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Over 600 Citizens Call for Temporary Release of Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen From Byculla Jail

The signatories pointed out that Bharadwaj and Sen were suffering from multiple ailments, making them vulnerable to COVID-19.   

New Delhi: In a memorandum to the high powered committee headed by Justice AA Sayed, a statement endorsed by over 600 civil society members, comprising of activists, lawyers and academicians, has called for the release of lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj and academic Shoma Sen, both of whom are currently lodged at the Byculla Jail in Mumbai.

Referring to the committee’s decision to decongest jails in Maharashtra by releasing undertrial prisoners, the signatories argued that no discrimination be made between various categories of undertrial prisoners prone to the same vulnerabilities from the point of view of health and age after news reports on the spread of COVID-19 in Byculla Jail emerged.

“All undertrial prisoners are presumed to be innocent, even those booked under Special Acts, and hence, they must be given the same benefits of relief as those who are booked under other sections of the Indian Penal Code,” the statement said.

Citing the National Commission of Women’s recommendation that women’s prisons be decongested and news reports that the Byculla Jail doctor had tested positive for COVID-19, the signatories pointed out that Bharadwaj had a history of hypertension, diabetes, asthma and tuberculosis while Sen suffered from high blood pressure, severe arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and glaucoma, making them vulnerable to COVID-19.

The statement further said that Bharadwaj and Sen had “continuously complied with all the restrictions imposed upon them” and were not flight risks. Since prisons across the world were relaxing norms to ease out prisoners, the signatories, in the memorandum which is also addressed to the additional chief secretary (Home) Sanjay Chahande, director general of prisons SN Pandey, Maharasthra, urged authorities to “uphold this humane example and protect the health and lives of undertrials”.

The statement further appealed to the high powered committee to consider the applications of all prisoners, including political prisoners, in light of the public health crisis.

Also read: In the Time of Coronavirus, the Right to Bail is Part of an Undertrial’s Right to Life

Both Bharadwaj and Sen have been booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for their alleged role in the Elgar Parishad case handled by the NIA. In March, a Mumbai court rejected Sen’s temporary bail plea sought on the grounds that she was suffering from multiple ailments and was vulnerable to coronavirus due to her age.

The entire statement has been reproduced below:

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MEMORANDUM OF CONCERNED CITIZENS
The High Powered Committee
Hon’ble Justice AA Sayed,
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Mr. Sanjay Chahande,
Director General of Prisons Mr. SN Pandey, Maharasthra
through the Member secretary, Maharshtra State Legal Services Authority, Bombay High Court, Mumbai

Requesting the temporary release of Advocate Ms. Sudha Bharadwaj and Professor Shoma Sen, current inmates of Byculla Jail, Mumbai, due to rampant COVID-19 spread within the prison.

Respected Sirs,

We would like to extend our appreciation of the directions made by you on 12.05.2020, liberalizing the conditions for the release of undertrial prisoners in Maharashtra jails, and also clarifying that those undertrials who are otherwise excluded from this category (including those who are charged under Special Acts such as UAPA, NDPS etc) are eligible to apply for interim bail, if they are over 60 years of age and/or suffer from other co-morbidities, and their cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

While this clearly benefits a large number of prisoners, it must be pointed out that the principles of natural justice do not permit discrimination between various categories of undertrial prisoners, who present the same vulnerabilities from the point of view of health and age. All undertrial prisoners are presumed to be innocent, even those booked under Special Acts, and hence, they must be given the same benefits of relief as those who are booked under other sections of the Indian Penal Code.

In view of the news of the spread of COVID-19 in Byculla Jail we request you to pass directions for the release of Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj and Professor Shoma Sen. They are inmates of Byculla Jail, falsely implicated for the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy. Ms. Sen was arrested on 6 June 2018 and Ms. Bharadwaj on 28 August 2018. (FIR. No.4/2018 at Vishrambagh PS, Pune in connection with Bhima Koregaon clashes).

The National Commission of Women’s recommendations for women prisoners dated 22nd April, 2020, include the urgent need to decongest the women’s prisons. The Commission asked for prison inmates to be released out on bail, as well as for the administration to ensure that hygiene standards are maintained. It is noted that “Any slackness on the part of the Prison authorities may result in the situation of prisons getting out of hand, posing a serious threat to the life of women inmates.” As per the news reports, the Byculla Jail doctor himself tested positive for COVID-19. Subsequently, a 54 year old woman inmate was taken to the hospital, at a time when her oxygen level had fallen below 90 percent, which is a major risk. This suggests that the prison authorities are not conforming to the rules laid down in the SC order Suo Moto Writ Petition (Civil) no 1/2020, and also may be neglecting the right to life of hundreds of inmates.

