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Order denying bail to Dr. Umar Khalid, a mockery of judicial system? Dr. Umar Khalid remains in jail for responding hate with love

After deferring his bail order thrice, the Karkardooma Court in New Delhi, finally announced its decision regarding bail for Dr. Umar Khalid, an activist and human rights defender who has been hounded by the regime for years. On March 24, 2022, Dr Khalid was denied bail in connection with the case surrounding the alleged wider…

Delhi Violence: Ishrat Jahan gets bail in wider conspiracy case After 25 months, Delhi court grants relief to the advocate and political activist

On March 14, 2022, the Karkadooma Sessions Court granted bail to lawyer-activist Ishrat Jahan after 25 months of incarceration. Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat had reserved orders in Jahan’s bail plea in February this year after extensive arguments had been made by Jahan’s counsel Pradeep Teotia. Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad appeared for prosecution. Ishrat…

What happened to Gauri Lankesh started with online threats: Activists Webinar organised in memory of Gauri Lankesh showcases why online Hate should not be ignored

Fearless journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was assassinated on September 5, 2017. But long before she was gunned down at her doorstep, she had faced multiple threats. Gauri Lankesh, who would have turned 60 on January 29, 2022, was one of the biggest examples of the State’s failure to take violent threats against journalists and activists…

‘Fabric of society has further fragmented’ The Hindu

  Gauri Lankesh Activists discuss growing violence against dissenters on 60th birth anniversary of Gauri Lankesh In the over four years since editor-activist Gauri Lankesh was assassinated on September 5, 2017, the fabric of society has further fragmented with increasing calls for violence and intolerance, said activists, authors and academicians. In a webinar, ‘Hate as…

Celebrating Gauri Lankesh’s lifelong campaign against Hate Her fearless journalism revealed how Hate had become a State project

On January 29, 2022, Gauri Lankesh would have turned 60. But today we are left with a void that is hard to fill. The fearless journalist was snatched away from us on September 5, 2017, when right-wing cowards assassinated her in cold blood outside her Bengaluru home. But as anyone who knew Gauri would tell…

Dance and despair for India in memory of murdered journalist Gauri Lankesh opendemocracy.net

A birthday letter to a colleague and comrade explores the hatreds poisoning India and the hope and joy that Gauri brought to counter them Four-and-a-half years ago, Indian journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in her garden  | Kavitha Lankesh. All rights reserved Dear Gauri, Two days from today you turn 60. What would…

भीमा कोरेगाँव मामला: मुंबई उच्च न्यायालय ने सुधा भारद्वाज को क्यों जमानत दी और सह-अभियुक्तों की जमानत अर्जी क्यों ख़ारिज़ की? गैर-कानूनी गतिविधि निवारक कानून (यूएपीए) में आरोप-पत्र का संज्ञान लेने में असमर्थता अभियुक्त को डिफाल्ट जमानत देने के लिए पर्याप्त नहीं है

दिसम्बर 1, 2021, को मुंबई उच्च न्यायालय ने एक विस्तृत आदेश में वकील और कार्यकर्ता सुधा भारद्वाज को भीमा कोरेगाँव मामले में जमानत दी, लेकिन उसी आदेश में शुद्ध रूप से तकनीकी आधार पर इस मामले के अन्य आठ अभियुक्तों को जमानत देने से इनकार कर दिया। भारद्वाज की जमानत अर्जी काआधार सह-अभियुक्तों द्वारा उठाए…

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Sudha Bharadwaj walks out of jail Released after being granted bail by Bombay High Court

Trade unionist and human rights defender Sudha Bharadwaj finally walked out of the Byculla women’s jail on December 9, 2021 after conditions of her bail were finalized on December 8, 2021. She had been granted default bail in the Bhima Koregaon case by the Bombay High Court on December 1, 2021. Bharadwaj, who has been…

SC dismisses NIA appeal against default bail to Sudha Bharadwaj Court finds no reason to interfere with Bombay HC order

In a shot in the arm for the human rights movement in India, activist Sudha Bharadwaj who had been implicated in the Bhima Koregaon case by a vindictive regime, will now walk free after terms of her bail are finalised on December 8. This was made possible by the Supreme Court when it dismissed a…

Times Now’s show on Teesta Setalvad devoid of objectivity: NBDSA Channel warned and asked to remove video of the debate

The News Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) has ruled that a debate on Times Now, where the channel had assigned dubious motives to CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad’s visit to Shaheen Bagh, was “devoid of objectivity”. It issued a warning to the channel, and also ordered it to take down the video from its website,…

Gauri Lankesh Case: Charges to be Framed Against 17 Accused on Oct 30 NewsClick

Last week SC had restored KCOCA charges against Mohan Nayak; others in custody include mastermind Amol Kale and shooter Parshuram Waghmare A special court for the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) has set October 30 as the date for framing charges against 17 out of the 18 accused in the case. Journalist Gauri…

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HC glossed over core and tangible facts: SC in Kavitha Lankesh SLP A brief analysis of the SC order that restored KCOCA charges against an accused in the Gauri Lankesh assassination

In a huge relief for friends and family of Gauri Lankesh, the Supreme Court overturned a Karnataka High Court judgment that had previously dropped organised crime charges under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) against Mohan Nayak, one of the accused on the assassination of the fearless journalist. Gauri’s sister and filmmaker Kavitha…

Gauri Lankesh case: SC restores KCOCA charges against Mohan Nayak Bitter-sweet victory for sister Kavitha and CJP as Karnataka HC order set aside

While Gauri Lankesh, a fearless journalist and dear friend, may have been snatched away from us too soon, there is bitter-sweet victory in the Supreme Court’s decision to restore organised crime charges against Mohan Nayak, one of the key accused in the case. Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) had assisted Gauri’s sister, filmmaker Kavitha…

Why is Gulfisha Fatima still behind bars? The UAPA accused has spent 18 months behind bars

Gulfisha, commonly known as Gul, among her family and friends, was arrested on April 9 last year, in FIR 48 of 2020 related to the communal violence in the National Capital. FIR 48 was registered at Jafrabad Police Station under Indian Penal Code sections of murder, rioting, being part of unlawful assembly, and sedition. After…

Gauri Lankesh case: SC reserves order on plea to keep KCOCA charges against accused CJP assisted sister Kavitha move SC against HC’s order dropping organised crime charges against Mohan Nayak

On August 16, the Supreme Court Bench of Justices A.M Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna had adjourned the matter of Kavitha Lankesh, the sister of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh, challenging an order by the Karnataka High Court dropping charges under Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) against Mohan Nayak, one of the accused in the case.…

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