Activist Gautam Navlakha before surrender: Accused guilty unless proven innocent is new norm


By: Express Web Desk |

Updated: April 14, 2020 1:55:50 pm





Navlakaha mentioned he shall be surrendering before the National Investigative Agency in New Delhi. (Image for illustration)
In an open letter before his give up on Tuesday, activist Gautam Navlakha assailed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) underneath which he was charged by Pune Police for his or her alleged Maoist hyperlinks and different expenses following the violence at Bhima Koregaon village close to Pune on January 1, 2018.

“Such Acts turn the normal jurisprudence upside down. No longer is it the axiom that ‘a person is innocent unless proven guilty’. In fact, under such Acts, ‘an accused is guilty unless proven innocent’,” he wrote.

He additionally criticised the way through which proof is gathered and submitted, saying the “draconian” provisions of UAPA should not accompanied by stricter procedures.

“Under this double whammy, jail becomes the norm, and bail an exception,” he added.

On April 8, Navlakha and activist Anand Teltumbde had been granted per week to give up by the Supreme Court.

Navlakaha mentioned he shall be surrendering before the National Investigative Agency in New Delhi. He additionally mentioned he didn’t adjust to the Supreme Court’s earlier order as he couldn’t journey to Mumbai to give up throughout the lockdown.

On March 16, the Supreme Court had rejected the duo’s anticipatory bail plea and had given them three weeks to give up. The two had moved the apex courtroom after a single-judge bench of Bombay High Court rejected their pleas for anticipatory bail.

However they didn’t give up and as soon as once more approached the SC looking for extra time to give up in view of the COVID-19 state of affairs.

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