NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday directed activist Gautam Navlakha, who is under house arrest in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, to deposit another Rs 8 lakh as an expense for making available police personnel for his security.
While ordering his house arrest on November 10 last year, the apex court had initially directed Navlakha to deposit Rs 2.4 lakh as the expenses to be borne by the state for making available police personnel to effectively facilitate placing the petitioner under house arrest.
Bill of Rs 66 lakh pending
The direction by a bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna was passed after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S V Raju submitted that a total bill of Rs 66 lakh was pending.
The top court also directed Raju to file reply within two weeks on Navlakha’s plea seeking to be shifted from the public library in Mumbai, where he is under house arrest in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, to some other place in the city as the public library needed to be vacated.
On Navlakha's request to walk for 45 minutes, Raju said he would seek instructions. The ASG said even the police personnel are forced to walk with him.
The apex court remarked,"Instructions for walk. He is doing them a favour. They will become more trim. Most are out of shape otherwise."
Top court allowed house arrest for Navlakha
On November 10, 2022, the top court had allowed Navlakha, who was then lodged in Navi Mumbai’s Taloja prison in connection with the case, to be placed under house arrest owing to his deteriorating health.
Noting that the activist has been in custody since April 14, 2020, and prima facie there is no reason to reject his medical report, it had said Navlakha does not have any criminal background except for this case and even the government of India had appointed him as an interlocutor to hold talks with Maoists.
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