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Supreme Court dismisses NIA’s plea against bail granted to Anand Teltumbde

Supreme Court of India dismissed National Investigation Agency’s petition challenging Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to prominent human rights defender Anand Teltumbde in the Bhima Koregaon case.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud refused to interfere with the High Court order and dismisses NIA’s SLP.

“We will not interfere,” CJI DY Chandrachud said.

“What is the specific role to bring UAPA sections into action? The IIT Madras event you alleged is for Dalit mobilisation. Is Dalit mobilisation preparatory act to proscribed activity?” CJI asked ASG Aishwarya Bhati appearing for the NIA, Live Law reported.

However, the top court added that the High Court’s observations will not be treated as conclusive final findings at the trials.

The High Court made a prima facie observation that there was no evidence for the offence of terrorist activity against Teltumbde.

The 73-year old former IIT professor and Dalit scholar was arrested by the NIA on April 14, 2020.

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