20 Sep : News Express 24 :-
The Supreme Court has reserved its decision in the hearing on the Bhima Coregaon dispute and the death of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter of alleged threat from the ‘Urban Naxal’. The court has asked both sides to reply in writing on this matter till Saturday. By then all five accused will be interned in their homes. Maharashtra Police will have to submit a case diary before the Supreme Court.
#BhimaKoregaon case: Supreme Court reserves its order on the petitions filed by Romila Thapar and others challenging the arrest of activists. The court has also asked parties to file their written notes by Monday.
— ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2018
Advocates like senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Vrinda Grover, Anand Grover, were present on behalf of petitioners – Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlalka, Varvara Rao, Vernon Gonzalevis and Arun Ferrera, to stop their arrest and transit remand in this case.
On behalf of the government, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and senior lawyer Harish Salve on behalf of Maharashtra Police kept their arguments. The case is heard by the Supreme Court Chief Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice DC Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanvillankar.
Read, what happened on Thursday’s hearing-
Vrinda Grover and Anand Grover, who appeared on behalf of the petitioners, questioned the accused’s ‘letters written to comrade Prakash’. He said that Sudha Bhargava is Hindi-speaking, but the letter which is being written in her is also the Marathi word.
Looking at this letter, the Bench commented, ‘Yes, this can only be written by the Marathi linguist. In addition, half moon also use Marathi.
Earlier, during the hearing, Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It was nine months but by accusing the Maoists, the government could not apply for transit remand. Now why is this step taken suddenly? This act of police force was illegal for the arrest of the accused without trial. He said that transit remand application is based on Bhima Koregaon, but it is not mentioned in the three letters being submitted by the police.
After this the court summoned the police case diaries. While giving the diary, Tushar Mehta says this is in Marathi. On this, the court said that we will understand Marathi. On this, Singhvi said that there are judges who know Marathi in this bench, so you will be easy. We do not have this facility.
Harish Salve said that if this investigation is being exposed to the acts of illegal actors, then investigations should be carried forward. On the demand of SIT, he said that nowadays all the PILs have to make SIT request, because the Court also makes SIT and orders an inquiry.
Earlier, Harish Salve said, in many cases the court makes the SIT. This is creating the image in the public that agencies like CBI, NIA are unreliable, then only about every PIL demand SIT is like copy-paste.
During the hearing, Singhvi said that these letters were also mentioned in a TV channel discussion. How did they get the news channel? How many such confidential documents made public? When Singhvi cited the letter, Harish Salve questioned the petitioners about the arrival of the letter. On this, Singhvi said that this letter is present on the website of several news channels.
During the hearing, Justice Khanvilkar, who was in the bench, asked, what is the material police that has gathered, what is the relationship with the people arrested? Meanwhile, Tushar Mehta gave the details of the conversation between the accused.
Tushar Mehta during the hearing said that Prakash Chetan and Jai Saibaba are the names of the same person. He not only speaks Hindi but also gives a speech in Hindi. There is also a mention of several conspiracies and meetings of the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) in the letter written to him. He said that in documents received from the accused, there are many serious things that are not suitable for reading in court. There are many codes in the correspondence of the accused. Take the Low Intensity Combat (LIC). On this, Singhvi said that if Prakash and Saibaba are the same person then how can one write a letter by staying in a jail?
The hearing of this case has been completed and now both sides have been asked to give their answers in writing. The answer to the deadline is until the following Saturday.