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Bombay HC questions Maharahstra police press conference on Elgar Parishad

Mumbai | The Bombay High Court on Monday raised questions over the press conference conducted by the Maharashtra Police.

During a hearing of a petition demanding NIA inquiry in Elgar Parishad matter, the Bombay High court bench asked the Police about how could it hold a press conference when the matter is sub-judice in Courts. Earlier on 31 August, the Maharashtra Police conducted a press conference revealing the connection between the Maoist group and arrested activists on Tuesday planning to overthrow the Narendra Modi governemnt.

Addressing a Press Conference,  PB Singh, ADG Law and Order said, the arrested activists played an active and crucial role in a conspiracy by Maoist organizations to overthrow the lawfully established Indian government using weapons procured from Russia and China. Displaying letters allegedly exchanged by some of the arrested activists the police chief said that the evidence collected so far clearly establishes links of arrested activists with Maoist organisations.

The Court further today adjourned the petition demanding NIA inquiry in Elgar Parishad matter till 7th September stating that the copies of the petition were not served to all concerned persons.

The Pune police on 28 August during raids at various parts of the country arrested Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and P Varavara Rao in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in January. The police had alleged the arrested activists have links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had ordered that all these five activists should be kept under house arrest till 6 September.

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