‘Bizarre, Concocted Theories’: The Many Holes in the Case Against Anand Teltumbde

Facing imminent arrest, Teltumbde and his defenders say the case against him and nine other activists and lawyers stands on ‘flimsy’ grounds and is a ‘clear conspiracy to defame anti-caste political leaders’.

Mumbai: On January 14, the Supreme Court of India refused to quash the FIR filed against civil rights activist and an Indian Institute of Management-alumnus Anand Teltumbde for his alleged role as an “urban Naxal”. This decision of the apex court has made Teltumbde susceptible to arrest, clubbing him together with nine other human rights activists and lawyers who are presently in prison.

Teltumbde, along with other accused, is booked under two charges – for allegedly plotting to assassinate prime minister Narendra Modi, and for allegedly inciting mob violence on the Dalits who had visited Bhima Koregaon on January 1 last year.

If Teltumbde does not manage to secure anticipatory bail from the court over the next four weeks – the protection provided to him by the SC against the police action – going by what the Pune police indicated, his arrest is inevitable. Read more…

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