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India: No anticipatory bail for lawyers in Sterlite case

June 19, 2018

Hearing on lawyers’ bail plea accused of staging anti-Sterlite protests adjourned till June 18

The Madurai Bench dismissed the anticipatory bail petitions filed by two advocates, accused of instigating violence during the protest against Sterlite in Thoothukudi on May 22.

The court noted that the petitioners, being organisers of the protest, should not shy away from responsibilities and face police interrogation.

The petitioners – S Vanchinathan and K Hariraghavan, advocates and members of People’s Rights Protection Centre who were apprehending arrests contended that they did not indulge in any kind of violence and that they were present at the spot only to provide legal assistance to the protesters by facilitating talks with the government authorities.

However, the Additional Advocate General (AAG) Chellapandian who appeared on behalf of the State opposed granting advance bail and contended that the petitioners had violated the prohibitory order and also instigated the protesters.







Urgent Information from Advocate V Suresh. General Secretary, PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES.

Information has just been received that Adv. Vanchinathan of Madurai who has been counsel for many cases filed on behalf of Thoothukudi citizens and anti Sterlite protest groups, has been arrested at 01.00 am today by Chennai police. This is a direct assault on lawyers practicing in the human rights field and should be strongly opposed. The TN government and the police are trying to silence all democratic forces and produce a chilling effect to scare other lawyers from appearing in sensitive cases challenging undemocratic and anti-constitutional policies and actions of the government.

Advocate Vanchi nathan was arrested in Chennai Airport for Tutucorin incident in Crime no. 190 of 2018 Sipcot Police station u/sec 147, 148, 188, 353, 506 (2) and sec. 3 TNPPDL Act. He is the State Co-ordinator of People’s Right Protection Center and practicing law at Madurai Bench of Madras High Court at Madurai. It is the cowardice act of Tamil Nadu government killing the innocent unarmed people of thoothukudi and putting blame on public spirited activist who helped the people of thoothukudi legally and morally.

(Facebook, June 21, 2018)

Release People’s Advocate Vanchit Nathan immediately and unconditionally!

(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Facebook, 21/6/18)


India: Bhima-Koregaon accused sent to 6-day police custody

June 19, 2018

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Advocate Surendra Gadling, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon violence, has been sent to police custody till June 25.

The accused advocate was earlier admitted to Sassoon hospital following a blood pressure problem, after which he was sent to magistrate custody on June 11.

For those unversed, the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle took a violent turn when a youth died in clashes that broke out during an event to mark the day in January.
The violence also left several injured, including 10 policemen.
Subsequently, the four accused – Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut – apart from Gadling, were arrested by the Pune police on June 6 from Mumbai, Nagpur, and Delhi.
According to the Pune Police, Naxal links emerged during the interrogation of the accused in the case.
















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India: Targeting activists

June 18, 2018

Recuperating from a kidney transplant, Arun Jaitley is currently minister without portfolio. But ever since he returned home from hospital two weeks ago, the temporarily relieved finance minister has been blogging quite a bit.

He has blogged more than once against the Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, and his inadequacies. These diatribes have garnered a fair amount of publicity in the media, as Jaitley’s articulations invariably do. But it is Jaitley’s analysis of “increased Maoist activities” in the country that is by far more interesting – and a little ominous too.

In his blog dated June 8, Jaitley spoke of the spread of Maoist activities “in areas other than usual extremism affected areas” but did not elaborate this with any specific example. Instead, he recalled his speech in the Rajya Sabha when the United Progressive Alliance was in power wherein he had described “four kinds” of Maoists in India.

But today, as a leading member of the ruling party which has completed four years in office, his words carry far more weight and reflect a more sinister intent. The Modi government’s favourite epithet to those opposing its policies or resisting the sangh parivar‘s Hindutva offensive has been “anti-national”. That seems to be getting passé, and “half Maoist” could become the new label to tarnish, target, and incarcerate all manner of activists.

That is already happening. On June 6, two days before Jaitley wrote his blog on Maoists, five leading Dalit and human rights activists were arrested in different parts of the country. They included Shoma Sen, associate professor in the English department in Nagpur University; Surendra Gadling, general secretary of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers; Sudhir Dhawale, editor of the Marathi magazine Vidrohi and founder of Republican Panthers; Rona Wilson, human rights activist and public relations secretary of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners; and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow who has been working among tribals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district.

They have been charged, among other things, of inciting violence in Pune on December 31 by organizing the Elgaar Parishad on the eve of the bicentenary of the battle between the Peshwas and the British near the village of Koregaon on the Bhima river. On January 1, 1818, the British regiment consisting of people belonging to the untouchable Mahar community defeated the Peshwas – and Babasaheb Ambedkar was the first to commemorate that day as a victory of the oppressed against Brahminical forces.












