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The 16 activists arrested in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case are victims of witch-hunt

The 16 activists arrested in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case are victims of witch-hunt

Frontline / by Anupama Katakam

The arrests and incarceration of 16 activists, known as the BK-16, on specious charges relating to the Bhima Koregaon violence case is part of the Central government’s systematic and methodical targeting of people who dissent and fight against oppression and for the causes of sections of society that a majoritarian government has no space for …
A look at the profile of each victim clearly indicates why the current regime feels threatened by their work.
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136 Names Revealed On Snoop List So Far / Indian activists jailed on terrorism charges were on list

136 Names Revealed On Snoop List So Far / Indian activists jailed on terrorism charges were on list

136 Names Revealed By The Wire On Snoop List So Far

23/07/2021

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

Over the past few days, The Wire – in collaboration with 16 other media organisations – has been revealing the names of people who were either persons of interest or forensically identified as having been targeted by clients of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.
Those on the list include heads of state, political figures, activists, students, lawyers and journalists, among others.
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Pegasus exposé raises unjust detention cry

20/07/2021

The Telegraph / by Pheroze L. Vincent

The leaked database showed that the mobile numbers of several accused were on a list of those selected for surveillance by an unidentified client of NSO.
The families of the Elgaar Parishad-Maoist links detainees and one of their lawyers have said the new revelations about targeted surveillance have vindicated their stand that the prolonged imprisonment of the 15 surviving accused is unjust.
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From Ambedkarites and Labour Activists to Umar Khalid and JNU Students, Snoop List Targets All

20/07/2021

The Wire / by Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta, Sukanya Shantha and Kabir Agarwal

Leaked list of potential surveillance targets indicates attempt to keep tabs on critics of government policy.
The telephone numbers of an anti-caste leader and several prominent activists are part of a leaked database accessed by the Pegasus Project which includes individuals confirmed to have been targeted with the Israel based NSO group’s spyware.
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Indian activists jailed on terrorism charges were on list with surveillance targets

20/07/2021

The Washington Post / by Joanna Slater and Niha Masih

The Bhima Koregaon activists were also victims of an unidentified hacker who planted evidence on their computers, recent reports found.
When the Indian authorities began arresting lawyers and human rights activists in 2018, Sudha Bharadwaj did what she had done for more than three decades wherever she saw injustice. She organized. She spoke out. She asked courts to uphold the law.
Later that year, the police arrested her, too.
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Cops used Pegasus in Koregaon Bhima case, says Digvijaya Singh

20/07/2021

Times of India / by Suchandana Gupta

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh on Monday told TOI TOI that Pegasus was used by police in the Koregaon Bhima case, and even his name had surfaced, but he couldn’t be implicated because he had stopped using the phone that was mentioned in the ‘Naxalite letter’.
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Phones of ministers, journalists, lawyers and activists tapped by Pegasus spyware. Indians should worry

19/07/2021

The Leaflet / by Ramesh Menon

In the days ahead, we will know more about the investigations as they will be released in parts. Clearly, there is going to be a stormy monsoon session in Parliament as opposition members will question the government’s role in the snooping scandal. These revelations, if true, bode dangerously for the health of our democracy, writes Ramesh Menon as he recaps what we know about the Pegasus hacking allegations so far.
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Court allows ED to record Navlakha’s statement in NewsClick money laundering probe

Court allows ED to record Navlakha’s statement in NewsClick money laundering probe

Newsclick / by Express News Service

Navlakha, who was arrested last year by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Elgaar Parishad case, is currently lodged in Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai.
A special court on Wednesday allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to record the statement of activist-journalist Gautam Navlakha in connection with its money laundering probe against online news portal NewsClick.
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Three years after Bhima Koregaon: How criminal law was violated

Three years after Bhima Koregaon: How criminal law was violated

The Leaflet / by Nihalsing B Rathod

Recalling his bruising experiences with an unjust criminal justice system as part of the legal team of the activists arrested in the questionable Bhima Koregaon violence case three years ago, Nihalsing B Rathod, in this second of a three-part series, recollects how basic tenets of criminal law were violated by the Pune Police in arresting Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Arun Fereira, and Vernon Gonsalves at various points, and extending their detention, as well as that of Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale and Mahesh Raut. All this while, Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde exhausted all legal options to evade arrest, as the judiciary looked on, condoning the deprivation of the activists’ liberty and denying their bail applications, sometimes making gestures that filled the activists’ legal team with hope but ultimately continuing the farce that is the Bhima-Koregaon travesty.
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Also read part one: Bhima Koregaon: Marking three years since the first arrest (June 7, 2021)

Should the BK16 be left to die? / Crowded Jails & COVID: BK16 Accused’s Kin Share Fears

Should the BK16 be left to die? / Crowded Jails & COVID: BK16 Accused’s Kin Share Fears

Should the Bhima Koregaon 16 be left to die?

