NIA Arrests Delhi University Professor Hany Babu in Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case

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Pune/New Delhi, 28 July 2020: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested accused Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil (54) of Baraula, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh in connection with Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case. He is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Delhi University.


This case was first registered by Pune City police in January 2018 at Vishrambaug police station regarding inciting people and giving provocative speeches during Elgar Parishad organized by the activists of Kabir Kala Manch at Shaniwarwada on 31.12.2017, which allegedly promoted enmity between various caste groups and led to violence resulting in loss of life and property and state-wide agitation in Maharashtra.


“During the investigation, it was revealed that senior leaders of CPI (Maoist), an organisation banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, were in contact with the organizers of Elgar Parishad as well as the accused arrested in the case to spread the ideology of Maoism/Naxalism and encourage unlawful activities.


The Pune Police filed chargesheet and a supplementary chargesheet in this case on 15.11.2018 and 21.02.2019 respectively. NIA took up the investigation of the case on 24.01.2020 and arrested accused Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha on 14.04.2020. During further investigation, it was revealed that accused Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology and was a co-conspirator with her arrested accused.


The arrested accused will be produced before NIA Special Court at Mumbai on 29.07.2020 and his police custody will be sought for custodial interrogation. Further investigation in the case is continued, NIA stated in a press release.