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Gautam Navlakha Released | Gautam Navlakha’s letter on release from custody

Gautam Navlakha Released | Gautam Navlakha’s letter on release from custody

Released: Gautam with his partner Sabha Husain

Gautam Navlakha’s letter on release from custody

19/05/2024

pudr.org / by Gautam Navlakha

I wish to thank the Supreme Court for upholding the bail granted to me by the Bombay High Court. It proved to be a long wait but well worth it.
Although happy for myself, I am saddened that the fate of scores of fellow dissidents implicated in a variety of cases, still hangs in balance. Years of our life have been snatched from us as prisoners awaiting trial, which itself will take years to conclude.

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Others still languish in life of uncertainty, says activist Gautam Navlakha on release from custody

19/05/2024

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The human rights activist was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the Bhima Koregaon case on May 14.
Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha on Sunday said that while he had been released from custody in the Bhima Koregaon case, he is saddened that the fate of several fellow dissidents implicated in other cases still hangs in balance.
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Gautam Navlakha Released

19/05/2024

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

Gautam Navlakha was released from custody, which had been in the form of house arrest in Navi Mumbai, on Saturday late evening, at around 8:30 pm.
The Supreme Court on May 14 lifted the stay on the bail granted to rights activist Gautam Navlakha, who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case.
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Also read:
Gautam Navlakha granted bail by Supreme Court; orders him to pay 20 lakhs for the expenses incurred during his house arrest (cjp / May 2024)
Bombay High Court grants, stays bail to Gautam Navlakha (The Leaflet / Dec 2023)

Supreme Court Adjourns Bail Plea Of Jyoti Jagtap To July

Supreme Court Adjourns Bail Plea Of Jyoti Jagtap To July

Live Law / by Debby Jain & Gyanvi Khanna

The Supreme Court today (on May 16) has adjourned the bail plea of activist and Bhima Koregaon case accused Jyoti Jagtap to July. It may be noted that the plea for interim bail was listed before the three-judge Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna, MM Sundresh, and Bela M Trivedi yesterday. However, it was re-listed for today.
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by Bar and Bench / @barandbench (May 16):

“We cannot hear this now. We will have it after reopening”: Supreme Court adjourns bail plea of Bhima Koregaon accused Jyoti Jagtap to July.


Also read:
Contrary To SC’s Rules Of Assignment, At Least 8 Politically Sensitive Cases Moved To One Judge In 4 Months (article 14 / Dec 2023)
Jyoti Jagtap’s bail plea adjourned again, to be heard with Shoma Sen’s (The Leaflet / Jan 2024)
What is Kabir Kala Manch, the cultural group accused of being a Maoist front? (The Indian Express / Jan 2024)

‘Trial will take years & years & years:’ SC grants bail to Gautam Navlakha

‘Trial will take years & years & years:’ SC grants bail to Gautam Navlakha

Gautam Navlakha

Gautam Navlakha Gets Bail, But the Elgar Parishad Ordeal Continues

16/05/2024

The Wire / by Mekhala Saran

‘We are really hopeful now but also angry that a clearly innocent man has to remain in jail.’
On Tuesday, May 14, the Supreme Court finally refused to continue enabling the prolonged incarceration of septuagenarian activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha.
Noting that the trial would take “years and years and years for its completion,” the Supreme Court refused to extend its stay on the Bombay high court’s order granting bail to Navlakha. But the apex court only arrived at their decision — “no need for extending the interim order of stay,” it said — after Navlakha had already suffered over four years of incarceration. This includes a period of four months after the Bombay high court had already found that there was no material to implicate him under terrorism-related charges.
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Gautam Navlakha granted bail by Supreme Court; orders him to pay 20 lakhs for the expenses incurred during his house arrest

15/05/2024

cjp.org / by CJP Team

Noting that trial may take years to complete, SC bench of Justices MM Sundresh and SVN Bhatti refused to extend the stay on Navlakha’s bail
On May 14, the Supreme Court bench of Justices MM Sundresh and SVN Bhatti granted bail to Gautam Navlakha in Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case, arguing that the accused has already undergone 4 years of incarceration and the trial may take “years and years and years” to complete.
The Supreme Court did not extend the stay on the bail, noting that the charges are yet to be framed and six of the co-accused in the case have already secured bail.
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Supreme Court Lifts Stay on Bail Granted to Gautam Navlakha in Elgar Parishad Case

