India: two HRDs sent to custody on fabricated chargesEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 14, 2020
- Event Description
NIA�s special public prosecutor Prakash Shetty told the court that the agency has found documentary evidence against Teltumbde and he was the convenor of Elgar Parishad that was organised on December 31, 2017. The agency has also alleged that Teltumbde has been a recipient of funds from the banned terror organisation CPI (Maoist).
�During investigation it is revealed that the role of present accused Anand Teltumbde has links with the banned outfit CPiI (Maoist),� the remand application stated.
The investigation agency has also accused Teltumbde of �hatching conspiracy� and �instigating enmity between two caste groups� which led to violence, loss of life and statewide agitation. �Since Teltumbde has been in an interim protection of various orders of honourable courts, the NIA has not had the opportunity to interrogate him,� the NIA lawyer argued.
Teltumbde, who was represented by his lawyer Maharukh Adenwala, told the court that while Teltumbe was abiding by the apex court�s order, he should not be taken into custody considering the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
�Dr. Teltumbde is 70 and he suffers from chronic bronchitis, and is an asthma patient,� she argued before the court.
In the application, Adenwala mentioned that Teltumbde suffers from cervical spondylitis, sapraspinatus tendinosis (associated with a small focal insertional tear) and prostratomegaly.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Pro-democracy activist
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 14 April 2020, Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, acedemic and media worker, were sent to custody on fabricated charges based on Supreme Court request in New Delhi, India.