Ms. Bharadwaj is 58 years old, and has a history of hypertension, diabetes, asthma and tuberculosis. Since Coronavirus is a pulmonary disease, her history of asthma and tuberculosis makes her very vulnerable to COVID-19. Ms Sen, is 62 years old, suffers from high blood pressure, severe arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and glaucoma. As courier services have not been working, her family has been unable to send her the regular medication she is on, causing her further distress and possible medical complications. Upon speaking to other inmates of the Byculla jail who were released on bail, we were told that there are over 50-60 people in one barrack, and no means to practice safe distancing. Hygiene is hard to maintain as there is not enough water supply to the prison.

Neither of the women is a flight risk, as they have both continuously complied with all the restrictions imposed upon them. Advocate Bharadwaj spent two months under house arrest before she was put in prison. A similar respect for due procedure was evident at her end when she was granted interim bail in order to visit Bangalore for 3 days for the last rites of her deceased father. Adv. Bharadwaj was a High Court Advocate and a visiting faculty at National Law University, Delhi. Prof. Sen was close to retirement as the Head of Department of English Department at the Nagpur University. Professor Sen is yet to be released on bail since the beginning of her judicial custody.

Ever since their arrest and subsequent incarceration, there has never been a complaint from the administration of the prison against them. It shall be a travesty of justice to push them into ill health, and endanger their lives. Prisons all over the world are relaxing the norms to ease out prisoners to maintain the population and hygiene standards in the prison. We urge you to uphold this humane example and protect the health and lives of undertrials. In these times of crisis, it is doubly important that the court provides due justice to these women.

We also take this opportunity to appeal to the HPC of Maharashtra, that they must consider the applications of all prisoners including all other political prisoners, within a perspective of a public health crisis as per the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and their own orders. All cases must be examined adhering to the principle of equality before the law and equal protection before the law.

We would like to make another small request that till their temporary release can be secured, they should be at least allowed to make telephone calls as per rules and inform their families of their well-being. Advocate Bharadwaj has not been allowed to make even a single phone call in the last two months, despite a court order, while Prof. Sen was allowed only a 2- minute phone call to her daughter in the same period.

