Supreme Court had this to rule on arrest of five activists in Bhima-Koregaon violence

majority view rejected the activists' plea for a probe by a special investigation team or SIT

The Supreme Court heard the case of five activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence.

The top court has for now ruled that they will remain under house arrest for four more weeks.

The decision was pronounced by a three-judge Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

There was also the fact that the majority view rejected the activists’ plea for a probe by a special investigation team or SIT.

Justice Khanwilkar, who read out the majority verdict for himself and Chief Justice Misra, said the arrests were not because of dissent by the activists.

Justice DY Chandrachud, who read out the dissenting view, said that there is no basis to link the activists with the allegations by police.

The five activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — are under house since August 29.

The Maharashtra police have alleged their actions at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ meeting led to violence in Koregaon-Bhima, 29 km from Pune, on December 31 last year.

Justice Khanwilkar said their house arrest duration has been extended so that they can seek legal remedy.

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