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Month: November 2020

Campaign launched to send straws & sippers for Fr Stan Swamy / Video: Denied Sipper, Straw in Jail

Campaign launched to send straws & sippers for Fr Stan Swamy / Video: Denied Sipper, Straw in Jail

Over 100 straws & sippers sent for Father Stan Swamy as outrage builds up over denial of assistive aids

27/11/2020

Newzhook / by Newshook

The plight of Father Stan Swamy continues to draw outrage among disability rights groups and ordinary citizens. Over 100 straws and sippers have been sent to the Taloja Jail where he is lodged in as well as the National Investigation Agency office. The 83-year-old activist has Parkinson’s disease, a condition recognised as disabling under RPWD Act 2016.
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#SippersForStan: Social media users launch campaign to send sippers to jailed activist Stan Swamy

27/11/2020

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The National Investigation Agency’s statement in court on Thursday that it would not be able to provide a sipper and straw to jailed activist Stan Swamy has prompted social media users around the country to take matters into their own hands and send these items to him themselves.
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Video: Denied Sipper, Straw in Jail. How Stan Swamy´s case is different from Arnab Goswami´s

27/11/2020


en | 53min | 2020

Mojo Story / by Barkha Dutt

A Special NIA Court in Mumbai denied 83-year old Stan Swamy, suffering from Parkinson’s, booked under the UAPA Act, of basic amenities like a straw and a sipper.
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Not likely to jump bail, arrest malafide: Father Stan Swamy moves Special NIA Court for bail

Not likely to jump bail, arrest malafide: Father Stan Swamy moves Special NIA Court for bail

Not likely to jump bail, arrest malafide: Father Stan Swamy moves Special NIA Court for bail

27/11/2020

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

“… he was not arrested during the long investigation lasting more than 2 years itself shows that he was never seen as a flight risk or someone who would tamper with evidence”, reads the application.
83-year-old tribal rights activist and Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy has filed a bail application before the Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai seeking release on bail from Taloja Central Jail where he has been lodged for his alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon case.
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Father Stan Swamy files plea for woollens, sipper, straw

27/11/2020

Hindustan Times / by Charul Shah

Tribal rights activist and priest Father Stan Swamy filed a fresh application on Thursday, requesting winter wear, a sipper cup and straw after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) informed the special court it had not confiscated Swamy’s straw and sipper cup. The matter, along with Swamy’s bail plea, will be heard next in December.
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We Don’t Have Father Stan Swamy’s Sipper & Straw With Us, Says NIA

26/11/2020

Live Law / by Nitish Kashyap

A Special NIA Court in Mumbai directed the concerned medical officer in Taloja jail to reply to the requirement of a straw and sipper filed by 83-year-old Father Stan Swamy, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease after the National Investigation Agency expressed its inability to provide a straw and sipper for the Jesuit priest accused in the cast based violence at Bhima Koregaon.
Finally, Court directed the medical officer to reply to the requirement of straw and sipper along with winter clothes. The matter will now be heard on December 4.
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Wait for straw, sipper gets longer for Stan Swamy, who has Parkinson’s disease & is in jail

26/11/2020

The Print / by Apoorva Mandhani

Stan Swamy, in jail in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence, files fresh application seeking a straw and sipper after NIA denies seizing it. Matter will be heard on 4 December.
Stan Swamy, the 83-year-old Jharkhand-based Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last month in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence, will have to wait till December at least to get a straw and sipper cup which he needs as a Parkinson’s disease patient, as well as winter clothes.
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NIA court raps jail administration for no report on activist Dr Anand Teltumbde

NIA court raps jail administration for no report on activist Dr Anand Teltumbde

Hindustan Times / by Charul Shah

On August 28, Teltumbde had moved an application for home food and raised concerns about his health.
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Thursday pulled up prison authorities for not sending a report on the application for home food filed by activist Dr Anand Teltumbde. The court has directed the commissioner of police concerned to take necessary action and asked the prison authority to submit its report at the next hearing, scheduled in December.
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Where Free Speech Is A Path To Lose Personal Liberty: After 70 Years Of Constitutional Democracy

Where Free Speech Is A Path To Lose Personal Liberty: After 70 Years Of Constitutional Democracy

Live Law / by Prof M Sridhar Acharyulu

We celebrate 70 years of Constitutional Governance in India, i.e., Bharath on 26th November 2020 with Damocles sword on free speech that could deprive personal liberty. None is bothered about those innocent, not very popular, common journalists and protestors who were arrested for talking against the establishment or protesting against Government policies like the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). In recent times, several Journalists have been charged under the sedition law, the Official Secrets Act, for incitement to riots and under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Left wing thinkers, poets and academicians are arrested without any convincing evidence or or charge, and are denied bail by the Courts.
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Scholars at Risk Report Details Bleak State of Academic Freedom in India

