Jailed activist Gautam Navlakha’s house arrest was delayed again on Wednesday after the National Investigation Agency raised safety concerns about the premises where he wanted to stay, PTI reported.
On November 10, the Supreme Court had allowed Navlakha to be placed under house arrest for a month. This was after the activist filed a plea seeking to be shifted from jail on the grounds of ill health and poor facilities in prison.
The 70-year-old has been accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, which pertains to caste violence in a village near Pune in 2018. He was among 16 people arrested for allegedly plotting the violence.
The safety concerns raised by the National Investigation Agency is the second hindrance Navlakha is facing in being shifted from jail.
Among conditions laid down by the Supreme Court while allowing the house arrest, was producing a surety of Rs 2 lakh by November 14, as proof of solvency. Navlakha could not be shifted from his jail initially as he could not produce the document.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court waived the requirement after Navlakha’s lawyers submitted that it would take a minimum of six weeks to secure a solvency certificate.
Despite this, Navlakha could not be shifted from jail on Wednesday after the National Investigation Agency told a special court that…