Details of the cases filed against Prof. Teltumde and others under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA):
According to Pune Police, Prof. Teltumbde had supported the Elgar Parishad conclave held on 31 December 2017 to commemorate 200 year anniversary of Bhima Koregaon, of which the violent ambiance led to the fierce clashes at the Koregaon Bhima war memorial on 1 January 2018 between Dalits and Mahratha communities. On 8 January 2018 Tushar Damgude, reportedly a close confidant of Sambhaji Bhide, the right-wing leader lodged a police complaint alleging a Maoist conspiracy behind the violence on which the police registered a First Information Report (FIR) to arrest five activists Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut, alleging that they were Maoists in June 2018.
After interrogating them the police again arrested In August, through a series of raids, activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, and Gautam Navlakha being arrested in connection with the violence. At the same time, a raid had been conducted on Anand Teltumbde’s residence at the Goa Institute of Management when he and his family was not present in the house. Incidentally, the preliminary investigations had found a strong connection between Hindutva leaders Smabhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote and the Bhima Koregaon clashes occurred in January 2018.
The prosecution case against Prof.Teltumbde was based on five letters which allegedly linked him to violence in Elga Parishad and banned the political party, the Communist Party of India (Maoist). There was more evidence which was not revealed in the court due to ongoing investigations. Prof. Teltumbde’s counsel emphasised that none of these documents pointed out were recovered from the professor.
On 14 January 2019, Prof. Teltumbde’s petition to quash the FIR on him was dismissed by the Supreme Court on the basis that the allegations of him were of serious as they were under the UAPA. However, it granted him four weeks until 11 February to seek pre-arrest bail from a competent court. He filed a pre-arrest bail application in a special court in Pune. On 1 February it was rejected on the basis that new evidence has been uncovered to prove the Professor’s involvement in Naxalite activities. Consequently, Prof. Teltumbde was arrested on 2 February by the Mumbai police in the protection period given till 11 February and released on an order of the court which found the arrest in the protection period ‘lllegal’.