NEW-DELHI: Lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested about three years and three months ago in the Elgar Parishad case, is soon to be released. On Wednesday, Bharadwaj was presented before the special court, a day after Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against her default bail granted by Bombay High Court last week. The HC have asked the special court to set bail conditions for her release.
Lawyer Yug Mohit Chaudhari, Bharadwaj’s lawyer submitted an appeal seeking her release on cash bail for now with time to submit two or more sureties. The plea was also for allowing her to travel between Maharashtra and her home in Haryana and Chattisgarh where she was practicing lawyer in the High Court.
The NIA special prosecutor Prakash Shetty said that Bharadwaj can be allowed to cash bail but rejected the other grounds including leaving Mumbai. Shetty said that there is no concern that Bharadwaj will try to escape but there is concern when it comes to destroying evidence.
Special judge Dinesh E Kothalikar allowed her release on cash bail with a time of a month to submit sureties. The court said that Bharadwaj will have to reside within the jurisdiction of the court and cannot leave the city without its permission. The court also said that Bharadwaj cannot make any statement regarding the proceedings in the case or there shall not be any large gathering of visitors other than her relatives.
Bharadwaj has been behind bars since August 2018.