The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant anticipatory bail to civil rights activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde in the alleged Maoist contact case of the Elgar Parishad. Justice PD Naik rejected his anticipatory bail petitions. However, the court extended the period of interim relief from his arrest to four weeks so that he can appeal to the Supreme Court.
On 1 January 2018, after the violence in Koregaon Bhima village of Pune district, a case was registered against Maoist contacts and Navalakha, Teltumbde and many other activists on various other charges. According to Pune Police, provocative speeches and provocative statements were made at the Elgar Parishad conference held in Pune on 31 December 2017, leading to ethnic violence in Koregaon Bhima the next day.
The police alleged that the conference had the support of the Maoists. Teltumbde and Navlakha moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in November last year. Earlier, his plea was rejected by a sessions court in Pune. In December last year, the High Court granted him interim relief from his arrest pending the hearing of disposal of anticipatory bail petitions. The Pune police was investigating the case but the Center submitted its investigation to the National Investigation Agency last month.