Scholar activist Anand Teltumbde, a suspect in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist case left, was released from central Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court rejected the National Investigation Agency (NIA) plea against bail . him, an official said.
Teltumbde, 73, who spent two and a half years behind bars in the case, walked out of jail around 1:15 p.m., he said.
“On Friday, the apex court had rejected the NIA’s plea against the order of the Bombay High Court to release Teltumbde on bail. Accordingly, he was released after the bail formalities were completed,” he said.
On Nov. 18, the high court had granted bail to Teltumbde, who was arrested by the central agency on April 14, 2020 after surrendering to the NIA, the official said.
Teltumbde is the third of 16 suspects arrested in the case and released on bail.
Poet Varavara Rao is currently out on bail for health reasons, while lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj is out on bail.
The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which police alleged led to violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial on the outskirts of the western city of Maharashtra .
The Pune police had also claimed that the conclave was organized by some individuals with alleged Maoist ties.
On 8 January 2018, Pune Police filed a first information report under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The NIA later took over the case.
Teltumbde had claimed that he did not attend the December 31, 2017 Elgar Parishad event in Pune city, nor did he make provocative speeches.
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