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
Prima facie evidence, records show accused not entitled to bail: State
Pune: District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar said on Thursday that the prosecution has furnished to the special UAPA court all the investigation papers and seized documents, including electronic evidence and phone records, to show that a prima facie case exists against all the accused in the Elgar Parishad case and they are not entitled for bail. Read more
Council for Bars and Law Societies of Europe: „Release lawyers Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj“
Council for Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the Bars of 45 countries and through them about 1 Million European Lawyers have wrote to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to respect the Human Rights Lawyers and has called upon the Indian Premier to release the pro bono lawyers Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj. Read full letter
IAPL condemns the threat to arrest Justice H Suresh
Indian Association of People´s lawyers (IAPL) condemns the threat issued by Shivaji Pawar, ACP, Maharashtra Police to arrest IAPL’s President Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd.) and the most alarming portrayal by him of IAPL as a frontal organization of CPI (Maoist). IAPL believes that such attacks on Judges and Human Right defenders which includes lawyers and organizations, require to be understood in the in the light of rising authoritarianism and fascist attacks in the country. It is the need of the hour for all organisations and individuals to come together and resist this onslaught collectively and to strongly condemn and resist this brazen attempt to intimidate Justice H. Suresh (Retd) and members of IAPL. Read more
Today, Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) organised a press conference at the Press Club of India in New Delhi in relation to the recent arrests of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen , Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut. The arrests took place on the 6th June, 2018, by Pune police at the early Hours of morning.
In the morning of 22nd April 2018, an alleged encounter took place in Boriya-Kasnasur of Bhamragarh tehsil of Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra. A fact finding team comprising of 44 persons from across 12 states belonging to three major human rights networks and organisations – Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO), Indian Association People’s Lawyers (IAPL) and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) visited the sites of the alleged encounters in the district of Gadchiroli. Their findings show that while the term encounter is being used for all of these instances, they are in fact fake. Read more
IAPL condemns harassment of Advocate Surendra Gadling and Dalit activists in the name of ‘Search operations’
Press Release by Indian Association of People´s Lawyers (IAPL)
In a shocking development, the Pune (Maharashtra) police today, April 17, 2018 at around 6.00 a.m. conducted simultaneous searches at homes of prominent activists in Maharashtra namely Sudhir Dhavale (Dalit activist, Republican Panthers), Harshali Potdar (Woman activist, Republican Panthers), Ramesh Gaychor, Jyoti Jagtap, Sagar Gorkhe, Rupali Jadhav and Dhawala Dhengle (all Kabir Kala Manch activists) in relation to the violence that ensued on the day of bi-centenary celebrations of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon on January 31, 2018 and the subsequent bandh.