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.
Times Now Digtal / by Times Now Staff
Pune: Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut on Thursday called for an enquiry in the arrest of lawyers and activists in January 1, 2018, Koregaon-Bhima violence case. He also wondered how someone who worked for the upliftment of poor slum dwellers was dubbed as “Naxals”.
The Hindu / by Shoumojit Banerjee
The Congress leader says ‘the previous govt. nearly framed me as an ‘urban Naxal’ in the Bhima-Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case, which only proves that it was a managed case where good activists are still behind bars’
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.
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.
ELGAR ACCUSED NOMINATE IIT PROFESSOR TO VERIFY DOCUMENTS HANDED OVER BY PUNE POLICE
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.
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.
The Indian Express / by Deeptiman Tiwary
The data shows that Jammu and Kashmir saw a sharp spike in sedition cases in 2018, with 12 cases compared to just one in 2017. The state was split into two Union Territories last year.
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.
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.
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.