The National Investigation Agency inquiring into the Bhima Koregaon case in Maharashtra has summoned K. Satyanarayana, a noted scholar, anti-caste activist, and professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) to appear before it in Mumbai on 9 September.
“I wish to share the distressing news that NIA, Mumbai summoned me to appear before it as a witness under section 16o Cr.PC and also u/s 91 of Cr. PC on 09.09.2020,” Satyanarayana, who is known for his extensive and focused academic work in the field of Dalit studies said in a statement.
Professor Satyanarayana denied any links to the event near Pune that allegedly triggered violence on January 1, 2018, and said that the NIA notice adds to his family distress at a time when his father in law and jailed poet Varavara Rao’s health condition is not very good and the pandemic is fast spreading in Mumbai.
“I was summoned to Mumbai in these terrible times,” Satyanarayana said.
Satyanarayana also informed that K.V. Kurmanath, a senior journalist, was also summoned to appear at the same time and date.
“As you know, my flat was raided by Pune police in August 2018 under the pretext of collecting evidence against my father in law and revolutionary poet Varavara Rao. I stated then that I was in no way connected to the Bhima Koregaon case.”
The 53-year-old professor told media that the fact of Varavara Rao being his father in law was used to raid his house and cause mental agony.
“It is a fact that I am related to Varavara Rao but I reiterate that I have no connection with the Bhima Koregaon case,” he added.