The Pune Sessions Court on Wednesday rejected bail applications of six accused arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. The said applications were filed by Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhavale, Varavara Rao, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson. Read more
‘Life not comfortable in jail, Shoma has lost 7 kgs´
Nagpur: “It’s Independence Day and the second year of my unfreedom begins. Last year on 14th August, I was shifted into the separate cell, my compact little world,” reads a letter written from Yerawada Jail by Shoma Sen, one of the five accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case, to her husband, Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya in Nagpur on August 15 this year. Read more
Bail plea of six activists rejected, court says their acts ‘against democracy’
A special UAPA court in Pune Wednesday rejected the bail pleas of six of the nine arrested accused – Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Varavara Rao, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Surendra Gadling – in the Elgaar Parishad case. The court also said that it could now move for trial if both the parties were ready. Read more
Pune Sessions Court rejects bail application of all six accused
The accused are, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Varvara Rao and Sudhir Dhavle. Bail plea of Sudha Bhardwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira was rejected by Bombay HC earlier. 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
District Government Pleader: Accused were helping Maoists
PUNE: District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar on Wednesday argued that the acts attributed to the accused arrested in the Elgar Parishad case should be seen with the objectives, strategies and tactics of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) outfit. Read more
No tangible evidence to link Elgar case accused with terror charges: Defence
PUNE: Defence lawyers Rohan Nahar and Rahul Deshmukh submitted on Thursday that the city police had no tangible evidence to connect the accused in the Elgar Parishad case with the banned CPI (Maoist) and the terror charges invoked in it. Read more
Bombay HC tells trial court to hear bail pleas of 6 accused in 2 month
Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the Pune special trial UAPA court to hear the bail applications of Rona Wilson and five other accused in the Elgar Parishad case within two months. 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
Allowing the State to Designate Someone as a ‘Terrorist’ Without Trial is Dangerous
The UAPA Amendment Bill is the single most dangerous piece of legislation the country has ever seen.
Should government officials and politicians – even upstanding democrats with a long record of respecting the rule of law like home minister Amit Shah – be trusted with the power to designate an individual as a “terrorist”, that too, without that person being tried and convicted? Read more