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Supreme Court Issues Notice on Surendra Gadling’s Bail Plea in 2016 Gadchiroli Arson Case

Supreme Court Issues Notice on Surendra Gadling’s Bail Plea in 2016 Gadchiroli Arson Case


by Bar & Bench / @barandbench (Oct 23, 2023):
Bombay High Court has condoned delay in filing of appeal of Bhima Koregaon accused Surendra Gadling seeking default bail.


Supreme Court Issues Notice on Surendra Gadling’s Bail Plea in 2016 Gadchiroli Arson Case

10/10/2023

Live Law / by Awstika Das

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice on the bail plea of Dalit rights activist and advocate Surendra Gadling in the 2016 Gadchiroli Arson Case. The Nagpur-based lawyer is also among the 16 accused in the Bhima Koregaon case and is currently lodged in Navi Mumbai’s Taloja prison.
A bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela Trivedi was hearing Gadling’s special leave petition challenging the Bombay High Court’s decision to reject his bail application in the Gadchiroli arson case which involved around 80 vehicles transporting iron ore from Surjagarh mines in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district from allegedly being set on fire by Maoists in December 2016.
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Gadchiroli arson case: Supreme Court issues notice in bail plea of Surendra Gadling

10/10/2023

The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala

Senior advocate Anand Grover, representing Gadling, stated that Gadling’s case is “less egregious” than the case of two other co-accused persons in the Bhima Koregaon case— trade unionist and activist Vernon Gonsalves and lawyer and activist Arun Ferreira.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a notice in the bail plea by human rights lawyer and Dalit rights activist Surendra Gadling.
A division Bench of the high court comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela M. Trivedi was hearing the bail application filed by Gadling, challenging the Order of the Bombay High Court dated January 31.
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Also read:
HC upholds denial of bail to Nagpur lawyer Surendra Gadling (Nagpur Today / Feb 2023)
Surendra Gadling’s Computer Was Attacked, Incriminating Documents Planted: Arsenal Consulting (The Wire / July 2021)
Now Gadchiroli Police takes custody of Surendra Gadling, P Varavara Rao, prompting senior lawyers to say this is ‘ever-greening of charges’ (The Leaflet / Jan 2019)

Bombay High Court rejects bail plea by Surendra Gadling [read judgment]

Bombay High Court rejects bail plea by Surendra Gadling [read judgment]

Surendra Gadling

Reasonable ground to believe Surendra Gadling a member of banned CPI (Maoist): Bombay High Court [Read Judgment]

31/01/2023

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

The Court made the prima facie observation while rejecting Gadling’s bail plea in the 2016 Surajgarh arson case.
Allegations that lawyer and activist Surendra Gadling had direct membership of the banned organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist) seem to be prima facie true, the Bombay High Court observed on Tuesday [Surendra Gadling v. State of Maharashtra].
A division bench of Justices Vinay Joshi and Valmiki SA Menezes made the observation while rejecting a bail plea moved by Gadling in the 2016 Surajgarh arson case.
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Surajgarh arson case: Bombay High Court rejects bail plea by Surendra Gadling

31/01/2023

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Gadling is presently in judicial custody in Taloja Central Prison and is also an accused in the 2018 riots case of Bhima Koregaon.
The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court today rejected the bail plea of lawyer and activist Surendra Gadling in the 2016 Surajgarh arson case.
A division bench of Justices Vinay Joshi and VA Menezes pronounced the order today.
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HC upholds denial of bail to Nagpur lawyer Surendra Gadling

01/02/2023

Nagpur Today / by Nagpur Today

Justice Vinay Joshi and Justice Valmiki SA Menezes at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court have dismissed the appeal filed by the Nagpur lawyer, Surendra Gadling (55), against rejection of his application for regular bail by the Sessions court, Gadchiroli, with observation that the court prima facie believes the NIA´s accusations that appellant was part of a conspiracy and abetting the terrorist acts.
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Also read:
Explainer: Arsenal Report on Surendra Gadling (The Leaflet | July 2021)
DISINHERITING ADIVASIS – THE GADCHIROLI GAME PLAN (KAFILA | June 2018)
Mining In Gadchiroli – Building A Castle Of Injustices (Countercurrents | by Neema Pathak Broome and Mahesh Raut | June 2017)

Bhima Koregaon – Before the Law

Bhima Koregaon – Before the Law

Monthly Review / by Saroj Giri

In “Before the Law,” Franz Kafka portrays a countryman who can only be forever “before the law,” but never entering. “It is possible” to gain entry, says the doorkeeper, “but not at the moment.” The man gets old and is about to die—and only now does he understand that the gate was meant for him! “No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it.“
… Bhima Koregaon is, in terms of its empirics, so loaded with historical memory and the legacy of caste oppression that the so-called progressive left would rather take cover in the past-erasing, rarefied realms of the futuristic non-world of the constitution and the rights and innate liberties it supposedly guarantees to all citizens. Before the law, any day!
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Also read/watch:
The Bhima Koregaon Arrests and the Resistance in India (Monthly Review / April 2022)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati, by Sudhir Dhawale │ March 2018)

