Surendra Gadling, who was arrested in June for alleged Maoist links, told a court here Wednesday that police wanted to take "revenge" from him as he was arguing several cases against them in his capacity as a lawyer.
Arguing himself on his bail application, Gadling told Judicial Magistrate (First Class) K D Vadhane that he was innocent and should be released.
"Since I have been fighting several cases, including (those under the acts such as) TADA, MCOCA, UAPA, those related to fake encounters by police, and also fighting on behalf of tribals, Dalits and minorities in the courts, the police are taking revenge by implicating me in a false case," he alleged.
Police want to settle scores with me as I prevailed against the prosecution in 99 per cent of cases, Gadling said. Referring to invocation of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against him and other accused of making "rebellious" speeches, the arrested lawyer said it was a "misuse" of the law.
"According to the Constitution, making rebellious speeches is not an act against the sovereignty of the country and does not pose threat to the security of the nation and also does not amount to an act of terrorism," he said.
The present case, related to the organisation of the Elgar Parishad conclave (which, according to police, had some Maoist backers and led to violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1 this year) in Pune, was registered seven days after the event, he said.
"Police personnel were at the event, but they did not find anything objectionable. It was Tushar Damgude on whose complaint the police registered the case," he added.
Police did not show the same efficiency when dealing with violence at Bhima Koregaon -- where Dalits visiting a war memorial were attacked -- and that case was put in "cold storage", Gadling alleged.
He also questioned the "media trial" in the case and leaking of alleged letters written by Maoists to media before they were examined by forensic experts. Citing one of the seized letters which talked about the planning of a "Rajiv Gandhi-like incident", Gadling asked if indeed there was a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, why no case has been registered yet in this regard.
The prosecution Wednesday filed a reply opposing the bail application of co-accused Sudha Bharadwaj, currently under house arrest.
"We will oppose the bail on the grounds that Bharadwaj is an active member of CPI (Maoist), a banned outfit, and was instrumental in the mobilisation of funds and cadres, and also their recruitment," Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar said.
On October 12, the court is likely to hear arguments on the bail plea of another accused, Shoma Sen.
Ten persons have been arrested in the case.
(With inputs from agencies.)