The Hindu / by Shoumojit Banerjee
Commission receives 500 affidavits; Ambedkarite parties question tardy progress.
The two-member commission set up by the State government to probe the causes of the Bhima-Koregaon clash that occurred on January 1, 2018, and identify those responsible for it has received another extension for a period of three months.
The Indian Express / By Ravi Shankar
WhatsApp Pegasus controversy has stoked new fears about government surveillance. As terrorists use encryption to hide their plots, civil society groups cry violation of rights.
New York Times / by Vindu Goel & Nicole Perlroth
Recent revelations in India show that the threat from the company’s spyware to activists and journalists isn’t limited to autocratic regimes.
The Wire / by The Wire Analysis
While the home ministry says reports have attempted to malign the Centre, we need to know who wanted to snoop on Indian targets and how successful they were.
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday sought a detailed response from WhatsApp over the issue of an Israeli spyware allegedly being used to target Indian journalists and human rights activists through its platform.
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha and Anuj Srivas
Just around the time when news of Israeli spyware Pegasus being used to target activists and human rights lawyers was breaking in India, Partho Sarothi Ray, a 42-year-old Kolkata-based molecular biologist, was dealing with another peculiar problem.
… Although perturbed, Ray says he was not surprised. His activism and his writings have been considered anti-government. He has been organising and campaigning against incarceration of political prisoners in West Bengal. During his work, he says, he has come across several activists across the country, including those arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case.
The Telegraph / by The Editorial Board
No country that claims to uphold human rights deprives prisoners of the right to self-improvement or the peaceful habit of reading. Yet Shalini Gera, an activist who went to visit the lawyer, Sudha Bharadwaj, imprisoned in Pune’s Yerwada jail since October 2018 for alleged links with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the – rather enigmatic – Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case, had her birthday gift of two books returned.
The Indian Express / by Express News Service
The prosecution opposed Navlakha’s application calling him an “anti-national”, who was trying to unite the banned CPI-Maoist with Hijbul Mujahideen (HM), a banned terror group from Kashmir.
The Times of India / by Srinath Vudali
Hyderabad: Three daughters of Pendyala Varavara Rao, key accused in the Elgar Parishad case, are happy they didn’t drop their surname after marriage.
As luck would have it, the decision to retain the “Pendyala” name has helped them meet Varavara Rao, who is lodged in Yerawada jail in Pune for the past one year.
Live Law / by Nitish Kashyap
The Pune Sessions Court on Wednesday rejected bail applications of six accused arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. The said applications were filed by Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhavale, Varavara Rao, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson.
Pune Mirror / by Shruti Ganapa
The Bhima Koregaon Commission’s future has been left hanging in the balance due to the delay in the formation of the Maharashtra government. The panel’s tenure ends on November 8, and the new chief minister needs to approve any extension.