Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis reacts to the Supreme Court verdict Friday refusing the plea seeking the immediate release of the activists and a SIT probe into the case. The CJI Dipak Misra headed three-judge bench extended by four weeks the house arrest of the activists. The CJI also said the arrests were not because of dissent of activists but there was prima facie material to show their link with banned CPI (Maoists) organisation.
The five activists — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha — are under arrest at their homes since August 29.
Welcoming the verdict, Fadnavis said, “On the basis of investigation conducted and evidence collected by the Pune Police, it has been considered valid and the SC has said it will not interfere in the investigation.
“The SC accepted that there is no political influence and it’s not a plot to suppress the voice of the opposition. It is a great victory for the Pune police and the country.
“They’ve (activists) been doing this for many years but there was no evidence against them, so probe couldn’t be completed. They were attempting to trigger a civil war in the country. They were trying to shield the Naxals and to kill PM Modi. Now everything is being revealed.
“Today’s verdict by SC vindicates our stand against urban Maoists. In fact, this was absolutely a conspiracy against the nation. The SC pointed out that it’s not a political conspiracy and also appreciated that the state govt or Government of India isn’t trying to curb dissenting voice.”