Please consider both our requests

We are a total of 656 concerned citizens of India. We are

1. Justice PB Sawant, Former Judge of Supreme Court of India and Chairperson of Press Council of India, Pune
2. Romila Thapar, Eminent Historian, Professor Emeritus, JNU
3. Amit Bhaduri, Eminent Economist, Professor Emeritus, JNU
4. Brinda Karat, Member Polit Bureau CPIM
5. Annie Raja, General Secretary, NFIW
6. Madhu Bhaduri, Retired Ambassador of India
7. Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Economist and Professor, New Delhi
8. Indira Jaising, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
9. Prof. Zoya Hasan, Professor Emerita, JNU
10. Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
11. Githa Hariharan, Writer
12. Mallika Sarabhai, Director, Darpana and Artivist
13. Gautam Mody, General Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative
14. Ritu Dewan, Retd Director, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai
15. Ravi Kiran Jain, President, National PUCL
16. Dr. V. Suresh, General Secretary, PUCL
17. Aruna Roy, founder member MKSS
18. Nikhil Dey, founder member MKSS
19. Harsh Mander, Aman Biradari
20. Rohini Hensman, writer and researcher
21. Kavita Srivastava, Social Activist, PUCL Rajasthan
22. Teesta Setalvad, Citizens for Justice and Peace
23. Binayak Sen, PUCL Chhattisgarh
24. Ilina Sen PUCL Chhattisgarh
25. Prabhakar Sinha, Former President PUCL
26. Lalita Ramdas, Alibag
27. Tushar Gandhi, Writer & Social Activist
28. Priya Pillai, Environmental Activist, New Delhi
29. Shabnam Hashmi, Social activist
30. Pratiksha Baxi, Academic, Delhi
31. Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
32. Uma Chakravarti, Feminist Historian, Documentary Film Maker
33. Anuradha Talwar, Labour activist, PBKMS, West Bengal
34. Seema Azad, Editor Dastak, council member PUCL
35. Vimal Bhai, Social Activist, NAPM, New Delhi
36. Arundhati Dhuru, Activist NAPM
37. Smita Gupta, Social Activist and Researcher, New Delhi
38. Navsharan, Cultural Activist and Researcher, New Delhi
39. Amar Jesani, Public Health & Bioethics Researcher
40. Rakhi Sehgal, Labour Activist and Researcher, New Delhi
41. Shipra Nigam, Economist, New Delhi
42. Madhur Bharatiya, Researcher Lawyer
43. Arjun Sheoran, Advocate, National Organising Secretary, PUCL
44. Father Solomon, PUCL Jharkhand
45. N. Rajendran, Social Activist
46. Clifton Rosario, AICCTU
47. Arvind Narayan, Lawyer
48. Rajendra, PUCL Karnataka
49. Ansar Sheikh,Vice president, Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha
50. Shubha Jindel, Researcher Lawyer, PUCL Rajasthan
51. Anusuya Singh (Maaysha), Faridabad, NCT Delhi
52. Shubhangi Shukla, Social Worker
53. A P Josy, Catholic Priest
A. Mangai, Theatre person and Academician
54. Aasha Ramesh, Women’s Rights Activist cum Researcher
55. Abha Bhaiya, Jagori
56. Abhilash Mhaisne
57. Achla Sawhney, Retired
58. Aditi Desai, Concerned citizen
59. Aditi Joshi, Member – Labia A Queer Feminist LBT Collective
60. Aditi Vajpeyi, Social Activist
61. Aditya Shrivastava, Lawyer
62. Adv.Manjula Tuscano, Advocate
63. Aiman Khan, Researcher and Activist
64. Aishwarya Sarkar, Advocate
65. Ajay Ashu, Political activities
66. Ajay T G, Filmmaker and Human Rights Activist
67. Ajay Tannirkulam, Citizen
68. AK Dave, Feminist Activist
69. Akash, Teacher
70. Akhil Chaudhary, Lawyer
71. Akhil Kumar, Software Engineer
72. Akshaya Mukul, Author and Journalist
73. Alice Morris, Development Practitioner
74. Alka Pawangadkar, A human rights supporter
75. Allwyn Cruz, Concerned citizen
76. Alnawaz, Artist
77. Amala Popuri, Film professional and Sound Artist
78. Amba Auhasini Jhala, Theatre Maker
79. Ameet Parameswaran, Assistant professor, JNU
80. Amit Kumar Verma, Student
81. Amita, Advocate
82. Amitabha Basu, Retired scientist, CSIR-NPL
83. Ammu Abraham, Activist for Civil Liberties and Women’s Rights
84. Ammu Joseph, Journalist and author
85. amol saroj, Writer
86. Amrita Johri, Social Activist, Delhi
87. Amrita Shodhan, Research and Housewife
88. Anabel Benjamin Bara, Social Scientist
89. Anand Chakravarti, sociologist
90. Anand K Sahay, Columnist
91. Anand Patwardhan, Citizen
92. Anand Wakde, Software professional
93. Anandhi S, Research Scholar
94. Anant Dayal, Artist
95. Angad Kumar, Student
96. Anghrija, Associate Director – Compliance
97. Ania Loomba, Professor
98. Anindita Bhattacharjee, Student
99. Anita Cherian, Director, OpenSpace
100. Anita Rampal, Educationist, New Delhi
101. Anjali Bhardwaj, SNS, Delhi
102. Anjali Maydeo, Retired
