Statement by PUDR
Peoples Union of Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the Supreme Court’s order on the petition filed by Prof. Romila Thapar and others for extending protection from custody to the five activists- Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bhardwaj and Arun Ferreira- arrested a month ago by the Maharashtra Police. A three-judge bench in its 2:1 majority judgment, even in refusing the demand of the petitioners for constituting a Special Investigating Team, recognised the damage to individuals that can be caused by such arbitrary arrests and has enabled every possible challenge to this power before the appropriate courts to secure personal liberty of the five activists.
SABRANG INDIA / Statement of Romila Thapar a.o.
When human five rights activists were arrested by the Pune Police in what was seen as a nationwide crackdown on dissenting voices, civil society members led by Romila Thapar moved the Supreme Court against this. Today after the apex court disposed the petition and directed the activists to seek relief from lower courts, the petitioners have issued the following press release.
Scroll.in / By Sruthisagar Yamunan
The majority opinion and the dissenting one are starkly contrasting in the way they have approached the public interest litigation filed by eminent persons.
Scroll.in / By Scroll Staff
In a minority judgment on Friday, he argued that the material put before the court takes ‘liberties with the truth’.
LIVE LAW NEWS NETWORK / By Live Law News Network
“Dissent is a safety valve of democracy. If you don’t allow dissent, the pressure valve of democracy will burst”, Justice Chandrachud observed during the hearing.