Supreme Court directs Maharashtra government to submit charge sheet by December 8 in Koregaon-Bhima violence case

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Maharashtra government to submit before it the chargesheet filed against arrested rights activists before a Pune court in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. The charge sheet in the case was earlier filed before a Pune court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it wanted to see the “charges” against the accused and asked senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Maharashtra government, to submit before it by December 8 the charge sheet filed by the state police in a special court in Pune.

The bench, also comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, was hearing an appeal of the state government against a Bombay high court order refusing to extend the time limit of 90 days for filing the probe report. The bench has now posted the appeal for further hearing on December 11.

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).

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