103. Anjali Monteiro, Filmmaker and academic
104. Anjana, PA
105. Anjor Bhaskar, Faculty, APU, Bangalore
106. Ankit Tripathi, Filmmaker
107. Ankita Aggarwal, Student
108. Anna Joseph, Staff – Chetna Bharati
109. Annapurna Garimella, Art Historian
110. Anshuman Singh, Student
111. Antara Dev Sen, Journalist, New Delhi
112. Anu chenoy, Professor retd
113. Anu Pande, Assistant Professor, Hyderabad
114. Anubha Rastogi, Lawyer, Mumbai
115. Anuj Goyal, Phd Student IIM Calcutta
116. Anupama Bose, service class
117. Anupama P, Assistant Professor
118. Anupradha Singh, Advocate, Human Rights Law Network 119. Anuradha Kapoor, Feminist Activist
120. Anushree, Media professional
121. Aparna Tulpule, Freelance copyeditor
122. Aparna, President, Indian Federation of Trade Unions
123. Aravinda, Concerned Citizen
124. Archana Prasad, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi 125. Archana Rupwate, Advocate, HRLN, Mumbai.
126. Arti Verma, Social activist
127. Arun Kumar, Senior citizen
128. Aruna Burte, Individual
129. Aruna Chandrasekhar, Independent journalist, Oxford
130. aruna rodrigues, Founder, Sunray Harvesters –
131. Aruna Sinha, National Secretary, NFIW
132. Arunima G, Professor
133. Ashim Roy, Trade Unionist
134. Ashish Kajla, Researcher
135. Ashish Kothari, Pune
136. Ashok Agarwal, Advocate
137. Ashok Choudhary, General Secretary AIUFWP
138. Ashok Khandelwal
139. Ashok Prasad, Academic, Colorado, USA
140. Ashok Sharma, IFS (Retd.)
141. Atul Sood, Economist and Professor, New Delhi
142. Avinash Chanchal, Journalist and Activist
143. Avinash Kumar, Asst Professor, JNU
144. Avinash, Student
145. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
146. Bajrang B Tiwari, Teacher
147. Balaji Narasimhan, Independent
148. Bela Bhatia
149. Benny C., S. J., Director Sneharam
150. Bhagirath Prasad Verma, CMM, raipur (CG)
151. Bhagyashree, Farmer
152. Bhasha Singh, Journalist And Writer
153. Bhoj Raj, Chief Pharmacist (retired)
154. Bhoomika Pandhare, Advocate
155. Bidisha Mahanta, Researcher
156. Bijay Bhai, Convenor, Bharat Jan Andolon
157. Bindu T. Desai, Doctor
158. Biswaranjan Paramguru, Advocate, Supreme Court of India 159. Bittu Kondaiah, Scientist and Activist, Haryana
160. Bratati Pande, Retired Associate Professor, Indraprastha College. D.U 161. Brijesh Rao, Citizen
162. Burnad Fatima, Executive director
163. Buta Singh, Activist and writer, Punjab.
164. C B Choudhary, National Treasurer, Samajwadi Jan Parishad 165. Chanda Asani, Social and political activist
166. Chandrakant Patil, Writer and Poet
167. Charusmita Gadekar, Independent researcher
168. Chayanika Shah, Member, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai 169. Chennaiah poguri, Lawyer & Social Activist
170. Chhaya Datar, Retd Professor at TISS
171. Chirashree Das Gupta, Associate Professor, JNU
172. chitra joshi, independent historian
173. Chitra Mathur, IIM Ahmedabad
174. Choudhary Ali Zia Kabir, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
175. Clara, Advocate
176. Dayaram, Secretary, ASPIRE
177. Debanjana Mukherjee, Lawyer, Mumbai
178. Debjani Sengupta, Associate Professor, IP College, DU
179. Debolina Biswas, Teacher
180. Deepa Vasudevan, Managing Trustee, Sahayatrika
181. Deepak Sahu, The Legend of LANDAUSTY @Bhoovisthapith Sangathan secretary. 182. Deepak Sanan, Retired civil servant
183. Deepika Sondhi, Freelance writer
184. Deepika Tandon, Associate Professor, Dept of English, Delhi University
185. Deepti Bharti, Gen. Secy, NFIW Delhi
186. Devaki Khanna, Freelance editor
187. Dimple Oberoi Vahali, Independent Activist
188. Dinesh Bhatia, Student
189. Dipa Sinha, Economist
190. Dr B Karthik Navayan, Advocate
191. Dr Jyoti Sabharwal, University Teacher
192. Dr Manan Ganguli, Community Health Consultant
193. Dr Suman Sahai, Chairperson,
194. Dr Suman Sahai, Chairperson,
195. Dr Sylvia Karpagam, Public health doctor
196. Dr Vikas Bajpai, Assistant Professor, CSMCH, JNU
197. Dr. Ajit Kumar, Congressman
198. Dr. Javed Malick, Retired Academic
199. Dr. Krishnan Unni P, Professor In English
200. Dr. Mira Shiva, Public Health Physician
201. Dr. Mohammad Abbas Mehdi, Former Assistant Professor
202. Dr. Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Linguist and Professor Emerita, New Delhi
203. Dr. Shanta Sharma, Retired Clinical Laboratory Director
204. Dr.Rajib Ray, President, Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Associations 205. Dr.Thara K.G, Former Head,Disaster Management Centre, Govt.of Kerala
206. Dunu Roy, Director, Hazards Centre
