Case Updates

  • 9th December, 2021:
    Finally today, our dear friend and comrade Sudha Bharadwaj released after 3 years and 3 months in jail. Friends and Family received her at the gate of byculla jail…Read more.

  • 8th December, 2021:
    NIA orders Sudha’s bail on 50,000 bond and sureties, set stringent conditions like not allowing to live in Chattishgarh or Delhi and prohibiting to make any statement to media regarding the case…Read more.

  • 7th December, 2021:
    Supreme Court dismisses NIA appeal and upholds the bail granted by Bombay high court…Read more . For Details of the argument…Read more.

  • 5th December, 2021:
    Sudha Bharadwaj bail challenged by NIA before Supreme Court, hearing is on 6th December..Read more

  • 1st December, 2021:
    Bombay HC Grants Default Bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Rejects Pleas of 8 Elgar Parishad Accused…Read more

  • October 27, 2021:
    SC orders independent probe into Pegasus, says Govt can’t get free pass every time ‘national security’ is raised..Read more

  • August 20, 2021:
    Aug 20, 2021 Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha approached the Bombay High Court seeking clone copies of all devices seized from them by the National Investigation Agency (NIA)…Read More

  • 4th August, 2021:
    The Bombay High Court concluded the hearing and reserved its verdict in the default bail plea of Sudha Bharadwaj….Read more

  • July 20, 2021:
    July 20, 2021: Phone numbers of BK16 accused, their families and associates figure on a leaked Pegasus list that included some selected for surveillance by spyware Pegasus….Read More

  • 18 July, 2021 – revealing of “Pegasus Project”:
    A leaked database of thousands of telephone numbers believed to have been listed by multiple government clients of an Israeli surveillance technology firm includes over 300 verified Indian mobile telephone numbers, including those used by ministers, opposition leaders, journalists, the legal community, businessmen, government officials, scientists, rights activists and others, according to an investigation by The Wire and 16 media partners…Read more

    According to The Wire‘s report, at least nine numbers belonging to right activists, lawyers, and academics arrested in the Elgar Parishad case between June 2018 to October 2020 were part of leaked database. The report states that rights activist who were tagged by the spyware include Hany Babu, Vernon Gonsalves, Anand Teltumbde, Shoma Sen, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, and Sudha Bharadwaj...Read more

  • 8th July, 2021:
    The NIA, however, claimed that, though Judge Vadane signed the orders pretending to be a special judge under the NIA Act while he was only an additional session judge, there was no illegality in the order as the Act stipulates that such cases could be heard by any competent court and the sessions court was competent and “special judges aren’t different from sessions judges” …Read moreRead more

  • July 6th, 2021:
    Arsenal Conulting releases its third report, proving that documents were also wrongfully inserted into the hard drive of Surendra Gadling (an other co-accused in the case)…Read more

  • 6th July, 2021:
    Sudha argued that the judge who remanded her to custody following her arrest in 2018 had “pretended” to be a designated special judge and orders issued by him were responsible for a longer stay in jail for herself and other co-accused….Read more

    The Bombay HC said it would verify with the Registry if Additional Sessions Judge Kishor Vadane was a Special Judge under the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act in 2018/2019 and if he was authorised to take cognisance of the Pune police’s charge sheet against the accused in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar – Parishad Case….Read more

  • 10 June, 2021:
    Sudha, through her counsel, had submitted that the chargesheet in her case was not filed within the statutory 90-day period and, hence, she was entitled to a default bail as per the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)…Read more

  • 5th July, 2021:
    Stan dies in custody, while his medical bail was yet to be heard. His co-accused and family members and friends of the BK16 dennounce his death as institutional murder. …Read more

    3rd July: His heath continues to deteriorate in hospital. He suffered a cardiac arrest on 3rd july and was put on ventilator. On the same day his lawyers moved the Bombay High Court morning, seeking an urgent hearing on his medical bail plea. HC had said that Swamy can stay in Hospital till July 6 when it will hear his bail plea.

    10 June, 2021:
    The Bombay HC extended the stay of Father Stan Swamy in the Holy Family Hospital in Bandra till June 18…Read more

    29th May, 2021:
    Stan was shifted to Holy Family Hospital from Taoja jail on may 29th on Bombay HC order. There he tested Covid-19 positive…Read more

    21 May, 2021:
    Father Stan Swamy seeked interim bail. He appeals “I was brought to Taloja jail eight months ago and since then there has been a slow degeneration of my body. When I came here, my body was very functional. Earlier, I could take a bath by myself, some writing by myself. But these are disappearing one after another. Taloja jail has brought me to a situation where I can neither write nor go for a walk by myself or eat. I am not able to meet this demand. Eating is also difficult. Someone has to feed me with a spoon.” ,“I don’t want to be hospitalised. I would rather go to Ranchi and be with my friends.”
    Prefer to suffer and die in Taloja jail than go to JJ Hospital‘: ..Read more

  • April 24, 2020:
    Arsenal Consulting releases a second report reaffirming the planting of ‘incriminating documents’ into Rona Wilson’s computer through use of an external malware. Crucially, one of the incriminating documents relied upon by the prosecution against Sudha Bharadwaj was found on Rona Wilson’s computer. In its report Arsenal Consulting has claimed that this document was remotely planted…Read more

