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Supreme Court Asks Bombay High Court To Consider Varavara Rao’s Bail Application At The Earliest

Supreme Court Asks Bombay High Court To Consider Varavara Rao’s Bail Application At The Earliest

Supreme Court Asks Bombay High Court To Consider Varavara Rao’s Bail Application At The Earliest

29/10/2020

Live Law / by Radhika Roy

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Bombay High Court to list the bail application of 81-year-old poet P. Varavara Rao, who is an undetrail in the Bhima Koregaon case, before the appropriate Bench and hear it at the earliest.
A Bench comprising of Justices UU Lalit, Vineet Saran and S. Ravindra Bhat expressed concern about the bail application filed on medical grounds not having been listed before the Bombay High Court since 17 September and directed the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to list the same at the earliest.
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SC asks Bombay HC to expedite hearing Varavara Rao’s bail application

29/10/2020

The Leaflet / by The Leaflet

The Supreme Court Thursday asked the Bombay High Court to expedite the hearing of the bail application filed by noted poet Dr. Varavara Rao on medical grounds.
It also expressed concern at the delay in hearing Rao’s bail application which was last heard by the High Court on September 17 when one of the judges in a two-judge bench recused himself from the case. The Court also directed the High Court to examine whether Dr. Rao would be required to be treated in a speciality hospital.
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SC Declines to Order Transfer of Varavara Rao to Hospital

29/10/2020

The Quint / by Vakasha Sachdev

The bench headed by Justice UU Lalit requested the Bombay HC to take up the matter urgently.
The Supreme Court on Thursday, 29 October, declined to grant bail on medical/humanitarian grounds to 80-year-old Varavara Rao, one of the accused in the Bhima Koregaon case.
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SC asks Varavara Rao family to approach Bombay HC again

29/10/2020

The Hindu / by Krishnadas Rajagopal

Apex court requests HC Chief Justice to list case for hearing at the earliest.
The Supreme Court on Thursday did not order the immediate release from jail of ailing poet-activist Varavara Rao even as it voiced concern over a month-long delay witnessed in the Bombay High Court to hear urgent pleas for his liberty and medical treatment.
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Reading Anand Teltumbde in the wake of Hathras

Reading Anand Teltumbde in the wake of Hathras

Scroll.in / by Rahul Govind

In his books, the writer – now in jail – demonstrates how caste atrocities are the result of deep-rooted societal structures.
In grappling with the horrors of Hathras, the absence of Anand Teltumbde’s voice resounds. In the writings of Teltumbde, who is currently incarcerated in Taloja prison in the Bhima Koregaon case, the horrific singularity of caste atrocities are distilled as a precipitate of a long-enduring history and deep-rooted societal structures. Few public intellectuals in independent India have shown as much insight and courage in chronicling the cunning and cruelty of state and society.
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NIA: Dr Anand Teltumbde directed colleagues to run campaign against his implication

NIA: Dr Anand Teltumbde directed colleagues to run campaign against his implication

Hindustan Times / by Charul Shah

Prior to the Supreme Court (SC) directing academician and activist Dr Anand Teltumbde to approach the Bombay high court (HC) for anticipatory bail in January 2018, he allegedly had asked his colleagues to run a campaign against his implication in the case. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating Teltumbde for his role in the Bhima Koregaon case mentioned Teltumbde’s plans in the charge sheet filed against him earlier this week.
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NIA says Kabir Kala Manch’s plays, songs led to violence, death at Bhima Koregaon

NIA says Kabir Kala Manch’s plays, songs led to violence, death at Bhima Koregaon

The Hindu / by Sonam Saigal

Central agency files third chargesheet, says banned CPI (Maoist) misled Dalits.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said, “Activists of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) were making objectionable statements about history which were detrimental to the social harmony and they were playing street plays, singing objectionable songs which led to stone pelting, violence, arson and death in the area of Koregaon Bhima.”
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Jyoti Jagtap – The Young Woman Who Would Not Cry

