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SC petitioned for release of detainees imprisoned for more than 3 months

Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Manch (Masum) Versus State of W.B & Anr.                                A petition was filed in the Supreme Court against the order of Calcutta High Court where the petition was dismissed for the release of persons who have been detailed for more than a period of 3 months. The petition said that 6971 under trials […]

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 […]

Communal Riots in Muzaffar Nagar, UP – ANHAD versus State of Uttar Pradesh & Union of India & Others

Writ Petition (CRL.)  181 of 2013 Public Interest Litigation was filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India by the petitioner after several reputed organizations carried out fact-findings into the communal attacks that took place mainly in the districts of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli,  Meerut and Saharanpur in the State of Uttar Pradesh from 27.8.13 continued […]

SC appointed Commission gave report on its investigation of the extra-judicial killings in Manipur

Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM) & Anr. Versus Union of India & Anr. These two writ petitions, each filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, raise some disquieting issues pertaining to the State of Manipur. In this writ petition it is stated that during the  period  May,  1979 to  May,  2012,  […]

Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM) and Another versus Union of India & Another

A writ petition was filed relating to 1350 extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances in the state of Manipur. This petition was filed on behalf of the widows and parents of the disappeared. The Supreme Court made a series of strictures against both the central government as well as the state of Manipur. The Court then […]

SC commutes death sentences of 15 Convicts, due to delay in mercy plea decisions

WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. 55 OF 2013 Shatrughan Chauhan & Anr. Versus Union of India & Ors The Petitioner has filed a writ petitions, under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, which has been filed either by the convicts, who were awarded death sentence or by their family members or by public-spirited bodies like […]

Human Rights Defender assaulted, falsely arraigned and arrested

Sri Krishna Kumar Chatterjee, human rights defender, associated with Human Rights Law Network in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, was attacked by miscreants who wanted to avenge Sri Chatterjee for helping a person in defending his rights from these miscreants. Krishna Kumar Chatterjee was brutally assaulted and needed to be rescued by the officers of […]

Ongoing efforts and cases in Manipur

A writ petition was filed relating to 1350 extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances in the state of Manipur. This petition was filed on behalf of the widows and parents of the disappeared. The Supreme Court made a series of strictures against both the central government as well as the state of Manipur. The Court then […]

Ongoing Efforts and Cases in Punjab

The cases of the Punjab Police, who were investigated by the CBI for torturing Sikh youth and killing them in custody and thereafter clandestinely cremating the bodies, are now being argued in the Supreme Court. Mr. Colin Gonsalves is appearing for Chamanlal, the father of the deceased man. The Trial Court in Punjab held that […]

Commutation of Death sentences of 14 death convicts

HRLN has successfully argued the cases of 14 death convicts in the Supreme Court, whose mercy petitions were rejected earlier by the Governor and the President of India.  Hearing the argument, the Honb’le Supreme Court commuted the death sentences of all the 14 death convicts, namey Suresh, Ramji, Bilavendran, Simon, Gnanprakasam, Madiah, Praveen Kumar, Gurmeet […]