207. Duriya Ranijiwala, Lecturer
208. Dyuti A, PhD Researcher
209. Ein Lall, Documentary film maker
210. Enakshi Ganguly, Human rights activist
211. Esthappen, Project Manager, Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network (DHRD) 212. Falguni, Architect
213. Farah Naqvi, Writer & Activist, Delhi
214. Farhat
215. Farida Khan, independent researcher, Delhi
216. Freny Manecksha, Independent Journalist
217. G. Asha, neuroscientist
218. G.B. Bagai, Release them immediately please.
219. Gaiti Hasan, Researcher
220. Ganeve Rajkotia, Self employed
221. Gargi Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor, Jindal university
222. Geeta Kapur, Art historian
223. George, Professor of Sociology (Retd.)
224. Govind Kelkar, Researcher and Women’s Rights Activists
225. Guneet Kaur, Lawyer
226. Gunjan Singh, Advocate, New Delhi
227. Gurdeep, Student
228. Gurpreet Kaur, Researcher
229. Harbans Mukhia, Former Professor and Rector, JNU
230. Harendra Singh, Retiree
231. Harish Dhawan, Associate Professor, Univ of Delhi
232. Harjinder (Laltu) Singh, Professor, writer
233. Hasina Khan, Citizens Concerns
234. Himanshu Kumar, VCA Dantewada
235. Himshi Singh, Activist
236. Honey Vahali
237. Indira C, Delhi
238. Indira Unninayar, Advocate – Supreme Court and Delhi High Court
239. Indu Chandrasekhar, Publisher, Tulika Books
240. Iqbal Abhimanyu, Journalist, Political activist
241. Irpinder Bhatia, Citizen
242. Isha Shandilya, Scholar
243. Isha, Teacher
244. Ishani B, Citizen
245. Ishani Ghorai, PhD scholar in Delhi University
246. Jagannath Jaggu, Student
247. Jagdish Parmar, National Director
248. Jagmohan Singh, General Secretary AFDR Punjab
249. jamsheed Rizwani, Retired bank manager
250. Janaki Nair
251. Jashwant Singh Chaudhary, Designated Partner at IT LLP
252. Jasveen Jairath
253. Jaya Mahale, Freelancer
254. Jayanti Raghavan, Professor
255. Jayashree Anand, housewife
256. Jayati Lal, Professor, North Carolina, USA
257. Jennifer Fernandes, Citizen
258. Jerald DSouza, Director, LVK- a Social Action Centre
259. Jeroo Mulla, Visiting Faculty, Sophia Polytechnic
260. Joby Joseph, Associate Professor
261. Joe Victor, social worker
262. Joe, program coordinator at ISI-Bangalore
263. Johanna, National Co-ordinator
264. John Cherian, Journalist
265. John Dayal, Former member, National Integration Council
266. Joseph Maliakan, Journalist
267. Jothi SJ, Right To Food, West Bengal
268. Jp Shrivastava, Professor
269. Juliyana, Inspirational writer and Homemade
270. Junaid Haque, Student
271. Justin McCarthy, Professor
272. Jyothi A, Activist and Writer, Bengaluru
273. jyoti punwani, Freelance journalist Mumbai
274. Jyoti Thanvi, Assistant Professor
275. Jyotsna Popuri, Writet
276. K P Fabian, Ambassador (Retd.)
277. K. Padma, Advocate
278. K. Saradamoni, retired social scientist
279. K. Srilata, Poet and Writer, Chennai
280. K.Laxminarayana, Faculty,Hyderabad Central University
281. K.P. Jayasankar, Filmmaker and academic
282. Kaladas Dehariya, Vice President C G P U C L
283. Kalpana, Citizen
284. Kalyan Singh Patel, Social worker
285. Kalyani Menon Sen, Independent Researcher
286. Kamal chenoy, Professor Retd
287. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Convenor, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Mumbai 288. Kamini Tankha, Concerned Citizen
289. Kaneez Fatima, Teacher
290. Kanta Marathe, Social Activist and Legal Practitioner
291. Karen Gabriel, Professor, St Stephen’s College, Du, Delhi
292. Karishma Maria, Advocate
293. Karthik Venkatesh, Writer
294. Karuna D, Researcher, Chennai
295. Karuna Menon, Student
296. Karuna phillip, Social worker
297. Kashif nayab, Student
298. Kaushika, Researcher
299. Kavery Nambisan
300. Kavita Suresh, Social Activist
301. Kavitha Lankesh, Filmmaker
302. Keshav Shori, Member
303. Keya Dasgupta, Retired academic
304. Khairunnisha, Activist
305. Kinjal, Consultant
306. Kiran Moghe, Women’s And Trade Union Activist
307. Kirti jain, Theatre director
308. Kirti Singh, Lawyer and Activist
309. Kirti Sud, Retired Banker
310. Koel Sen, Filmmaker
311. Koninika Ray, National Federation of Indian Women
312. Kopal, Assistant professor
313. Kritika, Advocate
314. Kumari Archana, Student
315. Lara Jesani, Advocate
316. Lata Singh, Associate Professor, JNU
317. Latha Jishnu, Independent journalist, Delhi
318. M A Baby, Member Politburo CPI (M)
319. M. Maqbool A. Mateen, National President, United Citizens Forum
320. Maansi Shah, Teaching Associate, CEPT University
321. Madhu Bhushan, Women’s Rights Activist
