A special NIA court in Mumbai on Thursday issued non-bailable warrants against two absconding accused in the Elgar Parishad case.
Mumbai,UPDATED: Dec 16, 2022 03:39 IST
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By Vidya : A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai has issued non-bailable warrants (NBW) against two absconding accused in the Elgar Parishad case.
Earlier in the case, the NIA filed an application to have the NBWs issued during a hearing.
On Thursday, Special Judge Rajesh Katariya granted the application and issued such warrants against alleged Maoist leaders Prakash alias Naveen alias Ritupan Goswami and Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy.
The court allowed the probe agency’s plea and directed the investigation officer to deputise a special team to execute the NBW against the two absconding accused.
In this case, in addition to Ganapathy and Prakash, two more people were wanted. On Thursday, the special judge issued a production warrant against one of the accused. This wanted man was apprehended in Jharkhand and imprisoned there.
Comrade Milind Teltumbde was the fourth wanted person. Comrade Teltumbde was a union leader who became a key figure in the Communist Party of India (Marxist), a banned organisation. The government announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh to apprehend him.
Milind Teltumbde is Professor Anand Teltumbde’s brother, who was also arrested in the Elgar Parishad case but is now out on bail.
Milind was killed in an encounter last year on November 13, and it was because of this reason that the warrant was not issued for him.
The Elgar Parishad case is about alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave in Pune on December 31, 2017, which allegedly sparked violence the next day near the Bhima Koregaon war memorial on the outskirts of western Maharashtra city.
On January 8, 2018, the Pune police registered a case under the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, alleging that the conclave was organised by people with Maoist ties. The NIA later took over the investigation.
Sixteen people were arrested in the case, though Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, who was arrested in Jharkhand, died while in judicial custody.
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