Pune city police have arrested prominent Dalit intellectual Anand Teltumbde from Mumbai airport.
Teltumbde, a renowned academic and professor at Goa Institute of Management, had moved an anticipatory bail application in a sessions court in Pune after the police had accused him of being a member of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and associated with a Dalit platform Elgar, which the police believe, triggered violence in Bhima Koregoan area of Maharashtra last year.
Teltumbde was arrested from Mumbai domestic airport at around 3.30 am by a team of Pune police led by Inspector Indulkar.
The sessions court had rejected his bail application on Friday evening but his arrest has taken place despite the Supreme Court’s “protection from arrest” granted to him till February 14.
“Yes, it is true,” Pune police commissioner K.Venketasan told HuffPost India when asked if the news of Teltumbde’s arrest was correct.
However, when asked about the protection from arrest granted to Teltumbde till February 14, Venkatesan said that he did not know about it.
Advocate Rohan Nahar, who represented Teltumbde in Pune court termed his arrest illegal.
“It is very strange because the relief is till February 14. I don’t know how they are doing this. It is an absolutely illegal arrest. I don’t know how that can even be permitted in law. The drafting of his bail application was being done today and we were planning to move High court on Monday,” Nahar informed.