We, the students and alumni of SRCC, stand in complete solidarity with Prof. Rakesh Ranjan. He has been summoned by the NIA for a hearing on 14th August, in relation with the nefarious Bhima Koregaon case. This is part of the on-going witch hunt of intellectuals and activists by forces attempting to stamp out every progressive and dissenting voice. Read/sign statement
Solidarity Statement against NIA Intimidation of Prof. PK Vijayan
By Hindu College Coordination Committee (HCCC)
Please sign statement in solidarity with Prof. Vijayan HANDS OFF OUR TEACHERS! Rise in rage against NIA intimidation of Prof. PK Vijayan of English Department, Hindu College, DU.
We, the students, teachers and members of the academic community are alarmed by the summons issued to Prof. Prem Kumar Vijayan of Hindu College, Delhi University by the NIA to join the ongoing investigation into the Bhima Koregaon case on Friday, 14th August. Recently, Prof. Hany Babu of English Department, Delhi University had also been summoned similarly by the NIA and arrested under draconian UAPA charges in the expanding Bhima Koregaon witch hunt of progressive teachers, journalists, lawyers, cultural and social activists. Read/sign statement
Delhi Police Register Case Against Students Protesting Hany Babu’s Arrest
The police said that the students were charged for flouting prohibitory orders under Section 144.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has registered a case against members of various student organisations for flouting prohibitory orders while protesting the arrest of Delhi University professor Hany Babu by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case, officials said on Wednesday. Read more
Delhi Police book students for protesting DU professor Hany Babu’s arrest
Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff
The police said the students were defying prohibitory orders and physical distancing norms.
The Delhi Police on Wednesday booked six students for protesting against the arrest of Delhi University professor MT Hany Babu and defying prohibitory orders, PTI reported. Babu was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on July 28 in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. Babu is an associate professor of English at Delhi University and a well-known anti-caste activist. Read more
Activists Protesting Against Arrest Of Hany Babu Detained By Police
+++ SFI Delhi / by @SfiDelhi: SFI along with other organizations protested at Arts Faculty, DU against the arrest of Prof Hany Babu in Fabricated Bhima Koregaon Case. Protesters have been detained at Maurice Nagar Police Station. It was a peaceful protest which was met with hostility by the Delhi police. +++
+++ AISA – N Sai Balaji / @nsaibalaji: AISA condemns the Delhi Police’s registering of FIR against protesting students of Delhi university Several orgs including AISA today protested at arts faculty gate no 4 against arrest of Prof Hany Babu who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Elgar Parishad case. +++ The protesting students including AISA’s Abhigyan and some students from DSU and BSCEM were detained and later FIR was filed against them under 58/20, 188/34 IPC. +++
‘This government has tamed everyone’ – Interview with Rao´s Lawyer
‘The entire systems they are trying to change.’
Telugu poet, activist, critic and teacher Pendyala Varavara Rao, 79, has a new advocate.
Sudeep Ratnamberdutt Pasbola, who has represented/represents accused like activist Arun Ferreira, politician Rahul Gandhi, gangster Abu Salem, HR consultant Indrani Mukerjea, gangster Arun Gawli, 1993 and 2006 Mumbai blast accused, amongst many others, took on Professor Rao’s case in July… Pasbola spoke to Rediff.com’s Vaihayasi Pande Daniel about Professor Rao’s case and why bail is no longer being granted by courts for certain types of accused. Read more
Police officers probing Delhi violence, Bhima Koregaon cases get home minister’s excellence medal
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo and Vikram Khalate, Superintendent of Police, NIA, were among the 121 recipients of the award.
A senior Delhi Police officer probing the communal violence that broke out in the city in February and a National Investigation Agency officer leading the Bhima Koregaon case inquiry are among those who received the Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation on Wednesday. Read more
ACP, who probed Elgar Parishad case, awarded by Union home ministry
Hindustan Times / by Jogesh Joshi
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar, who probed the Elgar Parishad case, has been awarded with the Union home minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation for the year 2020… “I am happy that all my efforts have been rewarded. The award is being given to me for the Elgar Parishad investigation,” said Pawar.
Varavara Rao’s Family Awaits News On His Health, Writes Jailed Poet’s Nephew
It has been eleven days since Varavara Rao’s family saw the physically weak and psychologically suffering poet on video conference and there is still no news from anywhere – hospital or jail.
It’s exactly one month since Varavara Rao’s family felt disturbed with his incoherent talk and began emergency efforts to bring the dreadful condition of his health to people’s notice, to appeal to all the systems of governance and to move judiciary seeking an immediate remedy to the risk to his life. Read more
It is a common practice all over the world that when those incarcerated face a threat to life, the authorities send them home…
It is a sign of the times that our present Central government does not feel the need to follow this practice of releasing prisoners even when their lives are at risk. Varavara Rao, a 79-year-old accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case, has been in jail for two years, where his health had broken down even before the pandemic; matters are worse now because he has tested positive for Covid-19. Yet the government has made no announcement till date about his release after he is discharged from hospital; and this is so notwithstanding the fact that he is merely awaiting trial and has not been convicted of any crime. Read more
Dr Jenny Rowena On Prof Hany Babu’s Arrest, House Raids And Casteism
Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil is the 12th person to be arrested in the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case.
New Delhi – “Day in and day out we are reminded that there is no justice in this country. And there is no peace without justice,” Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, an associate professor of English at Delhi University tweeted one day in July this year. Babu is a vocal and influential voice against India’s discriminatory caste system. Read more
Video: Writing as Righting – Poems by Varavara Rao Curated by Prathibha Nandakumar
25:08 min | 2020
A reading of poet Varavara Rao’s work in English, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi by Ajay Raj, Aravind Kuplikar, Kavitha Lankesh, Radhika Narayan, Sanchari Vijay, Sandhya Rani, Sandhya Reddy, Sudhanva Deshpande and Tina Shashikanth. Watch video
Sudha Bharadwaj: The lawyer for poor and labourers
She was a lawyer for the poor, a thorn in the side of big industry. Is that the reason why she has been implicated?
The noted human rights lawyer was born in Massachusetts in the United States but gave up her US citizenship at the age of 18 and returned to India. She studied at IIT-Kanpur and horrified at the condition of labourers in UP, Bihar and West Bengal, she decided to work for them and joined the Chhattisgarh Liberation Front in 1986 when it was still a part of Madhya Pradesh. Read more
State to re-verify after medical reports of Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut show identical details
Vijay Hiremath had pointed out that the health parameters mentioned on Mahesh Raut’s report were identical to the medical report of activist Anand Teltumbde (68), a co-accused in the case, who is also lodged in the Taloja jail. Read more
HC wants to know how Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut have same BP, pulse and O2 levels, weight, height in jail reports
Mumbai Mirror / by Sharmeen Hakim
HC seeks explanation after Taloja jail’s medical reports say hey are also identical in height, weight.
The Bombay High Court has sought an explanation from Taloja Prison officials following revelations that certain portions of academic Anand Teltumbde and activist Mahesh Raut’s medical reports, both accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case, are exactly the same. The two approached the HC after co-accused Telugu poet Varavara Rao tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Read more