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‘I Am Ready To Put On My Black Coat’: Lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, Out On Bail After 3 Years In Jail

‘I Am Ready To Put On My Black Coat’: Lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, Out On Bail After 3 Years In Jail

Article 14 / by Chitrangada Coudhury

After three years and three months in prison, Bhima-Koregaon accused and undertrial Sudha Bharadwaj was granted bail in December 2021 by the Bombay High Court on a technical ground. The human rights lawyer and law professor talked to us about her time in prison, the state of legal aid for forgotten undertrials, the need for courts to address congested prisons, particularly in the pandemic, and her plans to rebuild her life as a lawyer and a mother, as she grappled with bail conditions which prevent her from leaving Mumbai and Thane.
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Physical meetings with family and lawyer stopped, but phone call facility yet to resume: Inmates to court

Physical meetings with family and lawyer stopped, but phone call facility yet to resume: Inmates to court

The Indian Express / by Sadaf Modak

On Wednesday, undertrials in the Elgaar Parishad case – lodged in Taloja Central Prison – were produced before the special court via video conference.
With a surge in Covid-19 cases, while the prison department has stopped physical meetings again of inmates with relatives and lawyers, the phone and video call facility is yet to be resumed in many jails.
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Sudha Bharadwaj: The prison life of India’s best-known woman activist

Sudha Bharadwaj: The prison life of India’s best-known woman activist

BBC / by Soutik Biswas

After three years in prison, one of India’s best-known activists is trying to set up home in a new city and find work.
Bail conditions prohibit Sudha Bharadwaj from leaving Mumbai until the end of a trial in which she is accused of a role in a 2018 incident of caste-based violence and alleged links with Maoists. She is also not allowed to talk about the case.
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Also read:
‘The Point Is Not to Surrender’: The Sudha Bharadwaj I Know (The Quint / Dec 2021)

Bhima Koregaon Accused, Their Lawyers Write to SC’s Committee on Pegasus Spyware Targeting

Bhima Koregaon Accused, Their Lawyers Write to SC’s Committee on Pegasus Spyware Targeting

Elgar Parishad Accused, Their Lawyers Write to SC’s Committee on Pegasus Spyware Targeting

10/01/2022

The Wire / Sukanya Shantha

On January 3, the committee issued a public notice urging people to contact them in case they have reasons to believe that their phones were compromised using the malware.
Several human rights defenders and academics implicated in the Elgar Parishad case and their lawyers have sent their representation to the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Committee alleging that their phones were infected by the vicious Pegasus malware.
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Bhima Koregaon accused and their counsel write to SC’s Pegasus technical committee alleging snooping

08/01/2022

The Leaflet / by The Leaflet

On January 3, the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Committee (TC) to investigate the snooping allegations using Pegasus spyware had issued a public notice urging citizens to contact it if they felt that their mobile device had been infected…
The Leaflet learns that at least four accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, and their counsel, Nihalsing B. Rathod, have written to the committee separately alleging that their mobile devices had been infected with the Pegasus malware.
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Counsel Of Bhima Koregaon Accused Writes To SC-Appointed Technical Committee Suspecting Hacking Of His Device

09/01/2022

Live Law / by Srishti Ojha

A lawyer, who represented several persons implicated in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case has written to the Technical Committee appointed by the Supreme Court to probe into the allegations of snooping through Pegasus, suspecting compromise of his mobile device by Pegasus Malware.
Advocate Nihalsing B Rathod, a practicing lawyer based in Nagpur has argued that his phone was intercepted for accessing the privileged communication and legal strategies drawn on behalf of his clients in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad.
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Bhima Koregaon accused, counsel write to SC appointed Committee alleging phones were compromised

08/01/2022

Bar & Bench / by Abhimanyu Hazarika

Advocate Nihal Singh Rathod has offered to appear before the committee and submit his phone for probe.
A Nagpur-based lawyer on Friday wrote to the Supreme Court appointed Technical Committee probing the Pegasus spyware scandal, stating that he has reasons to believe his phone was hacked and compromised by the spyware.
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Also read:
Leaked Data Shows Surveillance Net in Elgar Parishad Case May Have Crossed a Line (The Wire / July 2021)

