Elgar Parishad case: Court rejects interim bail to Teltumbde, sends him to judicial custody till May 8

Written by Sadaf Modak
| New Delhi |

Updated: April 25, 2020 2:24:33 pm

Anand Teltumbde on the workplace of ACP Shivaji Pawar in Pune on Thursday. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre)
A particular court docket on Saturday rejected short-term bail to academician Dr Anand Teltumbde, arrested on April 14 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a case associated to an alleged conspiracy to convene the Elgar Parishad occasion in Pune on December 31, 2017. Teltumbde (70) has been despatched to judicial custody till May 8.

Teltumbde via his attorneys R Satyanarayan and Arif Siddiqui had moved a plea searching for short-term citing the Covid-19 outbreak and his susceptibility to it due to his well being situation. The NIA, nevertheless, opposed the plea stating that the offence was critical. He additionally stated that the offences beneath which Teltumbde has been booked, together with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, didn’t fall into the factors mounted by the state’s high-powered committee, which had prescribed bail being granted to these going through punishment solely up to seven years imprisonment.

The short-term bail plea had stated that within the current circumstances the danger of contracting a critical respiratory an infection corresponding to Coronavirus within the closed cramped situation in jails is excessive and poses a critical risk to the life and well-being of the accused.

“The accused (Teltumbde) has been diagnosed with reduced respiratory air flow…A severe infection has a high chance of causing aggravation of symptoms and can rapidly or suddenly lead to acute respiratory distress necessitating immediate medical attention to prevent loss of life,” the plea filed by Teltumbde’s attorneys stated. It added that he had adopted the due means of legislation since he was named as an accused, having surrendered on April 14, as per instructions of the Supreme Court, which had rejected his anticipatory bail utility.

The court docket, nevertheless, agreeing with the NIA’s rivalry, rejected the plea.

Before his give up, Teltumbde in an open letter had stated that ‘draconian legislations’ just like the UAP Act, ‘denude innocent people of their liberties’.

“The jingoist nation and nationalism have got weaponised by the political class to destroy dissent and polarise people..I earnestly hope that you will speak out before your turn comes,” the letter stated.

Nine others beforehand arrested are at the moment in judicial custody in Taloja jail. While activist Gautam Navlakha had surrendered earlier than the NIA in Delhi and was despatched to NIA’s custody.

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