● Documentary: The battle of Bhima Koregaon – an unending journey

multiple Indian languages / en subtitles │ 50 min │ 2017

By pedestrian pictures

Direction and Camera – Somnath Waghmare
Editor – Deepu (Pradeep K P)

About the film
History speaks about great wars fought, brave warriors and clever kings and emperors. What history doesn’t do is justice to the wars, warriors and leaders of the oppressed. This documentary is about the 500 Mahar soldiers who offered to fight alongside their countrymen, against the colonisers. Rejected by the ruling class they joined forces with the colonisers and fought in the ‘Bhima Koregaon Battle’, defeating the Brahminical rule of the Peshwas. Just as history did, so do the media and ruling class today conveniently forget to acknowledge them. On​ the 1st of​ January, every year, 20 lakh (2 million) people gather at Bhima-Koregaon, Pune, Maharashtra to commemorate that battle. No national or local media covers the largest annual gathering in the region. The documentary captures the history of Bhima Koregaon and its relevance to contemporary Dalit issues and politics in the country. It tells the history of the​ ​Bahujans through the coverage of the events of this gathering.
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Statement by CASR: Release Saibaba and Others / Mining in Gadchiroli

Statement by CASR: Release Saibaba and Others / Mining in Gadchiroli

Countercurrents.org / by Campaign Against State Repression

Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) Strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s order to suspend the Acquittal of Saibaba and Others in Gadchiroli case pertaining to alleged ‘Maoist link’.
… They want to keep in jail, every voice that foisted the state’s attempt to militarily loot the people of their resources and livelihood through Operation Green-Hunt, which Saibaba and other’s jailed in Gadchiroli case and Bhima Koregaon case have strongly resisted. They want to do so to continue the exploitation of people and their resources in far off Central Indian Regions, in North Eastern states, Kashmir and everywhere. This is not just an attack on Saibaba and others, but a clear sign of continuing and ever sharpening attack on all involved in the struggle for a democratic society.
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Also read:
● Appeal to Supreme Court of India to review and reconsider Saibaba’s and Others Case (Countercurrents.org / by Defense Committee for the Release of Saibaba / Oct 18, 2022)
● Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut (The Wire / Oct 2018)
DISINHERITING ADIVASIS – THE GADCHIROLI GAME PLAN (KAFILA / June 2018)
Mining In Gadchiroli – Building A Castle Of Injustices (Countercurrents / June 2017)

Vernon Gonsalves Is Latest Victim of Prison Staff’s Medical Neglect

Vernon Gonsalves Is Latest Victim of Prison Staff’s Medical Neglect

NIA court demands explanation from Taloja authorities on delay of treatment

09/09/2022

Hindustan Times / by Charul Shah

Only on September 5 Gonsalves was shifted to prison hospital as his condition had worsened.
The special NIA court on Thursday directed the superintendent of the Taloja Jail to provide proper medical treatment to Vernon Gonsalves, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case, who has been diagnosed with dengue.
It has also reprimanded the prison authority for failing to respond to Gonsalves’s plea for medical treatment till Thursday.
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Vernon Gonsalves Is Latest Victim of Prison Staff’s Medical Neglect

08/09/2022

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

JJ Hospital has confirmed that Gonsalves has been suffering from dengue for close to two weeks and that he could have developed pneumonia too.
Over 10 days ago, Vernon Gonsalves, a Mumbai-based human rights activist and one of the 16 persons arrested in the Elgar Parishad case, had a high-grade fever. He fainted several times in jail and at one point couldn’t move. The Taloja central prison staff, however, only administered him paracetamol and refused to refer him to a hospital.
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Vernon Gonsalves on oxygen support after contracting dengue in prison

08/09/2022

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

His wife, lawyer Susan Abraham, told Scroll.in that the 65-year-old undertrial should have been admitted to hospital ‘long back’.
Activist Vernon Gonsalves, who is among those accused in the Elgar Parishad case, is on oxygen support in Mumbai’s JJ Hospital after contracting dengue in prison, his wife, lawyer Susan Abraham, told Scroll.in on Thursday.
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Pandu Narote’s Death: A Reminder of Stan Swamy’s Demise, GN Saibaba’s Struggles

08/09/2022

The Quint / by Mekhala Saran

When Pandu Narote died on 25 August, once again questions arose regarding the treatment of ailing inmates.
In February 2020, granting bail to Bhima Koregaon accused Varavara Rao, on medical grounds, the Bombay High Court had noted that “sending him back to prison is fraught with risk.”
… In May, 2021, while the second wave of COVID-19 wreaked devastation across the country, the family and friends of the accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, who have been lodged in Mumbai’s Taloja and Byculla jail, held a press conference drawing attention to the purportedly dangerous living conditions there. These included overcrowding, the lack of medical care, paucity of clean water, and flimsy access to basic human rights.
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► Also read/listen: Bhima Koregaon, COVID-19 And Custodial Apathy In Jails / Audio + Press Release (May 2021)
► Also read: Crowded Jails & COVID: 16 Bhima Koregaon Accused’s Kin Share Fears (The Quint / May 2021)