Can Varavara Rao Be Sent To Prison Amid Covid-19 Surge? Bombay HC Extends Time To Surrender

Can Varavara Rao Be Sent To Prison Amid Covid-19 Surge? Bombay HC Extends Time To Surrender


VV Rao, Feb 2021

Varavara Rao’s bail Extended due to Rising Covid Cases

07/01/2022

Gauri Lankesh News / by Gauri Lankesh News Desk

Varavara Rao is one of the accused in Bhima Koregaon case. Rao suffers from asymptomatic Parkinson’s disease, neurological ailments and severe abdomen pain, indicating evidence of umbilical hernia.
The Bombay High Court on Friday extended Elgaar Parishad case accused Varavara Rao’s bail till February 5. The octogenarian had been granted medical bail for six months on February 22 last year and was later allowed to extend it till January 7, 2022.
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Can Varavara Rao Be Sent To Prison Amid Covid-19 Surge? Bombay HC Extends Time To Surrender Till February 5

07/01/2022

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

The Bombay High Court on Friday extended Telugu poet Varavara Rao’s time to surrender before prison authorities till February 5, while posting his application for extension of medical bail for further consideration on February 4.
A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and NR Borkar expressed concern about the speed at which the third wave is spreading and inquired if Rao could be sent back to prison during this time.
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Should we send Varavara Rao to prison in third wave? Bombay High Court to NIA

07/01/2022

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Justice SS Shinde remarked that the COVID-19 infection rate during the third wave was spreading rapid and fast, and had infected some of the judges in the High Court.
While hearing a plea by Bhima Koregaon accused Varavara Rao seeking extension of medical bail granted to him by the High Court in February 2021, the Bombay High Court enquired with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on whether the octogenarian poet ought to be sent to prison amidst the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Varavara Rao’s bail extended till Feb 5

07/01/2022

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Varavara Rao’s plea said the six-month period following his release from jail had ended on September 5 and that he continues to suffer from various ailments that require treatment.
The Bombay High Court on Friday extended Elgaar Parishad case accused Varavara Rao’s bail till February 5. The octogenarian had been granted medical bail for six months on February 22 last year and was later allowed to extend it till January 7, 2022.
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Gadling says Taloja jail not referring him for check-up, seeks CCTV footage

Gadling says Taloja jail not referring him for check-up, seeks CCTV footage

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Following this, Special Judge Dinesh E Kothalikar directed the jail superintendent to preserve the CCTV footage and provide clone copies of the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to Gadling.
Lawyer Surendra Gadling, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, on Wednesday told the court that he was not being referred to for a medical examination by the jail authorities despite a court order. Gadling also sought that CCTV footage of the Taloja Central Prison, where he is lodged, be preserved.
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Also read:
Surendra Gadling Says Jail Authorities Denying Him Medicines (The Wire / Dec 2021)
Also watch:
Video: The Prison Song of Surendra Gadling

hindi | 11min | 2021
In August, when human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling was released on interim bail for a week, he made a quick visit to the Nagpur sessions court to meet his colleagues and friends. 51- year-old Gadling, a well-known criminal lawyer in Nagpur, was once a cultural activist, who sang songs of political resistance. The 11- minutes- long rendition tells you what it means to be incarcerated in Indian prisons. From food, water, to medical care, everything is a struggle, Gadling narrates.
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NIA court allows Sudha Bharadwaj to stay in Thane

NIA court allows Sudha Bharadwaj to stay in Thane

NIA court allows Sudha Bharadwaj to stay in Thane

06/01/2022

Hindustan Times / by HT Correspondent

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Thursday allowed activist Sudha Bharadwaj’s plea to stay in Thane while on bail in the Elgar Parishad case…
The NIA court on Thursday also directed the superintendent of Taloja prison to preserve CCTV footage and provide clone copies of DVR to human right activist Surendra Gadling, who has also been arrested in the Elgar Parishad Case.
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Sudha Bharadwaj seeks NIA court`s permission to shift to Thane