14/05/2024

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

Navlakha had been arrested on April 14, 2020. Since November 10, 2022, he has been under house arrest in Mumbai.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 14) lifted the stay on the bail granted to rights activist Gautam Navlakha, who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case. The Bombay High Court had granted Navlakha bail on December 19 last year, but the court had then agreed to a three-week stay on its decision in which the National Investigation Agency could approach the Supreme Court.
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Gautam Navlakha gets bail as Supreme Court lifts stay on Bombay High Court order

14/05/2024

Bar & Bench / by Abhimanyu Hazarika

A Bench of Justices MM Sundresh and SVN Bhatti refrained from extending the stay as the High Court order was detailed and also because the trial would take years to complete.
Gautam Navlakha, accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case of 2018, got bail on Tuesday after the Supreme Court lifted the stay on the Bombay High Court order granting bail to the activist.
A Bench of Justices MM Sundresh and SVN Bhatti refrained from extending the stay as the High Court order was detailed and also because the trial would take years to complete.
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Supreme Court grants bail to activist Gautam Navlakha in Elgaar Parishad case

14/05/2024

The Indian Express / by Express Web Service

The court also said that Navlakha has to pay Rs 20 lakh towards expenses for the security he availed during his house arrest.
Four years after his arrest, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to activist Gautam Navlakha in the Elgaar Parishad case.
The court granted bail considering Navlakha’s age and that trial will not be over anytime soon. The court also noted that some of the co-accused in the case have been granted bail.
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Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha gets bail in Bhima Koregaon case

14/05/2024

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The 70-year-old activist, arrested in August 2018, has been under house arrest since November 2022.
Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha was on Tuesday granted bail by the Supreme Court in the Bhima Koregaon case, Bar and Bench reported.
A bench of Justices MM Sundresh and SVN Bhatti granted the bail subject to the payment of Rs 20 lakh towards the cost of Navlakha’s security during his house arrest.
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‘Trial will take years & years & years:’ SC grants bail to Bhima Koregaon accused Gautam Navlakha

14/05/2024

The Print / by The Print Team

The top court noted the former journalist was in jail for 4 years already, and that charges in the case were yet to be framed.
The Supreme Court Tuesday granted bail to activist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case, observing that the trial in the case was not likely to end any time soon.
A bench of Justices M.M. Sundresh and S.V.N. Bhatti said Navlakha had been incarcerated for more than four years and that the trial would take “years and years and years” to complete.
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Also read:
‘Ominous portents’: Why High Court staying its own bail orders in Bhima Koregaon case is troubling (Scroll.in / Dec 2023)
Bombay High Court grants, stays bail to Gautam Navlakha (The Leaflet / Dec 2023)

Social Activist Anand Teltumbde’s Discharge Plea Rejected By Special UAPA Court

Social Activist Anand Teltumbde’s Discharge Plea Rejected By Special UAPA Court

Poster by Siddesh Gautam / #bakeryprasad

Social Activist Anand Teltumbde’s Discharge Plea Rejected By Special UAPA Court

12/05/2024

The Free Press Journal / by Charul Shah Joshi

The court said determination of the evidence and rival contentions can take place only on conclusion of trial.
The special UAPA court has rejected scholar and activist Anand Teltumbde’s plea of discharge in the Elgar Parishad case, observing that material presented by the prosecution raises suspicion and is required to be tested in the trial.
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Teltumbde part of Elgar plot, shows material

12/05/2024

Times of India / by Rebecca Samervel

In a detailed order rejecting the discharge plea of scholar and activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad case, a special NIA court on Friday said there is material which prima facie reveals about his involvement in the alleged conspiracy.
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NIA court rejects Anand Teltumbde’s discharge plea

12/05/2024

Hindustan Times / by Rutuja Gaidhani

Special judge Rajesh J Katariya rejected the plea, observing that the material placed on record revealed involvement of Teltumbde in the conspiracy and further disclosed grave suspicion
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday rejected the application filed by civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde for discharge from the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case.
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Also read:
Why the Bombay High Court granted regular bail to Dr. Anand Teltumbde: An explainer (The Leaflet / Dec 2022)

▪ Multi-part interview by Neeta Kolhakar

▫ Part 1: Anand Teltumbde: I never imagined I would have a jail life (Rediff.com / by Neeta Kolhakar / Jul 25, 2023)
▫ Part 2: Anand Teltumbde: If my mother knew of my arrest, she would have died of shock (Rediff.com / by Neeta Kolhakar / Jul 28, 2023)
▫ Part 3: Rama Teltumbde: We struggled to see each day through (Rediff.com / by Neeta Kolhakar / Jul 31, 2023)

The Supreme Court again adjourns Gautam Navlakha’s hearing

The Supreme Court again adjourns Gautam Navlakha’s hearing

Gautam Navlakha

by Bar and Bench / @barandbench (May 7, 2024):

Supreme Court to continue hearing case regarding house arrest terms of activist Gautam Navlakha, accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.
NIA’s appeal against Bombay HC order granting him regular bail in the matter to also be heard.

