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NIA Court Refuses Bail to Anand Teltumbde

Teltumbde was arrested by the NIA on April 14 after he surrendered ensuring the Supreme Court's direction.

Mumbai: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday rejected ‘default’ bail application of scholar and activist Anand Teltumbde, who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case.

Teltumbde had sought bail under section 167 (2) of Code of Criminal Procedure on July 13 as the NIA failed to file a chargesheet against him within 90 days as mandated under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Such bail is sometimes called default bail.

But special judge D.E. Kothalikar rejected the application. On July 12, the court had granted the NIA 90 days’ extension to file a chargesheet.

Teltumbde was arrested by the NIA on April 14 after he surrendered ensuring the Supreme Court’s direction.

The NIA court had earlier rejected similar plea of another accused in the case, activist Gautam Navlakha.

Teltumbde, Navlakha and nine others, mostly activists and lawyers, have been booked under stringent provisions of the UAPA for allegedly having links with the Maoists and conspiring to overthrow the government. They were initially booked by the Pune police after violence erupted near Koregaon-Bhima in Pune district. The arrested persons have denied these charges.