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India: Ravidas Temple demolition protest: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad gets bail

October 20, 2019

Azad, who was taken into custody along with 95 people, has been lodged in Tihar Jail since August on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly.

A Delhi court granted bail to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Saturday, almost two months after he was arrested for protesting against the demolition of a Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad, reported PTI. Azad, who was taken into custody along with 95 people, has been lodged in Tihar Jail since August on charges of rioting and unlawful assembly.

So far, 94 of the 96 Bhim Army members have been released on bail, reported The Indian Express. “Since the co-accused persons have been granted bail, so on the ground of parity Chandra Shekhar is admitted on bail….” the court said.

Additional Sessions Judge Neera Bharihoke granted the relief to Azad on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 20,000 and a surety of the same amount. The court asked Azad not to hamper the investigation or tamper with evidence. It also barred him from the leaving the country without the court’s permission.

Azad and 95 others were arrested On August 21 after clashes broke out between the police and Dalit protestors during a demonstration against the demolition of the Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad locality. The Delhi Development Authority had demolished the temple on August 10 based on the orders of the Supreme Court.

During the clashes, the police had resorted to baton-charge and tear gas to disperse the protestors. The Bhim Army alleged that the police had fired at protestors. Police claimed the protestors had turned violent and seven officers were injured but none from the public was hurt.

https://scroll.in/latest/941098/ravidas-temple-demolition-protest-bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-gets-bail

https://www.news18.com/news/politics/bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-arrested-during-ravidas-temple-demolition-protest-gets-bail-2352257.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrashekhar_Azad_(social_activist)

https://bastikhabar.online/arrested-bhim-army-chief-chandrashekhar-azad-got-bail-in-sant-ravidas-temple-case/ (HINDI)

India: Seven gets life imprisonment for killing lawyer in Hisar

October 19, 2019

A court in Hisar has sentenced seven persons to life imprisonment for murder of a lawyer in 2017.

Seven gets life imprisonment for killing lawyer in Hisar

A court in Hisar has sentenced seven persons to life imprisonment for murder of a lawyer in 2017.

The court also imposed fine on the accused for murder of lawyer Subhash Gupta.

A total of 12 witnesses gave their testimony during the course of trial. Gupta was attacked with a sharp weapon on January 24, 2017.

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/national/713328-seven-gets-life-imprisonment-for-killing-lawyer-in-hisar

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/lawyers-murder-sparks-outrage-nephew-among-4-arrested/articleshow/71667259.cms

https://www.firstpost.com/india/hisar-court-awards-life-term-rs-55000-fine-to-seven-for-killing-leading-advocate-subhash-gupta-in-2017-7524181.html

https://www.jagran.com/haryana/hisar-seven-guilty-including-pawan-bansal-in-murder-of-lawyer-subhash-gupta-19681376.html (HINDI)

https://zeenews.india.com/hindi/india/delhi-haryana/life-imprisonment-for-7-in-hisar-s-famous-lawyer-subhash-gupta-murder-case/586866 (HINDI)

India/Jammu & Kashmir: HC to hear Mian Qayoom petition on Oct 31

October 19, 2019

A petition challenging detention of Bar President Mian Abdul Qayoom came up for hearing Friday.
Qayoom was taken into custody after abrogation of article 35 A and 370 of the constitution of India. He was detained under public safety act (PSA) and shifted to Agra Jail.
After hearing the arguments from both side the Court listed the matter for the next hearing on October 31.

http://brighterkashmir.com/hc-to-hear-mian-qayoom-petition-on-oct-31-

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-arrests-under-psa-amount-to-thought-crime-say-kashmir-lawyers-as-100s-remain-under-detention/339932

Jammu & Kashmir / India: Mobilisation of lawyers against repression in the Kashmir region

Protesting sister, daughter of Farooq Abdullah arrested in Srinagar

J&K Judiciary: A Court under Siege

https://theprint.in/india/governance/judiciary/modi-govt-doesnt-want-lawyer-son-in-law-of-jk-separatist-elevated-to-hc-sc-to-decide/293353/amp/

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/j-k-hc-bar-association-president-mian-qayoom-and-others-shifted-to-jail-outside-kashmir-119080900910_1.html

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India: UP: Lawyer shot in Meerut, probe on, say police

October 19, 2019

Earlier in the day, family members of the lawyer staged a protest at Anand Hospital on Garh Road where Mukesh Sharma was taken and declared dead on arrival by doctors.

