Delhi HC ends Gautam Navlakha’s house arrest

The Delhi High Court today allowed Gautam Navlakha, one of the five rights activists arrested in connection with Koregaon-Bhima case, to be freed from house arrest.

The high court granted him the relief saying that the Supreme Court last week had given him the liberty to approach the appropriate forum within four weeks to seek relief, which he has availed.

The high court also quashed the trial court’s transit remand order which he had challenged before the matter was taken to the apex court. The court said Navlakha’s detention has exceeded 24 hours which was “untenable”. Following Delhi High court’s order for his release, Navlakha said, “From Delhi High Court I have won my freedom and it thrills me no end”

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel held that the case diary relating to Navlakha’s arrest was in ‘Marathi’ and that it was nobody’s case that the trial court judge was well conversant in ‘Marathi’. The bench also criticised the trial court for not looking into the material for grant of transit remand, saying Navlakha’s case was dealt in a cosmetic manner.

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