Elgar: Of 16 accused, 1 dead, 2 get bail, 13 in jail

One-liner: With the SC stipulating that charges in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case be framed within the next three months, the focus has shifted now to the status of the accused.

Stan Swamy dies: In the case probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), of the total 16 arrested, Jesuit priest Stan Swamy died at a private hospital in Mumbai last year.

Varavara Rao: Telugu poet Varavara Rao is currently out on medical bail.

Sudha Bharadwaj: Only one accused - Sudha Bharadwaj - is out on regular bail, which was granted to her by the Bombay HC in Dec last year, while 13 other accused are currently lodged in different jails.

Waging war against nation: The accused in the case have been charged with waging a war against the nation, being active members of the banned terror outfit CPI (Maoist).

UAPA and IPC: The NIA in its draft charges sought to charge the accused under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the IPC. 

  • The court is yet to frame charges in the case, only after which trial would commence

Speech triggered violence: The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches delivered at the Elgar Parishad conclave, held in Pune on Dec 31, 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the next day on the city's outskirts.

Backed by Maoists: The Pune Police, which probed the case before it was transferred to the NIA, claimed the conclave was backed by Maoists.

Sudhir Dhawale: Activist Sudhir Dhawale was one of the first people to be arrested in the case in June 2018. He is presently lodged at the Taloja prison.

Rona Wilson: Activist Rona Wilson was arrested in June 2018 from his home in Delhi and has been in jail since then. He has been described as one of the top brass of urban Maoists. 

Surendra Gadling: Lawyer Surendra Gadling was arrested in 2018 and has been in jail since then. Gadling, an active member of CPI (Maoist), was involved in the fund-raising activities.

Shoma Sen: Professor Shoma Sen was arrested in June 2018 and has been lodged in the Byculla women's prison since then. 

Mahesh Raut: Activist Mahesh Raut is accused of spreading Maoist ideology and attempting to recruit students to join the Naxalite movement.

Arun Ferreira: Social activist and lawyer Arun Ferreira was arrested in the case in Aug 2018 and is presently lodged at the Taloja prison.

Vernon Gonsalves: Vernon Gonsalves was arrested in the case in August 2018 and is presently lodged at the Taloja prison. 

Anand Teltumbde: Anand Teltumbde, an activist and scholar, was arrested by the NIA in April 2020 after he surrendered following no relief of anticipatory bail from the SC.

Gautam Navlakha: Seventy-year-old activist Gautam Navlakha was arrested in the case in Aug 2018 and has been lodged at the Taloja prison since then. 

Hany Babu: Delhi University associate professor, Hany Babu was arrested in July 2020 in the case and is presently lodged at the Taloja prison.

Sagar Gorkhe: Sagar Gorkhe, a singer and anti-caste activist was arrested by the NIA in Sept 2020. He is presently lodged at the Taloja prison.

Ramesh Gaichor: Ramesh Gaichor was arrested by the NIA along with Gorkhe and is also lodged at the Taloja prison. 

Jyoti Jagtap: Jyoti Jagtap, a member of the Kabir Kala Manch, was arrested in Sept 2020 on charges of propagating Naxalite activities and Maoist ideology. She is presently lodged at the Byculla women's prison in Mumbai.

Source: PTI

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