A 58-YEAR-OLD lawyer, who was a member of the Meerut Bar Association, was shot dead by unidentified people in Kamalpura villlage on Friday, police said.

Police identified the deceased as Mukesh Sharma. While the motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, police suspect the crime may be a fallout of personal enmity.

“Around 10.40 pm on Friday, Mukesh Sharma was returning home when unidentified people intercepted him barely 500 metres from his residence in Kamalpura village and fired three bullets, leading to his death on the spot. Four police teams have been formed to probe this case and we are hopeful of arresting the killers soon,” Hari Mohan Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Civil Lines, told The Indian Express.

Mange Ram, chairman of the Meerut Bar Association, said, “We have called an emergency meeting of the Bar Association on Saturday and we also strongly condemn the lethal attack on the lawyer on Friday night.We are set to go on an indefinite strike from Monday if the police fail to arrest the culprits.”

UP: Lawyer shot in Meerut, probe on, say police

http://www.uniindia.com/advocate-shot-dead-in-up-s-meerut/north/news/1763488.html

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/lawyers-murder-sparks-outrage-nephew-among-4-arrested/articleshow/71667259.cms

https://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/meerut-city-police-arrested-five-culprits-in-murder-of-advocate-mukesh-sharma-19681639.html (HINDI)

https://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/meerut-city-lawyer-shot-dead-near-his-home-in-meerut-19681343.html (HINDI)

India: CBI moves Supreme Court challenging Bombay HC order restraining coercive action against Lawyers Collective

October 18, 2019

CBI Moves SC Against Bombay HC

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order restraining the investigation agency from taking any coercive action against the NGO Lawyers Collective, run by Senior Advocates Anand Grover and Indira Jaising.

Speaking to Bar & Bench, the Advocate on Record for Jaising, who is on caveat, has confirmed that a Special Leave Petition was filed yesterday against the Bombay High Court’s protective order passed in July this year.

On July 25, a Division Bench of the High Court had granted interim relief to the NGO and its members after a plea was moved to quash the FIR lodged by the CBI alleging a violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010 and offences under IPC.

Lawyers Collective, Grover and others are booked for suspected offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating, making of false statement in the declaration under the FCRA 2010, and criminal misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. In addition to invoking the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the CBI has charged them under Sections 33, 35, 37, and 39 of the FCRA 2010 and Section 13(2) with Section 13(1)(d) of the PC Act.

CBI moves Supreme Court challenging Bombay HC order restraining coercive action against Lawyers Collective

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cbi-moves-sc-to-arrest-advocates-indira-jaising-anand-grover/articleshow/71657436.cms

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/cbi-challenges-bombay-hc-order-giving-relief-to-lawyers-indira-jaising-anand-grover/story-fbis4c1o0Ajji0cRE327jP.html

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/cbi-moves-sc-against-bombay-hcs-stay-on-proceedings-against-lawyers-collective-149029

https://thewire.in/law/cbi-moves-sc-against-bombay-hc-stay-on-proceedings-against-lawyers-collective

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Grover

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Jaising

India: Orissa HC issues 136 notices over lawyers strike

October 16, 2019

According to members of the Orissa High Court Bar Association (OHCBA), Tuesday was the first time when the full bench of 14 judges assembled in a matter.

