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Arrest of Five Activists : Supreme Court Reserves Verdict On Their Release

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The Supreme Court while hearing the plea for immediate release of five activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence 0f 2017 has reserved its verdict. The plea for the activists was file by historian Romila Thapar.

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

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, reserved the judgment after counsel for both parties including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta concluded their submissions.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud, 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.

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