The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the bail plea of Delhi professor Honey Babu, accused in the Bhima Koregaon caste violence case.
A division bench of Justice NM Jamdar and Justice NR Borkar was hearing an appeal filed by Prof Babu after his plea was rejected by the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court.
The central agency had opposed his bail in the court, saying he was accused of overthrowing the government, waging war against the government and armed revolution.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the NIA, had said that communication from co-accused Arun Ferreira to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction) was found on Professor Babu’s computer.
“Arun Ferreira sent a letter to Honey Babu saying ‘We have sent you a new issue of People’s March magazine Please post it using the method proposed last time. Please post it on Maoist group with a new ID ‘. Letter from Brazil and Nepal found on Honey Babu’s laptop, as he was responsible for international coordination of CPI (Maoist). Letter about terrorist attacks by Varavara Rao to all associates found on Honey Babu’s laptop. CPI (Maoist) letter referring to the leading organization RDF (Revolutionary Democratic Front),” he listed.
Pro. Babu’s bail plea was rejected by the special NIA court in February this year. He was arrested on July 28, 2020 and searches were conducted at his residence in Uttar Pradesh. Various electronic articles and incriminating documents were seized from him.
On January 24, 2020, NIA re-registered the case relating to 11 people arrested for inciting and giving provocative presentation and speech on December 31, 2017 during Elgaar Parishad organized by the activists of Kabir Kala Manch in Shaniwarwada, Pune. did. According to the agency, that fueled enmity between caste groups and fueled violence that resulted in the loss of lives and a state-wide agitation.
Initially, the Vishram Bagh police station registered a case and arrested Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Mr. Ferreira, Varavara Rao, Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Mahesh Raut, Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Surendra Gadling.