MEDIA RELEASE.                                                             New Delhi, 26 September 2012.


People’s jury to hear violations of fundamental rights by the state from 28-29 September, 2012.

New Delhi: Over thirty civil society organisations from across the country will hold a two day peoples hearing on fabricated cases from 28-29 September at the Constitution Club in the city. Depositions on fabricated cases, ranging from the anti nuclear struggles at Koodankulam and Jaitapur, the POSCO project in Odisha, human rights violations in Kashmir and the North East, will be made to a six member jury.

Jury members include Dr. Binayak Sen who was himself a victim of trumped up sedition charges by the Chhattisgarh Government. While Dr. Sen was granted bail in April 2011 by the Supreme Court which found no evidence of sedition, hundreds of human rights defenders continue to face similar charges and jail sentences.

At Koodankulam in coastal Tamil Nadu a valiant and peaceful protest by thousands of local people living in the vicinity of the under construction nuclear plant has been met with brutal police repression and false charges. Recently the police filed more than 55,000 First Information Reports (FIR) against local villagers and incredibly charged 6800 of them with ‘sedition’ and ‘waging war’ against the state.

Chhattisgarh school teacher Soni Sori is languishing in jail with several instances of torture allegedly for being a ‘naxalite accomplice’. There will also be depositions on behalf of Delhi based journalist Ahmed Kazmi by his son Shauzab Kazmi. Kazmi was arrested by the Delhi police in March 2012 on charges of facilitating the bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat. So far the Delhi Police have not revealed any substantive evidence to prove their case against Kazmi.

Former Member of Parliament Sebastian Paul will depose on behalf of Kerala politician Abdul Nasar Maudany who was arrested in August 2010 for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Bangalore serial bomb blasts.

The organisers of the public hearing include groups such as Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) and Solidarity Youth Movement.

Jury members also include Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar, poet K. Satchidanadan and journalists Saba Naqvi and Ajit Shahi.

The hearing will start at 10am on 28th September and conclude at 6pm the next day with comments from the Jury.

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