The nine accused arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case were produced in a special court in Mumbai today. Last month the centre transferred the probe to the National Investigation Agency-NIA which was being handled by the Pune police.
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 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. Accordingly, they were produced before special NIA judge D E Kothalikar, who later adjourned the hearing in the case to March 13.
The accused were shifted to Mumbai from Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail on Wednesday. The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches delivered at the ‘Elgar Parishad’ conclave, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which police claimed, triggered violence near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial located on the city’s outskirts the next day. The Pune police claimed the conclave was backed by Maoists. The nine jailed accused are among 11 people booked by the NIA in the case for alleged links with Maoists.