The Supreme Court seems to have lost its way.
I speak here today of what I believe is one of the most troubling developments of our time: the decline of the Indian Supreme Court. As a former judge, at the very least I believe it is my duty to ring some warning bells…
This abuse of the UAPA and constant rejection of bail applications of accused as a means of silencing opposing voices can be seen most in the Bhima Koregaon cases, where mere thought has been elevated to a crime. Read more
UAPA – Governments Avoid Due Process by Declaring Groups as ‘Front Organisations’
Legal experts say loopholes in UAPA allow enforcement agencies to misuse the law to target dissenters by branding them as ‘fronts’ for banned organisations.
KKM – a 20-year-old cultural troupe with an anti-caste legacy – was first named in a criminal case in 2011, when the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested several individuals for their alleged link with the banned Maoist group… In the nine years since KKM was first criminalised, neither the state government nor the Centre have made any efforts to notify the organisation as either a banned organisation or an unlawful association, a process laid down in the UAPA. Read more
Video: Revisiting the Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case
As the world witnesses agitation from various minority communities, using existing formal legal processes to bolster their movements has been a major challenge. As a concept, movement lawyering is akin to the tool of public or social interest litigation in India. It envisions a close and harmonious relationship between the legal and activist circles who bring their individual expertise to fulfill a common objective – justice. India has been witness to the works of several noteworthy lawyers but some of their practice is an embodiment of movement lawyering. Read more
Manufacturing Evidence: How the Police is framing and arresting constitutional rights defenders in India
An international coalition of human rights defenders, with evidence gathered by activists on the ground, compiled „Manufacturing Evidence: How the Police is framing and arresting constitutional rights defenders in India“ – a report that once again exposes the communal bias of the Indian Police. Read more
Police officers probing Delhi violence, Bhima Koregaon cases get home minister’s excellence medal
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Rajesh Deo and Vikram Khalate, Superintendent of Police, NIA, were among the 121 recipients of the award.
A senior Delhi Police officer probing the communal violence that broke out in the city in February and a National Investigation Agency officer leading the Bhima Koregaon case inquiry are among those who received the Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation on Wednesday. Read more
ACP, who probed Elgar Parishad case, awarded by Union home ministry
Hindustan Times / by Jogesh Joshi
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar, who probed the Elgar Parishad case, has been awarded with the Union home minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation for the year 2020… “I am happy that all my efforts have been rewarded. The award is being given to me for the Elgar Parishad investigation,” said Pawar.
DU Professor Hany Babu’s arrest: Media takes a blinkered view to the issue
The media – particularly Hindi newspapers – has taken a blinkered view to the arrest of Delhi University Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil by National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Tuesday, July 28. The 54-year old English Professor is the 12th person to have been arrested in the Elgar Parishad case. Read more
The ‘Encounter Raj’ mindset: Stop mocking those who stand for human rights
… Today, as a result of mass celebration of rough and ready justice by police bullets on the streets, the notion of human rights has been gravely undermined, constricted and even mocked. So called ‘human rights wallahs’ are subject to shrill public vilification, lampooned, called ‘anti-nationals’ and repeatedly denounced by jingoist media. Read more
Assault on the Rule of Law and Article 19 of the Constitution of India
This statement by our group of former civil servants arises from our deep concern at the assault on the Rule of Law in India and on its citizens’ rights to free speech and dissent, basic elements of any democracy. Read full statement
Marking 45 years since the Emergency, Resolve to Strengthen the Struggle Against State Repression
45 years prior to today, on June 26th 1975, the country awoke to a declaration of Internal Emergency. Arguably one of the darkest days in the country’s history post 1947, Emergency Rule imposed by the then central government led by Indira Gandhi’s faction of the Indian National Congress (INC) was characterised by a near complete suspension of basic democratic rights and targeted attacks on all progressive and democratic forces and organisations. Read more