On the bail of activist Anand Teltumbde, the Supreme Court rejects the plea of ​​research firm NIA

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The Bombay High Court granted bail to activist Anand Teltumbde on November 18.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the bail granted to scholar activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist left case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Judge Hima Kohli said it would not interfere with Bombay High Court’s order to grant bail to Anand Teltumbde.

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The high court granted bail to Teltumbde on November 18, noting that on the face of it, the only case against him concerns alleged ties to and support for a terrorist group, for which the maximum sentence is 10 years in prison.

However, the Supreme Court suspended his bail for a week to allow the NIA, the investigative agency in the case, to turn to the Supreme Court.

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Anand Teltumbde, 73, is the third suspect of a total of 16 arrested in the case to be released on bail.

Poet Varavara Rao is currently out on bail for health reasons while lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj is out on bail.

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