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Elgar case: 9 accused appear before NIA court in Mumbai

Elgar case: 9 accused appear before NIA court in Mumbai

Mumbai: The nine accused arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case were on Friday produced in a special court here, days after the NIA took over probe into the matter.

This was the first time that the accused, most of them human rights activists, appeared before the special NIA court here.

The 2017 case, which was being handled by the Pune police, was transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) by the Centre in

January.

On February 14, the court in Pune, which was earlier hearing the case, passed an order transferring the case to the special NIA court in Mumbai in response to a plea filed by the central agency.

The Pune court had directed that the accused be produced before the NIA court in Mumbai before or on February 28.

The accused - Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen and Vernon Gonsalves - were shifted to Mumbai from Pune's Yerawada Central Jail on Wednesday.

As per the court order, they were produced before special NIA court judge D E Kothalikar.

During the hearing, the prosecution apprised the court of the development in the case.

The lawyer representing the NIA said a charge sheet had been filed in the Pune court and interim applications of some of the accused were pending.

Standing in the dock along with two other accused, Ferreira told the court that the Arthur Road Jail, where they are presently lodged, is not allowing them to keep their books and charge-sheets citing lack of space.

The previous jail had, however, allowed it, he said.

The judge said he will look into the matter and pass an appropiate order.

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