  • February 13, 2020:
    A special court rejected an application by Sudha Bharadwaj that sought directions to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to withdraw “defamatory” allegations made against her in a written reply filed by the agency. She had filed a plea seeking access to unredacted copies of statements of witnesses….Read more

  • February 8, 2021:
    An US cyber forensics firm, Arsenal Consulting, releases its first forensic report proving that documents were wrongfully inserted into the hard drive of Rona Wilson (a co-accused in the case) using a malware. Rona Wilson‘s lawyers file a case based on the report asking the court to quash the charges and appoint a Special Investigative Team to look into the matter of planting of false evidence…Read more

  • 14 January, 2021:
    NIA court allows activist Sudha Bharadwaj to access five books a month in jail. Earlier on December 19th, Sudha, Navlakha and Babu filed a separate petitions in a special NIA court, asking for access to books and newspapers in jail. They were denied books, newspaper by the jail authorities, in Sudha’s case they mentioned a ‘court order’ is a requisite to handover any book received by post. ……Read more

    Earlier, the denial of essentials to undertrials in the Bhima Koregaon case has evoked outrage across the country: Taloja Jail authorities’ refusal to accept packages containing Navlakha’s spectacles and Stan Swamy’s straw and sipper in jail. Stan Swamy, is a well know tribal rights activist. He is 83-year-old and suffering from Parkinson’s disease….Read more

  • 2nd January, 2021:
    Bhima Koregaon case: Three years of legal and rights violations continues……Read more

    Maharashtra’s prisons known for regularly proving comforts to hard core criminals, refused to give a drinking straw to Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old scholar and activist awaiting trial. The police also denied a request to allow the family of Gautam Navlakha, who is 70, to send him prescription glasses…Read more 

  • 29th December, 2020:
    On Dec 10, Sudha had made a plea seeking copies of witness statements in which the identities of witnesses and their addresses be protected as allowed by law, but the contents of the statements not be truncated in various portions as statements with truncations are obstructing her defence. NIA in reply accuses Sudha of “digging the identities of the aforesaid witnesses so as to cause harm to them”.

    Following which she made a plea seeking that court direct the agency and its prosecutor withdraw their “defamatory” remark against her and that the prosecution cannot be allowed to level such scurrilous allegations her merely because she is accused of a crime. After hearing the arguments, The court, on 29th December, directed the NIA to provide witness statements to Bharadwaj as sought in her earlier plea, truncated only to the extent of names and addresses of witnesses……Read more

  • Farmer’s Protest and Solidarity
    Since the passing of three controversial farm bills, there have been major protests in different parts of Punjab from August 9th 2020. However the union govt. didn’t give much heed. Unable to bring any visibility to the country’s conscience, thousands of farmers — mainly from Punjab and Haryana — marched towards the national capital demanding a complete repeal of the legislation, as part of a “Dilli Chalo” campaign on november 25th. On December 10th, Human Rights Day, Farmers union BKU(Ugrahan) sitting in Tikri Border hosted a function to show solidarity with Bhima-koregoan activists. “What did people like Gautam Navlakha or Sudha Bharadwaj do? They showed how poor people in remote areas are living under extreme stress and how they were unfairly treated by the governments. “.. Joginder Ugrahan, president of the BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan)

    Ten of the 13 people in the Elgar Prishad-Bhima Koregaon case observed a hunger strike on Wednesday, 23 December, in solidarity and support of the ongoing nation-wide farmers struggle. The three who could not participate in the hunger strike were Stan Swamy, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao – who was then admitted to a hospital in Mumbai.

  • 24th September, 2020:
    After the rejection of bail(on medical grounds) from Bombay High Court, her lawyer moved to supreme court with the same. The bench of supreme court judges responded “You have a good case on merits. Why don’t you file a regular bail application?” while refusing to entertain the application on medical ground, and suggested to withdraw the plea filed by Sudha……Read more

  • 28th August, 2020:
    Bombay HC Rejects Sudha Bharadwaj’s Petition Seeking Bail On Medical
    Grounds. Court noted that prison authorities will continue providing her medical
    aid for her chronic ailments and rejected her plea.
    ..Read more

  • 27th August, 2020:
    Sudha developed heart ailment triggered by stress in jail. A jail medical report of July 23, given to Bharadwaj’s family, states that she is suffering from Ischemic Heart Disease, a heart problem caused by narrowing of arteries that causes reduced blood flow to the heart muscle and can lead to heart attack, Mayesha said in a press note issued on Wednesday.
    ..Read more

  • 2nd July, 2020:
    IN one the biggest protest actions during the lockdown, five and a half lakh coal workers of Coal India Limited (CIL), a public sector undertaking, and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), which is jointly owned by the Union government and the government of Telangana, goes to strike to protest against the decision of the National Democratic Alliance government to auction 41 coal blocks and open the coal sector for commercial mining…..Read more

    List of Coal mines available for auction.

