Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj walks out of jail after 3 years


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Mumbai: Advocate-activist Sudha Bharadwaj who was accused in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case, has been released from the Byculla jail in Mumbai.

According to reports, she is walking out of prison after three years as she was granted conditional bail by Bombay High Court last week.

The Bhima Koregaon case pertains to caste violence in a village near Pune in 2018. Bharadwaj was among 16 people who were arrested for allegedly plotting the violence.

The National Investigation Agency has alleged that Bharadwaj and 15 others were part of a conspiracy to incite violence at the Bhima-Koregaon war memorial near Pune on January 1, 2018. One person was killed and several others were injured in the incident.

The police claimed that they had “active links” with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), and accused the activists of plotting to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Wednesday, a National Investigation Agency court ruled that Bharadwaj can be released from jail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000 and one or more sureties.

The court also directed the activist to attend the proceedings of her trial and not make any statement to the media. Advocate Yug Chaudhry, representing Bharadwaj, urged the court to not stifle her fundamental rights and allow her to write if she wants.

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