322. Madhu Sahni, Professor
323. Madhulika, Member, PUCL and Jungle Jameen Jan Andolan , Rajasthan
324. Madhuri, Madhya Pradesh
325. Madhusree Dutta, Filmmaker
326. Mahabir Jaglan, Professor
327. Mahesh Jharbade, Member Shahri Mazdoor Sangthan Bhopal M.P.
328. Maimoona Mollah
329. Maitreyi Krishnan, Advocate
330. Mallika Prasad, Artist
331. Mallika Taneja, Theatre Artist
332. Mamatha Karollil, Academic, Delhi
333. Mamta Singh, Women Rights Activist
334. Manasi Pibgle, Bangalore
335. Maneka Khanna, Advocate
336. Manika Mishra, Lawyer
337. Manisha Gupte, Women’s Rights Activist
338. Manjeet Singh, Student
339. Manjima Chatterjee, Writer, teacher
340. Manju, Forum National Secretary
341. Manjula Pradeep, Activist
342. Manjushree Abhinav, Film maker
343. Manshi Asher, Activist-Researcher
344. Marco, Service
345. Maria Louis, Director
346. Mathava Solomon, Most Qualified and Compassionate People
347. Maya Krishna Rao, Theatre Artist
348. Mayuri Ghosh, Editor
349. Meena Gopal, FAOW
350. Meena Seshu, Director
351. Meenakshi Dcruz, Retired Teacher, VG Vaze College, Mumbai.
352. Megha Sheth, MHP
353. Milap Sharma, Professor
354. Minni Sawhney, Professor
355. Mishika, Advocate, New Delhi
356. Mitaja Chakraborty, PhD student
357. MMPSingh, General Secretary, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh & former DUTA President 358. Monica Thomas, Consultant Neurologist
359. Mukul Mangalik, Associate Professor
360. Muniza Khan, Researcher and social activist 361. N.D. Pancholi
362. N.D.Jayaprakash, Social worker
363. N.K.Jeet Advocate, Advocate
364. Nachi, Film Worker
365. Nachiket Udupa, Activist, Delhi
366. Nagaragere Ramesh, Retired Professor and Social activist
367. Nagasaila, Advocate
368. Nagmani Rao, Retired academic and concerned citizen of democracy 369. Nalini Nayak, Associate Professor (Retd) Delhi University
370. Nalme Nachiyar, Freelance journalist
371. Namita Unnikrishnan, Concerned citizen
372. Nancy Adajania, Cultural Theorist and Curator
373. Nandini Nayak, New Delhi
374. Nandini Rao, Member
375. Nandita Gandhi, Activist, Mumbai
376. Nandita Narain, Associate Professor
377. Nanita Sharms, Lawyer
378. Naresh Kumar, Teacher
379. Naseema Khatoon, Social worker
380. Nasreen Ebrahim, Citizen
381. Natasha Badhwar, Film-maker
382. Naval Sodha, Owner
383. Navjot, Artist
384. Nawal Bhakta, Secretary
385. Nayana Pai, Concerned Citizen of India
386. Neelabh Dubey, Lawyer, Chhattisgarh
387. Neelima Sharma, Secretary, Nishant Natya Manch
388. Neelu, Researcher
389. Nicholas Barla, Member
390. Nidhi, Asst professor
391. Nilambuj, Assistant Professor
392. Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Author & Journalist
393. Nilima Dutta, Lawyer
394. Nirmala, Human Being
395. Nisha Biswas
396. Nishi, Student
397. Nishu Naved, Manager
398. Nithin RS, Market Research Analyst
399. Nitin, Activist, Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan
400. NITU Singh, Teacher
401. Nivedita Menon, Professor
402. Nupur Basu, Journalist and documentary filmmaker
403. P V Dinesh, Lawyer
404. Padmaja Shaw, Rtd Professor Osmania University
405. Pallabi Ghosh, Activist
406. Pallavi Gupta, Graduate Student
407. Pallavi Pratibha, Social Activist, Jharkhand.
408. Pandurang Hegde, Activist. Chipko-Appiko Movement
409. Pankaj Butalia, Filmmaker
410. Pankaj Kumar, Student
411. Papri Sri Raman, Writer
412. Paramjeet Singh, Academic
413. Parminder Singh, Trustee, Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee,Jalandhar
414. Paromita Shastri, Writer
415. Pavana, Lecturer
416. Philo Thomas, Advocate
417. Ponni Arasu, Historian
418. Pooja Priyamvada, Self Employed
419. Poonam Kaushik, General Secretary Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan
420. Poulomi Pal, Researcher, Delhi
421. Prabir KC, Doctor
422. Pradeep Mandhyan, Advocate
423. Pradeep Shinde, Asst Professor, JNU, New Delhi
424. Pradip Datta, Professor
425. Pradip Krishen, Writer/Rewilder
426. Pragnya Joshi, Research Consultant
427. Prakash Upadhyaya, Retired as UGC professorial fellow
428. Pramod Ranjan, Teacher
429. Prashant, Citizen
430. Preetha Nair
431. Preeti, Architect
432. Prerana Malhotra, Corporate Lawyer
433. Pritpal Singh, secretary association for democratic rights pb distt bathinda 434. Priyanka Borpujari, International Christian University, Tokyo
435. Priyanka Yishu, student
436. Priyanka, Advocate, Activist
437. Priyanshu, Research Scholar, IIM Calcutta
438. Prof N. Raghuram, Former President, IPUTA
439. Prof. Mohan Rao, Retired Professor
440. Prof. Srinivasa Kunuthur, President, Intellectuals Forum, Tirupati
