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Activist Sudha Bharadwaj walks out of jail after over three years / Spontaneous Celebrations

Activist Sudha Bharadwaj walks out of jail after over three years / Spontaneous Celebrations


Pic: Sudha Bharadwaj, after being released

Chhattisgarh: People Gather after Sudha’s Release

09/12/2021

In Chhattisgarh, spontaneous celebrations as workers wait for “Sudha didi”

09/12/2021

Newslaundry / by Prateek Goyal

As news spread about the Supreme Court rejecting the NIA’s plea against the bail granted to activist Sudha Bharadwaj on Tuesday, a large group of workers, draped in yellow and gray uniforms, began celebrating at Burah Pandal opposite the ACC Limited cement factory in the industrial town of Bhilai. It was not the only spontaneous gathering of workers in Chhattisgarh to acknowledge the relief granted to their beloved Sudha “didi”.
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Lawyer-Activist Sudha Bharadwaj Released After Over 3 Years In Jail

09/12/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

Lawyer and well-known tribal rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj walked out of Byculla women’s prison today after over 1000 days of incarceration in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad caste violence Case.
Bharadwaj was arrested on August 28, 2018.
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Activist Sudha Bharadwaj walks out of jail after over three years

09/12/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The NIA court has asked her to not make any statements to the media.
Lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, was released from Mumbai’s Byculla women’s jail on Thursday, NDTV reported. Bharadwaj was arrested in August 2018, and was granted default bail by the Bombay High Court last week.
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#SudhaBharadwaj (Dec 9)


By Prashant Bhushan:
+++ Welcome back Sudha Bharadwaj, the indefatigable crusader for human rights for the downtrodden, after spending over 3 years in jail on trumped up charges. One day,your tormentors will be held to account. Hope others similarly jailed in the Bhima Koregaon case are also released soon +++

By Jignesh Mevani:
+++ Where bail not jail is the rule, Sudha Bharadwaj had to spend three years in jail for her speech that has been alleged to cause voilence. We urge the courts for early release of all those you have been made political scapegoats of the highest order under draconian laws like UAPA +++

By Rana Ayyub:

By NAPM:
+++ NAPM salutes the determination of trade unionist & people’s lawyer #SudhaBharadwaj, as she walks free from jail after 3 yrs of arbitrary incarceration, amidst harsh bail conditions. It is high time all activists jailed in ‘Bhima Koregaon’ case are immediately released.#RepealUAPA +++


IAMC, HfHR welcome release of Sudha Bharadwaj

10/12/2021

TwoCircles.net / by IAMC and HfHR

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group committed to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, and Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), an advocate for pluralism, civil and human rights in South Asia and North America, rooted in the values of the Hindu faith, have welcomed the release of renowned Indian human rights defender and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj on December 9 after being incarcerated for more than three years without trial.
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Sudha Bharadwaj To Be Released After NIA Court Sets Bail Conditions

Sudha Bharadwaj To Be Released After NIA Court Sets Bail Conditions

Sudha Bharadwaj To Be Released After NIA Court Sets Bail Conditions

08/12/2021

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

The court has directed Bharadwaj from refraining from making any media statements on the ongoing Elgar Parishad trial.
The special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday, December 8, imposed a series of bail conditions on academic and rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who spent over three years in Maharashtra prisons. Bharadwaj, one of 16 persons arrested in the Elgar Parishad case, was granted default bail by the Bombay high court last week.
Bharadwaj is likely to be released from Byculla women’s prison tomorrow on completion of bail procedures.
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Activist Sudha Bharadwaj can be released on bail bond of Rs 50,000, rules NIA court

08/12/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The court allowed Bharadwaj to file a application for the verification of her address so that she can be released on Wednesday itself.
A National Investigation Agency court on Wednesday ruled that lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj can be released from jail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000 and one or more sureties in the Bhima Koregaon case, reported Live Law.
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Special NIA Court Paves Way For Sudha Bharadwaj’s Release, Sets Bail Conditions

08/12/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

She has been allowed provisional cash bail for a period of one month, disallowed from speaking to the media.
A special NIA Court on Wednesday decided the bail conditions to be imposed on Bhima Koregaon- Elgar Parishad accused Sudha Bharadwaj. She was granted default bail by the Bombay High Court, on December 1.
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Sudha Bharadwaj: NIA court sets bail conditons for release; bail bond of ₹50.000, no statements to media

08/12/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

She should also not make any contact with any co-accused or any other persons involved in similar activities, or make any international phone calls.
The special court under National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act on Wednesday framed the bail conditions to be followed by Bhima Koregaon case accused Sudha Bharadwaj for her release on default bail.
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Supreme Court dismisses NIA’s appeal, confirms Sudha Bharadwaj’s release on bail

