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Why the Bombay High Court granted regular bail to Dr. Anand Teltumbde: An explainer

Why the Bombay High Court granted regular bail to Dr. Anand Teltumbde: An explainer

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The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala

The high court noted that the prosecution fails to show that the accused has been involved or has indulged in a terrorist act. 
On November 18, a division bench of Bombay High Court, comprising Justices A.S. Gadkari and Milind N. Jadhav, granted bail to Dr. Anand Teltumbde, the 73-year-old Dalit scholar, academic and activist charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (‘UAPA’) for allegedly being a senior member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) (‘CPI (Maoist)’).
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Also read:
Will the bail granted to Anand Teltumbde help others in the Bhima Koregaon case to get out of jail? (Scroll.in / Nov 2022)
Supreme Court dismisses NIA’s petition challenging bail granted to Dr. Anand Teltumbde (The Leaflet / Nov 2022)
Bhima Koregaon: Who’s who of those arrested and the developments in the case pertaining to each (The Leaflet / June 2022)

Thousands gather at Chaityabhumi to pay homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Thousands gather at Chaityabhumi to pay homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Dalit women must fight for rights: Ambedkar’s granddaughter

07/12/2022

Deccan Herald / by DHNS

Referring to the Bhima Koregaon case, she said Dalits are steadily adopting a “silent stance,” despite being attacked regularly across the country
B R Ambedkar’s granddaughter Ramabai Anand Teltumbde on Tuesday appealed to women to ‘unite and fight’ for scholarships and employment opportunities, indirectly hitting out at the Modi administration.
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Thousands gather at Chaityabhumi to pay homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

07/12/2022

The Hindu / by Sonam Saigal

People of all ages, young and old, calling themselves ‘Ambedkar,’ gathered at Chaityabhumi, the cremation ground of the Father of the Indian Constitution.
Thousands of men, women and children from across Maharashtra came to Mumbai on Tuesday to pay homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 66th death anniversary.
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What does bail for Teltumbde after 2.5 years say about the judiciary and democracy in India?

What does bail for Teltumbde after 2.5 years say about the judiciary and democracy in India?

AllIndiansMatter.com / by Ashraf Engineer

Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer.
Anand Teltumbde, one of the 16 accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case, finally walked out of prison on November 26 after his bail was upheld by the Supreme Court. Many experts opined that him having to wait two and a half years for bail was an abject failure of the judiciary. Speaking after his release, the scholar-activist said: “I am obviously happy to be released after 31 months for which I have been in prison. The sad part, however, is that we had to spend time in jail for years after being booked in a fake case…” The 73-year-old anti-caste writer had been in prison since 2020 under the Draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA.

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Bhima Koregaon Accused (BK16) | 1 Dead, 1 on House Arrest, 3 on Bail: What of the Rest?

Bhima Koregaon Accused (BK16) | 1 Dead, 1 on House Arrest, 3 on Bail: What of the Rest?

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The Quint / by Rohini Roy

The remaining 11 continue to languish in jail — Who are they and what is the status of the case against them?
Anti-caste writer Anand Teltumbde, who walked out of jail on Saturday, 26 November, after he was granted bail on merits in connection with the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case said:
“I am definitely happy. It has been 30 months that I have been in prison. The sad part, however, is that we had to spend time in jail after being booked in a fake case.”
In the same case, two others, poet Varavara Rao and lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj – were granted bail earlier due to different reasons, while academic Gautam Navlakha was allowed house arrest on health grounds by a 19 November Supreme Court order.
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Also read:
As Bhima Koregaon case completes its fourth anniversary, State reprisal is writ large in its twists and turns (The Leaflet / June 2022)
Bhima Koregaon: Who’s who of those arrested and the developments in the case pertaining to each (The Leaflet / June 2022)

Will the bail granted to Anand Teltumbde help others in the case to get out of jail?

Will the bail granted to Anand Teltumbde help others in the case to get out of jail?

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Will the bail granted to Anand Teltumbde help others in the Bhima Koregaon case to get out of jail?

28/11/2022

Scroll.in / by Umang Poddar

This is the first bail in the case granted on merits. But experts say that the case of each Bhima Koregaon accused will have to be considered individually.
On Friday, the Supreme Court upheld Bombay High Court’s November 18 order granting bail to Anand Teltumbde, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. Teltumbde is the first person accused in the matter to be granted bail on the merits of the case. Previously, others in the case have got bail only on medical grounds or due to procedural lapses by the investigating agency.
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Supreme Court’s Widely- Praised Bail for Anand Teltumbde should be Followed by Wider Justice in Elgar Case

