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In touch with Naxals for research, books, Navlakha tells HC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Civil liberties activist Monday told the that he was in contact with Naxals only for research and his books and asked how this contact can attract provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Navlakha approached the high court seeking to quash the case lodged against him by the after the Elgar Parishad held on December 31, 2017 that had allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune the next day.

The police had accused Navlakha and four other activists of having Maoist links.

Navlakha's on Monday told a division bench of Justices and that he (Navlakha) was an and peace activist and was a specialist on conflict zones.

"He was in the past appointed as a by the government of when Naxals had kidnapped six policemen.He is in contact with Naxals but that is only for his books and other fact finding researches. How can this contact attract provisions of the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act)," Chaudhary said.

"Navlakha is being attacked by both sides (government and Naxal organisations). Both sides think he is being biased towards the other," he added.

The bench has posted the petition for further hearing on April 26.

The court also extended protection from arrest granted to Navlakha till the next date of hearing.

Besides Navlakha, four others -- Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, and Sudha Bharadwaj, are accused in the case.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 15:50 IST