31/12/2021

Sahu News / by News Desk

Activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who recently obtained bail in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, on Thursday sought permission from the special NIA court here to live in neighbouring in Thane instead of Mumbai. Bharadwaj was released from prison earlier this month after the Bombay High Court granted her bail.
The special court for National Investigation Agency (NIA), while passing the release order, had said that she shall not leave Mumbai without permission.
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Also read:
Sudha Bharadwaj To Be Released After NIA Court Sets Bail Conditions (The Wire / Dec 2021)
Surendra Gadling Says Jail Authorities Denying Him Medicines (The Wire / Dec 2021)

Ill-Treatment of Stan Swamy in Jail Should ‘Shake Foundation of Democracy’

Ill-Treatment of Stan Swamy in Jail Should ‘Shake Foundation of Democracy’

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

Iklakh Rahim Shaikh, who spent time with the Jesuit priest in Taloja jail, says while “VIP prisoners” get access to all kinds of facilities, prisoners like Swamy are denied even the most basic rights.
A pretrial detainee at the Taloja central prison in the outskirts of Mumbai, who spent close to a year with 84-year-old Jharkhand-based tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, says the Jesuit priest struggled for a long time before he finally died in July last year.
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Decide Gadling’s case in 15 days: HC to Gadchiroli court

Decide Gadling’s case in 15 days: HC to Gadchiroli court

The Times of India / by Vaibhav Ganjapure

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed city lawyer Surendra Gadling to approach Gadchiroli special court for seeking bail. He was arrested in an arson case in 2016, where suspected Maoists torched around 80 vehicles at the Surjagarh mining site in the district.
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Also read:
Statement from Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) (WSS / Jun 2018)

Justice Varale of Bombay HC recuses from hearing Varavara Rao’s plea for extension of medical bail

Justice Varale of Bombay HC recuses from hearing Varavara Rao’s plea for extension of medical bail

HC judge Prasanna Varale recuses from hearing plea filed by Varavara Rao in Bhima-Koregaon Violence Case

05/01/2022

Free Press Journal / by Narsi Benwal

However, when the matter was called out for hearing, Justice Varale said, “Not (to be listed) before me.”
Bombay High Court’s Justice Prasanna Varale on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the plea filed by Telugu poet-activist Varavara Rao seeking to extend his medical bail. This isn’t the first time that the judge has refrained himself from hearing matters related to the Bhima-Koregaon violence case.
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Justice PB Varale of Bombay High Court recuses from hearing Varavara Rao plea

04/01/2022

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Justice PB Varale of Bombay High Court on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the plea by Bhima Koregaon-accused Varavara Rao seeking extension of medical bail granted to him by the High Court in February 2021.
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by Live Law (Jan 4)
Bench led by Justice PB Varale recuses from hearing Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad accused – Varavara Rao’s plea for extension of medical bail granted to him.
“It cannot be taken up by this court”
by Bar & Bench (Jan 4)
Justice Varale has previously also recused himself from hearing any matter pertaining to the Bhima Koregaon case of 2018.
The alternate Bench which will now hear the plea is the Bench headed by Justice SS Shinde as per the standing order of #BombayHighCourt.

Poet-activist Varavara Rao’s medical bail extended till Jan 7, Bombay HC grants time to file affidavit

21/12/2021

The Leaflet / by the Leaflet

Monday, December 20, the Bombay High Court allowed time to continue to examine Bhima Koregaon/Elgar Parishad case accused Dr. P.V. Varavara Rao’s request seeking extension of his medical bail. Rao, who was granted bail for six months on February 22, 2021, got an extension till January 7, 2022 and his counsel was allowed to file the affidavit by December 28.
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