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SC to hear Navlakha’s house arrest plea in Bhima Koregaon case on Nov 9

The Supreme Court delayed the hearing on Gautam Navlakha’s request for house arrest, who is currently in custody under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the Bhima Koregaon case, until November 9. The Supreme Court permitted the parties to inspect his medical reports submitted by the Jaslok Hospital where he was examined.

A bench of Justices K M Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy adjourned the hearing after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that his treatment was ongoing and there was “nothing major” to concern himself with. The Bench was urged to postpone the matter until November 2.

The court, however, pointed out that there were many reports and it will not be possible to review them all at once. Additionally, the Bench noted that there were too many matters on November 2 and rescheduled it for November 9.

Navlakha, lodged in Taloja jail, had appealed to the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court’s refusal to place him under house arrest. A medical condition prompted him to request that the court allow him to remain in custody at his sister’s home in Mumbai and receive medical treatment there.

In response to the opposition of the Solicitor General, the court allowed him to receive medical treatment at Jaslok Hospital. In addition, the court ruled that he will remain in police custody while residing in the hospital.

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