Navlakha Loses Bail Plea, But SC Approves House Arrest As Alternative to Jail
The Wire / by V. Venkatesan
Though the activist’s right to default bail on the basis of his 34-days house arrest in 2018 was turned down by the top court, the judges found merit in treating house arrests as an alternative form of detention.
Well-known human rights activist Gautam Navlakha lost his legal battle for default bail in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. But his case has ironically persuaded the top court to make a huge advance on human rights so that other activists like him are not similarly disadvantaged in future.
No default bail for Gautam Navlakha, rules SC [read order]
The Leaflet / by The Leaflet
The Supreme Court Wednesday refused default bail to Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, on the grounds that the 35 days he spent under house arrest in 2018 did not constitute custody in order to compute the 90 day period within which a charge-sheet must be filed under criminal law, to entitle him to to the same. Navlakha is facing charges under the anti-terrorism UAPA.
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Supreme Court Dismisses Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail [read order]
Live Law / by Live Law News Network
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by jailed activist Gautam Navlakha seeking default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Navlkaha wanted to include the 34-day period of his unlawful custody in 2018 while computing the period for filing chargesheet under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
A bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph dismissed Navlakha’s petition, affirming the Bombay High Court judgment. The bench had reserved judgment on March 26.