet while extending the custody of Gadling and others was “illegal”.

However, Maharashtra government backed the decision of Pune court and said that Pune police is yet to finish their investigation on the claims that the activists have Maoists connections as well as their role in Bhima-Koregaon Violence. Therefore, the police needed time to file the charge sheet.

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At the request of Maharashtra government, Bombay HC stayed its own decision from implementation until November 1, giving time to the state government to appeal to the Supreme Court for their demands. Only after that, the arrested activists will be eligible to apply for a bail. 

Earlier on September 2, Pune sessions court granted permission to Pune Police extending 90 additional days to file the charge sheet. Gadling challenged the sessions court decision in the Bombay HC filing a petition.

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