Elgar Parishad case: Activist Sudha Bharadwaj's bail plea rejected

She had sought temporary bail on medical grounds in view of coronavirus outbreak

activist-arrest-pti [File] People's Lawyers Forum holds protest against the arrest of activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, and Varavara Rao by Pune Police, in connection with Bhima Koregaon Violence case | PTI

A special court in Mumbai on Friday rejected the interim bail plea filed by activist Sudha Bharadwaj, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case.

The activist had sought temporary bail on medical grounds in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) opposed Bharadwaj's bail plea saying she was not suffering from any life-threatening ailment.

Her condition is stable as per the medical reports, special public prosecutor Prakash Shetty said.

Bharadwaj and 10 other civil rights activists were booked under stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) over alleged Maoist links and conspiring to overthrow the government.

They were booked initially by the Pune Police after the violence that erupted at Koregaon Bhima in the district.

According to police, the activists made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements at the Elgar Parishad meet held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which triggered the violence the next day.

The police also said that these activists were active members of banned Maoist groups.

The case was later transferred to the NIA.