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Supreme Court extends house arrest of Gautam Navlakha by 1 month

The Apex Court has extended its earlier order by a one month to keep Bhima Koregaon accused Gautam Navlakha under house arrest instead of jail.

A bench comprising Justice K.M. Joseph and Justice B.V. Nagarathna have extended the interim order of house arrest till the second week of January 2023, when the matter will next be heard.

On November 10, the Supreme Court had given assent to the plea by Navlakha to be shift him from jail to house arrest for a month.

Navlakha, who is a former Secretary of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, was arrested in August 2018, but was initially placed under house arrest.

Later on, after a order from the Supreme Court he was moved to Taloja Central Prison in Maharashtra in April 2020.

Gautam Navlakha after relying upon the judgement of Supreme Court moved to the High Court saying that he was being denied of basic medical aid and other necessities in Taloja and was suffering great hardships at his advanced age.

The plea was however rejected by the Bombay High Court,prompting the present appeal before apex court.

Navlakha was given house arrest instead of jail by the top court with various safeguards in place.

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