Jyoti Jagtap – The Young Woman Who Would Not Cry

Article 14 / by Jyoti Punwani

Jyoti Jagtap sang against Hindutva, casteism, inequality. In September, unafraid and resolute, she became the third member of a cultural troupe to be arrested in the Bhima-Koregaon case and its youngest accused. Like 15 others, she faces charges of sedition and waging war against the government of India.
“You can counsel the other inmates in jail. That way your time inside won’t be wasted.”
With these words, Rupali Jadhav bid farewell to her Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) colleague Jyoti Jagtap in the Pune office of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on 8 September 2020.
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If teaching Marx and Ambedkar is a criminal activity: A profile of K. Satyanarayana

If teaching Marx and Ambedkar is a criminal activity: A profile of K. Satyanarayana


Solidarity poster Sep, 2020

The Polis Project / by The Polis Project and maraa

In collaboration with maraa, The Polis Project launched Profiles of Dissent – a new series centered on remarkable voices of dissent and courage in India and their personal and political histories, as a way to reclaim our public spaces. These are prominent writers, poets, activists, and human rights defenders who have been in prison, held under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The profile features K. Satyanarayana who has been implicated in the connection with Bhima Koregaon investigation in relation to his father-in-law Varavara Rao.
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Father Stan Swamy’s arrest ripples in Northeast

Father Stan Swamy’s arrest ripples in Northeast

The Telegraph / by Umanand Jaiswal

Guwahati-based social scientist Father Walter Fernandes on Wednesday said the arrest of tribal rights advocate Father Stan Swamy from Ranchi had “implications” for the Northeast, which too had witnessed arrests of rights activists and the displacement of tribal communities in the name of development.
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Protests intensify against Swamy arrest/ Indians rally behind Jesuit arrested for „Maoist“ links

Protests intensify against Swamy arrest/ Indians rally behind Jesuit arrested for „Maoist“ links

Protests intensify against Swamy arrest

14/10/2020

The Telegraph / by Animesh Bisoee

The show of solidarity with octogenarian Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy, who was arrested by the NIA near Ranchi on October 8 and jailed for alleged Maoist links, continued on Tuesday in Jharkhand.
Nearly 60 representatives of people’s organisations and tribal activists resumed their hunger strike near tribal icon Birsa Munda’s memorial at Kokar in Ranchi from 11am on Tuesday, while around 50 youths under the banner of Jharkhand Christian Youth Association (JCYA) burnt the effigy of the central government at Albert Ekka Chowk as a mark of protest against the arrest.
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Indians rally behind Jesuit arrested for „Maoist“ links

13/10/2020

Matters India / by Matters India

Cities across India on October 12 witnessed an unprecedented show of solidarity with an octogenarian Jesuit priest who has been arrested and jailed for alleged Maoist links.
From New Delhi to the North East, from Bengaluru to Patna, and from Kochi to Mumbai, hundreds of people from all walks of life, who are saddened, shocked and indignant, stood up against the arbitrary arrest of the 83 year old Jesuit priest.
Read reports from Delhi, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Kochi, Patna and Trichy

Held by NIA 83-yr-old priest worked for tribals, took on govt policies, and `even the Church´

Held by NIA 83-yr-old priest worked for tribals, took on govt policies, and `even the Church´


Ranchi, Oct 2020

The Indian Express / by Abhishek Angad

Swamy’s arrest has led to widespread protests in Jharkhand, where he has been based for over two decades. Various civil society groups and activists have criticised this arrest.
Two days before his arrest, Father Stan Swamy, 83, a Jharkhand-based Jesuit priest, human rights activist and writer who was arrested by NIA on Thursday in the Bhima Koregaon case, had in a video statement spoken about his work on displacement, land alienation, rights of gram sabhas and of Adivasis in jail, among other issues.
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