The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere in the arrest of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and declined to appoint a SIT for probe into their arrest.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 2:1 verdict, ordered the Maharashtra police to go ahead with the probe and said there has been no serious miscarriage of justice.
The top court added that there was no evidence that suggests that the arrest was because of a political dissent.
The three-judge bench refused the plea seeking the immediate release of the activists. Justice Chandrachud was the dissenting judge.
Chandrachund said the selective details of arrested leaked to the media casts doubt on the impartiality of the investigation. "Individuals who assert an opinion contrary to those in echelons of power also enjoy the same liberties," he said.
The top court heard the plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of the five human rights activists. The plea also sought a probe into their arrest by a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The five were arrested due to an alleged role in the Elgaar Parishad meeting. The five activists – Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha have been under arrest since August 29.
(With inputs from PTI)
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First Published: IST