‘Accused In Custody For 5 Years’: Supreme Court Points Out To NIA While Hearing Bail Applications
Live Law / by Live Law News Network
The Supreme Court, on Monday, at the request of National Investigation Agency (NIA), directed the hearing of the bail applications of Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, two of the accused persons in the Bhima Koregaon case, to be deferred to a Non-Miscellaneous day (Wednesday).
A Bench comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia was hearing the bail applications of Gonsalves and a co-accused, Ferreira, who were arrested for alleged links with the 2018 caste-based violence that broke out at Bhima Koregaon in Pune, as well as with far-left militants.
Supreme Court adjourns bail pleas of Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira at the request of NIA
The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala
The matter is posted to be heard on February 8.
On Monday, a division bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Sudhanshu Dhulia, at the request of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), adjourned the hearing of the bail pleas of trade unionist, activist and academic Vernon Gonsalves, and activist and lawyer Arun Ferreira. Gonsalves and Ferreira have filed bail applications in the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Bombay High Court dated October 15, 2019 rejecting their bail pleas.
Thread by Bar & Bench (Feb 6):
++ #SupremeCourt is hearing bail applications of activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in the Bhima Koregaon case
Adv Kanu Agarwal: 2 bails in UAPA case. ASG is in another court It will take sometime. We have filed the counter affidavits. ++
++ SC: Somebody is in custody for 5 years. What harm will be caused if he is released on bail with conditions? What is there in counter affidavit ? We have read it
Adv Agarwal: delay in trial cannot be attributed to NIA. There are serious charges of membership etc ++
++ Sr Adv Rebecca John: trial was also underwent for 5 years.. material pertaining to this case is the same in other cases where I was acquitted..
SC: This may make your case a little different
SC: List on Next Wednesday for hearing ++
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