Bhima Koregaon

Case update

#BhimaKoregaonArrests: What the Courts did

Courts in five different places, including Delhi High Court, Faridabad court, Pune sessions court, Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Supreme Court, have addressed the police’s recent targeting of lawyers, activists and writers, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in petitions filed by concerned members of the academic fraternity.

August 31,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

‘Urban Naxals’ and the invention of an enemy

Given the multi-state nature of the raids and the requisite inter-force coordination, it is fair to conclude that the clampdown flowed from the highest echelons of the ruling regime. This campaign of hatred, isolation, and trolling aims at maligning and subverting all dissenters and activists critical of the government (and the BJP) by either false-flagging them as “security threats to India” or labelling them as extended affiliates of militant movements without any solid evidence.

August 31,2018

Case update

#BhimaKoregaonArrests: Maha government sitting on NHRC notice

NHRC had issued notice on June 29, 2018 to the Director General of Police (DGP), Maharashtra calling for a report in connection with the illegal arrests of five human rights defenders namely Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut by Maharashtra police on June 6, 2018.

August 29,2018

Civil Society

#BhimaKoregaonArrests: Mumbai civil society condemns police action

'We the undersigned civil society organisations/ groups/ collectives, have jointly convened this urgent Press Conference to condemn the appalling state actions of reprisals against noted human rights activists and intellectuals, which are clearly politically motivated and an attempt to stifle voices of dissent. The unjustified raids on and arbitrary arrests of the above public spirited individuals who have tirelessly worked for the cause of the poor and marginalized sections of society, are nothing but an attack on Indian democracy and an attempt to undermine the democratic fabric of our society.'

August 29,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Don’t turn Constitution into a piece of paper

A constitutional republic can only survive if there is a semblance of the rule of law. But yesterday the rule of law broke down. Raids and arrests occurred. Those who were arrested didn't have the charges read out to them. Arrest memos were presented in a language the courts couldn't follow and courts granted remands based on those memos.

August 29,2018

Civil Society

Sudha Bharadwaj arrest: NLU, Delhi issues statement

‘Sudha Bharadwaj is an embodiment of the best in our profession — a fearless critic of governmental lawlessness, an emphatic and empathetic advocate amplifying the voices of those who are rarely heard within the corridors of power, and a beacon for future generations of lawyers in this country.’

August 29,2018

Civil Society

Read Professor Anand Teltumbde’s statement

Teltumbde writes: “The entire process is conducted as though I was a dreaded terrorist or a criminal. The police could have enquired with me whatever they wanted to, either by sending a police official or calling me to the Police Station. But the entire intention is to create an atmosphere of terror and project that I had already done some dreaded crime.”

August 29,2018

Case update

Maharashtra opposes books on Vivekananda

Had there been a provision in the prison manual for such circumstances, this would not have arisen, says lawyer-activist from Nagpur.

June 26,2018

Civil Society

Citizens’ Solidarity with Voices of Democracy

Condemning the arrest of five human rights activists, professors and lawyers in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon.

June 26,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Who says this isn’t Emergency?

Surendra Gadling, S Vanchinathan, Teesta Setalwad, the young lawyers of Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group in Bastar, Chandrasekhar Azad Ravan — the names of lawyers currently hounded for doing their duty are many.

June 26,2018

Case update

Detained for planned ‘lecture’

The defence lawyers for the activists argued that organising lecture series in JNU had nothing to do with the Elgaar Parishad and the Koregaon Bhima Shaurya Prernadin Abhiyan.

June 19,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

Hindutva’s reign of terror

Arrests of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Professor Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut under the draconian UAPA are highly condemnable acts of state brutality.

June 13,2018

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