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Activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and Stan Swamy. They are among the 16 arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. | Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

‘Left to die’: Families of Bhima Koregaon accused demand their release, say jail conditions poor

The families and friends of Bhima Koregaon prisoners organised a webinar Friday to highlight the deteriorating health of the prisoners and unhygienic conditions in jails.

UK MPs, Nobel laureates urge India to free jailed Bhima Koregaon activists ‘in grave danger’

Letter says 'human rights defenders' awaiting trials in jails have developed health issues because of 'neglect, absence of proper medical care, deplorable hygiene conditions'.

Bombay HC extends Bhima Koregaon accused Stan Swamy’s stay at hospital till 18 June

Swamy's counsel said that his stay at the private hospital should be extended as he has tested positive for Covid. The Jesuit priest and activist has been in the hospital since 28 May.
Human rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj | Wikimedia commons

HC asks Maharashtra to submit Bhima Koregaon accused Sudha Bharadwaj’s medical report

According to her counsel, Sudha Bharadwaj was kept in a ward of the prison with 50 other women under extremely unsanitary conditions, and with just three toilets for all of them.
File photo of Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu | Twitter

Bhima Koregaon accused Hany Babu denied eye treatment, family says, Taloja jail refutes claim

DU Assistant Professor Hany Babu’s wife Jenny Rowena says infection has worsened over 9 days, but Taloja jail superintendent claims he’s been to hospital twice, including Wednesday.
Activist Stan Swamy was arrested Thursday night | ThePrint

‘Community interest outweighs right of personal liberty’: Why court denied bail to Stan Swamy

Stan Swamy was arrested last October. NIA court says there is sufficient evidence for believing that accusations against Swamy and his co-accused are prima facie true.
A trial court was the first destination for the police and the accused the night five activists were arrested.

SC seeks response of NIA on Gautam Navlakha’s bail plea in Bhima Koregaon case

A bench headed issued notice to NIA on the plea of the activist against the Bombay HC order dismissing his bail plea and asked the probe agency to respond by 15 March.
A file photo of activist Gautam Navlakha. | Photo: ANI

SC to hear bail plea of Gautam Navlakha in connection with Bhima Koregaon case on 3 March

According to police, some activists allegedly made inflammatory speeches and provocative statements at the Elgar Parishad meet in 2017, which triggered violence the next day.
File photo of poet P Varavara Rao, arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, being produced at a court in Pune in August 2018. | PTI

Bombay HC relied on this Supreme Court order in a UAPA case to grant bail to Varavara Rao

Varavara Rao, accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case, has been granted bail for 6 months. HC said an undertrial’s health can't be ignored just because he is accused of a serious offence.
File photo of poet P Varavara Rao, arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, being produced at a court in Pune in August 2018. | PTI

Abdicating constitutional duties if we didn’t grant bail, says Bombay HC in Varavara Rao case

Varavara Rao, the 82-year-old activist who arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, was granted bail on medical grounds for six months. Read the full court order here.

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