A National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court has authorized activist Anand Teltumbde and five others, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case, to conduct a three-minute telephone conversation with family members.
The suspects are currently in judicial custody and filed with Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai.
Their plea for making phone calls was honored Friday by special court judge Rajesh J Katariya. The details were announced on Saturday.
The suspects are allowed to have a telephone conversation with their relatives for three minutes, during which the speaker is on in the presence of supervisors, according to the court.
In a related development, two of the accused activists told the court on Friday that the prosecution failed to provide cloned copies of the electronic devices seized from them, as previously ordered by the court.
They argued that the case is being delayed because copies are not being provided to them.
The special prosecutor stated that the procedure for making clone copies is ongoing.
The court said the prosecution must ensure that the clone copies are delivered to the accused as soon as possible. The officer involved will remain in attendance before this court with information on how much time it would take to provide the clone copies to all accused, it said.
The court also said that the medical treatment of the accused Vernon Gonsalves will continue according to the medical advice of the state-run JJ Hospital in Mumbai and that medical reports will be recorded.
The activist has been hospitalized since September 8, where he is being treated for dengue.
Another accused activist Sudhir Dhavale has filed a petition with the court to take action against the prison doctor and prison authorities for allegedly failing to provide him with medical assistance.
A suspect has also filed a petition with the court to initiate contempt proceedings against prison authorities.
The court has ordered the Public Prosecution Service to rule on all pleas.
The court is likely to begin hearing the impeachment proceedings filed by the accused on September 23.
The Elgar case concerns alleged incendiary speeches delivered during the Elgar Parishad conclave, held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017, which police alleged led to violence near the Koregaon war memorial the following day. Bhima on the outskirts of the city.
One person was killed and several others were injured in the violence.
The case, which has named more than a dozen activists and academics as accused, was initially investigated by the Pune Police Force before being taken over by the NIA.
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