ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Imprisoning Political Beliefs

Judicial propriety hit a new low with the sentencing to life imprisonment of five persons—Mahesh K Tirki, Pandu P Narote, Hem K Mishra, Prashant Rahi and G N Saibaba—with Vijay N Tirki sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by the Gadchiroli Sessions Court in Maharashtra on 7 March 2017.

The 827-page judgment is extremely disquieting and bizarre. After perusing it we wonder whether the judge was “far more executive minded than the executive itself.” The Human Rights Forum (HRF) condemns the imposition of such a harsh punishment for acts construed as offences under the highly debatable Sections 13, 18, 20, 38, 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967 read with that other equally dubious statute—Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860.

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Updated On : 17th Mar, 2017
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