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State officials among those who bought the spyware: Digvijay

State officials among those who bought the spyware: Digvijay

Mumbai Mirror / by Shruti Ganapatye

WhatsApp privacy breach: Spyware Pegasus was used to snoop on activists, journalists, political dissidents; state home minister promises probe.
Four months after WhatsApp made a sensational disclosure that Israeli spyware Pegasus was used to snoop on some Indian citizens, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh claimed yesterday that the Maharashtra government officials had visited Israel to purchase the technology.
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Poor Medical Care for Prisoners Explains Why Number of Custodial Deaths Is Only Rising

Poor Medical Care for Prisoners Explains Why Number of Custodial Deaths Is Only Rising


Drawing by Arun Ferreire

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

In 2018, 1,845 people died while incarcerated. That’s the highest number India has seen so far.
Mumbai: “I would see this one prison inmate being brought to the hospital every day for an entire week, and each time turned away. The escort police would invariably walk in around 2:30-3 pm, over an hour after the OPD (out-patient department) hours, and no doctor would be available to treat patients then. The inmate went untreated for over a week,” recalls a young doctor at Maharashtra’s state-run JJ hospital.
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Milind Ekbote refuses to depose: Cites change in political spectrum

Milind Ekbote refuses to depose: Cites change in political spectrum

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote appeared before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry in Mumbai on Friday but refused to depose. Ekbote, who is facing charges of instigating violence in Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 2018, claimed that the allegations levelled against him were politically motivated.
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Bhima Koregaon: Minister flays move to withdraw cases

Bhima Koregaon: Minister flays move to withdraw cases

The Hindu / by Sharad Vyas

Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendranath Pandey on Thursday hit out at the Maharashtra government for attempting to withdraw cases related to the Bhima-Koregaon violence and ‘urban Naxals’ responsible for allegedly plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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All the Times the Supreme Court Turned a Nelson’s Eye to Injustice

All the Times the Supreme Court Turned a Nelson’s Eye to Injustice

Drawing by Arun Ferreira

The Wire / by Markandey Katju and Janhvi Prakash

It must be regrettably said that the judiciary has largely surrendered before the political executive.
The words ‘Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting’, from the Bible (Daniel:5:27), were used by Sir Winston Churchill in 1938 to criticise Neville Chamberlain, the then British prime minister, for signing the shameful Munich Pact with Hitler. The same words could aptly be used for the Indian Supreme Court too, for its recent dismal, distressing, disheartening and discomfiting performances in repeatedly failing to protect the fundamental rights of the Indian people – which is its sacred and solemn duty under the constitution.
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Govt, administration behind Koregaon violence: MLC

Govt, administration behind Koregaon violence: MLC


Pic: Jogendra Kawade (wikipedia)

The Times of India / by Sujit Mahamulkar

MUMBAI: People’s Republican Party MLC Jogendra Kawade appeared before an inquiry commission for the Koregaon Bhima violence and blamed the previous BJP-led government for it on Monday.
He said the riots of January 1, 2018, were sponsored by the government of the day and the administration took no preventive measures despite being aware of the plan.
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Lakhs assemble for Dalit pride

Lakhs assemble for Dalit pride

The Hindu / by Nadeem Inamdar

Police switched off mobile internet and deployed 10,000 personnel to avoid any recurrence of the clashes that broke out on January 1, 2018, and left one person dead.
Two years after an event that symbolises Dalit pride was rocked by violence, at least one million people joined the anniversary celebrations of a British-era war in Maharashtra’s Bhima Koregaon village on Wednesday – this time with senior government functionaries as part of the gathering following a change of guard in the state.
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At Bhima Koregaon event, visitors say CAA-NRC undermines Constitution

At Bhima Koregaon event, visitors say CAA-NRC undermines Constitution


Pic: Vijayta Lalwani / Scroll.in

Scroll.in / by Vijayta Lalwani

As lakhs of Ambedkarites gathered in Bhima Koregaon village near Pune on Wednesday to commemorate a battle fought in 1818, the police kept strict watch. With crowds congregating from across the country over past fortnight to express their opposition to the new Citizenship Amendment Act, the authorities wanted to ensure that this mammoth event passed off smoothly.
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Bombay High Court: 2019 Highlights

Bombay High Court: 2019 Highlights

Live Law / by Nitish Kashyap

Like every year, the Bombay High Court in 2019 witnessed a flurry of fresh PILs and petitions filed and pronounced orders/judgements in plenty of old cases. Here is a look at the some of the most significant judgements/orders of the Bombay High Court in the past year.
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