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Archive of posts filed under the Personal Accounts category.

Arun Ferreira’s press conference

Arun points out how his case of multiple rearrest is far from the exception. He also talks about other horrific aspects of life in prison.

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A judge above contempt

The speech delivered by Justice Markandey Katju, chief justice of the High Court of Madras, on the first anniversary of the inauguration of the Madurai Bench (July 24) was like a breath of fresh air. He said that it was a fundamental principle in democracy that the people are supreme, and that all authorities — judges, legislators, ministers, bureaucrats, and so on — were servants of the people, and should be proud to be servants of the people. He did not stop there. Since the people are our masters, he went on, and we are their servants, surely the masters have a right to criticise us and take us to task if we do not function properly; so we should not take offence when the people criticise us; our authority rests on public confidence, and not on the power of contempt.

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Ping pong bail in Chhattisgarh

Raigarh-based environmental and RTI activist, Ramesh Agarwal and
Gare-based (a village about 35 Km from Raigarh) Harihar Patel,
acupuncturist, were arrested by the Raigarh Police on 28 May 2011 on
the charge of defaming Jindal. According to Raman Agarwal, Ramesh
Agarwal’s son, the lower courts rejected bail twice, the first time
without citing any reason, and the second time, on technical grounds
that a third person named in the FIR, Rajesh Tripathi, is still at
large, and that Ramesh Agarwal had failed to mention in his bail
application that he had applied for anticipatory bail in the
Chhattisgarh High Court. Agarwal was chained to his bed for 2 days,
an act considered as illegal by the Supreme Court of India.

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A plea for Binayak Sen

On Friday, the Indian supreme court will hear an application for bail from Binayak Sen who, last Christmas Eve, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the state of Chhattisgarh for allegedly aiding Maoists.

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His son, I am not; my father, he is: A Poem

His son , I am not; my father, he is: A Poem

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