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NIA Opposes Stan Swamy’s Bail; Calls PUCL, VVJVA ‘Maoist Fronts’

NIA Opposes Stan Swamy’s Bail; Calls PUCL, VVJVA ‘Maoist Fronts’

NIA Opposes Stan Swamy’s Bail; Calls PUCL, Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan ‘Maoist Fronts’

31/01/2021

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

The agency made the claim about the 30-year-old human rights body while arguing against the bail application moved by Father Stan Swamy.
In its latest, the National Investigation Agency handling the ongoing probe in the Elgar Parishad case has called a 30-year-old human rights body, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a frontal organisation of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). The agency made the claim while arguing against the bail application moved by arrested human rights defender Father Stan Swamy. Similar claims were also made against Jharkhand-based Adivasi rights organisation Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan.
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NIA says Stan Swamy is working to achieve the goals of CPI (Maoist)

30/01/2021

The Hindu / by Special Corrospondent

Central agency argues for rejection of bail petition.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday alleged that Father Stan Swamy, accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, was actually accomplishing the agenda of Communist Party of India (Maoist) under the pretence of voicing concerns of the tribal community. It said that his bail plea must be rejected.
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At Elgar Parishad 2021, calls for freedom for the ‘Bhima Koregaon 16’

At Elgar Parishad 2021, calls for freedom for the ‘Bhima Koregaon 16’


Kabir Kala Manch performance

At Elgar Parishad 2021, calls for freedom for the ‘Bhima Koregaon 16’

31/01/2021

Scroll.in / by Aarefa Johari

On Saturday morning, people entering Pune’s Ganesh Kala Krida auditorium were greeted by dozens of police officials at every gate, multiple security checkpoints with metal detectors, repeated bag-checks and body pat-downs, and police sniffer dogs roaming around the compound.
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Arundhati Roy calls for resistance against RSS

31/01/2021

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Roy read out her speech in Hindi titled “Ek Ladai Mohabbat Ki”. She alleged that the RSS is leading the “Bramhanwadi (castiest)” forces and has taken control of the country through Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Author Arundhati Roy on Saturday called for a united fight against “Bramhanical” and “capitalist” forces in the country and that the struggle should be named as “Satya Shodhak Resistance (SSR)” against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
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Our battle for love must be militantly waged – and beautifully won / Video: Free BK16

Our battle for love must be militantly waged – and beautifully won / Video: Free BK16

Arundhati Roy: Our battle for love must be militantly waged – and beautifully won

30/01/2020

Scroll.in / by Arundhati Roy

The text of Arundhati Roy’s speech at the Elgar Parishad 2021 on January 30.
I thank the organisers of the 2021 Elgar Parishad for inviting me to speak at this forum to mark what would have been Rohit Vemula’s 32nd birthday and the 1818 victory of the battle of Bhima Koregaon. Not far from here, Mahar troops fighting in the British Army defeated the Peshwa King Bajirao II under whom Mahars and other Dalit castes were cruelly persecuted and ritually debased in indescribable ways.
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Video: Free BK16 – Repeal UAPA

30/01/2020


hindi | 3:09min | 2021

By National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)

NAPM strongly condemns the imprisonment of senior social and human rights activists on false and baseless allegations in the name of ‘Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case’.
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Elgar Parishad tomorrow after 3 yrs — arrests, controversies and significance of the event

Elgar Parishad tomorrow after 3 yrs — arrests, controversies and significance of the event

The Print / by Revathi Krishnan

The Elgar Parishad, which commemorates the battle of Bhima Koregaon, was last held in Pune between 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.
Three years after it led to violence and the arrests of a number of activists, the Elgar Parishad event is to be held at Pune on 30 January this year.
The Pune Police has granted permission for the event, which commemorates the Battle of Bhima Koregaon. The Elgar Parishad was last held between 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018. 
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What are your apprehensions if Varavara Rao is granted bail, HC asks NIA

