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Month: January 2020

State officials among those who bought the spyware: Digvijay

State officials among those who bought the spyware: Digvijay

Mumbai Mirror / by Shruti Ganapatye

WhatsApp privacy breach: Spyware Pegasus was used to snoop on activists, journalists, political dissidents; state home minister promises probe.
Four months after WhatsApp made a sensational disclosure that Israeli spyware Pegasus was used to snoop on some Indian citizens, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh claimed yesterday that the Maharashtra government officials had visited Israel to purchase the technology.
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Poor Medical Care for Prisoners Explains Why Number of Custodial Deaths Is Only Rising

Poor Medical Care for Prisoners Explains Why Number of Custodial Deaths Is Only Rising


Drawing by Arun Ferreire

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

In 2018, 1,845 people died while incarcerated. That’s the highest number India has seen so far.
Mumbai: “I would see this one prison inmate being brought to the hospital every day for an entire week, and each time turned away. The escort police would invariably walk in around 2:30-3 pm, over an hour after the OPD (out-patient department) hours, and no doctor would be available to treat patients then. The inmate went untreated for over a week,” recalls a young doctor at Maharashtra’s state-run JJ hospital.
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Defence submits list of four cyber ‘experts’ for verification of seized data

Defence submits list of four cyber ‘experts’ for verification of seized data

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

The four experts include advocate Gaurav Jachak, IT expert Supratik Chakraborty and lawyers Surendra Gadling and Arun Ferriera, who were arrested in the case.
Following the direction of a special court in Pune, defence lawyers Monday submitted a list of four cyber “experts” for verification of the copies of the seized data handed over by prosecution to the people arrested in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.
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ELGAR ACCUSED NOMINATE IIT PROFESSOR TO VERIFY DOCUMENTS HANDED OVER BY PUNE POLICE

14/01/2020

The Hindustan Times / by Shalaka Shinde

The verification process will take place in the video conferencing room of the court on January 21.
The nine activists arrested in the Elgar Parishad case have nominated computer scientist Supratik Chakraborty, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Powai, to verify seized electronic documents handed over to them by the Pune police.
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Milind Ekbote refuses to depose: Cites change in political spectrum

Milind Ekbote refuses to depose: Cites change in political spectrum

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote appeared before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry in Mumbai on Friday but refused to depose. Ekbote, who is facing charges of instigating violence in Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 2018, claimed that the allegations levelled against him were politically motivated.
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Bhima Koregaon: Minister flays move to withdraw cases

Bhima Koregaon: Minister flays move to withdraw cases

The Hindu / by Sharad Vyas

Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendranath Pandey on Thursday hit out at the Maharashtra government for attempting to withdraw cases related to the Bhima-Koregaon violence and ‘urban Naxals’ responsible for allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Home Minister Seeks Status Report in Bhima Koregaon Case

Home Minister Seeks Status Report in Bhima Koregaon Case

The Wire / by the Wire Staff

Nine rights activists have been in jail since June 2018. Several NCP leaders including the party chief Sharad Pawar had sought a fresh probe in the case.
Mumbai: A month after the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar claimed that the Pune police had wrongly targeted activists and arrested them under false charges for being “Urban Naxals”, Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh has sought a detailed report on the Bhima Koregaon case investigation.
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All the Times the Supreme Court Turned a Nelson’s Eye to Injustice

All the Times the Supreme Court Turned a Nelson’s Eye to Injustice

Drawing by Arun Ferreira

The Wire / by Markandey Katju and Janhvi Prakash

It must be regrettably said that the judiciary has largely surrendered before the political executive.
The words ‘Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting’, from the Bible (Daniel:5:27), were used by Sir Winston Churchill in 1938 to criticise Neville Chamberlain, the then British prime minister, for signing the shameful Munich Pact with Hitler. The same words could aptly be used for the Indian Supreme Court too, for its recent dismal, distressing, disheartening and discomfiting performances in repeatedly failing to protect the fundamental rights of the Indian people – which is its sacred and solemn duty under the constitution.
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