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Elgar Parishad Case: Sudha Bharadwaj Not Entitled to Bail on Ground of Pandemic, Says NIA

File photograph of activist Sudha Bharadwaj.

The NIA mentioned Bharadwaj was not “entitled to any relief” even on the bottom of COVID-19 state of affairs because it had discovered “cogent evidence” that she was a “member of the banned CPI (Maoist)”.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 9:16 PM IST

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has advised the Bombay High Court that activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested within the Elgar Parishad case, is

attempting to “take undue benefit” of the COVID-19 pandemic by looking for bail.

In an affidavit submitted final week, the NIA urged the court docket to dismiss Bharadwaj’s interim bail plea.

The company mentioned in its reply that Bharadwaj was not “entitled to any relief” even on the bottom of COVID-19 state of affairs because it had discovered “cogent evidence” that she was a “member of the banned organisation CPI (Maoist)”.

Bharadwaj together with different accused within the case was concerned in “providing strategic inputs” for “furtherance of an armed rebellion”, it mentioned. She performed an lively position in planning violence that geared toward “destabilizing” the present Union authorities, the probe company claimed.

Bharadwaj was being “duly attended” in jail and “provided all necessary medical assistance as and when required”, the NIA mentioned.

“Pleading on the ground of the medical condition of the petitioner is merely a ruse to obtain interim relief which otherwise will not be available to her on the merits of the case,” it mentioned.

Bharadwaj, 58, moved the HC looking for bail after the particular NIA court docket in Mumbai rejected her plea on May 29.

The petition was scheduled to be heard by a bench led by Justice AA Sayed on Tuesday, nevertheless it couldn’t be taken up resulting from lack of time.

Bharadwaj, arrested in September 2018, is lodged in Mumbai Byculla Women’s Jail the place an inmate had examined constructive for coronavirus final month.

She has sought bail on well being grounds, arguing that there was excessive threat of the unfold of virus in prisons. She additionally mentioned that she was a diabetic and suffered from hypertension which made her extra susceptible to an infection.

Bharadwaj has been booked below the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in reference to the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017.

Pune Police had alleged that Maoists had backed the conclave and inflammatory speeches delivered on the occasion triggered violence on the Koregaon-Bhima battle memorial the subsequent day. Now the NIA is probing the case.


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