What are your apprehensions if Varavara Rao is granted bail, HC asks NIA

What are your apprehensions if Varavara Rao is granted bail, HC asks NIA

29/01/2021

Hindustan Times / by K A Y Dodhiya

Stressing on the need of striking a balance between fundamental rights of a prisoner to have a healthy life and the facilities available for treating ailing prisoners in jails, the Bombay high court (HC) on Thursday has sought to know from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on their apprehensions in the event 82-year-old Telugu poet P Varavara Rao is released on bail on medical grounds.
… The court has now posted the hearing on February 3.
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What is the quality of life of a 82-year-old in detention? Bombay High Court asks during Varavara Rao bail hearing

28/01/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

“Is it worth to wait for another emergency to happen to take him to Nanavati only because we reject his bail because of your apprehension?”, the Court asked counsel for NIA.
The Bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale raised the question during Rao’s plea for grant of bail on medical grounds along with the plea filed by his wife seeking the Court’s intervention in view of the violation of his fundamental right to health.
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‘Varavara Rao Doesn’t Have Dementia, Reject His Medical Bail Plea,’ NIA Tells Bombay HC

28/01/2021

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

When asked by the HC bench as to why Rao was taking 20 pills if he was stable, the NIA counsel said the pills were ‘age related.’
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday urged the Bombay high court to reject the plea for bail on medical grounds filed by poet-activist Varavara Rao, arguing that his present health condition is stable and that he no longer suffers from dementia.
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Varavara Rao Can Be Sent Back To Prison, He Has No Dementia: NIA Submits Before Bombay High Court

27/01/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

Does the octogenarian poet Dr Varavara Rao suffer from dementia? The question seems to have become the focal argument in petitions seeking to set him at liberty and as both the sides are now arguing on the point whether Dr Rao’s cognitive functions are strong enough for him to be able to take care of himself or no.
… The bench then directed the hospital to submit a fresh report on Rao’s heath condition and adjourned the case for Thursday.
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Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again

Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again

Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again

28/01/2021

India Now / by India Now

A Mumbai court has refused to interfere with the order of Taloja Central Jail officials, refusing to accept a courier with books for Elgar Parishad accused Hany Babu and Gautam Navlakha.
A Special Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai has refused to interfere with the order of Taloja Central Jail officials, refusing to accept a courier with books for Elgar Parishad accused Hany Babu and Gautam Navlakha.
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Jail officials cannot refuse books sent for prisoners, but should check content: Mumbai Court

28/01/2021

The Indian Express / by Sadaf Modak

The observation was made in the detailed order passed by the special court earlier this month allowing lawyer activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, access to five books per month at Byculla women’s jail where she is lodged.
A special court has said that jail authorities cannot refuse to accept books sent for prisoners though they are expected to go through the contents to ensure there is no “objectionable material”.
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Video: We, The People – Reclaiming the Republic / Cardinal Nichols: Calls on GoI to release Fr Stan Swamy

Video: We, The People – Reclaiming the Republic / Cardinal Nichols: Calls on GoI to release Fr Stan Swamy


en | 49min | 2021

Online Conference: We, The People – Reclaiming the Republic

26/01/2021

By Jesuit Conference of South Asia

26th January
6pm-6:45pm (IST)
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Also watch:
► Why is the state afraid of Sudha Bharadwaj? (en + hindi | 2h 53min | Jan 2021)
► Repeal UAPA – Day Three (en + … | 2h 51min | Jan 2021)
► Repeal UAPA – Day Two (en +… | 2h 22min | Jan 2021)
► Repeal UAPA – Day One (en + … | 2h 17min | Jan 2021)
► 100 Days of the incarceration of Fr. Stan Swamy (en + hindi | 3h | Jan 2021)


Cardinal Nichols: Calls on Indian Government to release Fr Stan Swamy

26/01/2021

CBCEW / by CBCEW

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Fr Damian Howard SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, have joined calls for the government of India to release Fr Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Jesuit priest who has been unjustly imprisoned because of his work to support marginalised communities.
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Video: Keeping Hope, An Everyday Challenge: Imprisoned Activist Gautam Navlakha´s Partner

Video: Keeping Hope, An Everyday Challenge: Imprisoned Activist Gautam Navlakha´s Partner


en | 20:10min | 2021

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

An accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case, Navlakha is a civil liberties, democratic, human rights activist, and journalist. He has been charged with the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which many human rights activists across the world say is a tool used by the government to silence dissent. In this video, we speak to Navlakha’s partner, Sahba Hussain, and try to get some insight into his life – public as well as private.
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