Thread by Live Law / @LiveLawIndia (May 7, 2024):

#SupremeCourt to hear Bhima Koregaon-accused Gautam Navlakha’s plea for shifting his house arrest location in Mumbai.
Navlakha, a journalist and activist, was arrested on April 14, 2020.
Owing to his ill health, the Supreme Court placed him under house arrest in November 2022.
Counsel: Mr. Raju is arguing part heard in Court No. 2. It Might take a day.
Senior Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan: That Court is sitting until 1 PM…He is 72 years old…this is not fair; last time, I did not say anything. We cannot continue like this.
Counsel: ASG is on legs in some other courts.
Court: He (ASG) has not shown an appearance till now. Every time matter goes on pass over.
However, Counsel requests short accommodation.
The court suggested the matter to be listed next week.
After citing practical difficulties to be listed on miscellaneous working days, the court listed the matter as Tuesday (next week).
On the request of Sr. Adv. Nitya Ramakrishnan, the court provided the last opportunity of hearing to ASG appearing for NIA.

Also read:
SC defers NIA appeal against Bombay HC’s bail to Gautam Navlakha to May 7 (The New Indian Express / April 30, 2024)

Court reserves order on Elgar Parishad case accused Surendra Gadling’s bail plea

Court reserves order on Elgar Parishad case accused Surendra Gadling’s bail plea

Surendra Gadling

India Today / by Vidya

Elgar Parishad case accused Surendra Gadling filed an appeal challenging a June 28, 2022 order of the special NIA court, that refused to grant default bail to him.
The Bombay High Court on Friday, reserved its order on the default bail petition of accused Surendra Gadling in the 2018 Elgar Parishad case.
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by Bar and Bench / @barandbench (May 3, 2024):
Bombay High Court reserves plea filed by Surendra Gadling and Mahesh Raut, accused in Bhima Koregaon case, seeking default bail in the case.


Also read:
NIA special court rejects default bail application of five accused (The Leaflet / June 2022)
Bombay HC grants default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, but declines the same to eight other accused (The Leaflet / Dec 2021)

Hany Babu withdraws bail plea in Supreme Court; says will approach Bombay High Court afresh

Hany Babu withdraws bail plea in Supreme Court; says will approach Bombay High Court afresh

Hany Babu

Ex-DU prof Hany Babu withdraws bail plea in Supreme Court

03/05/2024

Hindustan Times / by Abraham Thomas

A bench of justices allowed the petition to be withdrawn as “not pressed” while recording the statement of Babu’s lawyer Payoshi Roy that he would like to pursue the matter before the high court
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed former Delhi University (DU) professor Hany Babu, who is an accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, to withdraw his bail plea citing “change of circumstance” claiming that he would be moving the Bombay high court which had granted bail to five co-accused.
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Professor Hany Babu withdraws bail plea from Supreme Court

03/05/2024

Bar & Bench / by Abhimanyu Hazarika

A Bench of Justices Bela M Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal was slated to hear the matter today when Babu’s counsel informed the Court that the bail plea was being withdrawn.
Professor Hany Babu, an accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case, withdrew his bail plea from the Supreme Court today citing a change in circumstances [Hany Babu vs National Investigation Agency and anr].
Read more


Also read:
Branded Maoist, ex-political prisoners narrate how they were ‘wrongfully’ incarcerated (Counterview.net / March 2024)
SC notice to Maharashtra, NIA on bail plea of DU professor Hany Babu (The Hindu / Jan 2024)
Bombay HC rejects Hany Babu’s bail plea: ‘Prime facie conspired and abetted terrorist act’ (The Indian Express / Sep 2022)
No bail; ‘prima facie evidence Hany Babu part of Maoist outfit’: court (The Indian Express / Feb 2022)

Trial May Not Be Over For Another 10 Years, Says SC While Hearing NIA Challenge To Gautam Navlakha’s Bail

