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Delhi High Court Was Right to Call NIA to Account for Gautam Navlakha’s Hasty Removal

Delhi High Court Was Right to Call NIA to Account for Gautam Navlakha’s Hasty Removal


Solidarity poster by ABA, 2020

The Wire / by Anjana Prakash

By failing to uphold the sanctity of the high court’s order in a matter where the NIA’s conduct appears surreptitious and mala faide, the Supreme Court has undermined the majesty of the law.
A senior once told me that the best way to understand the law was to know the law. His advice confused me in the beginning, but I soon realised how profound it was. I recall this in the context of the case of Gautam Navlakha and others. I don’t hold their brief, but if I’ve chosen to speak, it is as a thinking person.
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Travesty of Justice – Persecution of Human Rights Defenders

Travesty of Justice – Persecution of Human Rights Defenders

By Civil Liberties Committee (AP &Telangana State)

We cannot forget 2018. In fact that the violence in Bhimakoregaon in Maharashtra on January 2018 was a planned and organized by the RSS and other Hindhutva outfits in order to foil Edgar Parishat, a conglomeration of dalits, bahujans and minorities who gathered in a single  platform. The Parishad proclaimed to fight against fascist hindutva forces and reclaim Constitution and its ideals. In the months of June and August the Maharashtra Police raided selectively the houses of human rights and social activists across the country.
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NIA Court Sends Anand Teltumbde to 4-Day Custody; Gautam Navlakha To Be Taken Tomorrow

NIA Court Sends Anand Teltumbde to 4-Day Custody; Gautam Navlakha To Be Taken Tomorrow

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

Both activists, accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, had surrendered today.
Mumbai: With the protection from arrest provided to them by the Supreme Court in the Bhima Koregaon case for nearly two years having finally ended, civil rights activist and academic Anand Teltumbde and journalist-activist Gautam Navlakha surrendered before the National Investigation Agency on Tuesday, April 14.
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Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha surrender before NIA

Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha surrender before NIA


Anand Teltumbde (left) and Gautam Navlakha (right) before surrendering

Live Law / by Live Law News Network

Noted academician and Dalit rights scholar Anand Teltumbde and civil liberties activist Gautam Navlakha surrendered before the National Investigation Agency in the case registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) alleging Maoist links in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence.
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How 2-minute Phone Call Keeps Jailed Activists In Touch With Families

How 2-minute Phone Call Keeps Jailed Activists In Touch With Families


Drawing by Arun Ferreira

The Outlook / by Preetha Nair

Why is the Maharashtra government sitting on the Supreme Court order? Are they waiting for people to die in prison? ask kin of activists.
It had over a month since jailed activist Varavara Rao’s family had heard from him. They were anxious and desperate to know how the 80-year-old poet-activist-journalist, who has been languishing in prison for alleged links to Maoists, was doing.
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Anand Teltumbde: “Plot to kill PM” was a deliberate ploy to sensationalise the case

Anand Teltumbde: “Plot to kill PM” was a deliberate ploy to sensationalise the case

Asiavillennews.com / by Amit Bhardwaj

Teltumbde, accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case under the UAPA, claims that the entire case against him is fabricated. On March 16, the SC gave him three weeks to surrender. In conversation with Asiaville, the noted scholar said that the Bhima-Koregaon arrests are a deliberate attempt to trap noted civil rights activists opposed to the BJP’s ideology.
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Sign Global Solidarity Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha

Sign Global Solidarity Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha

By India Civil Watch

Signatories include eminent public figures such as Noam Chomsky, Gayatri Spivak, Sukhadeo Thorat, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Kshama Sawant, Ramachandra Guha, Prakash Ambedkar and Arundhati Roy.
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Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha:
We, the undersigned (organizations and individuals) protest the impending arrest of Professor Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha and strongly condemn the attempt to malign their status as two of India’s foremost civil rights activists and public intellectuals today.

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Why We Must Defend Anand Teltumbde

Why We Must Defend Anand Teltumbde

The Wire / by Ajay Gudavarthy

The academic’s impending arrest needs to be seen as part of a larger narrative that is changing the terms of the way we think of politics and democracy.
Something sinister is cooking, looking at the urgency with which the Bhima Koregaon case has been shifted from the Pune Police to the Centre, under the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The arrests that have happened under the current regime are neither random nor to do only with resisting the current regime.
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Gautam Navlakha: Dare I hope to be freed from the burden of yet another conspiracy trial?

Gautam Navlakha: Dare I hope to be freed from the burden of yet another conspiracy trial?

Gautam Nov 2018

Pic: Gautam after his release 2018

The Caravan / by Gautam Navlakha

On 16 March 2020, a Supreme Court bench comprising the judges Arun Mishra and Mukeshkumar Rasikbhai Shah rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of civil-rights activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde, in relation to the violence at Bhima Koregaon in January 2018. Navlakha and Teltumbde were booked by the Pune Police under the draconian Unlawaful Activities (Prevention) Act for alleged Maoist links in 2018. The Supreme Court has asked Navlakha and Teltumbde to surrender within three weeks.
Gautam Navlakha released the following statement soon after being denied anticipatory bail: