New Delhi: Lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who was granted default bail by the Bombay High Court in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case earlier, could be released from prison on furnishing the surety of Rs 50,000.
A special NIA court on Wednesday allowed Bharadwaj to submit the cash surety, which would enable her to walk out of the jail, either on Wednesday or Thursday. She is currently lodged at the Byculla prison in Mumbai.
The court granted bail to the 60-year-old activist on conditions that she cannot leave Mumbai and will have to submit her passport. She has also been asked not to interact with the media regarding the case.
On December 1, the Bombay High Court had allowed Bharadwaj’s plea seeking default bail. However, it had directed the special NIA court to decide on her bail conditions and the date of release.
The activist was arrested in 2018 in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The case relates to the alleged inflammatory speeches delivered at the Elgar Parishad conclave, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial located on the city’s outskirts.
The probe was then transferred to the NIA as Pune police claimed that the conclave was backed by Maoists.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the National Investigation Agency’s appeal challenging the HC’s order.
Bharadwaj is the first among the 16 activists and academicians arrested in the case to have been granted default bail.