FreeSpeechCollective / By the FreeSpeechCollective
The range of curbs on free speech, with unreasonable and often illegal clampdowns from various quarters – the State, both at the Centre and respective state governments; non-state actors and vigilante groups; corporations and industrialists, provides a glimpse of the challenges ahead as India heads into a national election that promises to be one of the most fiercely contested amid an increasingly polarised polity.
Table of Contents
I Killings of journalists
III Detention and Arrests
VI Online Media: Arrests, Shutdowns and Regulation
VII Defamation suits
VIII Contempt of court
X Privacy and Surveillance
XI Government Control, Policy and Regulation XII Judicial orders
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Peoples Union of Democratic Rights / By PUDR
PUDR welcomes the release on bail of four workers of Reliance Energy/ Infrastructure Ltd. (REIL) and trade union activists implicated under numerous sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for alleged Maoist links. The workers were released today on default bail after the 17 December order of the Bombay High Court setting aside the extension of time granted to ATS Mumbai to file the chargesheet in April 2018. Months before 6 June and 28 August, when 10 rights activists were arrested under UAPA on fabricated connections to the Bhima Koregaon violence, workers at RIEL were the first to be targeted for alleged ‘Maoist’ links at Elgaar Parishad.
Indian Express / By Satish Deshpande
The decisive question for democracy in India: How should it deal with citizens who think differently and are annoying or inconvenient to ‘us’?
Indian Express / By Sadaf Modak
In January, eight men working in private firms were arrested by the ATS and booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. ATS claims that they were involved in raising funds for the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).
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NDTV / By NDTV
We examine the 5,000-page charge sheet filed against so-called ‘Urban Naxals’ to find more questions than answers.
CNN-News18 / By Radhika Ramaswamy
Teltumbde had moved a petition before the court, seeking quashing of the FIR.
The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed activist Anand Teltumbde’s plea seeking quashing of FIR against him in the Bhima Koregaon case. The court, however, granted him protection from arrest for three more weeks.
Sabrang / By Sushmita
Exactly 11 months after workers of Reliance industries were arrested on charges of UAPA and for their alleged connection to BhimaKoregaon case, the Bombay High Court, has, on December 17, has set aside a Sessions Court order granting extension of time beyond 90 days period for filing charge sheet. This will now make it a little bit easier to approach the courts for bail.
By scroll.in / Mridula Chari & Shone Satheesh
Five workers, who barely earned enough to support their families, have been arrested on charges of funding the Maoists.
Mumbai Mirror / By Shruti Ganapatye
An activist has presented proof of what she claims is Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide’s complicity in the violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1 this year to the panel probing the incident. The commission, led by former Calcutta High Court chief justice JN Patel and state Chief Information Commissioner Sumit Mullick, resumed hearings in the matter in Mumbai on Monday.
Times of India / By PTI
MUMBAI: Civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde, named an accused by the Pune Police in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon, Monday denied all charges against him, urging the Bombay court to quash the FIR against him.