Every case can’t come to the Supreme Court: Centre on activists’ arrest case

New Delhi: The central government on Monday opposed Supreme Court’s “interference” in the case of the five rights activists under house arrest, accused of having Maoist links.

“Every case can’t come to the Supreme Court. It is a wrong procedure. Then every case will come to the Supreme Court,” the government told the apex Court.

The government asked the top court to allow a “competent court to hear the case as the case is pending before other courts”.

Referring to the petitioners, the Maharashtra government said the court cannot entertain strangers.

Several people including historian Romila Thapar had filed a petition in the Supreme Court last month challenging the August 28 arrests of the right activists.

She had alleged the arrests were aimed at muzzling dissent.

The top court had ordered the police to place the activists under house arrest rather than send them to jail till further orders.

The raids

  • Maharashtra Police had, on August 28, raided the homes of the prominent activists in several states and arrested at least five of them for suspected Maoist links.
  • Telugu poet Varavara Rao, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha were arrested.
  • The raids were carried out as part of an investigation into an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year, which had later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon village in Maharashtra.