Defend the Defenders: Human Rights Law Network

Case filed in Supreme Court for FIR against human rights activist

Kirty Roy Versus Union of India & Ors.                     

A Special Leave Petition was filed by HRLN in the Supreme Court of India under article 136 of the Constitution of India, arising out of impugned final judgment and order dated 30/08/2013 in WPC No. 26112/2013 passed by the High Court at Calcutta).

Background: An FIR (first Information Report) was filed against Mr. Kirty Roy (62), a human rights activist, who, in the name of his NGO, had constituted a People’s Tribunal on Torture in June 2008, to hear public testimony of victims who had suffered torture at the hands of different law enforcement agencies. Representatives of the law enforcement agencies were notified to attend the hearing and give their version to the tribunal. The police refused to accept the written explanation and registered an FIR against him alleging that he hatched a criminal conspiracy and pretended to be a public servant in order to hold a public forum. The police raided his offices without indicating a motive in the warrant. A petition against the FIR was filed in the Calcutta High Court and was dismissed by the court, including the appeal.

HRLN filed the Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the order passed by the High Court of Calcutta. The petition was called for hearing in the Supreme Court on 10th October 2014, and notice was issued by the Supreme Court staying the order of the Calcutta High court.  The case is pending in the Supreme Court. 

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  • Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty

    what is the outcome of the SLP?