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Urgent appeal to SC on RTI vacancies

-The Telegraph The petition filed accused the Centre of having misled the apex court in April by saying it had complied with its December 2019 order to fill all the posts RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj on Monday applied to the Supreme Court for an “urgent” hearing of a petition that seeks the immediate filling of all the vacancies at the Central Information Commission, where six of the 11 posts are currently unoccupied. The...

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It isn’t first time Delhi Police probe into riots is being questioned. Happened in 1984 too -Revathi Krishnan

-ThePrint.in Several activists and civil servants have raised concerns about Delhi Police's investigation into February riots, calling it 'biased'. Something similar happened in 1984 as well. New Delhi: Activists, politicians, former IPS officers and many other civil servants have raised concerns about the Delhi Police probe into the February riots that led to the deaths of over 50 people. Nine former IPS officers even wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Shrivastava asking him...

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Prashant Bhushan, noted Supreme Court lawyer and human rights activist, interviewed by Krishnadas Rajagopal (The Hindu)

-The Hindu If you have not said anything wrong and if you fully believe in what you have said, then your ego should be such, your self-righteousness should be such that you don’t cave in just because they are offering you an easy way out, says the civil rights lawyer. Civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan was punished for criminal contempt by scandalising the Supreme Court. The court punished him with a ₹1...

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I do not ask for mercy, open criticism of any institution is necessary to safeguard the constitutional order -Prashant Bhushan

-The Indian Express Prashant Bhushan writes: I am shocked that the court holds me guilty of “malicious, scurrilous, calculated attack” on the institution of administration of justice. I am dismayed that the Court has arrived at this conclusion without providing any evidence of my motives to launch such an attack. I have gone through the judgment of this Hon’ble Court. I am pained that I have been held guilty of committing contempt...

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The cost of stifling voices -Rohini Somanathan

-The Hindu In doing so, we risk the disengagement of those most invested in preserving our democratic institutions Ethical explorations often begin with emotional injury. Something simply feels wrong, and you ask yourself whether you are missing an important bit of information or the right perspective. This happened when I read the Supreme Court judgment pronouncing senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for his two “scurrilous” tweets. I have known...

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