17/05/2021

Rediff.com / by Jyoti Punwani

Consider this:
In 2019, Father Stan Swamy, accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, had to undergo an emergency appendicitis operation because he had insisted on working till the very last day. The doctor wondered how the then 82-year-old Jesuit priest had borne the pain so long.
In the seven months that he has spent in Taloja jail, not once has Father Stan complained, except to ask for a straw and a sipper because Parkinson’s disease doesn’t allow him to have a steady grip on his cup.
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Crowded Jails & COVID: 16 Bhima Koregaon Accused’s Kin Share Fears

17/05/2021

The Quint / by Mekhala Saran

“Please allow us to take care of them,” beseech their family and friends.
“It looks like once you are a prisoner, there is no value for your life,” said Dr Jenny Rowena, a Delhi University professor and wife of Dr Hany Babu, an undertrial prisoner, at a press conference, organised by friends and family of the 16 accused in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Dr Babu is currently COVID-positive and admitted in Mumbai’s JJ Hospital with an acute eye infection that has affected his vision. Spreading to his cheeks and forehead, the infection has caused his eyes to bulge out.
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Also read/watch video: Bhima Koregaon, COVID-19 and custodial apathy in jails / Video + Press Release (May 15)

Supreme Court Dismisses Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail [read order]

Supreme Court Dismisses Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail [read order]

Navlakha Loses Bail Plea, But SC Approves House Arrest As Alternative to Jail

13/05/2021

The Wire / by V. Venkatesan

Though the activist’s right to default bail on the basis of his 34-days house arrest in 2018 was turned down by the top court, the judges found merit in treating house arrests as an alternative form of detention.
Well-known human rights activist Gautam Navlakha lost his legal battle for default bail in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. But his case has ironically persuaded the top court to make a huge advance on human rights so that other activists like him are not similarly disadvantaged in future.
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No default bail for Gautam Navlakha, rules SC [read order]

13/05/2021

The Leaflet / by The Leaflet

The Supreme Court Wednesday refused default bail to Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, on the grounds that the 35 days he spent under house arrest in 2018 did not constitute custody in order to compute the 90 day period within which a charge-sheet must be filed under criminal law, to entitle him to to the same. Navlakha is facing charges under the anti-terrorism UAPA.
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Supreme Court Dismisses Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail [read order]

12/05/2021

Live Law / by Live Law News Network

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by jailed activist Gautam Navlakha seeking default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Navlkaha wanted to include the 34-day period of his unlawful custody in 2018 while computing the period for filing chargesheet under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
A bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph dismissed Navlakha’s petition, affirming the Bombay High Court judgment. The bench had reserved judgment on March 26.
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Supreme Court Reserves Order On Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail

Supreme Court Reserves Order On Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail

Supreme Court Reserves Order On Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail

26/03/2021

Live Law / by Livelaw News Network

The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its order on a plea filed by senior journalist and activist Gautam Navlakha, against an order of the Bombay High Court denying him default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case.
The Bench comprising of Justice UU Lalit and Justice KM Joseph said that it will release the order after 7th April, as Justice Joseph is not available until then.
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Supreme Court To Hear Gautam Navlakha’s Plea For Default Bail As First Item Tomorrow

25/03/2021

Live Law / by Mehal Jain

On the request of the National Investigation Agency, the Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing on Bhima Koregaon accused Gautam Navlakha’s bail plea to 10:30 a.m. on Friday as the first item on the board.
Appearing before a bench headed by Justice UU Lalit, ASG SV Raju advanced,
“I am seeking only one day’s accommodation. It is not a regular bail application. If it was regular bail, I would understand. It is a default bail application on some hyper technical grounds…”
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Supreme Court To Hear Gautam Navlakha’s Plea On March 22

15/03/2021

Live Law / by Livelaw News Network

Whether Period Of Unlawful Custody Should Be Considered For Default Bail?
The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will hear on March 22 the petition filed by activist Gautam Navlakha challengingthe Bombay High Court judgment which rejected his plea that he should be granted default bail by computing his 34-day period of house arrest in 2018.
A division bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and KM Joseph adjourned the hearing on Monday at the request of the National Investigation Agency for filing a counter affidavit to Navlakha’s plea.
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Supreme Court seeks response from NIA on plea for default bail by Gautam Navlakha

Supreme Court seeks response from NIA on plea for default bail by Gautam Navlakha