June 17, 2018

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The Pune Police’s spiel in court on the threats from ‘urban Maoism’ with regard to the Bhima Koregaon violence is only aimed at creating prejudice and stoking passions, alleged experts in criminal law.

They said the police’s startling claims and the rapidly shifting narrative — from inflammatory speeches at Elgaar Parishad in Pune the day before the violence, to a letter hinting at a plot to assassinate the PM, to a recruitment drive at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) under the garb of a lecture series — have no mention in either the FIR that set the case in motion or the two applications for remand of alleged top urban Maoist operatives Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Surendra Gadling, who were arrested in a multicity operation on June 6.

Mum on allegations

As per the FIR registered on January 8, members of cultural group Kabir Kala Manch — Sudhir Dhawale, Sagar Gorkhe, Jyoti Jagtap, Harshali Potdar, Ramesh Gaichor and at least six others —made speeches, sung songs, recited couplets and performed street plays at Elgaar Parishad that were divisive and inflammatory in nature, and which incited the violent clashes that broke out the next day.

By the time the police arrested Dhawale, Wilson, Gadling, Sen and Raut, the narrative had begun to shift. They alleged that these five had set up an “urban front” for the banned CPI (Maoist) and made attempts through it to engage in anti-national activities.

The following day, the plot took on more menacing tones. While seeking police custody of these five, district government pleader Ujjwala Pawar told a Pune court that an incriminating letter had been recovered from the electronic devices seized from the accused.












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India: TISS students oppose Pune activists’ arrest

June 15, 2018

 A file photograph of the protests against the violence in the Bhima Koregaon area of Maharashtra recently. (Photo: PTI)

Over 200 students, alumni, faculty, staff and other members of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) have condemned the arrest of Mahesh Raut, an alumnus of TISS.

The Pune police arrested Raut on June 6 along with four other activists who are allegedly suspected to be related to the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence, which occurred in the state in January.

On June 6, the Pune police carried out raids at different locations across the country to arrest the five suspects in the case. Apart from Raut, the other accused are advocate Surendra Gadling, Sudhur Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Shoma Sen.

Raut pursued a Masters degree in Social Work from TISS’s Mumbai campus during the academic session 2009-11.

A release issued by the students and other members read, “Mahesh and the others were working relentlessly with the marginalized communities for their rights and we strongly feel that they are being persecuted for the same. We condemn the Central and state government and the Maharashtra police for their undemocratic actions.”


CPI-Maoist was planning to hold event in JNU for slain leader Naveen Babu: Pune police to court










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India: Why Is Bhim Army’s Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ Still in Jail?

June 15, 2018

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Seven months ago, Chandrashekhar Azad was supposed to walk out of Saharanpur Jail, where he’d been held for five months. Members of the Bhim Army, a Dalit human rights group that rose to prominence in the Saharanpur protests in May 2017, were excited that their leader would soon be released, telling the Times of India:

We had been waiting for this moment for the past five months and now it’s just a matter of time when our hero will be out of jail and among us. His release will certainly revolutionise our movement.

The excitement was understandable, of course. On that day, the Allahabad High Court had granted Azad bail in the cases filed against him while noting that they seemed politically motivated.

Seven months down the line, however, Azad remains behind bars, and is likely to remain there till at least August 2018. How did it all go so wrong?

No Vakil, No Appeal, No Daleel

Despite the horrors inflicted on common people by the British preventive detention laws, the Indian Constitution didn’t declare such laws to be unconstitutional. Even Dr BR Ambedkar, of all people, justified such laws, and drafted Article 22(3) of the Constitution to expressly say that people detained under preventive detention laws didn’t need to be given legal representation, or told why they were being detained, or even be produced before a magistrate after 24 hours.







India: Bhima-Koregaon arrests: remand of activists extended

June 15, 2018

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The Pune District and Sessions court on Thursday extended to June 21 the police remand of four of the five activists arrested for alleged Maoist links and for their role in organizing the ‘Elgaar Parishad’.

Judge J.D. Wadne, who passed the order, remanded the fifth accused, human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, to judicial custody till June 21 on health grounds.

Four of those arrested — noted Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson — were produced before the court late afternoon amid tight security.

Arguing for the extension of police custody, Special Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar said that the investigation had definitively proved that the arrested “were involved in anti-national activities”.

“The accused have been charged with committing acts inimical to national security…the police need more time to examine the electronic material retrieved during searches at their residences,” said Ms. Pawar.

In his counter-arguments, advocate Tosif Shaikh, one of the defence lawyers, said that there was no justification for extending the remand as the police have “made no further progress since the arrest of the accused.”












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