The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that Gautam Navlakha, an activist arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, visited the US three times during 2010-2011. During this time he was in contact with Ghulam Nabi Fai, an active member of Pakistan-based ISI. Fai introduced him to an ISI general.

Gautam Navlakha surrendered before the National Investigation Agency in April this year on the order of the Supreme Court. He has been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for his alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon case of 2018.

Gautam Navlakha is known as a social worker and he is facing a case for spreading violence in the Bhima Koregaon case. The NIA filed a charge sheet against 8 people on October 8, about eight months after the investigation into the Bhima Koregaon case.

The chargesheet includes Professor Anand Teltumbde of Goa Institute of Management, social activist Gautam Navlakha, Associate Professor Honey Babu of Delhi University, three artists of Kabir Kala Manch – Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichhor and his wife Jyoti Jagtap, social workers Father Stan Swamy and Milind Teltumbde (Anand Teltumbde’s brother).

However, the NIA claims that Gautam Navlakha also wrote letters to an American judge seeking pity on Fai, as he was arrested in 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The NIA has also claimed that Gautam Navlakha was in touch with the Maoists.

The NIA has alleged in its charge sheet that Gautam Navlakha visited the US three times between 2010 and 2011. According to the NIA claim, Gautam Navlakha was in touch with Fai through phone and email.

The NIA claimed in its charge sheet that Gautam Navlakha was also in touch with the ISI and was tasked to unite intellectuals against the government.

Explain that violence erupted on 1 January 2018 near a war memorial in Bhima Koregaon near Pune, Maharashtra. Allegedly provocative speeches were made during the Elgar Parishad conference held in Pune city a day earlier. The Pune Police had filed a charge sheet and a supplementary charge sheet in this case on November 15, 2018 and February 21, 2019, respectively. Later, the Central Government handed over the matter to the NIA.

 

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