PUDR strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of Veewon Thokchom, ex-President of Manipur Students Association of Delhi (MSAD) and student of Ambedkar University, on Friday 15th February in a joint operation by Delhi and Manipur police. Veewon has been at the forefront of protests in Delhi opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and campaigning against arrest of journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem under National Security Act (NSA) in November 2018. The orders for his arrest reportedly came from the Manipur Cyber Crime Cell.
23 Jan 2019
The slapping of sedition charges against writer and academic Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi leader of Kisan Mukti Sangram Samiti, and senior journalist Manajit Mahanta on 7/ 1/19, and the process of filing charge-sheet in the 2016 sedition case against JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, seven Kashmiri students -Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, Muneeb Hussain, Umar Gul, Rayeea Rasool, Bashir Bhat and 38 unknown others, once again illustrate the character of the law on sedition as a potent weapon in the hands of ruling dispensations.
4 RELIANCE WORKERS, FIRST TO BE FALSELY IMPLICATED UNDER UAPA FOR BHIMA KOREGAON VIOLENCE, RELEASED ON BAIL
27 Dec 2018
UDR welcomes the release on bail of four workers of Reliance Energy/ Infrastructure Ltd. (REIL) and trade union activists implicated under numerous sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for alleged Maoist links. The workers were released on 26 December 2018 on default bail after the 17 December order of the Bombay High Court setting aside the extension of time granted to ATS Mumbai to file the chargesheet in April 2018.
01 Nov 2018
PUDR welcomes the Supreme Court’s order on the petition filed by Prof. Romila Thapar and others for extending protection from custody to the five activists- Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bhardwaj and Arun Ferreira- arrested a month ago by the Maharashtra Police.
01 Oct 2018
On 1st October, the Delhi High Court set aside the Order of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket Courts passed on 28th August granting transit remand to Pune police against Gautam Navlakha in the one of the FIRs booked in connection to the Bhima Koregaon incident. It was held by the Delhi High Court that the said Order was untenable in law as it was in violation of not just the fundamental rights guaranteed to an accused by the Constitution of India (Article 22) but also that it failed to take into account the statutory procedure to be followed at the time of arrest.