The Israeli spyware snooping scandal in the latest example of how India is no exception when it comes to common patterns of persecution and intimidation of lawyers working on human rights issues.
The relationship between civil liberties lawyers, more commonly identified by its universal moniker ‘human rights lawyers’ and repressive regimes globally demonstrate some common patterns of persecution and intimidation. Read more
Whatsapp Spyware Attack: Bhima-Koregaon activists being spied on by the Centre?
The Whatsapp Snoopgate issue that spread like wildfire, not only had the general public under its attack, but lawyers defending the human rights activists arrested under the controversial Bhima Koregaon case have also confirmed that their phones were being targeted by Pegasus, a the surveillance software developed by Israeli company NSO group that came to be in question, The Huffington Post report. Read more
Pune: District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar, while initiating her counter-submissions to the bail pleas, argued that the Supreme Court and the Bombay high court had concluded in successive rulings since the September 28, 2018, judgment in the Romila Thapar petition that the ongoing investigation was to unearth a deep-rooted conspiracy that went beyond Elgar Parishad and the subsequent caste clashes at Koregaon Bhima. Read more
Bail Applications of three social activists rejected by Bombay High Court
After the Special Court in Pune rejected the bail applications of Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Vernon Gonsalves, the Bombay High Court upheld the same and rejected their bail pleas, giving a major blow to the case of social activists, who have argued that they had no direct connection with the Elgar Parishad which took place in Pune in January 2018. While the perpetrators of the violence remain at large, the apparent “instigators” of the attack languish in jails. Read more
Reasons Cited By Bombay HC For Denial Of Bail To Activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves & Arun Ferreira [Read Judgment]
Rejecting bail applications by activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, Justice SV Kotwal observed that there was prima facie evidence that all three-applicant accused were active members of CPI(Maoist), a banned organisation, which attracts Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Read more
Bombay HC rejects bail plea of Sudha Bhardwaj, two others
The Bombay High Court Tuesday rejected the bail application of activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case for their alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist. Read more
Bombay HC Reserves Judgement In Bail Pleas Of Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj And Vernon Gonsalves
The Bombay High Court on Monday reserved judgement after conclusion of arguments in bail applications filed by activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Pune police’s case against the said accused that they were involved in inciting caste-based violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune on January 1, 2018. Read more
Knowledge of Maoist ideology not enough grounds to keep us in jail, say activists
The three activists accused in last year’s Bhima-Koregaon violence claimed before the Bombay high court (HC) that merely knowing or professing Marxist, Leninist, Bolshevik or Maoist ideologies could not be the basis for keeping them in jail. The Pune Police concluded its arguments opposing the bail applications of the three accused –Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj – on Friday. Read more
Pune Police: ‘Bharadwaj’s group, three other fronts support Maoists’
Pune Police on Thursday continued its argument against the bail applications of activists Vernon Gonsalves, Dr Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira, who were arrested last year in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence.
The police said two letters … prove that the Indian Association of People’s Lawyer (IAPL), and three other organisations, were fronts for the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).
However, the accused’s phone records raised questions about the police’s theory. Read more
Vernon Gonsalves Member Of IAPL And CRPP, Both Frontal Organisations Of CPI(Maoist): Prosecution
The prosecution began its arguments on Tuesday in the bail hearings of Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira, all accused of being a part of the Naxalite movement and for inciting the violence which took place at Koregaon Bhima in Pune.
Justice Sarang Kotwal has been hearing the detailed submissions of all the bail applicants almost on a daily basis. Read more