Civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha surrendered before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here on Tuesday after the Supreme Court refused to extend its petition in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court has sought the surrender of Navlakha, who is accused of committing the insurance Koregaon riots in 2018 under the Strictly Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Now, editor of the Mumbai-based Economic and Political Weekly Journal, Navlakha is one of five human rights activists accused of torture insurance on January 1, 2018, but was protected from arrest by the Supreme Court. And the Bombay High Court.
On March 16, the Supreme Court ordered him to surrender for three weeks, but requested that he be given time off to go to jail during the COVID-19 pandemic as “virtually death sentence”.
On April 8, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said the accused should honor the decision to dismiss the bail and surrender within three weeks.
He denied all the accusations leveled against him