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Polling firm NIA calls on Supreme Court to seek bail for activist Anand Teltumbde

Teltumbde had visited the NIA office in Mumbai on April 14, 2020.

New Delhi:

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today appealed to the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to Dalit rights activist and academic Anand Teltumbde, who is incarcerated under the illegal activities (prevention) in the Bhima Koregaon case.

A bench of Indian Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices Hima Kohli and JB Pardiwala said they would hear the case on November 25.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the NIA, mentioned the matter for a listing of the case Thursday.

“The petition is from the NIA. There is a bail order. The order is suspended for a week, which is Friday,” SG said on the bench while mentioning.

The bench then said they would hear it on Friday.

CJI Chandrachud asked the Solicitor General to serve a copy of the petition on the attorney for Aparna Bhat, who is appearing for Teltumbde under protest.

On November 18, the High Court granted bail to Teltumbde, 73, but suspended his order for a week so that the NIA, the public prosecutor, could appeal to the Supreme Court.

The prosecution alleges provocative and inflammatory speeches were made at the event which was allegedly backed by the banned terrorist group Communist Party of India (Maoist), which then led to violence in the village of Koregaon Bhima near Pune in 2018.

Teltumbde had appeared outside the NIA office in Mumbai on April 14, 2020, after the Supreme Court denied him any redress. He is currently incarcerated in Taloja Central Prison.

Teltumbde, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) who taught at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), was indicted for his alleged links to the banned CPI (Maoists).

He was charged with several sections of Indian Penal Code and UAPA.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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