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SC orders house arrest of Sudha Bhardwaj & 4 social activists till Sept 6

The Hush Post: The Supreme Court has ordered that lawyer activist Sudha Bharadwaj and four others arrested by the Pune police on terror charges and alleged Maoist links will be under house arrest till September 6. The top court has asked the Centre and the Maharashtra government to file responses to the petition challenging the arrests, the Supreme Court.

The decision by the five-judge bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, implies that the three activists taken to Pune for questioning, will be restored to their homes. While delivering the judgment, Justice DY Chandrachud said, “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If you don’t allow the safety valve pressure cooker will burst”.

Academician Romila Thapar and four rights activists had challenged their arrest in the Supreme Court . Chief Justice Dipak Misra had asked senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Dushyant Dave and Indira Jaising to appear at 3.45 pm before the Bench including the CJI.

The top court order supercedes the proceedings in two other courts — one in Pune and the other in Delhi High Court. In Pune, three arrested activists — Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira — were produced. The Delhi High Court, which was hearing the transit remand request for arrested activist Gautam Navlakha, said it would resume hearing tomorrow after going through the Supreme Court’s order.

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