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Why have you kept 'War And Peace' at home? Bombay HC asks arrested activist

A single-judge bench of Justice Sarang Kotwal hearing the bail plea of Gonsalves and others also said that "such books" and CDs prima facie indicated they contained some material against the State.

August 28, 2019 / 09:59 PM IST
Which is India's most expensive luxury residential location in the primary residential real estate market, with properties commanding an average price tag of Rs 56,200 per sq. ft., followed by Worli and Mahalaxmi at Rs 41,500 and Rs 40,000 per sq. ft. respectively, as per ANAROCK?

Which is India's most expensive luxury residential location in the primary residential real estate market, with properties commanding an average price tag of Rs 56,200 per sq. ft., followed by Worli and Mahalaxmi at Rs 41,500 and Rs 40,000 per sq. ft. respectively, as per ANAROCK?

The Bombay High Court on August 28 asked Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case accused Vernon Gonsalves to explain why he kept "objectionable material" like a copy of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" and some CDs at his home.

A single-judge bench of Justice Sarang Kotwal hearing the bail plea of Gonsalves and others also said that "such books" and CDs prima facie indicated they contained some material against the State.

The classic novel about Russia during Napoleonic wars became a point of contention during the day's hearing after the Pune Police probing the case claimed that the book was part of the "highly incriminating evidence" it had seized from Gonsalves' house in Mumbai during raids conducted a year ago.

Pune Police also read out the titles of several other books and CDs allegedly recovered from Gonsalves' house which included CDs titled 'Rajya Daman Virodhi' released by Kabir Kala Manch, 'Marxist Archives' and 'Jai Bhima Comrade'; books 'War and Peace', 'Understanding Maoists' and 'RCP Review', and copies of a circular issued by the National Study Circle.