Case Updates

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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:
    I WILL CONTINUE MY WORK REGARDLESS OF WHAT MR. GOSWAMI SAYS“
    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.