Supreme Court dismisses NIA’s appeal, confirms Sudha Bharadwaj’s release on bail

SC dismisses NIA’s appeal, confirms Sudha Bharadwaj’s release on bail

07/12/2021

The Leaflet / by The Leaflet

The Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for the release of activist-lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj as it dismissed the appeal filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the Bombay High Court’s order granting her default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case.
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Sudha Bharadwaj bail: Supreme Court rejects NIA appeal against default bail granted by Bombay High Court

07/12/2021

Bar & Bench / by Debayan Roy

The top court said that extension of time for investigation and detention under provisions of Section 43D(2) of the UAPA and Section 167(2) of CrPC could have only been done by the special court hearing NIA cases.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal filed by National Investigation Agency (NIA) challenging the Bombay High Court order granting default bail to lawyer activist Sudha Bharadwaj in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case [National Investigation Agency v. Sudha Bharadwaj].
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Supreme Court Dismisses NIA’s Plea Challenging Default Bail To Sudha Bharadwaj In Bhima Koregaon Case

07/12/2021

Live Law / by Srishti Ojha

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by National Investigation Agency challenging the default bail grantedto lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj by the Bombay High Court on December 1, after over three years of her arrest in the Bhima Koregaon case.
A Bench comprising Justice UU Lalit, Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice Bela Trivedi observed that there was no reason to interfere with the Bombay High Court’s order and dismissed the NIA’s Special Leave Petition.
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Supreme Court dismisses NIA plea challenging default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj

07/12/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The court said it had no reason to interfere in the bail granted by the Bombay High Court.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the National Investigation Agency’s plea challenging the default bail granted to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj by the Bombay High Court in the Bhima Koregaon case, Live Law reported.
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NIA opposes Gautam Navlakha plea for medical bail and house arrest

NIA opposes Gautam Navlakha plea for medical bail and house arrest

Why NIA has opposed house arrest plea of Gautam Navlakha in Bombay High Court

07/12/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Apart from tampering with evidence and witness, NIA opposed the plea filed by Navlakha stating that under the guise of a writ petition Navlakha is seeking regular bail.
The plea filed by Bhima Koregaon accused Gautam Navlakha praying that he be transferred from prison and placed under house arrest instead, is a waste of judicial time, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has told the Bombay High Court.
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NIA opposes Gautam Navlakha plea for medical bail and house arrest

07/12/2021

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

The NIA, through Mumbai branch SP V Vikraman, submitted before a division bench of Justice Nitin M Jamdar and Justice Sarang V Kotwal an affidavit in reply to a plea by Navlakha.
The National Investigation Agency on Monday opposed the medical bail and house arrest plea by Elgar Parishad case accused Gautam Navlakha, who is currently lodged at Taloja Central Prison, Navi Mumbai, alleging denial of basic medical care and other necessities in jail. The agency said the petitioner did not satisfy the criteria of house arrest.
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Poet Varavara Rao’s medical bail extended till December 20

Poet Varavara Rao’s medical bail extended till December 20

Poet Varavara Rao’s medical bail extended till December 20

03/12/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The Bombay High Court agreed for an extension after Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital said it would require two weeks to conduct Rao’s medical examination.
Poet Varavara Rao, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, was granted bail extension till December 20 by the Bombay High Court on Friday, Live Law reported.
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Varavara Rao needn’t surrender till December 20, says Bombay HC

03/12/2021

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Nanavati hospital seeks 2 weeks for Rao’s comprehensive medical examination.
The Bombay High Court on Friday extended the time to return to jail for Elgaar Parishad accused Varavara Rao till December 20. The extension was granted after the Nanavati Hospital informed that it needs two weeks time to schedule and conduct a comprehensive medical examination of the octogenarian for various ailments.
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Private Hospital Seeks Two More Weeks To Examine Varavara Rao

03/12/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

The private hospital asked to examine Varavara Rao, the ailing Telugu poet and accused in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad case, sought two more weeks from the Bombay High Court owing to the numerous tests he would be required to undergo.
A division bench of Justice Nitin Jamdar and Sarang Kotwal granted Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital till December 16 to conduct the tests and submit a report to the High Court.
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NIA challenges activist Sudha Bharadwaj’s bail in Supreme Court

NIA challenges activist Sudha Bharadwaj’s bail in Supreme Court

NIA challenges activist Sudha Bharadwaj’s bail in Supreme Court

03/12/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

She was granted default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case by the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.
The National Investigation Agency has moved the Supreme Court against the bail granted to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj by the Bombay High Court in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, Live Law reported on Thursday.
Bharadwaj, who has been in jail since 2018, was granted default bail by a two-judge bench of High Court on Wednesday.
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NIA Moves Supreme Court Against Bombay High Court’s Order Granting Bail To Sudha Bharadwaj

