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Bhima Koregaon: Marathi words in letters allegedly written by activists; SC reserves verdict
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Bhima Koregaon: Marathi words in letters allegedly written by activists; SC reserves verdict

Murali Krishnan

The Supreme Court today reserved its judgment in the case relating to the Bhima Koregaon raids and arrests.

The Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud heard Senior Advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve, Anand Grover and ASG Tushar Mehta, before reserving its verdict.

The Bench also asked the State of Maharashrta to hand over the entire case diary to the court.

The hearing today witnessed some interesting arguments particularly by the petitioners, who assailed the genuineness of the letters based on which the lawyers and activists have been arrested.

Advocate Vrinda Grover and Senior Advocate Anand Grover questioned the presence of Marathi words in the letters allegedly written by the activists.

“Letters alleged to be written by Rona Wilson and Sudha Bharadwaj are in Hindi, but have Marathi words. These are words which only Maharashtrians use. Your Lordships would know that. That is why I am saying this case is cooked up”, submitted Anand Grover.

Read the excerpts from the hearing below:

Bhima Koregaon: Marathi words in letters allegedly written by activists; SC reserves verdict

“No interference should be allowed in criminal matters in the garb of PIL”, ASG Tushar Mehta

ASG Tushar Mehta concludes; Sr. Harish Salve begins his arguments.

One can have any ideology but have to draw a line when it comes to unlawful activities, Harish Salve

I am suggesting the contours where free speech ends and unlawful activity begins, Harish Salve

If Your Lordships feel they are on the trial of unlawful activity, then investigation should go on”, Harish Salve

Their prayer to constitute SIT is a cut copy from template, Harish Salve

SIT is a ruse to create a particular for a particular class, Salve

If their prayer is accepted, it would mean we cant trust anybody – police, NIA, CBI, submits Salve

These kind of prayers for SIT uncalled for, Harish Salve concludes

Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi  making rejoinder submissions

The entire object of the proceedings against these accused is to create a subtext of plot to assassinate Prime Minister, Singhvi

Singhvi arguing on three letters used to incriminate the accused

Salve raises question on how the petitioners came to access the letters.

Singhvi says it is on the website of NDTV, Republic.

“This is a serious issue”, says Salve.

CJI Dipak Misra quells the debate. “You have it, use it. We will look into it”,

Singhvi now continuing his submissions

The transit remand application is based entirely on Bhima Koregaon and has no mention of the three letters, Singhvi

The Maoist plot finds no mention in any record produced in court, Singhvi

Salve interrupts again. Singhvi objects. “Interventions that too by an intervenor”, says Singhvi

How can a man in jail write a letter?, Singhvi asks referring to Prof. Sai Baba

You do one thing, you give us the entire case diary, Dipak Misra to ASG Tushar Mehta

Lot of it (case diary) will be in Marathi, Salve.

“That is ok”, CJI Dipak Misra

“Your Lordships have sufficient Marathi Bench strength”, Singhvi referring to Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on the Bench.

Republic TV given special access to letters, Singhvi. This was followed by a public statement by Sudha Bharadwaj denying it. She then sent a legal notice also to Republic TV, submits Singhvi.

Vrinda Grover questions presence of Marathi words in letters written by accused. Anand Grover says letters by Rona Wilson and Sudha Bharadwaj written in Hindi has words which only Maharashtrians could have written “That is why I am saying this case is cooked up.”

Supreme Court reserves verdict, State of Maharashtra has to hand over case diary to the court.

Read the counter-affidavit filed by the State of Maharashtra:

Bhima-Koregaon-state-counter.pdf
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Read the letter accessed by Republic TV

Letter accessed by Republic TV
Letter accessed by Republic TV