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
A common characteristic of right wing supremacists in India appears to be their extremely limited and rather vapid imagination. This is best illustrated in a booklet published by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The booklet is an out and out smear campaign against some of India’s most respected intellectuals and human rights activists. However this sinister agenda is driven by a rather banal set of stories. Read more
Modi’s revenge – the clampdown on human rights leaders in India grows
‘Nyayadhin Bandi Kothdi,’ says a board tucked away in a secluded corner of the Sessions Court complex at Shivajinagar, Pune. That is where the under-trial prisoners who are produced in court are kept in transit from Yerwada Jail. Anxious relatives braved the rain on Thursday (27 June) to get a glimpse of their family members, but a thunderstorm put paid to that. Under-trial prisoners here are escorted to court, tied with thick rope, against Supreme Court rulings. However, the police are more careful with regard to the nine arrested in the high-profile Bhima Koregaon case where they seem to obey the law. Read more
Bhima Koregaon undertrials write to Governor, seek release
`If we want democracy to function as per Constitution political prisoners must be released’
All nine activists arrested and booked for cases related to the Bhima Koregaon violence have written to Maharashtra’s Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao appealing, “if we really want democracy to function as per the Indian Constitution then all political prisoners should be released.“ Read more
The hearing on the bail applications of activist Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira – arrested in connection with the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence – has been adjourned to April 16, after the Bombay high court (HC), on Friday, said it would hear all matters pertaining to the incident together. Read more
‘Arrested activists were mobilising Dalits to overthrow Centre,’ claim police
The Maharashtra Police on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that the activists who were arrested in connection with the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence were mobilising Dalits in a bid to “overthrow the government”, PTI reported. The police claimed the coup was planned by the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Read more
Maharashtra: Reply to Vernon Gonsalves’ plea challenging arrest, HC tells state
Gonsalves was arrested along with other activists Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha last year in the case.
The Bombay high court has refused to give immediate relief to Vernon Gonsalves, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case. Mr Gonsalves had challenged the extension given by the district court to the police to file a charge sheet in the case. The HC has directed the state to file a reply by April 9. Read more
Vernon Gonsalves is trade unionist, activist, an academic (former professor of business management in a college in Mumbai) and a writer, who writes extensively on Dalit and adivasi rights, the conditions of prisons in India and the routine violation of rights of prisoners. Along with Arun Ferriera, he has authored a number of popular articles on the condition of Indian jails, the abuse of authority by Indian police, and draconian laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a piece of ‘anti-terror’ legislation with a wide ambit and vague concepts, which allows its misuse against academics, lawyers and human rights defenders. Equally importantly, their writings expose the hypocrisy of democracy in India. Read more