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  • Bhima-Koregaon case: Supreme Court reserves verdict on plea seeking SIT probe to activists’ arrests

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its verdict on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five rights activists in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case and a SIT probe into their arrest. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra reserved the judgment after counsel for both parties including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar

  • Bhima-Koregaon violence: Eyewitness testifies before inquiry panel

    Mumbai: On the second day of the inquiry commission hearing on Bhima-Koregaon riots, Special Public Prosecutor Shishir Hirey questioned Manisha Khopkar on her FIR asking her whether she had read it before signing, since she had complained during the hearing, all the caste-based abuses had not been included by Shrinagar Police near Pune. “After I reached home, I realised the police had not included all the casteist abuses hurled at me. I

  • Bhima-Koregaon violence: ‘Inadequate security led to fearful atmosphere’

    Mumbai: The two-member Judicial Commission was on Friday informed that there was no proper police bandobast at Bhima-Koregaon this year and thus there was a ‘fearful atmosphere’ in the area. The Commission was further informed that youth holding bhagwa flags and sporting saffron tilak on their foreheads, were pelting stones, burning tyres and disrupting the event.

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    Bombay High Court disapproves practice of people writing directly to PM, President

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court deprecated Friday the practice of people writing directly to the prime minister, the president or chief minister making wide allegations against certain persons instead of following due process of law. A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Mridula Bhatkar said this tendency of bypassing procedure laid down in the law and writing directly to top constitutional functionaries seems to be aimed at seeking publicity.

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    Bhima-Koregaon panel: Ekbote claims to be Ambedkar follower

    Mumbai: Milind Ekbote, chief of Samasta Hindu Aghadi and one of the prime accused in Bhima Koregaon riots that happened on January 1, filed his affidavit with the inquiry commission comprising of Justice (retd) J N Patel and Chief Information Officer, Sumeet Mullick.

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    Activists arrest: Congress seeks suspension of Maharashtra cops after Supreme Court rap

    Mumbai: Opposition Congress Thursday demanded suspension of top Maharashtra police officials for briefing the media on the arrests of five Left wing activists in August in connection with the January 1 Bhima Koregaon violence. The demand was made hours after the Supreme Court rapped the police officials concerned for addresing the media following the arrests.

  • Bhima-Koregaon violence: Probe panel begins recording of witness’ statements

    Mumbai: A two-member judicial commission, set up to probe the Koregaon Bhima violence at Pune in Maharashtra, began its proceedings here by recording evidence of a witness, even as an activist urged that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis be summoned before the panel. A 40-year-old graphics designer from Maharashtra’s Thane district deposed as a witness and told the commission on Wednesday that she was among those injured in

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    Bhima-Koregaon Violence: Release activists, accused are roaming scot-free, say protesters

    Mumbai: In the aftermath of the arrest of five prominent human rights and civil liberties activists and intellectuals, over a hundred people including students and civil society organisations staged a protest at Dadar on Wednesday evening.  The protesters demanded the release of advocate Arun Ferreira, writer Gautam Navlakha, advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, writer-activist Varavara Rao and ex-Mumbai University lecturer and writer Vernon Gonsalves, who were arrested by Pune police on August 28.

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    Bhima-Koregaon Violence: Judicial commission begins hearing

    Mumbai: After seven months of its appointment, the two-member Judicial Commission on Wednesday finally commenced hearing the pleadings in the Bhima-Koregaon riots matter. The commission, which had issued summons to over a dozen of witnesses in the case, on Wednesday started examining the very first witness, who had filed a complaint with the Thane police after her daughter sustained injuries on January 1, in Pune.

  • Media trial by police

    The Bombay high court has rebuked the Maharashtra Police for going to the press with the alleged criminal acts of the five civil rights activists who were arrested a couple of days ago in connection with a Maoist plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In particular, the court objected to a senior police officer reading out portions from a letter purportedly exchanged between one of the arrested activists and an unnamed

  • Bhima-Koregaon violence: Activists arrested for based on cogent evidence linking them with banned Maoist, Maharashtra police tells SC

    New Delhi: Five rights activists were not arrested for their dissenting views but due to the cogent evidence linking them with the banned CPI(Maoist), Maharashtra government claimed in the Supreme Court Wednesday. The apex court while ordering the house arrest of the five activists on August 29 till tomorrow had categorically said that “dissent is the safety valve of democracy”.

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    Bombay High Court frowns at cops for flaunting evidence

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has egg on its face: the Bombay High Court on Monday demanded to know why the State police addressed the media on the arrest of five rights activists when the matter was sub judice. The bench said, “We are surprised at the press conference. How can the police do this?” “Isn’t the police aware that the Supreme Court is seized of this matter and that the matter is sub

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    Bhima Koregaon violence: Shiv Sena questions arrests of 5 left activists

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday targeted the Maharashtra Police for the arrests of five left activists last week claiming they were reportedly “hatching a conspiracy to overthrow the central and state governments” besides allegedly “plotting a Rajiv Gandhi-style assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, among others.

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    All arrests are politically-motivated: Retired SC judge P B Sawant

    Mumbai: In a series of raids, the Pune police have arrested at least 10 human rights activists and advocates over last two months accusing them of ‘instigating’ the Bhima-Koregaon riots, which took place on January 1. The police have maintained that these activists attended a meeting on December 31, 2017, wherein they publicly discussed of ‘overthrowing’ the Narendra Modi – led government. Surprising is the allegation that all these activists were hatching

  • Bhima Koregaon violence: Pune Court gives cops 90 days to file chargesheet against activists arrested in June

    Pune (Maha): A Pune court Sunday granted extension of the 90-day period for filing charge sheet against five persons arrested in June for alleged Maoist links. The court of special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) judge KD Vadhane granted the extension sought by Pune Police, said Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer in the case.

  • Arrest of activists: So-called incriminating letters not legally tenable?

    Mumbai: Even as the Pune police is claiming to have seized  ‘thousands’ of letters from the houses of the arrested human rights activists, which allegedly establish their links with Maoists, the legal admissibility of such documents is in question. At a press conference recently, Maharashtra police had displayed several such letters and emails, purportedly written by the activists, to suggest that they had conspired with Maoists to overthrow the government. One such