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SC sets deadline for HC on Navlakha plea

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Bombay High Court to decide within eight weeks on a plea moved by civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha, seeking to quash the FIR against him in the 2017 Koregaon Bhima case.

The court kept two appeals of the Maharashtra government — filed against the orders of the Delhi High Court and the Bombay High Court respectively — pending.

Time limit

A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna asked the Bombay High Court to decide on Mr. Navlakha’s pending plea expeditiously, preferably within eight weeks.

Appearing for the Maharashtra government, advocate Nishant R. Katneshwarkar said the Delhi High Court’s October 2018 order quashing Mr. Navlakha’s transit remand was not maintainable in the high court, when a person was in lawful custody pursuant to the orders of the court.

 

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