28/11/2022

Countercurrents.org / by Bharat Dogra

Supreme Court’s firmness in upholding the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to Anand Teltumbde has been widely appreciated. However, we must also listen to what this 73 year old distinguished scholar activist, coming out  after spending 31 months in prison, had to stay regarding the case in which several other distinguished activists have also been implicated: “the sad thing is that this is the fakest case and it put us behind us behind bar for years.”
The reference here was of course to the notorious Elgar Parishad case which has been attracting strong criticism from several human rights and democracy activists during the last few years.
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Also read:
Bhima Koregaon: Who’s who of those arrested and the developments in the case pertaining to each (The Leaflet / June 2022)

Anand Teltumbde released from Taloja Jail

Anand Teltumbde released from Taloja Jail


by Karwan e Mohabbat (Caravan of Love) / @karwanemohabbat (Nov 26, 2022):

Anand Teltumbde walks out of prison


Anand Teltumbde walks out of jail:‘Unfortunate how the case was put on us’

26/11/2022

The Indian Express / by Express Web Desk

Elgaar Parishad accused Anand Teltumbde told reporters, “”I am happy to be released after 31 months, but it is so unfortunate the way the case was put on us.”
A day after the Supreme Court dismissed the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) plea challenging his bail, Elgaar Parishad accused Anand Teltumbde was Saturday released from Taloja Central Prison in Navi Mumbai.
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Video: Anand Teltumbde Walks Out Of Taloja Jail


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by Tribal Army / @TribalArmy (Nov 26, 2022):
Prominent Dalit scholar and rights defender #AnandTeltumbde released from Taloja Central Prison in Navi Mumbai today after spending 957 days in jail under draconian UAPA. Welcome @AnandTeltumbde !!

by Meera Sanghamitra / @meeracomposes (Nov 26, 2022):
From the day of arbitrary arrest (14th April) to the release on bail (26th Nov), Anand Teltumbde’s jail journey is indeed a historic one, challenging a State that violates the Constitution everyday! Zindabad to Rama tai, Prachi & everyone in the release campaign. #ScrapUAPA

by LeftWord Books (Nov 26, 2022):
All of us at LeftWord Books and May Day Bookstore are overjoyed that our author Anand Teltumbde is out on bail.
Fitting that it should happen on Constitution Day!


CPI(M) Puducherry (Nov 26, 2022):
We welcome granting of bail to Anand Teltumbde may more continue to be in jail under charges release all political prisoners.



by Siddhesh Gautam / @siddheshgautam (Nov 25, 2022):
Dr Anand, 2022
The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) challenging the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to scholar-activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad case.
#AnandTeltumbde
#bakeryprasad


by Apeksha Priyadarshini (Nov 25, 2022):
Revolutionary Salutes to Dr. Anand Teltumbde! Supreme Court upholds the bail granted to Dr. #AnandTeltumbde by the Bombay High Court, dismissing the appeal filed by NIA against it.
#FreeBK16 #FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners #RepealUAPA #baso


by AILAJ_HQ (Nov 25, 2022):
The order of the SC dismissing NIA’s appeal against grant of bail to Anand Teltumbde in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case is a step in the right direction.
All prisoners languishing behind bars for political dissent must be equally treated!


by Indian American Muslim Council (Nov 25, 2022):
Supreme Court of India confirms bail for scholar-activist Anand Teltumbde. We hope courts also free other prisoners of conscience who have been languishing in jails for years under trumped-up charges.
#FreeAllPrisonersOfConscience

Supreme Court upholds Bombay High Court bail to Anand Teltumbde

Supreme Court upholds Bombay High Court bail to Anand Teltumbde

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Supreme Court upholds Bombay High Court bail to Anand Teltumbde; dismisses appeal by NIA

25/11/2022

Bar & Bench / by Debayan Roy

A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud (CJI) and Justice Hima Kohli said that it will not interfere with the High Court order.
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal filed by the National Investigation Agency against the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Dalit rights activist Anand Teltumbde in the case relating to his alleged role in the Bhima Koregaon violence of 2018 [NIA vs Anand Teltumbde].
A bench of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud (CJI) and Justice Hima Kohli said that it will not interfere with the High Court order.
“We will not interfere. Dismissed,” the Court said.
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Supreme Court Dismisses NIA’s Plea Against Bail Granted To Anand Teltumbde In Bhima Koregaon Case

25/11/2022

Live Law / by Livelaw News Network

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the special leave petition filed by the National Investigation Agency challenging the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Professor Anand Teltumbde in the Bhima Koregaon case. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli however added that the High Court’s observations will not be treated as conclusive final findings at the trials.
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Supreme Court dismisses NIA’s petition challenging bail granted to Dr. Anand Teltumbde

25/11/2022

The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala

Deciding not to interfere with the order of the Bombay High Court, the SC upheld Dr. Teltumbde’s bail
On Friday, a Supreme Court division bench comprising the Chief Justice of India (‘CJI’) Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli dismissed a special leave petition filed by the National Investigation Agency (‘NIA’) challenging the order of the Bombay High court that granted bail to Dr. Anand Teltumbde, the 73-year-old Dalit scholar, academic and activist charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (‘UAPA’) for allegedly being a senior member of the banned organisation, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) (‘CPI (Maoist)’).
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Thread by Bar & Bench (Nov 25, 2022):