NIA wants to use witness statements from Elgar Parishad in Gadchiroli blast case

NIA wants to use witness statements from Elgar Parishad in Gadchiroli blast case

NIA wants to use witness statements from Elgar Parishad in Gadchiroli blast case

02/09/2022

Hindustan Times / by Charol Shah

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that Rona Wilson, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case, met with an accused who is wanted in the deaths of 15 police personnel in the Jamburkheda blast in Gadchiroli.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that Rona Wilson, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case, met with an accused who is wanted in the deaths of 15 police personnel in the Jamburkheda blast in Gadchiroli.
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Mumbai court allows NIA to file evidence from Elgar Parishad probe in Gadchiroli blast case

02/09/2022

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The judge allowed the agency to produce the statements of two witnesses and a photo identification panchnama.
… The National Investigation Agency, in an application before Special Judge Rajesh Kataria, said that some evidence needed to be brought on record in the Gadchiroli attack case. The court allowed the agency to produce the statements of two witnesses and a photo identification panchnama, according to The Times of India.
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And they wait for Mahesh Raut

And they wait for Mahesh Raut

Midday.com / by Ajaz Ashraf

Every moment of joy has each family member of the youngest of the accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case murmur “wish you were here,” the title of Pink Floyd’s haunting song on aching absences.
A lady in a house at Wadsa, Gadchiroli district, rages and switches off the television every time Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears on it. The lady is an aunt of Mahesh Raut, who, at 34, is the youngest of the accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case and has been languishing in prison since his arrest on June 6, 2018. That house at Wadsa, where a family of 14 children and adults live, is home to Mahesh.
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Also read:
And he waits for Shoma Sen (Midday / May 2022)
And she waits for Gautam Navlakha (Midday / May 2022)
Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut (The Wire / Oct 2018)

Anand Teltumbde moves Bombay High Court for temporary bail after brother’s death

Anand Teltumbde moves Bombay High Court for temporary bail after brother’s death

Bombay High Court adjourns bail plea of Anand Teltumbde to February 16

11/02/2022

Indialegallive.com / by India Legal

The Bombay High Court adjourned till February 16, the hearing in the temporary bail application sought by activist Anand Teltumbde, an accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, to visit his nonagenarian mother.
A Division Bench of Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice N.R. Borkar on Friday passed the order after Senior Counsel Mihir Desai said the trial court had rejected Teltumbde’s application on the ground that his substantive/regular bail plea was pending before the High Court, before which he can seek relief temporary bail as well.
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Prof Anand Teltumbde Seeks Interim Bail To Visit Nonagenarian Mother Following His Brother’s Death In An Encounter

11/02/2022

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

Professor Anand Teltumbde has approached the Bombay High Court seeking interim bail to visit his 92-year-old mother for 14 days following his brother – Milind’s – death in an encounter.
A division bench led by Justice SS Shinde sought details of Teltumbde’s interim application and listed the matter for hearing on Wednesday, February 16.
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Anand Teltumbde moves Bombay High Court for temporary bail after brother’s death

11/02/2022

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Teltumbde’s brother, Milind Teltumbde was killed in a gun-battle that took place in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on November 13, 2021.
Anand Teltumbde has approached the Bombay High Court seeking interim bail to visit his mother and family, after the recent death of his brother Milind Teltumbde, also a wanted-accused in the 2018 case.
Milind Teltumbde was killed in a gun-battle that took place in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on November 13, 2021.
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Decide Gadling’s case in 15 days: HC to Gadchiroli court

Decide Gadling’s case in 15 days: HC to Gadchiroli court

The Times of India / by Vaibhav Ganjapure

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed city lawyer Surendra Gadling to approach Gadchiroli special court for seeking bail. He was arrested in an arson case in 2016, where suspected Maoists torched around 80 vehicles at the Surjagarh mining site in the district.
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Also read:
Statement from Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) (WSS / Jun 2018)

There is no room for fake encounters, says NHRC chief Arun Mishra

There is no room for fake encounters, says NHRC chief Arun Mishra

Drawing by Arun Ferreira

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The head of the country’s statutory human rights body said that speedy justice was key to rule of law.
National Human Rights Commission chief Arun Mishra on Friday said that suspects in cases should not be jailed without trial and that there was no room for fake encounters. Mishra, a former Supreme Court judge, added that justice was the source of a peaceful society…
As recently as on Wednesday, South African non-profit organisation Civicus put India on a list of countries with “repressed” democratic values. The report had flagged the use of draconian anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, repression of the farmers’ protest and the imposition of curfews in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Also read:
In Jharkhand, Scheduled Tribes Still Battle Flimsy Criminal Cases Filed With Little Evidence (Indiaspend / Oct 2021)
The ‘Encounter Raj’ mindset: Stop mocking those who stand for human rights. Demonising them endangers every citizen (Times of India / July 2020)
Chhattisgarh: Story of another ‘encounter’ (The Indian Express / Dec 2019)
Press Release Of The Joint Fact Finding in Gadchiroli by CDRO, IAPL and WSS (WSS / May 2018)