Bhima-Koregaon case: SC adjourns hearing on Maharashtra's plea to Dec 3

The Supreme Court adjourned to December 3 the hearing on the Maharashtra government's plea challenging the Bombay High Court order by which the extension of time granted to the state police to conclude probe in the Bhima Koregaon violence case was set aside.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph deferred the matter to enable the counsel for the Maharashtra government to file a rejoinder affidavit in the case.

The apex court on October 29 had granted time till December 1 to the Maharashtra Police to file the chargesheet in Bhima-Koregaon violence case.

A Pune special court, on the expiry of 90-day deadline for filing of the chargesheet on September 2, had extended the time by another 90 days for filing the probe report in the case by taking note of the state police's plea.

The Pune Police had arrested lawyer Surendra Gadling, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson in June for their alleged links with Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The trial court decision was set aside by the Bombay High Court leading the state government to approach the apex court.

The top court stayed the Bombay High Court order, which had set aside the lower court's verdict allowing extension of time to police to file the probe report against the rights activists arrested in the case.

(Agencies)