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Petition to Mr. Narendra Modi, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind

Mr. Modi, We the people of India want your resignation.

Why we are doing this? This is not a politically motivated petition. We write this because we are concerned about the national security of our country, the safety of our men & women in the armed forces and the unacceptable influence big business houses have on this Govt. Through the Rafale matter, it has become clear, that the Modi govt. will go to any lengths, put at stake anything to help its friends make money. Who in turn fund construction of expensive BJP offices, election campaigns and BJP's PR machinery. This unholy nexus has to be done with. Refer list of invitees to the PM Modi's Paris visit where the deal was announced. No prizes for guessing who was at the top of the list. Even BJP old timers have criticized the govt. on this deal. As a first step, we demand the resignation of our Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose govt. has time and again mislead the nation on this matter and is clearly a significant partner in this unholy nexus. You don't believe us ? Read the French Report on How Modi Govt Pushed Anil Ambani as Rafale Deal Partner. What are we talking about? The recent statements by ex-Prez. of France have put a serious question mark on the integrity of the Defense Ministry, Finance Ministry and the PMO. The "Business Friendly" Modi govt. has always been accused of being partial to business houses of India. That the friendship would trump India's national security itself has been an eye-opener. Not only has the Rafale deal cost 3 times than originally intended to the tax payer, Indian govt's push for selection of Reliance Defense as partner to Dassault has also raised questions on Modi govt's attitude towards National Security of the country. The Modi govt. first made a flip flop in Parliament on commercials of the deal, it then deemed HAL as an unfit partner for Dassault and claimed it had nothing to do with Reliance Defense being selected as a partner, all highlight the multiple attempts the Modi govt. has made to conceal facts from the public and mislead the nation.HAL, a govt. owned unit has 70 years of experience in aircraft manufacturing. It has worked on LCA Tejas, Sukhoi Su-30MKI and other aircrafts. Whereas, Reliance Defense has ZERO experience in aircraft manufacturing. In fact it was less than a month old when it was awarded the contract. However, defying all common sense, Modi govt., deemed HAL unfit to partner with Dassault. Ex-HAL chief TS Raju told HT, "When HAL can build a 25-tonne Sukhoi-30, a fourth-generation fighter jet that forms the mainstay of the air force, from raw material stage, then what are we talking about? We could have definitely done it (licence produced the Rafale jets)". The selection of Reliance Defense as partner to Dassault in such a critical deal has made India unsafe. In a neighbourhood with two not so friendly nuclear powers at our borders, national security takes paramount importance. Based on his government's attempts to mislead the nation on this matter we consider Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfit for the office that she holds. Therefore, we demand his resignation in the interest of national security. We all should speak in one voice and let it be known that money cannot run this country and we will not allow people to sell this country to big business houses. Facts for your perusal: Our hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announces, India will purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets off the shelf from Dassault, a French aircraft builder Inter-governmental agreement with France signed. India to pay about Rs.58,000 crore or 7.8 billion Euros for 36 off-the-shelf Dassault Rafale twin-engine fighters (3 times higher than the cost under UPA) France to invest 20% of 7.8 billion Euros into local production of Rafale components Defense Minister Sitharaman does a flip flop in Parliament, agrees to reveal price of Rafale aircraft and later backtracks citing a secret agreement preventing her from revealing commercial details of the deal French Prez. Macron says he has no objection if PM Modi wants to share some details under the secrecy clause Reliance Defense, less than a month old company with ZERO experience in aircraft manufacturing is chosen as an offset partner to Dassault Reliance Defense and Govt. claim that choice of offset partner was with Dassault and Govt. had no role to play Francois Hollande states that Indian Government chose Anil Ambani for Rafale deal French journal Mediapart has quoted ex-French Prez. Francois Hollande as saying: "We did not have a say in this... the Indian government proposed this service group and Dassault negotiated with (Anil) Ambani group. We did not have a choice, we took the partner who was given to us." Even BJP old timers Yashwant SInha & Arun Shourie have criticized the govt. - The entire deal was a "textbook case of criminal misconduct, of misuse of public office and of enriching parties at the expense of the national interest and national security", they alleged, adding there was an "effort" by the government to "conceal" facts

AIPC Mumbai West | AIPC Bangalore South
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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Supreme Court of India

