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India: After battle for accused, lawyers and cops in Alappuzha at the receiving end

April 7, 2019

The police registered a case against 15 people who had prevented them from arresting an accused in a torture case from the office of an advocate.


The Alappuzha North police registered a case against 15 people, including advocates and their staff, after the advocates prevented the police from arresting an accused in a torture case from the office of an advocate.

North SI Vipin Das said the cases were registered based on a complaint by Munnar SI Shyam Kumar. “On April 1, the SI and two civil police officers came to the district to arrest an accused in a sexual abuse case. They came to know the accused was in the office of advocate Babu Joseph, near the Alappuzha District Court. While the police tried to enter the office, Babu and his staff attacked the police to prevent the arrest of the accused. Thereafter, the police registered a case of non-bailable offence against 15 people,” the SI said.

Babu Joseph filed a private petition and the court issued an order to register a case against the police for attacking advocates and destroying office equipment. The court also issued a notice to the police personnel. Later, the District and Sessions Court gave anticipatory bail to Babu Joseph.




India: Women March for Change

April 4, 2019








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India/Jammu & Kashmir: Court denies permission to hold seminar on ‘self-determination’

March 31, 2019

Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association.

For the first time in decades, the Kashmir High Court Bar Association was not permitted to hold a seminar on ‘self-determination’.

The association, one of the largest elected bodies of Valley-based lawyers, was on Saturday not allowed to organise a seminar inside the court complex in Srinagar.

Principal District and Sessions Judge Abdul Rashid Malik, while disallowing the proposed seminar on ‘self-determination and repression in Kashmir’, in his order said the event could not be allowed inside the district court complex under law.

To mark the 23rd anniversary of Advocate Jaleel Andrabi, who was kidnapped by an Army Major on March 8, 1996, the Bar had proposed a seminar at its office located in the District Court, Moominabad, Srinagar. Jaleel, a human rights lawyer, was later killed in custody and his body was fished out from the Jhelum on March 27, 1996.

“The elected office-bearers of the Bar had inquired from Abdul Rashid Malik, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, as to why the seminar cannot be held inside the court complex. He had no answer except that the topic chosen by the Bar was the reason for not giving it the permission. He told the association to change the topic and only then go ahead with the programme,” a Bar spokesman said in a statement in response to the cancellation of the seminar.

The Bar members, however, refused to do so and told the judge that they would postpone the seminar but won’t to change the topic, the spokesman said.







India/USA: Sudha Bharadwaj, Arrested in India for ‘Maoist Links’, Honoured by Harvard

March 8, 2019

Her long career as a lawyer-activist has seen her up against both governments and corporations.

Sudha Bharadwaj, Arrested in India for 'Maoist Links', Honoured by Harvard

Lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj is among the women honoured at this year’s Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit. The 21 honourees also included lawyer Menaka Guruswamy, who had argued for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India.

This is the sixth iteration of the annual exhibit, which recognises “astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law of policy”, based on nomination by students, faculty or staff of Harvard Law School.

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In August last year, Bharadwaj was arrested by the Pune police, which was investigating a public meeting – called the ‘Elgar Parishad’ – held prior to the caste-based violence that broke out in Bhima Koregoan, near Pune, on December 31, 2017.

Bharadwaj has spent nearly three decades working with underprivileged communities in Chhattisgarh. She was part of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, a labour organisation founded by the late Shankar Guha Niyogi.

She has been a trade unionist, human rights activist and lawyer, engaging with marginalised workers and adivasis dispossessed of their land. Her long career as a lawyer-activist has seen her up against both governments and powerful corporations.






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India: Two jailed for lawyer’s murder in Hyderabad

March 27, 2019


A local court in LB Nagar on Wednesday sentenced a man to undergo life imprisonment and his acquaintance to one year rigorous imprisonment for murdering a lawyer at Jawahar Nagar.

The court convicted D Lokesh Babu to life and S Suman Reddy to a year, both residents of Shamirpet.

In June 2016, A Uday Kumar, a lawyer from Kapra was murdered by Lokesh Babu, Suman Reddy and their associates over a property dispute. Lokesh with the help of his associates had attacked Uday with a sickle leading to his death. They shifted the body in a car to a secluded place in Keesara Dayara where they burnt it.

The Jawahar Nagar police booked a case of murder and arrested five persons. After investigation, a chargesheet was filed in the court. The court conducted a trial and pronounced its verdict sentencing Lokesh and Suman, while acquitting three others.




India: Advocate Mathews Nedumpara banned from practicing in the Supreme Court for a year

March 27, 2019

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman and Vineet Saran today barred advocate Mathews Nedumpara from practicing in the Supreme Court for a year for committing contempt of court. The court has also sentenced him to three months imprisonment.

The sentence will, however, remain suspended as long as Nedumpara abides by the undertaking he gave to the court that he would not “browbeat” the judges of the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

The court has also initiated fresh contempt of court proceedings against Nedumapara and three other lawyers from Bombay for sending a letter to the Chief Justice of India containing contemptuous allegations against the bench led by Justice Nariman. This case will be heard by another bench after obtaining orders from the CJI.

The court had held Nedumpara guilty of contempt on March 12, 2019. During the course of hearing, Nedumapara also tendered an unconditional apology to the Court.

Background of the Case

On March 12, 2019, the Supreme Court had found Nedumpara guilty of contempt of the court and observed-






India: Chhattisgarh Bar Council sets aside Bastar Bar Association resolution barring lawyers from other States

March 21, 2019

The State Bar Council of Chhattisgarh has annulled a 2015 resolution passed by the Bastar Bar Association barring advocates who are from other States from practicing in Jagdalpur.

The order comes as a relief for lawyers from other States who wish to practice in the region.

The decision was made in an appeal by lawyers of the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group (JAGLAG), Shalini Gera and Isha Khandelwal against the 2015 resolution. The resolution passed by the Bar Association was part of the pressure exerted on JAGLAG that eventually forced their eviction.

Though Gera and Khandelwal subsequently registered themselves with the Chhattisgarh State Bar Council after appealing against the resolution, they pushed for quashing of the same, for the benefit of their colleagues and other lawyers.

Two and a half years after JAGLAG first began providing legal aid in the Bastar region, the Bastar Bar Association held an aam sabha (general body meeting). At that meeting, a resolution was passed that prohibited non-local lawyers from appearing in cases without the prior approval of the association.

As a clear sign of hostility, the Association passed a second resolution saying that it would not be responsible if something untoward happened to the lawyers.