Scholars at Risk Report Details Bleak State of Academic Freedom in India

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

The SAR urged authorities to repeal the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act “to ensure compliance with obligations under its constitution and international human rights law”.
Scholars at Risk (SAR), an international network of higher education institutions that aims to defend academic freedom, in its Free to Think 2020 report, has called on authorities in India to “ensure the autonomy and functioning of higher education institutions”… In India, the Free to Think 2020 report, the arrest of activists, including students and scholars, amidst nationwide lockdowns raised concerns that the government was “taking advantage of the crisis in order to crack down on dissent”.
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SC Has Let People Down, Abdicated Duty to Defend Fundamental Rights: Justice A.P. Shah

SC Has Let People Down, Abdicated Duty to Defend Fundamental Rights: Justice A.P. Shah

The Wire / by Karan Thapar

In one of the sharpest criticisms of the Supreme Court made by one of India’s most highly regarded retired judges, the former Chief Justice of the Delhi and Madras high courts has said that “to a large extent the Supreme Court is letting down the people of India”.
Justice Ajit Prakash Shah said the Supreme Court has “completely abdicated its duty to defend fundamental rights” and added that this will “affect the credibility of the Court and its prestige”.
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Video: SC Has Let People Down, Abdicated Duty to Defend Fundamental Rights, says Justice A.P. Shah


en | 51:32min | 2020
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Release the Poet: NO BIAS! JUSTICE FOR ALL!

Release the Poet: NO BIAS! JUSTICE FOR ALL!

By Release the Poet Committee @ FB

Release the Poet Committee’s statement at Kolkata Press Club on 23rd Nov
“…If we look upon the flood of tweets and whatsapp texts, memes and mimics denouncing the highest seat of judiciary – the Supreme Court – in the last few months, we could clearly see that it was unprecedented in the history of India! People are openly getting judgmental and bitterly critical about the so called “temple of justice” discounting the risk that is ‘contempt of court’. The state should lend an ear to this alarm, which is, ACTUALLY, directed to them.

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Nearly 60 Irish writers protest against Varavara Rao’s arrest, express ‘deep unhappiness’

Nearly 60 Irish writers protest against Varavara Rao’s arrest, express ‘deep unhappiness’

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The signatories said they had noted with ‘alarm the deteriorating condition of poet Varavara Rao, imprisoned without trial in India’.
Nearly 60 Irish writers have sent a petition to the Irish Embassy in New Delhi and the Indian Embassy in Dublin protesting against the incarceration of Telugu poet Varavara Rao.
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Statements by family members of Varavara Rao after meeting him at Nanavati Hospital

Statements by family members of Varavara Rao after meeting him at Nanavati Hospital


May 2020

Mid-day / Chetna Sadadekar

After a wait of four months, the family of Varavara Rao finally got to meet him at Nanavati Hospital. Rao’s wife and elder daughter met him on Friday and Saturday. While he is being treated for a urinary tract infection, his family said that he has contracted a fungal infection on his feet and knees. However, the family is unaware of the tests that have been conducted and the reports of the same as the hospital authorities told them that reports have to be submitted to the court.
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N Venugopal writes after meeting VV Rao at Nanavati Hospital

20/11/2020

Release the Poet @ fb

Akkaiah (Hemalatha, Poet’s partner), Sahaja (Poet’s daughter) and I met VV separately in Nanavati Hospital today morning. Akkaiah was allowed twice for 20 minutes and Sahaja and me each 15 minutes once. The first thing VV told Akkaiah was “they are going to discharge me today. They are just waiting for your visit and doctors wanted to speak to you before discharge and sending to hospital!”
It seems after the High Court order on Wednesday, he was hurriedly brought to the hospital and various tests were done till two in the night. “All normal” reports were made by Thursday and waiting for family so that he could be discharged and sent back to jail began.
All this is an attempt to refuse bail, said VV.
He looked weak and fragile. With huge weight loss, age is showing. Still he has not got control over urination. Nails of feet and hands are discoloured. Hands are shivering. But then the hospital thinks he is normal to be discharged!
Only good thing that happened in the hospital seems to removal of catheter and urine bag.
So we don’t know when he will be sent back to jail. Though keeping him in hospital for 15 days was mentioned by judges and reported in press, that did not come into the written order. The court’s direction of allowing family visit is being interpreted by police officials in the hospital as they like.
Amidst such ill-health and so many conspiracies, his spirits are high. He is mentally as strong as he was. He enquired about many friends and said he was quite alright. Tears welled up in his eyes hearing the death news of Seshaiah.
Except RELEASE, nothing is the needed relief.