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Fashionable to make hue and cry about personal liberty, Maharashtra tells SC

New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) The Maharashtra government on Monday said it has become “fashion of the day to make hue and cry about personal liberty” as it contended that in the case of Gautan Navlakha, accused of alleged links with outlawed CPI (Maoist), the investigating officer followed every procedure of law in proceeding against him.

Saying the conduct of Gautam Navlakhs required serious consideration, the Maharashtra police said that though the writ of habeas corpus was not maintainable, yet Navlakha filed the one before the High Court.

During the pendency of the habeas corpus petition before the High court, Navlakhs and others moved a petition before the top court.

The court by its September 28 order while rejecting the plea by historian Romila Thapar granted the protection from arrest for four weeks, giving them time to move an appropriate court.

The Maharashtra police said this in its rejoinder to the response by Gautam Navlakha. Maharashtra had moved the top court challenging the Delhi High Court order granting bail to Navlakha.

The top court had on October 29 issued notice to Navlakha on plea by Maharashtra challenging grant of bail to him by the High court.

The matter relates to alleged singing of “objectionable songs” and instigating comments, speeches sloganeering ‘Elgar Conference’ by accused Sudhir Dhawale and others at ‘Bhima Koregaon Shouryadin Prerna Abhiyan’ organised by Kabir Kala Manch on December 31, 2017.

Accusing the five activists of their links with CPI(Maoist), the Maharashtra government has alleged that they misled the backward people and spread radical Maoist thoughts.

As a part of their policy, the members of Kabir Kala Manch, Sudhir, Dhavale and others have made such instigating speech, at various places in Maharashtra that would “create enmity and violence in the society”, says the Maharashtra petition.

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