Navlakha has been sent to judicial custody and will be lodged at Taloja jail near Mumbai. The Wire has reported that an inmate recently died there of COVID-19.
New Delhi/Mumbai: In a move that took his lawyers and family by surprise, the noted civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha was shifted by the National Investigation Agency from Delhi to Mumbai on Monday and remanded to judicial custody by a special NIA court till June 22. Read more
Judges withhold bail; several prison reforms recommended over the years have fallen through the cracks.
On May 5, two months after the Arthur Road jail superintendent warned that an outbreak of COVID-19 could not be contained in the jail due to overcrowding, his worst fears came true: the first positive case was discovered in the precincts. Read more
COVID-19: AT LEAST THREE DIE IN MAHARASHTRA PRISONS
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
In an affidavit submitted to the Bombay high court in response to a PIL, the state government said that a prisoner each has died in the central prisons of Taloja and Yerwada, and in Dhule district prison. Maharashtra is the first state to have reported deaths in prisons so far. Read more
Maharashtra Prisoner Released on Parole Says Jails Unprepared to Handle COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
No transport has been arranged for those who are released, while inmates still in prison fear for their health. Read more
Amit Shah’s ‘Bhima Koregaon Model’ Used For Anti-CAA Protests
The recent arrests of Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha and two JNU students, Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, both activists with Pinjra Tod, shows that the union home ministry is convinced the ‘Bhima Koregaon model’ works and must be replicated. Read more
DELHI RIOTS, BHIMA-KOREGAON, GUJARAT RIOTS SAME PATTERN, SAY ACTIVISTS
Times Now News / by Muhammad Wajihulla
New Delhi: A group of activists led the charge against the state government over the recent arrests of students and activists by the Delhi Police. In an online press conference held on Thursday, the activists claimed that the Delhi riots, Bhima-Koregaon violence and Gujarat riots have a similar pattern – of silencing the voice of dissent and brutal repression by the state. Read more
Citizens Appeal: Release Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen From Covid-19 Hit Byculla Jail [read letter]
660 concerned citizens from all walks of life have written to the High Powered Committee comprising Justice AA Sayed,Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sanjay Chahande, Director General of Prisons SN Pandey, Maharasthra urging them to temporarily release Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj and Professor Shoma Sen from Byculla Jail, Mumbai, due to rampant COVID-19 spread within the prison. Read full letter
Media coverage of the letter
Over 600 citizens call for temporary release of Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sena from jail
Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff
They have been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for their alleged role in the Bhima Koregaon violence case. Read more
Over 600 Citizens Call for Temporary Release of Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen From Byculla Jail
The Wire / by The Wire Staff
The signatories pointed out that Bharadwaj and Sen were suffering from multiple ailments, making them vulnerable to COVID-19. Read more
Video: Angela Davis in Solidarity with UAPA Prisoners
The COVID 19 Lockdown has exposed how the ruling regime considers repressing democratic voices as an ‘essential service’. UAPA and Sedition laws have been used to for a witch-hunt of those who stand by secular, progressive ideals. Peasant and working class organizers, democratic rights defenders, lawyers, journalists and others have also been arrested under these colonial-era laws.
Angela Davis, activist in prison abolition movement and anti-racism revolutionary, speaks in solidarity with those being targeted today under UAPA. Watch video
From the shadows of dissent – women engaged to free arrested family members
Meet the women engaged in an endless battle with the state to free family members arrested under stringent laws.
On Friday morning, the Bombay High Court rejected the parole application of GN Saibaba, the Delhi University professor undergoing a life sentence in Nagpur jail since 2017 for “Maoist links”. Read more
NIA opposes interim bail plea of Shoma Sen, Varavara Rao and Sudha Bhardwaj
The three accused have moved the special court separately for interim bail on the ground of the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in prison, and have expressed concerns about contracting SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA), which has been probing the Elgar Parishad case since January, has opposed the plea for interim bail filed by the accused activists Dr Shoma Sen, Vara Vara Rao, and Sudha Bhardwaj. … The next hearing will be held on May 28. Read more
GUIDELINES TO FREE INMATES ON TEMPORARY BAIL NOT APPLICABLE TO ACCUSED: NIA
The Indian Express / by Express News Service
The high-powered committee, which was constituted to decongest jails in the state, has recommended the release of all undertrials with exceptions, including those facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Elgaar Parishad accused are booked under UAPA. It has, however, left it to such accused to file for interim bail to be considered on medical grounds or circumstances of the case by the courts. Read more
Sudha Bharadwaj and Shoma Sen are in COVID-19 affected Byculla women’s jail.
Varavara Rao is currently lodged at COVID-19 affected Taloja jail.
Judicial custody of Anand Teltumbde extended till June 5
A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Anand Teltumbde, an engineer and Indian Institute of Management graduate who used to teach at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), arrested by the agency on April 14 in connection with the Elghar Parishad case, till June 5. Read more
The Delhi High Court on Friday, 22 May, issued notice in the interim bail plea filed by human rights activist Gautam Navlakha, who is in the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with his alleged role in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Justice Anup J Bhambhani has directed the NIA to respond to the bail plea by the next date of hearing, which has been set as 27 May. Read more
Mumbai Police Quiz Jailed Activist’s Family About His Whereabouts
On 11 May 2020, two police officials with the Mumbai Crime Branch reportedly paid a visit to social activist Vernon Gonsalves’s home, with the intent of finding out Gonsalves’s whereabouts. They questioned his wife, Susan Abraham, who is also an advocate and his son Sagar. Read more