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Activist Jyoti Jagtap, accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case, has been allowed to receive five books every month inside the jail. Jyoti Jagtap is currently lodged in Byculla Jail in Mumbai.
NIA Court Judge Rajesh J. Kataria on Monday accepted the plea seeking books in his jail and gave the order on Tuesday.
Jagtap, a member of Kabir Kala Manch, was arrested in September 2020 for promoting Naxalite activities and furthering Maoist ideology. The NIA has accused him of raising provocative slogans at the Elgar Parishad conference along with other members of the cultural group. The Elgar Parishad conference was held in Pune in December 2017.
In her petition, filed through advocates Sharif Shaikh and Kritika Agarwal, Jyoti Jagtap had said that she has completed her Master of Arts (MA) in psychology and wants to receive a few books every month in jail. The petition further stated that the last time the Superintendent of Byculla Jail had refused to accept the delivery of books and asked him to obtain a court order for the same.
On the other hand, the prosecution had opposed Jyoti’s plea, saying that the accused did not give the names of the books which she wanted to get. However, the court said that the Bycul Jail Superintendent (Female) would allow the applicant Jyoti Jagtap to receive five general/educational books in a month from their relatives/lawyers.
Judge Kataria said that the superintendent will examine and verify the books before handing them over to the applicant. Further, the court said that no objectionable, obscene or illegal material promoting proscribed organizations shall be allowed to be found in the books to be received by the applicant.
The case pertains to the alleged provocative speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conference held at Shaniwarwada, Pune on December 31, 207. In this regard, the police had claimed that the next day there was violence near the Bhima-Koregaon War Memorial in the area.
The case was initially investigated by the Pune Police and claimed that the conference was backed by Maoists.