Supreme Court reserves its verdict on issue of five rights activists

This comes as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra reserved the judgment.

The top court of the country has reserved its verdict on a plea seeking the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and an SIT probe into their arrest.

This comes as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra reserved the judgment.

It is said that counsel for both parties including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta concluded their submissions.

The bench then asked the Maharashtra police to file their case diary pertaining to the ongoing investigation in the case by September 24.

It also asked the parties to file their written submissions by then.

The five activists –Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha– are under arrest at their respective homes since August 29.

The Supreme Court had said on September 19 that it would look into the case with a hawk’s eye as liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures.

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