Rehearsed Truths: Eight Successive Bans on SIMI by UAPA Tribunals examines a special feature of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967—the role of Tribunals in reviewing and confirming bans on ‘unlawful’ organizations. Focusing attention on SIMI’s eight successive bans since 2001, the report analyses why, instead of fulfilling its role as a supposed built-in check, the Tribunal has aided the Government’s proscription of organizations.
26 Dec 2019
A six-member team of PUDR conducted a four-day fact-finding from 16-19 December 2019 into the incidents of police brutalities at the campus of Jamia Milia Islamia University on 13 and 15 December 2019. The brutalities happened in the context of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, passed by the Parliament on 11 December 2019.
05 Dec 2019
The Indian Parliament passed a record number of 28 Acts between 17 June and 7 August 2019, the maximum in one session of Parliament. This Monsoon session was the first after the 2019 general elections in which the BJP-led NDA government returned to power for its second term, having secured 353 out of 545 seats i.e. an almost two-thirds majority. With a divided opposition confined to 189 seats with no clear leading Opposition party, the session saw a completely lop-sided Lok Sabha.
15 Mar 2019
Comparative tabulation of Notifications related to banning SIMI from 2001 to 2019.
07 Jul 2018
The Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017 (UPCOCA) was passed on 27 March 2018. The statement of objects and reasons for the law argues that ‘organised crime’ has become a widespread and serious threat and such activities are fueled by illegal wealth, corrupting legitimate businesses and inciting disaffection towards the government. This law is considered to be necessary since criminals are using modern techniques and the existing legal framework of penal provisions, procedures and system of courts is inadequate to deal with the purpose.