Bhima Koregaon violence case: The Supreme Court has extended the house arrest of the five human rights activists till September 17. Hearing the petitions filed by historian Romila Thapar and others against the arrests of five human rights activists, a 3 judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud adjourned the hearing till September 17 as senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is representing the petitioners, was busy in another court.

The police had arrested Varavara Rao from Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira from Mumbai, Sudha Bharadwaj from Faridabad and Gautam Navlakha from Delhi in allegations with the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

The Supreme Court on Thursday (September 6) extended till September 12, the house arrest of five human rights activists in connection with the violence in Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took umbrage over the statements given by the Assistant Commissioner of Police of Pune on the matter, saying he was casting aspersions on the court.

Justice DY Chandrachud had also slammed the Maharashtra government over state police’s presser on Bhima-Koregaon raids.

Issuing a stringent warning to the Pune Police to be more responsible in future, the bench told ASG Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Maharashtra government, that the matter is before the SC and it doesn’t want to hear from police officials that the apex court is wrong.

However, Mehta told the bench that keeping the activists under house arrest would hamper the ongoing investigation. The bench posted the matter for further hearing on September 12. The state police had filed the affidavit in response to a plea of historian Romila Thapar and four others, challenging the arrest of the five activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case and claimed that they were planning to carry out violence in the country and ambush the security forces.