• Friday, August 19, 2022

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India’s top court orders detained activists out of police custody

Varavara Rao is one of the arrested

By: Sarwar Alam

India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered five left-wing activists to be taken out of police custody and kept under house arrest amid widespread condemnation of their detention. Police detained the five on Tuesday alleging links to banned left-wing Maoist militants. Lawyers for the activists immediately took the case to the Supreme Court which gave Indian authorities until 6 September to respond to the challenge. Opposition parties and civil rights groups have accused the government of seeking to silence critics. And one Supreme Court justice, D.Y Chandrachud, said: “Dissent is the safety valve of democracy, the pressure cooker will burst if…

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