PUCL UPDATE (4th August 2008)
Today the Judicial Magistrate (First Class), at Durg District Court in Chhattisgarh granted bail to Mr. Ajay T G, a film-maker and member of the State Executive Committee of Chhattisgarh PUCL, who was detained under the draconian law called The Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005.
The Chhattisgarh Police failed to file the Charge Sheet in the case during the mandatory 90 days. After completion of 90 days on 2nd August, 2008, the lawyers moved bail application u/s 167(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code. The matter was heard today, and in the evening the Bail was granted to Ajay TG. However, he is likely to be released only tomorrow, because of technicalities involved. Instead of filing the Charge Sheet, the police took 10 days remand on 2nd August, 2008.
During the hearings, Adv K Bose Thomas (Former Member, State Executive Committee, CG PUCL), Adv Dalip Ingle, represented Ajay T G. Adv Sudha Bhardwaj (Member, State Executive Committee, CG PUCL), and Adv Mahindar Dubey, were also present in the Court, along with family and friends of Ajay TG.
The failure of the Chhattisgarh Police to file the Charge Sheet in Ajay TG’s case is to be viewed against the backdrop of concerted campaign where Ajay himself, and the CG PUCL have been claiming that he has been falsely implicated only to target human rights activists like Ajay TG, and also organisations like the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, which have carried on a systematic struggle for preservation and promotion of human rights in Chhattisgarh. PUCL would study the implications of the case, and seek further legal action.
The CG PUCL is of the view that the case of Dr. Binayak Sen (it’s General Secretary, and National Vice-President) should be reviewed by an independent agency, and subsequently withdrawn as the prosecution has, so far, not been able to establish its case, at all.
It may be worth mentioning here, that the Director General of Police (DGP), Chhattisgarh, Mr. Vishwaranjan had met Ajay TG on 19th July, 2008, in person. According to the reports appearing in a section of the press, it appears that the State Government is contemplating withdrawing the case against Ajay TG. In that context, the meeting of the highest police official with Ajay TG, while in judicial custody, carries some significance. However, it is only Ajay TG would be able to reveal the nature and content of this meeting.
Rajendra K Sail
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES–CHHATTISGARH
Post Box No. 87, Main Post Office, Raipur – 492001: Chhattisgarh: India
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