Trial May Not Be Over For Another 10 Years, Says SC While Hearing NIA Challenge To Gautam Navlakha’s Bail

Gautam Navlakha

Trial May Not Be Over For Another 10 Years, Says SC While Hearing NIA Challenge To Gautam Navlakha’s Bail

30/04/2024

Live Law / by Gyanvi Khanna

The Supreme Court (on April 30), while hearing National Investigative Agency’s challenge against the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Bhima Koregaon-accused Gautam Navlakha, orally said that the trial “may not be over for another ten years.”
This was after the Senior Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, appearing for Navlakha, informed the Court that there were 375 witnesses in the case.
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SC defers NIA appeal against Bombay HC’s bail to Gautam Navlakha to May 7

30/04/2024

The New Indian Express / by Suchitra Kalyan Mohanty

The hearing was adjourned as Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the National Investigation Agency, was unavailable to argue in the matter before it.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the NIA’s appeal challenging a Bombay High Court order granting bail to human rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, to May 7.
Read more


Also read:
Stay on bail for long period affects personal liberty and rights, feel experts (The Indian Express / April 2024)
‘Ominous portents’: Why High Court staying its own bail orders in Bhima Koregaon case is troubling (Scroll.in / Dec 2023)
Bombay High Court grants, stays bail to Gautam Navlakha (The Leaflet / Dec 2023)

HC grants bail to Sagar Gorkhe to attend brother’s wedding

HC grants bail to Sagar Gorkhe to attend brother’s wedding

Sagar Gorkha, Ramesh Gaichor. Poster by #bakeryprasad

Hindustan Times / by Sahyaja MS

The cultural activist and member of Kabir Kala Manch is set to be released from Taloja Central Jail on May 1. He must return to the prison by May 4
The Bombay high court has granted temporary bail to Sagar Tatyaram Gorkhe, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon conspiracy case, to attend his brother’s wedding in Pune. The cultural activist and member of Kabir Kala Manch is set to be released from Taloja Central Jail on May 1. He must return to the prison by May 4 and would be escorted by police personnel in the interim period.
Read more


Also read/watch:
Hunger Strike unto death against the harassment from Taloja Central Jail’s apathetic administration (By Sagar Gorkhe / May 20, 2022)
Kabir Kala Manch: A History of Revolutionary Singing and State Repression (ritimo / April 2022)
Video: Dafachya Talavar (Songs of Defiance) – A short documentary on Kabir Kala Manch | Hindi, Marthi (subtitles: English) | 24:01min | 2022

Former professor Shoma Sen released from prison

Former professor Shoma Sen released from prison

by Nihalsing / @Nihalsingrathod (April 17):
#shomasen released


by Sushmita / @Sushmitav1 (April 17):
Prof Shoma Sen, accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, arrested in the first round of arrests in June 2018, finally gets bail. Hope truth will prevail and all accused falsely incarcerated will be released soon!


Former professor Shoma Sen released from prison

17/04/2024

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

On April 5, the Supreme Court had observed that the allegations of terrorism against Sen were prima facie untrue.
Former Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen was released from jail on Wednesday, days after she was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the Bhima Koregaon case. She had been in jail since June 6, 2018.
Sen’s lawyer, Indira Jaising, confirmed her release on X.
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by Indira Jaising @Ijaising (April 17)
She is finally out , Shoma Sen wit her daughter outside Byculla jail


Former Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen walks out of prison

17/04/2024

The Hindu / by The Hindu Bureau

On April 5, the Supreme Court had observed that the accusations of terrorism against Shoma Sen were prima facie untrue and granted her bail
The former Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen walked out from Byculla Jail on Wednesday. She was received by her daughter and a photograph of Sen’s reunion with her family was shared by lawyer, advocate Indira Jaising on X (previously Twitter) saying, “She is finally out. Shoma Sen with her daughter outside Byculla Jail.”
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by CPIML Liberation / @cpimlliberation (April 17):
#FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners | Shoma Sen is out of jail after more than six years of unjust incarceration. Bhima Koregaon, 2018 saw planned attack on Dalits, as they gathered to uphold fight of the oppressed castes against Brahminical hegemony, by right wing groups close to BJP. While known masterminds of the anti Dalit attacks roam free under today’s Manuvadi regime, civil rights activists face persecution under UAPA.


Also read:
Explained: The Shoma Sen bail judgment (The Leaflet / April 2024)