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Teltumbde gets protection from arrest till February 22

IANS  |  Mumbai 

The on Monday granted further protection against arrest to accused academic Prof and posted his application seeking an for February 22.

Teltumbde is among those being probed for the past 13 months by for their role in the January 1, 2018 caste riots that erupted in Koregaon-Bhima in the district.

At Monday's hearing, Justice also directed the Goa-based to appear before the for investigations on February 14 and 18 in the matter.

The high court further said that if Teltumbde is arrested by the police, he must be released on a of Rs 100,000 with one or more sureties.

The development comes 10 days after his plea for was rejected by a Pune Special Court, and the following day, February 2, he was arrested from and taken to Pune.

However, of the same court ordered his immediate release, barely 12 hours after his arrest.

The also came down heavily on the Pune Anti Terrorist Squad for making the "illegal arrest" which amounted to a contempt of the which had earlier granted him protection against arrest till February 11, Monday.

However, a well-known Dalit intellectual, Teltumbde has rejected all the charges against him and termed the Pune ATS case as one of "the vilest plot in post-Independence India".

A in a institution, he also accused the of making up the term "Urban Maoist" and said there is no such thing.

Among other things, Teltumbde has been charged of harbouring links with the banned (Maoist) and also with the Elgaar Parishad, which allegedly triggered the January 2018 riots in Koregaon-Bhima during

As part of its probe, the Pune police have provided evidences to the court alleging he is an "Urban Maoist" against whom the enforcers have launched a massive nationwide offensive for the past over one year.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 20:40 IST