The Orissa High Court on Tuesday issued suo motu contempt notice to bar associations across the state, citing obstruction of court work through the ongoing strike by lawyers against decisions by the Supreme Court collegium on the appointments of judges, and for the establishment of regional benches in the state.

According to members of the Orissa High Court Bar Association (OHCBA), Tuesday was the first time when the full bench of 14 judges assembled in a matter. A total of 136 notices were issued by the court.

The court cited the reference made to the bench on the basis of reports from district judges and the registry of the court. “In view of continuous strike and cessation of court work by the Bar members in some parts of the State, including the High Court, thereby obstructing the administration of justice and in view of the number of decisions of the Supreme Court on this issue, the matter is required to be considered in judicial side,” the order said.

The HC has also issued notices to the Odisha Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Law Secretary, along with various office bearers of the OHCBA, district bar associations, Orissa Bar Council and Bar Council of India.

The next hearing has been scheduled for October 21.

Orissa HC issues 136 notices over lawyers strike

Orissa High Court initiates suo motu contempt against bar associations for continuous strikes

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/orissa-high-court-issues-notice-on-contempt-proceeding-to-state-bar-associations/articleshow/71604870.cms

https://www.livelaw.in/full-court-of-the-orissa-hc-initiate-contempt-proceedings

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/state-editions/hc-lawyers-up-against-selection-of-new-judge.html

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2019/oct/19/bar-associations-to-fight-it-out-in-court-2049934.html

http://www.ohcdb.in/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orissa_High_Court

India: Bhima Koregaon case: Bombay HC denies bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves

October 15, 2019

THE Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed bail applications filed by rights activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves in Bhima Koregoan case.

All three activists are currently lodged at Yerwada Central Jail over 14 months now.

A single judge bench of Justice Sarang VKotwal after hearing pleas of the three civil liberties activists for almost two months reserved the order on October 7.

The court rejected all three applications filed by activists who were implicated for alleged links with banned Maoist group and for provoking violence at the Koregaon Bhima after an Elgar Parishad meeting held on December 31, 2017.

In October 2018, a special judge in Pune had rejected the bail application filed by the three activists after which they moved to the Bombay High Court.

Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves have been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and provisions of Indian Penal Code by the Pune police.

Earlier, on September 13 the Bombay High court had turned down Gautam Navlakha plea seeking to quash the FIR filed against him by the Pune Police in the Bhima Koregoan case. However, on October 4 the Supreme Court had extended the interim protection granted to Navlakha in the Bhima Koregona case till October 15.

Bhima Koregaon case: Bombay HC denies bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/breaking-bombay-hc-denies-bail-to-sudha-bharadwaj-arun-ferreira-vernon-gonsalves-148936

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/high-court-rejects-bail-to-sudha-bharadwaj-vernon-gonsalves-arun-ferreira/story-TfdnMavqumlxSmVkLiZvKL.html

https://scroll.in/latest/940567/bhima-koregaon-bombay-hc-rejects-bail-pleas-of-vernon-gonsalves-sudha-bharadwaj-arun-ferreira

Bhima Koregaon: Bombay High Court rejects bail plea of Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira

https://www.aninews.in/news/national/general-news/bhima-koregaon-case-sudha-bharadwaj-arun-ferreira-vernon-gonsalves-denied-bail20191015135540/

https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/elgar-parishad-case-bombay-hc-turns-down-bail-plea-of-three-activists-arrested-for-alleged-maoist-links/1736048/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/bhima-koregaon-violence-bail-plea-of-3-activists-rejected/article29688696.ece

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arun_Ferreira

https://www.amarujala.com/india-news/bhima-koregaon-bombay-hc-denies-bail-to-activists-sudha-bharadwaj-arun-ferreira-vernon-gonsalves (HINDI)

https://bengali.indianexpress.com/general-news/elgaar-parishad-cpi-maoist-sudha-bhardwaj-arun-ferreira-vernon-gonsalves-bail-application-rejected-bombay-high-court-150320/ (BANGLA)