The two civil rights activists are expecting to be arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case by April 6 following a Supreme Court order last month.
More than 15 social rights organisation and over 5,000 individuals across the world have signed a statement in solidarity with activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha, urging the Centre to delay their arrest in the Bhima Koregaon violence case in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more
Members of the pan-IIT community – faculty, scientists, researchers, students and alumni issued a joint statement condemning the actions of the state ‘in their individual capacities.’
In a order that surprised many, activists and scholar, Gautam Navalakha and Anand Teltumbde were directed by the Supreme Court to surrender to the Pune Police within three weeks in connection with the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case. This was on March 16. In about a week’s time, the two charged under the UAPA will have to surrender. Read more
DON’T PITY ANAND TELTUMBDE, PITY THE SYSTEM THAT INCARCERATES HIM
The Wire / by Anirban Goswami and Anupam Banerjee
His incarceration shall remain an indelible black mark on the history of governance of this country.
When he surrenders on April 6, 2020, as per the Supreme Court’s directions, professor Anand Teltumbde will be the first alumnus of the hallowed IIM, Ahmedabad, the first IIT professor and the first CEO of a company to be charged under the dreaded Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which renders a person suspected by the police utterly defenceless. Read more
Release Those Charged Under Serious Offences – 130 Lawyers Make Recommendations [Read Letter]
A total of 130 lawyers have written to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, State Home Minister and Chief Justice of Bombay High Court expressing grave concern regarding the safety of “thousands of individuals incarcerated in prisons and other settings of detention such as observation homes, special homes, children homes, detention centers, borstal homes, etc” in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more
MHARASHTRA PRISONERS RELEASED SAYS JAIL UNPREPARED TO HANDLE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
No transport has been arranged for those who are released, while inmates still in prison fear for their health.
Mumbai: Even as the Maharashtra state government has slowly begun releasing incarcerated persons on parole and interim bail as a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, fear and desperation has gripped those languishing in the jail. Read more
“COVID-19 outbreak an occasion to look at overcrowded prisons in country.”
A group of activists and intellectuals has sought bail or parole for political prisoners lodged in various jails.
In a letter to the Central and State governments, eminent persons such as writers Arundhati Roy, K. Satchidanandan and Meena Kandasamy, journalist B.R.P. Bhaskar and academics Dilip Menon and Benjamin Zachariah pointed out that the COVID-19 outbreak was also an occasion to look at the overcrowded prisons in the country. Read more
INTELLECTUALS APPEAL FOR RELEASE OF PRISONERS
Kashimr Times / by KT News Service
New Delhi: About two dozen intellectuals, writers and academics of the country have made an urgent appeal to the government to ease the over-crowded prisons in view of the outbreak of Covid19 and also in keeping with the recent Supreme Court directive. They have sought release on bail or parole of at least some of the prisoners including political detenues from across the country. Read more
ACADEMICS SEND OPEN LETTER SEEKING BAIL FOR VARAVARA RAO, SUDHA BHARADWAJ
The New Indian Express / by Prajanma Das
The Supreme Court has already directed the state governments to consider granting bail to remand prisoners, accused of committing crimes punishable with a maximum of seven years imprisonment.
Former Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba, Poet Varavara Rao, Dr Shoma Sen, Sudha Bharadwaj and several others including Padma and Veeramony in Tamil Nadu are in prison — either awaiting trial or are political prisoners of the state. Read more
CJI Urged to Change SC Orders on Teltumbde, Navlakha Amid COVID-19
… Teltumbde and Navlakha are among those academics, activists, and lawyers who have been accused of involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence, and being Maoists.
Others who have been accused and arrested for this under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) include Sudha Bhardwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudhir Dhawale, Barbara Rao and Surendra Gadling. Read more
Sign Global Solidarity Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha
Signatories include eminent public figures such as Noam Chomsky, Gayatri Spivak, Sukhadeo Thorat, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Kshama Sawant, Ramachandra Guha, Prakash Ambedkar and Arundhati Roy. Sign statement here
Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha:
We, the undersigned (organizations and individuals) protest the impending arrest of Professor Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha and strongly condemn the attempt to malign their status as two of India’s foremost civil rights activists and public intellectuals today. …
It also demanded the repeal of the UAPA, which “allows the government to violate the constitutional rights of citizens with impunity”.
New Delhi: The All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) has expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision to reject anticipatory bail to AIFRTE’s presidium member professor Anand Teltumbde for a case registered against him under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Read more
Writers and Activists Express Solidarity: Stand with Anand Teltumbde & Gautam Navlakha
In August 2018, the Pune Police implicated Prof. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha with other human right activists and lawyers in the now-infamous fabricated Elgar Parishad case. The police presented concocted theories since day one and these theories have not an iota of truth in them. Although the judiciary granted interim protection to Prof. Anand and Gautam, the supreme court on 16th March, 2020 rejected the pre-arrest bail and asked them to surrender by three weeks. …
All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) Statement on Supreme Court’s rejection of anticipatory bail to Prof. Anand Teltumbde.
AIFRTE is shocked, outraged and deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s rejection of anticipatory bail to its Presidium member Prof. Anand Teltumbde, an IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus, IIT Professor, and currently Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics at Goa Institute of Management (GIM). Prof Teltumbde is also a noted scholar of caste-class and public policy issues, and a Leading Public Intellectual and Democratic and Educational Rights Activist. Read full statement
SFI-Delhi stands against the wrongful persecution of Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha and the nine other activists: Stop State Repression on Academics, Public intellectuals & Activists,
Repeal UAPA & Other Draconian Laws,
Resist The Fascist Regime & Fight Against Fabricated Bhima Koregaon Case,
Release All Arrested Activists in Fabricated B K Case!