ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Guilty by Association?

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Arup Bhuyan vs State of Assam has rejected the doctrine of "guilty by association". It argues that members of a banned organisation cannot be treated as criminals unless they actually resort to violence, incite people to violence, or create public disorder or disturbance of public peace by violence. A summary of national and international case laws to support this judgment is presented here. The government is off the mark in wanting to have the judgment reviewed by a larger bench of the Court.

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