Gautam Navlakha with his partner Sahba Husain. Photo by special arrangement

By The Wire Staff

New Delhi: Gautam Navlakha was released from custody, which had been in the form of house arrest in Navi Mumbai, on Saturday late evening, at around 8:30 pm.

The Supreme Court on May 14 lifted the stay on the bail granted to rights activist Gautam Navlakha, who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case.

Senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan appeared for Navlakha, while Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju appeared for the National Investigation Agency.

The Bombay high court had granted Navlakha bail on December 19 last year, but the court had then agreed to a three-week stay on its decision in which the National Investigation Agency could approach the Supreme Court.

He was arrested on April 14, 2020. Since November 19, 2022, he had been under house arrest in Mumbai.

The Elgar Parishad case, in which 16 rights activists, lawyers, writers and academics were arrested, has come under severe criticism over the years. The investigating agencies have been accused of using hackers to plant evidence on the electronic devices of the accused.

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