20 Charged in Bilkis Bano Case

April 19, 2004 | Comments Off on 20 Charged in Bilkis Bano Case

The Central Bureau of Investigation has charged 20 people in the gang rape and murder of the family members of Bilkis Bano, stemming from the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat during 2002: Fourteen Muslims were alleged to have been killed and three women raped. Those charged include six policemen and two doctors accused of conspiracy […]

Justice Rajendra Babu has been appointed as India’s next chief justice.  Justice Babu and Justice Nanavati were responsible for commuting the death sentence of Kishori Lal, known as the “butcher of Trilokpuri” for his role in killing at least eight Sikh men during the pogroms against Sikhs in 1984.  Despite the evidence demonstrating the organized […]

Another Congress Candidate–Defender of 1984 Perpetrators

April 16, 2004 | Comments Off on Another Congress Candidate–Defender of 1984 Perpetrators

Manoj Mitta’s article  in today’s Indian Express gives insight into the impunity granted to perpetrators of the 1984 pogroms against Sikhs.  He discusses the candidacy of Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, and RK Anand—the lawyer who defended the police and politicians in the Misra Commission, other commissions of inquiry, and court cases: Anand was the counsel […]

Gujarat Advocates Association will ask for Review of Supreme Court Order

April 16, 2004 | Comments Off on Gujarat Advocates Association will ask for Review of Supreme Court Order

The Gujarat High Court Advocates Association will ask the Supreme Court to review its recent order in the Best Bakery case.  The Supreme Court ordered a retrial of the Best Bakery case to be held outside of Gujarat, finding that a fair trial was not possible in Gujarat in this case drawing from the pogroms […]

The Congress Party has finally settled on its Delhi candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.  It’s confirmed that it has chosen Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, despite their role in organizing and perpetrating the pogroms against Sikhs in November 1984: Sajjan Kumar’s is the prodigal return. After being out of the electoral fray for […]

A Closer Look at Other Gujarat Cases

April 15, 2004 | Comments Off on A Closer Look at Other Gujarat Cases

Jyotirmaya Sharma’s article in the Hindu takes a look at cases, besides the Best Bakery case, pending from the 2002 Gujarat massacre of Muslims.  Sharma discusses how about half of the 4,256 cases have ended with summary investigations: In the case of summary reports, the Gujarat Government …dismisses allegations of intimidation and enticing of witnesses […]

Manipur Groups Protest Armed Forces Special Powers Act

April 13, 2004 | Comments Off on Manipur Groups Protest Armed Forces Special Powers Act

Political parties in Manipur are coming together to demand a revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.  This act allows security forces to shoot to kill a suspected terrorist, with prosecutorial immunity also granted in the act: These organisations have been holding dharnas and sit-in protests against reported excesses by the security forces. Organisations […]

Gujarat Inquiry Commission Requests Names of Police Officers

April 13, 2004 | Comments Off on Gujarat Inquiry Commission Requests Names of Police Officers

In addition to investigating the 1984 pogroms against the Sikhs, Justice (Retd.) Nanavati is also probing the Gujarat carnage of 2002.  In the Gujarat investigation, Justice Nanavati is working with Justice (Retd.) Shah.  They have asked the victims to submit a list of police officers to be examined by them in May: Rejecting the arguments […]

Activist Threatened in Gujarat; Victims React to Supreme Court Verdict

April 13, 2004 | Comments Off on Activist Threatened in Gujarat; Victims React to Supreme Court Verdict

Father Cedric Prakash has filed a police complaint regarding the threats made to Teesta Setalvad, convenor of the Citizens for Justice and Peace, by two men he says have been accused of killings in the 2002 Gujarat pogroms against Muslims. In other news, victims have expressed hope after the Supreme Court verdict ordering a retrial […]

Supreme Court Orders Retrial of Best Bakery Case

April 12, 2004 | Comments Off on Supreme Court Orders Retrial of Best Bakery Case

The Supreme Court has ordered a retrial of the Best Bakery case, after 21 people were acquitting for murdering 12 Muslims during the pogroms against the Muslims in Gujarat in 2002: It ruled the new trial must take place in neighbouring Maharashtra state and called for a fresh investigation… The Supreme Court said the first […]

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