Justice Markandey Katju: Free these people 

By Justice Markandey Katju-

Justice Markandey Katju

(Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman of Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own)

To my Brothers and Sisters Judges of the Supreme Court of India.

I respectfully appeal to you to revisit the cases of the people in jail mentioned below whom I believe are innocent and have been wrongly incarcerated due to political vendetta by the Modi Government, quash the bogus charges against them, and free them.

  1. Sanjiv Bhatt

He was a senior IPS Police Officer who gave an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging the complicity of Modi in the 2002 massacre of 2000-3000 Muslims in Gujarat. In the affidavit, he claimed he had attended a meeting at the then-chief minister’s residence in February 2002, at which Modi allegedly told officers to “allow Hindus to vent their anger” against the minority community.

As a result,Modi, has been accused of getting him arrested on a trumped-up false charge of an old case from 1996, and convicted, and he has been in jail since 2018. He has also been sacked by the police, and he and his family were harassed in many ways.

  1. Umar Khalid

He is a Ph.D from JNU, and was an activist. He was arrested on charges of sedition, under the UAPA and a host of other sections of the IPC, which I believe to be concocted and bogus, and he has been in jail since 2020. His real crime is being a Muslim. Kanhaiya Kumar, who was accused of similar charges in the same incident in JNU, being a Hindu, is free.

  1. Bhima Koregaon accused

All charges against these accused seem bogus, and deserve to be quashed

  1. Charges against human rights activists in India should be quashed forthwith

The Modi government often arrests people who criticize it, though criticism of the government is a right of the people in a democracy

  1. Prof Saibaba’s case needs to be revisited and all charges against him dropped, as he seems to be innocent, and the evidence against him manufactured by the police

6. A large number of innocent Muslims are in jail for long periods, on false charges of terrorism, sedition, UAPA, etc. Their only crime was that they were Muslims, whom Modi hates.

They should be freed forthwith.