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
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 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
Files rejoinder claiming that email contradicts letter that prosecution has relied on to accuse activist
The lawyer appearing for trade unionist and human rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj in the Elgar Parishad case filed a rejoinder in the Bombay High Court on Friday, saying that the Pune Police have not added an email, which refutes their claim, to the charge sheet. 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
No incriminating evidence against me, Arun Ferreira tells Bombay HC
Ferreira’s lawyer, advocate Sudeep Pasbola, told the court that he was arrested only because of his acquaintance with co-accused Surendra Gadling, and for being a member of the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL). Read more
Lawyers and kin of jailed activists allege pre-trial punishment.
“It’s tough without him around. I am not hopeful of any positive outcome now,” says Meenal Gadling, wife of human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, who has been languishing in Pune’s Yerawada jail for more than a year now. Read more
Bail plea hearings in Elgar Parishad case conclude
Stating that there was nothing seditious about the speeches made by participants at the Elgar Parishad of December 2017, human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling on Friday accused the prosecution of conducting a media trial in the case.
Advocate Gadling, conducting his own defence, was replying to public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar’s arguments that sought to deny bail to him and the other activists arrested in the case. Read more