441. Prof.Chaman Lal, Dean, Faculty of Languages, Panjab University Chandigarh 442. Pushpa, CMM-MKS
443. Pyoli, Lawyer
444. Radha Holla, Concerned Citizen
445. Radhakant Saxena, PUCL Rajasthan
446. Radhika Desai, Gender and Livelihoods Researcher and Consultant
447. Radhika Khajuria, Health & Women Rights Activist
448. Radhika Radhakrishnan, feminist researcher, New Delhi
449. Raghuvir Mukherji, Indian
450. Ragini S, Student
451. Rahul Narang, Advocate
452. Rajan Sundaresan, Activist, Muniguda, Odisha
453. Rajashree, Citizen
454. Rajinderpalkaur, Rtd.principal
455. Rajiv Khanna, Concerned Citizen
456. Rajni Bakshi, Author
457. Rajni Kumari, Teacher
458. Rajni Soren, Advocate
459. Rajpal, Concerned Citizen
460. Raju Ramakant Kadam, Social Activist
461. Rakhi, Program coordinator
462. Ram Rahman, Photographer, Artist/activist, New Delhi
463. Ramakrishnan E.V., Professor (retired)
464. Ramendra Kumar
465. Rampratap Manhare, Patron
466. Ranjana Dave, Dance practitioner
467. Ranu Jain
468. Rashi, Student
469. Rashmi Jha, Freelance Writer
470. Rashmi T, Concerned citizen
471. Ravi Kumar, Faculty, New Delhi
472. Ravi Sharma, Student
473. Reena Mohan, Concerned citizen
474. Rekha Awasthi, Secretary, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh & retired DU associate Professor 475. Renu Gupta, Director
476. Richa Minocha, Associate Professor Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts
477. Richa Rastogi, Activist Lucknow
478. Richa Singh, SKMS, Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh
479. Riddhi Pandey, Student
480. Rita Manchanda, Researcher, Human Rights Activist, New Delhi
481. Ritambhara Shastri, Journalist
482. Riti, Ex Journalist
483. Ritu, Teacher
484. Rohit Azad, Economist, Delhi
485. Rohit Prajapati, Environment Activist
486. Roma, Dy gen sect
487. Roop Rekha Verma, Secretary, Saajhi Duniya
488. Rosamma Thomas
489. Roshmi Goswami, Shillong
490. Rubeena Khatun, Activist Lucknow
491. Ruchi S., Research Associate
492. Ruchira Gupta, Professor
493. Runu Chakraborty, Independent activist
494. Rupa Panalal, TISS
495. Rushda Siddiqui, Working President, NFIW Delhi
496. S. Chhachhi, Independent Photographer
497. S. Durga Bhavani, Professor, University of Hyderabad
498. S. Raghunandana, Kannada poet, playwright, stage director
499. Sabina Pathrose, Lawyer and Social Activist, Virar Mumbai
500. Sachidanand Sinha, Professor
501. Sachin N, Assitant Professor, DSC, DU
502. Sachin Vanaik, Retired Professor, University of Delhi
503. Sadhna Arya, Teacher DU
504. Sagarika, Researcher
505. Saheli, New Delhi
506. Saleem Peeradina, Writer
507. Salim Yusufji, Editor
508. Samarendra Das, Senior research associate, University of Sussex
509. Sameera, Filmmaking
510. Samina Diwan, Coordinator
511. Samina Mishra, Filmmaker, writer and teacher
512. Sandeep Pandey, Vice President Socialist Party of India
513. Sandhya Kumari, Associate Professor
514. Sandhya Lakshmi Chellapilla, Citizen
515. Sandhya Panaskar, Individual
516. Sandhya Phadke
517. Sandhya Srinivasan, Mumbai
518. Sanjay Singhvi, Senior Advocate, Gen. Secy. TUCI
519. Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar, Associate Professor, Shri Ram College of Commerce
520. Sanjeev Khandekar, Artist , Poet & Writer
521. Sanjeev Kumar, Associate Professor, DU and writer associated with Janwadi Lekhak Singh.
522. Sanjoy Roy, Arts and civil society
523. Sanober Keshwaar, Social Activist and Lecturer, Maharashtra
524. Sarika Shrivastava, Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
525. Sarojini N, New Delhi
526. Sasi Kumar, Scientist
527. Saswati Ghosh, Associate Professor and HoD, Economics, City College, Kolkata
528. Satyabhama, Social Activist
529. Saumya Baijal
530. Saumya Chakrabarti, Professor of Economics
531. Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Kirori Mal College, Delhi University
532. Savita Rani, Freelancer
533. Sebastian, Asst. Director
534. Seema, MP Mahila Manch, Bhopal
535. Shabana diler, Farmer, Mudita wellgrove
536. Shabnam Shaikh, Individual
537. Shadan Farasat, Advocate
538. Shafey kidwai, Professor ,Aligarh Musl University . Sahitya Academy winner (urdu) 2019
539. Shahab Ahmad, Lawyer
540. Shahana Bhattacharya, Associate Professor
541. Shakambhari, Jagrook. Nagrik manch
542. Shakun, Individual concerned person
543. Shakuntala, Founder member of RJVS
544. Shalu Nigam, Advocate, Researcher
545. Sham murti, Social Activist
546. Shamsul Islam, Nishant Natya Manch
547. Shankar Singh, Founder Member MKSS