A respectful appeal to Supreme court to abolish SC/ST act

A Delhi court has expressed concern over rising incidents of misuse of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act to settle personal scores and recommended that the final report in such cases be examined at a higher level before it is filed. The court's observations came while discharging nine members of a family, including five women, from charges under the Act for allegedly using abusive words against their tenants who belonged to the Scheduled Caste category. "Unfortunately, one comes across growing instances of cases where the provisions of this Act have not so much been invoked for the betterment of those to whom it seeks to protect, than by those who want to settle personal scores by giving to an otherwise ordinary dispute, the colour of an alleged atrocity under the Act," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said. The court observed that the provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, meant to protect the lot of the exploited sections, should not be allowed to be misused. "Law cannot be the absolute property of a few and this court can only hope and appeal that the provisions of this Special Legislation are not abused by a few so as to ensure that its benefit is able to actually reach the exploited sections," ASJ Lau said. "This court also will not be a privy to any exploitative situation of misuse and abuse of this Act whose abuse has otherwise raised serious concerns all over the country," it said. Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government has been compelled to take up the issue in the state assembly for relaxing the stringent provisions of SC/ST Act to check its abuse without compromising with the security of the marginalised sections of the society, it pointed out. In this case, the court noted that complainant, Kanaklata, 30, a Master of Philosophy from Delhi University, had changed her statement before the police on May four, 2008 and invoked the provisions of the SC/ST Act against the family members of her landlord after talking to her lawyer. "I find that the present case is a glaring example of abuse of a Special Legislation with stringent provisions, which has been enacted to ameliorate the lot of the hitherto, under-privileged, deprived and marginalized section of the society," ASJ Lau said. The court said that complainant Kanaklata had spared none as she had in her improved version of the complaint, roped in the entire family of Om Prakash Grover, a senior citizen, including all women members. She did not stop at this and further implicated the brother of the landlord Ved Prakash, his wife and his daughter -in-law who are not even residing in the same house and are resident of another property at Mukherjee Nagar in New Delhi, it added. The court also pulled up the police for failing to properly conduct the probe into the case. "Though the investigations have been conducted by an Assistant Commissioner of Police but it is rather unfortunate that he allowed himself to play into the hands of the complainant rather than independently examine the material before him in an unbiased manner and strictly enforce the provisions of law," it said. The court recommended that before any final report in the case of SC/ST Act was filed, it is monitored and examined at a still higher level so as to check its frequent misuse.

Old School
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Petition to Devendra Fadnavis

