Three members of a radical music group, Kabir Kala Manch, who were arrested for their alleged role in supporting and funding Naxal activities in Maharashtra will continue to remain behind bars, with the Bombay High Court rejecting their bail pleas.
Refusing the accept the petitioners' contention that they were mere cultural activists who took up social causes like poverty, corruption, superstition, gender discrimination, etc, Justice A R Joshi said on April 11 that there was enough evidence against the trio to curtail their freedom.
Sachin Mali, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor were taken into police custody along with another member, Mali's wife Sheetal Sathe, last April after they courted arrest outside the state legislature. They had surfaced more than two years after going underground.
All four were booked under the stringent provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including criminal conspiracy.
A case was registered in 2011 against 15 people, including the Kabir Kala Manch members for their alleged involvement with the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a banned outfit. While seven people were arrested in 2010, Mali, his wife Sheetal, Gorkhe, Gaichor and others were declared absconding accused.
Sathe was released in June 2013 on humanitarian grounds as she was pregnant.