The Legal Rights Organisation has threatened to disrupt the annual Anuradha Gandhy Memorial Lecture and has written to the Mumbai police seeking action against the organisers.
In an attempt to make the city ‘open defecation free’, families who had paid for toilets and were midway through construction allege that their houses were destroyed before surveyors came around.
Those summoned allege they are being targeted for their political views but the Maharashtra police insists they have been called only as witnesses.
‘Desperate attempt’ to divert attention from Gauri Lankesh’s killing and tarnish murdered communist leader’s name, says daughter Megha Pansare.
Various lawyers’ associations have termed the government’s initial action as ‘interference’ since the constitution clearly separates powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.
In March, the BMC demolished the huts of 30 families, mostly Dalits, and destroyed or seized all their belongings.
Others in the cultural group have claimed that the couple’s exit is an attempt to distance themselves from controversy and avoid further problems with the police.
A new rule mandating a judicial inquiry into every case of custodial death does not account for deaths reported between when the law was amended in 2006 and when the circular was issued in 2016.