We demand release of Advocate Surendra Gadling and other human rights activists

Condemn the arbitrary arrests of Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, and Mahesh Raut by the Maharashtra Police! We are outraged at the arbitrary arrest of its valued member, Professor Shoma Sen along with other leading Dalit and human rights activists, in an alarming crackdown on civil liberties activists throughout the country. Today, on 6th June 2018 at 6 am in the morning, Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadling, cultural activist Sudhir Dhawale, human rights activist Rona Wilson and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut were arrested from different locations in Nagpur, Bombay and Delhi by the Maharashtra police. Professor Shoma Sen – Head of the English Department in Nagpur University and a long time Dalit and women’s rights activist, Advocate Surendra Gadling -- General Secretary of the Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL), Sudhir Dhawale -- editor of the Marathi magazine Vidrohi and founder of the Republican Panthers, Rona Wilson – human rights activist and Secretary of Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) and Mahesh Raut -- anti-displacement activist working with Gram Sabhas in the mining areas of Gadhchiroli and a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow -- are all reportedly arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon riots that took place in January 2018. These arrests follow intense harassment of these activists; and many of them had their houses raided earlier this year in April by the Maharashtra police along with raids at the homes of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) activists Rupali Jadhav, Jyoti Jagtap, Ramesh Gaichor, Sagar Gorkhe, Dhawala Dhengale in Pune and Republican Panther activist Harshali Potdar These arrests are in response to the assertion of Dalit, Adivasi, OBC, Muslim unity during the Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan organised by the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ in Shaniwarwada in Pune on 31st December 2017. The Abhiyan was organised at the eve of bi-centenary of the battle between Peshwas and the British near the village of Koregaon on the Bhima River. The British regiment largely consisting of people from the Mahar community had stood up against the Peshwas and this is seen as a fight against the Brahmanical forces historically perpetuating caste discrimination against some of the most marginalised people of the country. Today, this battle is being witnessed again under the regime of Brahmanical Hindutva fascism of the current government that is crushing the voices of marginalised once again through its coercive forces. This year, the Abhiyan was attacked by right wing organisations in the state of Maharashtra, and attackers were brandishing saffron flags, with the active support of the state police. This resulted in the death of one and injuries on several people. The leaders inciting the violence went on to file cases of violence against the organisers of the programme along with several unnamed persons resulting in immediate mass arrests of dalits, activists and participants, all over the state of Maharashtra by the state police. In the wake of the violence, on 3rd January, several dalit, OBC, Muslim and Maratha organisations and leaders joined hands and called for a united Maharashtra Bandh calling for unity and condemning brutal violence and divisive politics of Hindutva forces. Led by Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and leader of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, the bandh was observed by people all over the state of Maharashtra. During the mass peaceful bandh, the Maharashtra police detained and arrested over 5000 people, mainly dalits, from across the state. Of the thousands arrested, several were taken from their homes, including children, while the mainstream media completely blacked out the entire operation of the state government and the police. This reveals deep rooted casteism, Brahmanical and feudal arrogance of the state as well as its extreme fear of the assertion of the most marginalised people of the country. By filing cases against several thousand people, the state attempted to intimidate and coerce the people into silence. Those who attacked the Bhima-Koregaon Abhiyan were treated differently. Despite Sambhaji Bhide, leader of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan and one of the main persons who orchestrated and incited violence, being charged under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Arms Act after widespread protests from across the country, he walks free and gloats about his actions openly while receiving the blessings of politicians and ideologues of Hindutva. Milind Ekbote of Hindu Ekata Aghadi was arrested in March 2018, but was out on bail a month later. The efforts to raid the homes of several activists, taking away their phones, pen drives, hard drives, and laptops of the activists of the Elgaar Parishad has deprived them of the evidence that proves the involvement of people like Sambhaji Bhide. Several activists who were not at the Elgaar Parishad programme are now being picked up and arrested in order to portray them as Naxals. This narrative suits the interests of the state that is bent on protecting the Hindutva brigade while attacking the dalits, adivasis, Muslims and women of this country. This is further illustrated after the death of Pooja Sakal, a young dalit woman, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a well near her home in Koregaon. Instead of investigating this death, the police along with the caste Hindus of the village have worked hard to ostracise the entire dalit population from Koregaon’s dalit basti. Now, the string of arrests shows the targeted attacks on the people speaking for the rights of dalits, adivasis, Muslims and women. The arbitrary arrests also indicate a concerted attempt by the Indian State to break the backbone of the Dalit Movement against the unjust caste system. From the dilution of the hard-won SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act to the arrest of Dalit activists such as Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ of the Bhim Army under the draconian National Security Act (NSA), it is clear that the Indian State is conducting a vicious witch-hunt of all the activists who are raising their voice against caste atrocities. On the other hand, instead of taking action against the perpetrators of the violence during Bhima Koregaon Abhiyan, the state machinery is focused on targeting activists, professors, and lawyers who have condemned the violence of the Hindutva leaders as well as the police. These raids come at a time when the people of the country from Thoothkudi to Kalinganagar, Gadchiroli to Delhi have risen up united against the anti-people policies of the state. The crushing of such voices of dissent is a direct attack on the democracy of this country and intends to intimidate people into silence. Today, we must come together, condemn the arrests of these activists and reaffirm our resolve to speak out boldly against the fascist state. We demand:  · The immediate and unconditional release of Professor Shoma Sen, Advocate Surendra Gadlin, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut · An end to the vindictive harassment and state repression of all those activists and intellectuals who organized or spoke at the Elgaar Parishad · A high-level investigation into the widespread violence organized against Dalit, OBC and Muslim communities in the aftermath of the Bhima-Koregaon commemoration. · Immediate arrest of Sambhaji Bhide on serious charges of rioting, attempt to murder and under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, and cancellation of bail of Milind Ekbote. We strongly condemn the arrest of lawyers and other activists by Mahrashtra police and termed invoking of draconian laws against them as “highly deplorable.”, this shows the lack of respect of the Mahrashtra police towards the noble fraternity of lawyers working in judiciary to uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights ”. We don’t expect such things to happen to officers of the court who help in access of justice. We are taking this matter seriously with all the relevant offices to ensure nothing like this happens [again] to any person.  1. Adv G N Khan  J&K High Court 2. Adv Aaqib Banday  J&K High Court 3. Adv Imran G J&K High Court  4. Adv Mohd Shahid Bhat J&K High Court  5. Adv Sajad Ahmad  J&K High Court  

Adv Imran G
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