548. Shantaram gosavi
549. Sharada, Journalist
550. Sharanya, Activist, Koraput, Odisha
551. Sharmila, IIT Bombay
552. Shaswati Mazumdar, Retd professor
553. Sheela Gupta
554. Sheetal Chhabria, Historian and Professor
555. Shena
556. Shenaz, Please Release them
557. Shernavaz Buhariwala, Ex Prof. English Nagpur University
558. Shewli Kumar, Associate Professor
559. Shireen Gandhy, Director
560. Shiva Shankar, Visiting Professor, IIT Bombay
561. Shivani Gautam Bhardwaj, Founder SAFP
562. Shivani Taneja, Educationist, Bhopal
563. Shivani, Social worker
564. Shomona Khanna, Advocate
565. Shraddha C, Phd candidate
566. Shubham Kaushal, Advocate, Bombay High Court
567. Shubhangi, Human Rights Advocate
568. Shweta Azad, Student
569. Shweta Tripathi
570. Siddharth Bharath, Independent Scientsist, Bengaluru
571. Siddharth, Independent Researcher
572. Silloo Buhariwalla has, Retired
573. Siraj Dutta, Activist, Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha
574. Smita, Activist, Kisan Adivasi Sanghtana, Kesla(MP)
575. Smiti, Lawyer, Chhattisgarh
576. Smriti Sareen, Retired KV PGT
577. Smriti, Self-Employed
578. Sneha Mukherjee, Advocate
579. Snehal Shah, Independent Researcher
580. Snimer Sahni, Retired civil servant
581. Som Thomas, Human rights scholar
582. Sonia khurana, Independent, visual artist
583. Souvik Lal Chakraborty, Doctoral Reseacher
584. Sriharsha Devulapalli, Journalist
585. Subhashini ali, CPIM PB Member
586. Subhendu Dasgupta, Retired academic
587. Sucharita Sen, Professor
588. Sudha Gomati Narayan, Assistant General Manager
589. Sudhanva Deshpande, LeftWord Books
590. Sudhir Katiyar, Convenor
591. Sugandhi Francis, AIDWA
592. Sujata Chakraborty, NA
593. Sujata Gothoskar, Social activist, Mumbai
594. Sujata Madhok, Journalist
595. Sujata Patel, Distinguished Professor, Savitribai Phule Pune University 596. Sujata Raghavan, Freelance writer
597. Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist
598. Sumita Hazarika, Lawyer
599. Sunalini Kumar, Associate Professor
600. Sunanda Sen, Retd Professor, JNU
601. Sunil Shanbag, Theatre director
602. Sunita Bandewar, Director, Health, Ethics and Law Institute, Mumbai 603. Supriya Madangarli, writer
604. Surbhi S, HR Professional, NCT of Delhi
605. Susan Abraham, Advocate
606. Sushil Tirkey, Lohardaga
607. Swarnangshu Shekhar, Lawyer, Mumbai
608. Swati Shabnam, Assistant Professor
609. Swati Thakur, Student
610. Swatija, FAOW, Mumbai
611. T Sobha Rani, Associate Professor
612. Tantra Kumar, Individual
613. Tapan Bose, Documentary Filmmaker
614. Tara Murali, Architect
615. Tara Rai, Ashoka University
616. Tarsem Lal, Finance secretary Association for democratic rights punjab
617. Tarun Bhartiya, Documentarian
618. Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya, Writer- Translator
619. Udaya Kumar, JNU
620. Ujjaini Chatterji, Advocate
621. Ujwala Masdekar, Associate Professor
622. Unni vijayan, Filmmaker
623. Urvashi Dhamija, Associate Professor,Department of Political Science, Miranda House,University of Delhi Delhi ( Retd.)
624. Utpala, PUCL
625. valay, Writer
626. Valerian, Director PPS
627. Vandana Kulkarni, Social Worker
628. Vandana Mahajan
629. Vasantha A S, Activist
630. Vasudev Charupa, Human Rights Activist
631. Vasundhra Kaul, Student
632. Veena Padmanabhan., Citizen
633. Vibha Maurya, Retired Professor
634. Vijay Kiyawat, Retired
635. Vijaylakshmi, Social activist and vice chairperson of PUCL Jaipur unit
636. Vikas Rawal, Professor
637. Vimala Ramachandran
638. Vinay Kumar Satnam, Gurughasidas Sevadar Union Corona Disaster Assistance
Disc Madhya Pradesh State Incharge (Chhattisgarh)
639. Vincent Ekka, Social Researcher
640. Vineeta Bal, Scientist, Pune
641. Vinita Tripathi
642. Virendra Bhardwaj, जी.एस.एस. के रीय मीडिया भारी
643. Vivan Sundaram, Artist
644. Vivek Narayanan, Writer, editor
645. Vivek Sundara, Rights activist
646. W. Chandrakanth, Editor (National Affairs).
647. Wasim Ahmed, Social Activist
648. Xavier Jeyaraj, Secretary for Social Justice and Ecology, Rome, Italy
649. Yasmin Remedios, Writer
650. Yogita Naruka, Researcher, TISS, Mumbai
651. Yousuf Saeed, Fimmaker, New Delhi
652. Zafar Ullah, Publisher (AlterNotes Press) Prop.
653. Zainab, Activist Lucknow
654. Zaman Ali, Practicing Advocate, Mumbai
655. Aflatoon, National General Secretary, Samajwadi Jan Parishad
656. Amit Prakash Singh, Journalist.
657. Komal Srivastava, BGVS, Rajasthana
658. Shubhangi Shukla, MKSS
659. Mukesh Goswami, Asangatith Mazdoor Union, Rajasthan 660. Kamal Tank, RTI Manch, Rajasthan