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India/IAPL: The Ridiculous Case of Advocate Murugan

August 17, 2017

A. Murrugan, a young lawyer practicing at the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court was arrested from his residence on 8th January 2017. The police had gone to his house in the early morning 4 o’clock, and after arresting him seized his case papers, files, preparations for final arguments for some cases and books, Homeopathy medicines & a medical book, all easily available in the market. Ayyanan Murugan is also the Secretary of the Centre for Protection of Civil Liberties (CPCL), Tamilnadu. What makes his case rather surprising is that this Human Rights Lawyer was arrested in the same criminal trial wherein he was defending two accused and has been incarcerated since then.

It was based on these preliminary facts that the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) decided to send a team of lawyers from across the country to look into the absurdity of his case. D. Sureshkumar (Hyderabad), Arun Ferreira (Mumbai), Jagdish Meshram (Gadchiroli) and Gurunathan (Tamilnadu) from IAPL arrived in Madurai on 3rd August 2017. The team was able to meet Murugan who was in Trichy prison and collect the chargesheets filed against him. The team also met his wife, who too is a lawyer, some of his colleagues in court and the two counsels who defending him in applications before the High Court namely Adv. Jayaramachandran and Adv. Lajapathi Roy of Madurai.

IAPL ff report into Murugan arrest



Kashmir/India: NIA conducts fresh searches at 12 places in J-K terror funding case

August 16, 2017

An NIA team carries out a raid in Srinagar in June.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted fresh searches at 12 locations in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its probe into whether the funding of separatists from Pakistani terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was being used to fuel violence in the valley.

The searches, which the central agency termed as follow-up action, were carried out in Srinagar, Baramulla, and Handwara.

Those raided on Wednesday included a Srinagar-based advocate Mohammed Shafi Reshi and three relatives of prominent businessman Zahoor Watali, whose premises were searched in the first round of raids.

“We suspect financial links between the separatists and those raided on Wednesday,” said Alok Mittal, inspector general of NIA.







Terror funds: NIA raids 12 premises in Kashmir




India/Kashmir: Doda based lawyer detained ‘without charges’

August 7, 2017

Doda based lawyer detained ‘without charges’

Family of a Doda based lawyer and social activist, Babur-ul-Islam Nehru has expressed concern over his safety saying he is in police custody since 22 July “without any charges.”

“He was picked from outside masjid and taken to police station Gandhi Nagar. Later he was shifted to another police station and now he is presently lodged in Akhnoor police station,” said Babur’s younger brother. Abdul Mateen Nehru,

The family claimed that in last two weeks, Babar has been shifted to three different police stations.

“When I went to meet him at the police station, he told me that  a senior police officer had visited him and told him that he is a threat to peace. I don’t know how he is a threat, when he was doing his regular job and social work,” Mateen informed.

The Akhnoor police station, has confirmed that he is in their lockup, “Yes, he is in our police station.” When asked about the charges on which he has been detained he told that “it is confidential and can’t tell it over the phone.”



India: Release jailed advocate: IAPL

August 4, 2017

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The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of jailed Madurai-based advocate A. Murugan, who was arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch police in Tamil Nadu in January this year for his alleged links with Maoists.

Releasing a report here on Friday based on their preliminary enquiries, IAPL alleged that Mr. Murugan was framed in a fabricated case for discharging his duty as an advocate.

Arun Ferreira, Treasurer of IAPL, who himself was jailed for more than four years for alleged links with Maoists before a court in Maharashtra acquitted him in 2014, said that the case against Mr. Murugan was perhaps the first instance in the country where an advocate was booked in the same case he was appearing for his clients.

Stating that Article 19 (1)(g) of the Constitution provided lawyers the right to practice their profession, he said that lawyers, as a result of discharging the duty their profession demanded, cannot be identified with the causes their clients espoused.


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New Indian Express, Madurai edition dated 5th August 2017

India: Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) fact finding team released press note on the arrest and incarceration of Advocate Murugan and the curtailment of Advocate’s right to strike at press club, Madurai , Tamilnadu

August 4, 2017

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India: A Different View: In Conversation with Justice Karnan’s close aide and advocate, Peter Ramesh Kumar

July 31, 2017

Peter Ramesh Kumar

I am clutching at straws trying to see the first ever high court judge to be slapped with contempt charges in positive light. Is the Supreme Court’s and the media’s demonization of Justice CS Karnanwarranted or is there a side to him that is unbeknown? And more importantly, what are the larger issues that surround this bizarre chain of events?

To find out, I must travel to Chennai and meet one man who has stood by the former Madras and Calcutta High Court judge through the mess that resulted in his being sent to prison for six months.

That man is Peter Ramesh Kumar, former President of the Madurai Bar Association.

Sporting a T-shirt with a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) logo on it, Kumar is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve. He is no stranger to controversy himself, having just served a six-month sentence for contempt of court.




Null and void SC order can be challenged: C S Karnan’s counsel





Justice Karnan seeks remission of jail term from President-elect Ram Nath Kovind




India: Lawyers bodies against changes proposed by Modi Govt. to Advocates Act, 1961

July 21, 2017

Striking Lawyers

Government has told Lok Sabha that the Bar Associations across the Country, including one in Supreme Court, had opposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

Government further added that lawyer bodies also oppose Law Commission’s 266th Report which has recommende the stringent disciplinary action against the lawyers disrupting the court work, including barring them from practising.

The Law Commission has recommended amendments to the Advocates Act, 1961 to allow lawyers a day’s token strike in the compelling circumstances with prior approval of the Bar Council concerned.