02/12/2021

Live Law / by Sparsh Upadhyay

The National Investigative Agency (NIA) has moved Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court’s December 1 order granting bail to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj in the Bhima Koregaon case.
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Sudha Bharadwaj bail challenged by NIA before Supreme Court

02/12/2021

Bar & Bench / by Debayan Roy

The Bombay High Court had granted default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj on the ground that the extension of time for investigation and detention under the UAPA and CrPC had not been done by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the default bail granted to Bhima Koregaon accused Sudha Bharadwaj by the Bombay High Court [National Investigation Agency v. Sudha Bharadwaj].
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How lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj got bail after three years in jail / The Story of Her Incarceration

How lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj got bail after three years in jail / The Story of Her Incarceration

Scroll.in / by Umang Poddar

Still, it will take a week for her to be freed.
On Wednesday, a two-judge bench of the Bombay High Court granted bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, an activist-lawyer who has been jailed since August 2018 in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.
However, she will have to wait for a week until December 8 to appear before a special judge of the National Investigation Agency Court in Mumbai, who will decide the terms of the bail.
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Video: The Story of Sudha Bharadwaj’s Incarceration

en | 6:41min | 2021

By The Quint

Arrested on 28 August 2018, Bharadwaj has been in pre-trial detention for over three years.
Sudha Bharadwaj, a human rights lawyer, defending India’s indigenous communities, and a protector of worker’s rights, had been serving pre-trial detention since August 2018, until the Bombay High Court accepted her bail plea on 1 December.
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NIA court rejects activist Anand Teltumbde’s temporary bail plea

NIA court rejects activist Anand Teltumbde’s temporary bail plea

NIA court rejects activist Anand Teltumbde’s temporary bail plea

02/12/2021

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

He had sought relief for 15 days to meet his 90-year-old mother after his brother Milind Teltumbde was killed in a gunfight.
A National Investigation Agency court in Mumbai on Wednesday rejected the temporary bail application of activist Anand Teltumbde, who is an accused person in the Bhima Koregaon case, Live Law reported.
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NIA refuses temporary bail to Anand Teltumbde to visit family after brother s death

01/12/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Anand Teltumbde’s brother Milind Teltumbde was among the 26 killed in a recent gun-battle encounter that took place on November 13 this year at Korchi in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.
A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court rejected the plea filed by Bhima Koregaon accused Anand Teltumbde seeking temporary bail to visit his mother and family after the recent death of his brother Milind Teltumbde, who was also an accused in the 2018 case.
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Why the HC granted default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj and not to others / Understanding the Judgement (audio)

Why the HC granted default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj and not to others / Understanding the Judgement (audio)

Audio: Understanding the Judgement of the Bombay High Court

01/12/2021

By PUCL

Date: Dec 1, 2021
Speakers: Mihir Desai and others
In order to understand the judgement in the Bhima Koregaon, default statutory bail case granting bail to Sudha Bharadwaj (National Secretary of the PUCL), but rejecting the bail of 8 others who had also similarly applied, namely Dr. Varavara Rao, Dr. Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Arun Ferreira, Mahesh Raut,
we are holding a meeting on December 1st, 2021 from 8pm to 10pm.
All are welcome to listen to the lawyers share their views on the judgement.
V. Suresh (General Secretary PUCL )
Kavita Srivastava (National Secretary)

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Why the Bombay High Court granted default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj and not to others [read order]

01/12/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Sudha Bharadwaj’s application for default bail was pending on the date the application for extension of time to file chargesheet was made.
While granting default bail to lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj on Wednesday, the Bombay High Court refused bail to eight other co-accused in the Bhima Koregaon case.
The Bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar made certain interesting observations in the 120-page order while deciding the pleas filed by Bharadwaj and 8 others challenging orders of the Pune Sessions Judges.
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Time For UAPA Probe Was Extended By A Court Which Lacked Competent Jurisdiction: Bombay HC [read order]

01/12/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

In its detailed order granting default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj the Bombay High Court said that Additional Sessions Judge of Pune KD Vadane was not authorized to extend the time for Pune Police to file the charge sheet under provision of the UAPA Act on November 26, 2018 and therefore she was entitled for default bail.
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Bombay HC grants default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, but declines the same to eight other accused

01/12/2021

The Leaflet / by Sabah Gurmaj and Paras Nath Singh

The Bombay High Court grants default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj in the Bhima Koregaon case on the ground that the court which took cognizance of the chargesheet against her was not competent, while it denied the same to the other accused in the case, because they did not claim their right to default bail in time. Paras Nath Singh and Sabah Gurmaj write about the High Court’s application of the principles of default bail in these cases.
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