  • 2nd July, 2020:
    IN one the biggest protest actions during the lockdown, five and a half lakh coal workers of Coal India Limited (CIL), a public sector undertaking, and Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), which is jointly owned by the Union government and the government of Telangana, goes to strike to protest against the decision of the National Democratic Alliance government to auction 41 coal blocks and open the coal sector for commercial mining…..Read more

  • 22nd June, 2020:
    After Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra oppose the Centre’s auction of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining..Read more

  • 18th June, 2020:
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the auction of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining through video-conference. A two stage e-auction is being adopted for the allocation of mines. In chattishgarh state where Sudha led legal fight against Adani’s coal mines , around 9 blocks were put up for auction..Read more

  • 24th June, 2020:
    Sudha Bharadwaj files interim bail application before Bombay High Court
    Advocates Yug Chaudhury and Ragini Ahuja, filed a petition before the
    Bombay High Court, seeking interim bail for Activist and Lawyer Sudha
    Bharadwaj on medical grounds..Read more

  • 19th June, 2020:
    A Writ Petition has been filed before the High Court of Maharashtra at Bombay, challenging the transfer of the investigation for Bhima Koregaon and Elgar Parishad cases, to the National Investigation Agency (NIA)….Read more

  • 29th May, 2020:
    She is lodged in Byculla jail, where an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19. An interim medical bail plea filed by her, was on Friday rejected by a special court…Read more

  • Feb 29, 2020
    9 accused sent to judicial custody till March 13
    A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court remanded Sudha
    Bharadwaj, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale,
    Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Shoma Sen and Vernon Gonsalves in judicial
    custody till March 13. Read More

  • 27th Feb, 2020:
    The accused in the Elgar Parishad case(Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen and Vernon Gonsalves) were shifted from a prison in Pune to Mumbai on Wednesday, days after the National Investigation Agency took over the inquiry, PTI reported. The seven men were sent to Arthur Road jail and both women were sent to Byculla prison, an official said…Read more

  • 14th Feb, 2020:
    A court in Pune hearing the Elgar Parishad case on Friday passed an order to transfer the case to a special NIA court in Mumbai. Additional Sessions Judge S R Navander ordered that records and proceedings of the case be sent to the special NIA court in Mumbai, along with entire ‘muddemal property’ in sealed condition…Read more

  • 15th October, 2019:
    The Bombay High Court Tuesday rejected the bail application of activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case. ..Read more

  • 4th October, 2019:
    The Pune Police on Thursday submitted before the Bombay High Court that there is sufficient prima facie material to charge lawyer and trade unionist Sudha Bharadwaj under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for her alleged role in the Bhima Koregaon violence. ..Read more

  • 6th September, 2019:
    Presenting the case to grant bail to human rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, her advocate told the Bombay High Court on Friday that “Pune Police has not produced any document from her house in the charge sheet and the affidavit filed by them” linking her in the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. ..Read more

  • 9th August, 2019:
    The Bombay High Court on Thursday allowed activist Sudha Bharadwaj to visit her home in Bengaluru for four days to attend the funeral rituals of her father, who died on August 6. The order was passed by Justice Sarang Kotwal. ..Read more

  • 8th March, 2019:
    The Harvard Law School has chosen lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj among 21 women for its International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit.

  • 27th October, 2018:
    Activist Sudha Bharadwaj sent to police custody till November 6. Law enforcement officials reached her residence past midnight on Saturday, hours after a court in Pune cancelled her bail application. Read More..

  • 26th October, 2018:
    Pune sessions court denies bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and
    Arun Ferreria Special judge K D Vadane of Pune Court rejected the bail applications
    filed by human rights activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and
    Arun Ferreria. Read More..

  • September, 2018:
    The Supreme Court had extended the house arrest of all the five activists by four weeks last month. 

  • 28th August, 2018:
    Ferreira, Gonsalves, Bharadwaj, Navlakha, and Varavara Rao were arrested as part of the same investigation.

  • 14th July, 2018:
    Sudha Bharadwaj talks about the recent allegations made against her of
    being an urban Naxal by Republic TV and discusses the long drawn
    conflict in Chhattisgarh and how illegal land acquisitions and
    extrajudicial killings are adding fuel to the fire in the state.

  • July 6th, 2018:
    There is an Attempt to Silence Lawyers Who Defend the Marginalised
    Sudha Bharadwaj has rubbished allegations made by Arnab Goswami’s
    Republic TV that she took money from and was corresponding with Maoists.

  • June, 2018:
    Five activists – Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale – were for their alleged involvement in an event that preceded the violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on January 1. 

  • 17th April, 2018:
    Harassment of activists in the name of ‘Search operations’
    Pune (Maharashtra) police conducted simultaneous searches at homes of
    prominent activists in Maharashtra namely Sudhir Dhavale (Dalit
    activist, Republican Panthers), Harshali Potdar (Woman activist,
    Republican Panthers), Ramesh Gaychor, Jyoti Jagtap, Sagar Gorkhe, Rupali
    Jadhav and Dhawala Dhengle (all Kabir Kala Manch activists) in relation
    to the violence that ensued on the day of bi-centenary celebrations of
    the battle of Bhima-Koregaon on January 31, 2018 and the subsequent
    bandh.  Read More.