Supreme Court seeks response from National Investigation Agency on plea for default bail by Gautam Navlakha

03/03/2021

Bar & Bench / by Dbayan Roy

Navlakha has sought default bail on the ground that the NIA failed to file its chargesheet within the prescribed upper-limit of 90 days as per Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the response of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the bail plea by Bhima Koregaon accused Gautam Navlakha.
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Supreme Court Issues Notice On Gautam Navlakha’s Plea Against Bombay High Court Judgment Denying Him Default Bail

03/03/2021

Live Law / by Radhika Roy

Supreme Court bench headed by Justice UU Lalit on Wednesday issued notice on a petition filed by activist and Journalist Gautam Navlakha challenging Bombay High Court’s recent order rejecting his bail application in the Bhima Koregaon (Elgar Parishad – Maoist links) case.
A three-judge Bench of Justices UU Lalit, Indira Banerjee and KM Joseph was hearing the plea against the Judgment of Bombay High Court which refused to interfere in his criminal appeal filed against an order of the special court, which rejected his application for default bail in June, last year. He is in prison since his surrender on April, 14 2020.
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Supreme Court To Hear Gautam Navlakha’s Plea Against Bombay High Court’s Order Denying Him Bail On March 3

01/03/2021

Live Law / by Srishti Ojha

Activist and Journalist Gautam Navlakha who is an accused in the Elgar Parishad – Maoist links case has moved the Supreme Court challenging Bombay High Court’s recent order rejecting his bail application. A three-judge Bench of Justices UU Lalit, Indira Banerjee and KM Joseph is scheduled to hear his plea on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021.
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Gautam Navlakha moves Supreme Court against rejection of default bail by Bombay High Court

01/03/2021

Bar & Bench

Gautam Navlakha, accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence, has approached the Supreme Court against the rejection of his plea for default bail by Bombay High Court
Navlakha has sought bail on the ground that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) failed to file its chargesheet within the prescribed upper-limit of 90 days as per Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
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Bombay HC Rejects Gautam Navlakha’s Default Bail Plea [read order]

Bombay HC Rejects Gautam Navlakha’s Default Bail Plea [read order]


by The Logical Indian (Feb 9): The Bombay High court on February 8 dismissed the bail plea of activist Gautam Navlakha who was arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case +++
by The Logical Indian (Feb 9): The special court then accepted NIA’s plea seeking an extension of 90 to 180 days to file the charge sheet against Navlakha and co-accused Anand Teltumbde +++


Period under illegal detention has to be excluded in computing 90-day custody period for default bail [read order]

08/02/2021

Bar & Bench

The bone of contention was whether the period of 34 days during which Navlakha was under house arrest could be included towards calculating the 90 day period for custody prescribed under Section 167(2) of CrPC.
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Bombay High Court Dismisses Bail Application Of Gautam Navlakha In Bhima Koregaon Case

08/02/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik passed the order on a criminal appeal filed by Navlakha against an order of the special court, which rejected his application for default bail in June, last year. He is in prison since his surrender on April, 14 2020.
“We see no reason to interfere with the order of the trial court”, said the Court.
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Bhima Koregaon Case: Bombay HC Rejects Gautam Navlakha’s Default Bail Plea

08/02/2021

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

“We see no reason to interfere with the order of the trial court,” the division bench said in response to an appeal filed by the activist.
The Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed the default bail petition of activist Gautam Navlakha in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Navlakha approached the high court last year, challenging the special NIA court’s order of July 12, 2020, that rejected his plea for statutory bail. On December 16 last year, the bench reserved its verdict on the plea seeking default bail filed by Navlakha.
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Also Read: Should Gautam Navlakha’s House Arrest In 2018 Be Included For Computing Period For Default Bail? (Dec 2020)

Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again

Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again

Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again

28/01/2021

India Now / by India Now

A Mumbai court has refused to interfere with the order of Taloja Central Jail officials, refusing to accept a courier with books for Elgar Parishad accused Hany Babu and Gautam Navlakha.
A Special Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai has refused to interfere with the order of Taloja Central Jail officials, refusing to accept a courier with books for Elgar Parishad accused Hany Babu and Gautam Navlakha.
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Jail officials cannot refuse books sent for prisoners, but should check content: Mumbai Court

28/01/2021

The Indian Express / by Sadaf Modak

The observation was made in the detailed order passed by the special court earlier this month allowing lawyer activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, access to five books per month at Byculla women’s jail where she is lodged.
A special court has said that jail authorities cannot refuse to accept books sent for prisoners though they are expected to go through the contents to ensure there is no “objectionable material”.
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