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Supreme Court granted Bail to Soni Sori and Linga Kodopi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted interim bail to tribal school teacher of Dantewada Soni Sori and her nephew Lingaram Kodopi, a journalist, who were detained in Chhattisgarh in September 2011 on charges of being couriers between Maoists and Essar Group. Ms. Sori and Mr. Kodopi were granted bail since the Chhattisgarh government did not […]

Soni Sori petition for bail

Download the PDF / Word copy of the Special Leave Petition IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION (CRIMINAL)       OF 2013 (UNDER ARTICLE 136 OF THE CONSTITUTION) (Arising out of the impugned Judgment and final Order dated 8.7.13 passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Chhattisgarh in Misc.Crl.C No.3017 of 2013) IN THE […]

SC issued notice to Raman Government in Sori case

Soni Sori versus State of Chhattisgarh SPECIAL LEAVE PETITION (CRIMINAL) 2013 Linga Kodopi is an Adivasi journalist. He is currently rotting in a dungeon of a Chhattisgarh prison. To force him to become a police spy, Chhattisgarh police officials had locked him up for forty days in a Police station toilet. However, Linga Kodopi’s aunt […]

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Protests grow over activist Dayamani Barla’s arrest in Jharkhand

Protests over the arrest of journalist and land rights activist Dayamani Barla are growing in Jharkhand. Ms Barla has been at the forefront of a protest by residents of the Nagri village, 25 kilometres from Ranchi, where the government wants to acquire over 200 acres of farmland for setting up a law university and a […]

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Medha Patkar arrested by MP police, sent to jail

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh state police on Sunday night when she was protesting with 17 other farmer activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti (KSS) in Chhindwara, 280 km from here, against the acquisition of land for the construction of a dam under the Pench Diversion Project. […]

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“It would have been better if you had given me Death Penalty” : Soni Sori

Translation of letter in Hindi written by Soni Sori from Raipur Prison on July 28, 2012. Source: http://kafila.org/2012/08/07/it-would-have-been-better-if-you-had-given-me-death-penalty-soni-sori/ Letter in name of Supreme Court Judge  from Raipur Jail Your Honour , Today I am alive , because of your verdict. You gave the order at the right time so that  I could be  medically treated again.  I was very […]

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Emergency Redux

The conviction of civil rights activists Seema Azad and Vishwa Vijay once again highlights the blatant misuse of internal security laws Ilina Sen, Vice-president, People’s Union for Civil Liberties AS WE remember the clamping down of Emergency on the people of the Republic of India 38 years ago, why is it that our thoughts turn, almost as […]

Seema and Vishvavij

Seema-Vishwavijay Rihai Manch formally launched at Allahabad as a Broad, Open-ended Coalition

Allahabad, July 7. In a significant breakthrough after two and a half years of the aura of terror built here around the arrest, denial of bail and the recent sentencing to life of Seema Azad and VIshwavijay, the founding conference of the Seema-Vishwavijay Rihai Manch was successfully held yesterday evening at the historic Students’ Union […]

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Miscarriage of Justice in the Seema Azad and Vishwa Vijay Case

The case of Seema Azad and her husband Vishwa Vijay is based upon instructions from higher authorities to arrest them. The case of the prosecution in the FIR quite clearly shows that they were arrested on such instructions. The material allegations in the FIR are as follows: On 06.02.2010 the Special Task Force (STF) headquarters […]

Soni Sori: Victim of State Oppression

This is a story of a woman and her family from the so called “internal security threat” of India. Soni Sori, 36, is a tribal woman from village Sameli of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state, who used to teach in a residential school for tribal children run by the Chhattisgarh government at Jabeli in Dantewada […]