Surendra Gadling seeks temporary bail to perform mother’s final rites

Mumbai: Surendra Gadling, a human rights lawyer and general secretary of Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers, who is accused of his involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, sought temporary bail to carry out the final rites of his mother who died on August 15, 2020.

On Monday, Gadling through his lawyer Indira Jaising told the Bombay High Court bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar that the final rites of his mother could not be conducted as he was in judicial custody, and that the family had decided to conduct the final rites on the first anniversary.

Gadling who has been in prison ever since his arrest on June 6, 2018, had moved a plea seeking temporary bail before a special NIA court two days after his mother had passed away to perform her last rites. But his plea got rejected on September 11, 2020.

An appeal against the NIA court’s order before the high court. Jaising told the court that the last rites of Gadling’s mother was pending, and that the family wanted to perform the last rites on her first death anniversary.

NIA lawyer SD Patil sought three weeks to respond to the Gadling’s temporary bail plea. The bench gave NIA time till September 22 and adjourned the hearing.

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