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.
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.
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.
The Indian Express / by Deeptiman Tiwary
The data shows that Jammu and Kashmir saw a sharp spike in sedition cases in 2018, with 12 cases compared to just one in 2017. The state was split into two Union Territories last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.