Supreme Court is hearing the appeal by National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case

Supreme Court DISMISSES appeal by National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case.
“We will not interfere”: CJI DY Chandrachud

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Thread by Live Law (Nov 25, 2022):

#SupremeCourt to hear NIA’s plea against the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Professor Anand Teltumbde in the Bhima Koregaon case

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Anand Teltumbde’s SC Bail Hearing Is A Bellwether Case For Govt’s Use of India’s Anti-Terror Law

Anand Teltumbde’s SC Bail Hearing Is A Bellwether Case For Govt’s Use of India’s Anti-Terror Law

A Professor’s Supreme Court Bail Hearing Is A Bellwether Case For Govt’s Use of India’s Anti-Terror Law

23/11/2022

article 14 / by Chitrangada Choudhury

When the Supreme Court considers the case for bail to management professor and writer Anand Teltumbde this week, it will be one of a handful since 2018 to evaluate the merit of a government allegation of terrorism in a case against 15 academics, intellectuals and artistes. The hectoring of judges and attempts by government lawyers to stop bail, even though the trial has not begun after more than four years, appears to indicate how important the Bhima-Koregaon case is to the State’s model of arrest and incarceration without trial using the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
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Material does not inspire confidence that Teltumbde indulged in terrorist acts

23/11/2022

Citizens for Justice & Peace / by CJP Team

He has spent more than 2.5 years in prison under the stringent UAPA.
… CJP stands in solidarity with the human rights defenders targeted by a vindictive state. A healthy democracy needs voices of dissent. We also need human rights defenders and social activists to work tirelessly to uphold our shared values of equality, peace and justice.
The Case
The case against Teltumbde is that he was the convener of Elgar Parishad conference held on December 31, 2017 which led to clashes in Bhima Koregaon resulting in one person’s death. When the police probed further and the NIA took over the case, it was alleged that there was a conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister. The NIA also alleges that Teltumbde is an active member of CPI (Maoists) and also linked him to his late brother, Milind, who was the Secretary of the (Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh) unit of the banned CPI(M).
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Also read:
The Security Playbook Used To Erode Democracy In Modi’s India & How The Tide Might Turn (article 14 / March 2022)
Report: UAPA – CRIMINALISING DISSENT AND STATE TERROR (PUCL / Sep 2022)

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Supreme Court to Hear on Friday NIA Appeal Against Bail to Anand Teltumbde

Supreme Court to Hear on Friday NIA Appeal Against Bail to Anand Teltumbde


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SC to Hear on Friday NIA Appeal Against Bail to Anand Teltumbde

22/11/2022

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

The Bombay high court on November 18 granted bail to Teltumbde noting that prima facie the only case made out against him relates to alleged association with a terror group and support given to it.
After the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the bail granted to scholar-activist Anand Teltumbde in the Elgar Parishad case, the top court agreed to hear the matter on Friday.
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NIA Moves Supreme Court Against Bombay High Court Bail to Anand Teltumbde

22/11/2022

Bar & Bench / by Debayan Roy

Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta mentioned the matter on Tuesday before a bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud who agreed to hear the case on November 25.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has moved the Supreme Court challenging an order of the Bombay High Court granting bail to Dalit rights activist Anand Teltumbde in the case relating to his alleged role in the Bhima Koregaon violence of 2018.
Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta mentioned the matter on Tuesday before a bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud who agreed to hear the case on Friday this week.
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NIA Moves Supreme Court Against Bail Granted To Anand Teltubmde In Bhima Koregaon Case; Matter Listed On Nov 25

22/11/2022

Live Law / by Livelaw News Network

The National Investigation Agency has approached the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Professor Anand Teltumbde in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta mentioned the matter before Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud for urgent listing on Thursday. While granting bail on November 18, the High Court had suspended the order for one week.
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Also read:
Bombay HC grants bail to Dr. Anand Teltumbde (The Leaflet / Nov 18, 2022)

Granted Bail on ‘Merits’, Bombay HC Order on Anand Teltumbde Is Significant

Granted Bail on ‘Merits’, Bombay HC Order on Anand Teltumbde Is Significant

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

While Sudha Bharadwaj secured a ‘default bail’, Varavara Rao is out on medical bail. The order in Teltumbde’s case is significant, because for the first time in the case, a court has dealt with the merits of the allegations levelled.
Observing that there is “no proof or any material” to show that 73-year-old civil liberties activist and academic Anand Teltumbde had made international visits sponsored by the banned CPI (Maoist) organisation, the Bombay high court on Friday, November 18, granted him bail.
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