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Bhima Koregaon commission agrees to hear arrested activists

Bhima Koregaon commission agrees to hear arrested activists

Mumbai Mirror / by Shruti Ganapatye

Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling will be brought to the ccommission on Sep 6-7 under Pune police security.
The Bhima Koregaon Commission of Inquiry has summoned two of the nine activists arrested last year in connection with the eponymous riots in Pune district on January 1, 2018.
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Accused to be examined in inquiry panel’s courtroom at old Zilla Parishad premises

Accused to be examined in inquiry panel’s courtroom at old Zilla Parishad premises

The Indian Express / by By Express News Service

Both Dhawale and Gadling are currently lodged in Yerawada jail and had filed affidavits before the commission, headed by retired Justice J N Patel.
After discussions with officials of Yerawada Central Prison, the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday decided to examine two accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, Sudhir Dhawale and lawyer Surendra Gadling, in the same courtroom at the premises of the old Zilla Parishad where the hearings are currently underway.
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The UAPA Amendment And The Future Of Civil Liberties In A Constitutional Democracy

The UAPA Amendment And The Future Of Civil Liberties In A Constitutional Democracy

Youth Ki Awaas / by Nikhil Jois

Recently, the Home Minister Amit Shah introduced a legislation in the “people’s house” termed as the UAPA or Unauthorized Activities Prevention Act Amendment Bill 2019. The major change in the already existing law adds to the draconian characteristic which is carried by the law. The government intends to designate an individual as a “terrorist.” What’s more? The bill aims to designate an individual terrorist even before the accused be presented to the court for “due process” to prove someone a terrorist.
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Koregaon Bhima Inquiry Commission plans to examine Dhawale and Gadling in Yerwada jail

Koregaon Bhima Inquiry Commission plans to examine Dhawale and Gadling in Yerwada jail

The Indian Express / by Chandan Haygunde

Dhawale and Gadling had earlier filed affidavits before the Commission of Inquiry, which is looking into the sequence of events that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima on January 1 last year, in which one person died and several others were injured.
The Commission of Inquiry intends to examine Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling, two of the nine arrested accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, in the first week of September. Both Dhawale, an activist, and Gadling, a lawyer, are currently lodged in Yerwada Central Prison.
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Analysis | UAPA: Updated anti-terror law is likely to weaken Indian democracy

Analysis | UAPA: Updated anti-terror law is likely to weaken Indian democracy

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The Leaflet / by Nivedhitha K

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament despite searing opposition to the inclusion of new provisions in the existing law. The Bill drew flak on two accounts. One, the new changes undermine human rights. Secondly, the amendments undermine the structure of Indian federalism.
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UAPA Amendment 2019: Petition challenges unilateral power to declare Individuals as Terrorists

UAPA Amendment 2019: Petition challenges unilateral power to declare Individuals as Terrorists

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sabrangindia.in / by Sabrangindia

Just a week after the amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 was notified giving the Central Government power unilateral to designate an individual as “terrorist”, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court praying that it be declared unconstitutional.
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Law to brand individuals terrorists gets Rajya Sabha approval

Law to brand individuals terrorists gets Rajya Sabha approval

DNA / by Manan Kumar

The amendments have brought UAPA close to the USA’ Patriot Act that was enacted in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, which empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists, on Friday as the Opposition lost yet another battle in Parliament. Until now, the government could only designate organisations as terrorists.
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Allowing the State to Designate Someone as a ‘Terrorist’ Without Trial is Dangerous

Allowing the State to Designate Someone as a ‘Terrorist’ Without Trial is Dangerous

The Wire / by Siddharth Varadarajan

The UAPA Amendment Bill is the single most dangerous piece of legislation the country has ever seen.
Should government officials and politicians – even upstanding democrats with a long record of respecting the rule of law like home minister Amit Shah – be trusted with the power to designate an individual as a “terrorist”, that too, without that person being tried and convicted?
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Liberties Are At An End

Liberties Are At An End

Live Law / by Santosh Paul

… From June 2018, ten of the most brilliant minds in the country pursuing the rights of man, found themselves in the tragicomic situation of the six men arrested in the Stalin cigar joke. Unfortunately for them this was a Kafkaesque reality which stared them in the face.
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