INDIA’s Supreme Court has refused to quash Pune Police’s FIR against civil right activist Anand Teltumbde for his alleged role in the Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima violence and for his alleged Maoist links. The SC also refused to interfere with the ongoing investigation into the case. However, a Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Ashok Bhushan and S K Kaul extended by four weeks the interim protection from arrest granted to him by the Bombay High Court. The SC Bench ruled Teltumbde can seek regular bail from the competent trial court.On December 21, the Bombay High Court dismissed the petition filed by Teltumbde seeking the quashing of the FIR and granted interim protection from arrest for three weeks. At the Elgar Parishad event at Shaniwarwada in Pune held a day before the January 1 caste clashes at Koregaon-Bhima in Pune, several activists allegedly made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements that contributed to the violence, the chargesheet alleged (pic Business Today).