Mumbai HC questions police press meet

Mumbai High Court today took severe objection over police holding press meet with regard to recent arrest of five prominent activists at various places of the country.  It may be recalled that State Additional Director General (Law and Order) Parambir Singh along with the Pune police had addressed the media on the case last Friday.

During the pres meet, Singh had read out letters purportedly exchanged between the activists. He claimed that the police had “conclusive proof” to left-wing activists arrested in June and last week to Maoists.

A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Mridula Bhatkar questioned how the police could read out such documents which may be used as evidence in the case. “How can the police do this? The matter is sub-judice. The Supreme Court is seized of the matter. In such cases, revealing information pertaining to the case is wrong,” Justice Bhatkar said.

The court was hearing one Satish Gaikwad’s plea seeking a National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into Elgar Parishad, an event where — according to an FIR — activists allegedly made provocative speeches which led to violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1.

Gaikwad’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute, told the court that on one hand, the Maharashtra Police talked about making the trial in-camera and held press conferences on the other.

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