Delhi HC releases activist Gautam Navlakha from house arrest
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Delhi HC releases activist Gautam Navlakha from house arrest

The Delhi High Court on Monday set free journalist and social activist Gautam Navlakha from house arrest. The Court quashed a local court order granting transit remand to the Maharashtra police to transfer him to Pune in connection with Bhima--Koregaon violence case. Navlakha is one of the five activists arrested by the Maharashtra police in connection with Bhima--Koregaon violence case.

The five activists-Varavararao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha- were put under house arrest on August 29 following a Supreme Court order on the plea by historian Romila Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, Sociology Professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala against the police action.

After the release while talking with the press, Navlakha said that he does not have any grudge for the confinement at his home.

A Bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel said the transit remand was given by the local court without compliance of mandatory provisions of the Constitution and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The Bench refused to accept the submission of the Maharashtra police that his house arrest is extended by two days since the Supreme Court had extended it by four weeks.

While setting aside the local court remand order, the High Court said the judge had overlooked that under provisions of the Constitution, an arrested person has to be given grounds of arrest and mere intimation of arrest to his partner or friend will not suffice.

The court, however, said the Maharashtra police could proceed further case against Navlakha by following laid down norms. (PenNews with input from UNI)