NIA court orders release of jailed activist Sudha Bharadwaj

Mumbai Dec 8 (UNI): Following the dismissal of the plea in the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order granting default bail to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist case, a special NIA court here on Wednesday ordered that she be released from jail on furnishing a surety of Rs 50,000.

While ordering the release of Bharadwaj from the Byculla jail where she is presently lodged, Special Judge D E Kothalikar directed her to reside in the jurisdiction of the court and that she cannot leave Mumbai without its permission.


On December 1, the Bombay High Court had allowed Bharadwaj’s plea seeking default bail. It had, however, directed the special NIA court to decide on her bail conditions and the date of her release.

Accordingly, the activist was produced before the NIA court on Wednesday.

Bharadwaj was arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case in August 2018 under the provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the National Investigation Agency’s appeal challenging the Bombay High Court order.

Bharadwaj is the first among 16 activists and academicians arrested in the case to have been granted default bail.

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