The Supreme Court, hearing a bail plea of jailed Delhi University professor G N Saibaba who is facing trial for his alleged Maoist links, today asked a Maharashtra trial court to conduct day-to-day trial in the case and examine eight key prosecution witnesses in a month. The bench comprising justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan also said it may consider granting bail after the trial court examines key witnesses. Meanwhile, it asked all the accused including Saibaba to cooperate with the prosecution during the trial. It also asked the counsel for the state government to point out the factual position of the trial on April 4, the next date of hearing.
Subject: Communication Regarding: Escalation of counter-insurgency violence on indigenous people in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India and on human rights activists, lawyers and journalists who are working for the rights of the indigenous people in the abovementioned region.
This is to bring to your notice that indigenous activists and politicians, along with human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are being attacked violently by various groups in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, with the tacit and active encouragement of the state of these attacks. In addition, Chhattisgarh has seen a horrific state of affairs which equals to that of many militarised zones of the world due to the alleged base of guerrilla insurgents called the Naxalites – who are Maoists by political outlook and enterprise – in the state especially in a district named Bastar. Continue reading
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi Police today while hearing the bail application of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU student arrested on sedition charges. The Court reserved its order for March 2 after an elaborate hearing today in which it asked the police if what Mr Kumar did justified “the hue and cry.” Continue reading
Gar ho Sake to Ab Koi Shamma Jalaiye Is Daur-e-Siyasat ka Andhera Mitaiye
Friends and Comrades, from Democratic Students Union (DSU), we convey our revolutionary greetings to all of you for your fearless solidarity in the last few days against the attack on the students of our campus and the institutional autonomy of the university by the State after the 9th February programme organised by some students of JNU. The students of this campus have come out unitedly against the arrest of JNUSU president and malicious witch hunting of the organisers of the programme and other students of JNU based on false charges. We condemn the consorted conspiracy viciously led by ABVP, JNU administration, the police and a section of media on all the activists in the strongest possible words. Continue reading
A group of 20 armed men stormed into the village and dragged the tribal from his house. Two tribals were killed allegedly by Maoists after branding them as ‘police informers’ in two separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-hit Bastar division, police said on Sunday. A villager identified as Sukhram Poyam was shot dead by rebels late Saturday night at his village Kundla under Kurusnar police station limits, Narayanpur Additional Superintendent of Police, OP Sharma told PTI. Continue reading
Nagpur: The western sub-zonal bureau of the Communist party of India (Maoist) of north-south Gadchiroli has issued a press note demanding the release of JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar who has been arrested on charges of sedition earlier this month. The banned Maoist outfit has targeted the high-handedness of the PM Narendra Modi-led government in suppressing the voices of dissidents. The press release also alleged that organizations like RSS and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are fast losing their image in the society which did not go down well with the Hindu rightist bodies. The rebels have also appealed to the media and other intellectual sections to ensure that they do not get lured by the misleading propaganda of the present Hindu ideology-driven government.
Keeping in view the ongoing controversy relating to arrest of some students of JNU on the charges of ‘sedition’ and recent violence in Patiala House Courts where students, teachers and journalists were attacked, including the accused student by a group of lawyers, and in a situation where large number of citizens are being labeled as ‘anti-national’ for holding a particular view which is not liked by another particular group, PUDR, Janhastakshep and PUCL (Delhi) have decided to hold the above public meeting to thoroughly discuss the contentious issues.
Justice Rajindar Sachar (Retd.)
Justice A.P. Shah (Retd.)
Shri Pankaj Bisht, Editor Samyaantar
Prof. Nivedita Menon, JNU
5.15 P.M. Tuesday, 2nd March. 2016
Venue: Gandhi Peace Foundation
223, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, New Delhi 110002
Shifting ‘Maoist sympathiser’ Saibaba may be risky: Maha govt
The Devendra Fadnavis government has opposed the idea of moving out wheelchair-bound Delhi University professor and alleged Maoist sympathizer GN Saibaba from Nagpur jail to Gadchiroli district on the ground the area was infested with Maoists who may attempt to rescue him. The Supreme Court on February 23 questioned Saibaba’s solitary confinement, asking Maharashtra government to make alternate arrangement to house him at Gadchiroli because the criminal case, accusing him of having links with banned Naxal organizations, was pending there. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Police in Delhi’s Patiala House Court allowed the man who assaulted him to walk away, JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar told the team of lawyers sent by the Supreme Court after violence broke out on the premises for the second time in one week, last Wednesday.
In a video that was filmed by Haren Rawal, one of the lawyers sent to the court, Mr Kumar states that he was assaulted while being brought in for his hearing. “I was punched, kicked, thrown to the ground,” he says.
“A mob dressed like lawyers were waiting to attack me. I was brutally beaten up. Police who were escorting me were also thrashed,” he says in the video. He says the attackers were “highly politically motivated”.
But when he and a professor from JNU identified one of the attackers, police did not stop the man and allowed him to leave, Mr Kumar says. “They just allowed him to walk away,” he says. Continue reading