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Stan Swamy: Six months of being hunted, yet not vanquished

Stan Swamy: Six months of being hunted, yet not vanquished

Counter Currents / by Stan Swamy

The second half of 2019 was both a very trying but sobering experience for me. Jharkhand police was after me and I was after the police! The difference was the police acted illegally and I acted legally …
An enduring pain within me has been whereas I have been privileged to have so many contacts where I could go, be protected and take on the State govt in court and get legal protection, whereas so many innocent persons who have been unjustly imprisoned and are still languishing in jails. And when I think of Bhima-Koregaon case, in which also I’m implicated as a “suspected accused”, so many eminent intellectuals, lawyers, poets, human rights defenders are still behind bars.
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Front Line Defenders: Case transferred to NIA to compromise independent probe

Front Line Defenders: Case transferred to NIA to compromise independent probe

Sabrangindia.in / by Sabrangindia

Front Line Defenders, an international human rights organisation that highlights the plight of human rights activists and defenders facing persecution from hostile regimes, has come out in support of those facing vindictive and malicious prosecution in the Bhima Koregaon case. They have questioned the motives of the central government in transferring the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), especially given the timing of the transfer.
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Why Modi and Shah Took the Bhima Koregaon Investigation Away From Maharashtra

Why Modi and Shah Took the Bhima Koregaon Investigation Away From Maharashtra


Pic: MRSD, Dec 2018

The Wire / by Prem Shankar Jha

A two decade-long history of using false allegations, faked evidence, videos and news to manipulate public sentiment proves that the BJP will stop at nothing to ensure its return to power.
At first sight, the Centre’s decision to whisk the case against nine well known and respected civil rights activists, of inciting rebellion against the Indian State at the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle on January 1, 2018, and give it to the National Investigation Agency looks like another high-handed act by a government that has shown little regard for the Constitution, the law, and due process so far.
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Ex-Judge Mulls Moving Court on Centre’s NIA Move

Ex-Judge Mulls Moving Court on Centre’s NIA Move


Cartoon, 2018 documented by MRSD

The Wire / by PTI

Pune: A former Bombay high court judge, who was one of the organisers of the Elgar Parishad conclave, an event that allegedly triggered caste violence in Koregaon-Bhima, on Monday said an National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe was not needed in the matter and warned of legal action against the Centre’s move.
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Elgaar organisers to challenge case transfer to National Investigation Agency

Elgaar organisers to challenge case transfer to National Investigation Agency

Pune Mirror / by Anurag Bende

Eminent judges behind the mega event are convinced that move is an attempt at subterfuge.
Calling the transfer of the Elgaar Parishad case to National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a blatant delaying tactic to suppress the truth, the organisers of the event have declared that they will be moving Supreme Court, challenging this decision of the union government.
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‘RELEASE ACTIVISTS, NO NEED FOR NIA PROBE’

28/01/2020

The Hindu / by Shoumojit Banerjee

Former Bombay High Court judge, Justice (retired) B.G. Kolse-Patil on Monday lashed out at the Union Home Ministry’s sudden decision to transfer the investigation into the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon cases to National Investigation Agency (NIA), alleging that the Narendra Modi government feared an expose of the “false probe” conducted by the Maharashtra police.
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Transfer of case to NIA to ‘cover-up’ falsehoods of previous BJP govt: CPI

Transfer of case to NIA to ‘cover-up’ falsehoods of previous BJP govt: CPI


Pic: Raipur, 2019

New Indian Express / by PTI

NEW DELHI: Condemning the transfer of the Bhima-Koregaon case from Pune police to NIA, the CPI on Monday alleged that the purpose of the move was to “cover up” the “falsehoods and wrongdoings” of the previous BJP government.
The case was being probed by the Pune police and the Centre’s decision to hand over the Koregaon-Bhima probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday came under severe criticism from both the Congress and the NCP.
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Anyone Opposing Modi, Shah is an Urban Naxal: Rahul on Bhima Case

Anyone Opposing Modi, Shah is an Urban Naxal: Rahul on Bhima Case

The Quint / by The Quint

In a surprising development on Friday, 24 January, the central government transferred the Bhima-Koregaon case to the national investigating agency (NIA).
The move drew sharp reactions from the Maharashtra government who accused the Centre of taking the decision without the consent of the state government, adding that the decision was “against the Constitution”.
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