The apex court judgment, which also gives a clean chit to the Chhattisgarh chief minister’s son, has raised several questions.
Chhattisgarh is not alone in enhancing the penalty for a law which by the chief minister’s own admission is not even being violated.
Given the scale of rights violations in Bastar, the government’s decision to send Kalluri on leave looks more like a way of avoiding effective action against lawlessness there.
FIR Against Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad a Clear Case of Vendetta Politics, Say Civil Society Members
Eminent citizens have unequivocally condemned the Bastar police’s efforts to frame academics and political activists in the murder of a tribal villager.
The BJP government in Chhattisgarh, led by chief minister Raman Singh, allegedly purchased an AgustaWestland helicopter at an escalated price.
Three police personnel related to the case have been suspended but no case has been registered, with a judicial enquiry still pending.
Ajit Jogi’s Uncertain Future in Congress Marks a Shift Away from Pro-Adivasi Politics in Chhattisgarh
His threat to float a new party reflects the larger malaise afflicting the Congress, which appears unlikely to be able to prop up new regional leaderships –something the BJP has done with great success.
In letters to Raman Singh, the CPI and CPI (M) accuse the state police of vengeful action against researchers Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad, who were a part of a delegation that visited Bastar to enquire into human rights violations.
An independent inquiry may solve all possible angles of corruption in the VVIP chopper scam but will the BJP-led government at the Centre let it happen?
Instead of taking up her complaint, local police have been intimidating her and asking her to prove her identity
One hopes the Election Commission, the police and the high court live up to expectations and seize the initiative in this matter. Public trust in constitutional institutions is too precious to be dissipated.
Today, Bastar is the most militarised zone in the country and arrests and torture are routine. To think of starting Salwa Judum-2 is a clear indication that this military approach is just not working.