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Chhattisgarh: NHRC accuses state officials of ‘abetting’ crimes of Salwa Judum

Chhattisgarh: NHRC accuses state officials of ‘abetting’ crimes of Salwa Judum


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The Indian Express / by Gargi Verma

The commission made the comment while declaring an order on September 23, 2019, in the matter of the killing of seven people and burning of 95 huts in the Kondasawali, Karrepara and Kamaraguda villages of Sukma district in 2007 …
PUCL secretary Shalini Gera said, “The case was filed on a complaint by Sudha Bharadwaj, who is in Pune jail because she was working for the tribals and filing complaints like these.”
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No ‘Love Jihad’, no ‘tukde tukde gang’ says govt

No ‘Love Jihad’, no ‘tukde tukde gang’ says govt


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The News Minute / by Ragamalika Karthikeyan

On paper, this government wants us to believe that everything is hunky-dory and going as per the Constitution of India. But what’s ‘on paper’ in the narrow sense hardly matters, in reality. And that’s why, whatever they might put ‘on paper’ should not be a celebration of victory.
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Why India needs to introduce the concept of federal offences

Why India needs to introduce the concept of federal offences


Campaign poster, 2019

Scroll.in / by Kevin James

Without legal changes, the National Investigation Agency is bound to cause Centre-state friction.
On January 24, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh alleged that the Centre had transferred the investigation of the Bhima Koregaon case from the Pune police to the National Investigation Agency without the state government’s consent.
In recent years, significant Centre-state tensions have arisen over the powers of central agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation and National Investigation vis-a-vis state police.
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Was the Centre Right in Taking Over the Case?

Was the Centre Right in Taking Over the Case?

The Quint / by Chitranshul Sinha

The mutiny of 1857 led to the transfer of the government of British India from the East India Company to the monarch of England. The events of 1857 also spurred the British into enacting the Indian Penal Code of 1860 which had been lying in draft form for the previous almost three decades. Upon creating a code of offences applicable to the territories of British India, it was imperative for the crown to regulate law enforcement.
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STATE SEEKS LEGAL VIEW ON CHALLENGING CENTRE

26/01/2020

Mumbai Mirror / by Makarand Gadgil

Experts feel Sharad Pawar’s insistence on SIT probe is aimed at regaining turf in Western Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra government has sought legal opinion on whether to challenge the central government’s decision to hand over the investigation into cases related to Bhima-Koregaon violence and the Elgar Parishad conclave to the NIA.
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Republic Day 2020

Republic Day 2020

The Leaflet / by Anand Teltumbde

The Republic Day symbolized aspirational metamorphosis of India, into a sovereign, democratic republic as the Constitution proclaimed. It conjured up images of Indian people who were self-governing, who decided to give themselves a democratic republic.
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Anand Teltumbde: These are dangerous people with state power, no option but to fight

Anand Teltumbde: These are dangerous people with state power, no option but to fight

The News Minute / interview by Nandini Nair

Scholar, writer and activist Anand Teltumbde’s voice cracks unnoticeably when he speaks about his mother, the woman who worked hard with her husband to raise their children in a village in Maharashtra. Anand was answering journalist Nandini Nair’s question on his mother and daughters at a session at the Kerala Literature Festival in Kozhikode, where the two were in conversation on the subject ‘Annihilation of caste’.
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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


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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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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

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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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