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PUCL Statement on the attack against Journalists and Media in Covid period

The Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties condemns the attempt at criminalizing the writings of journalist Supriya Sharma, Executive Editor of the Scroll, the most recent victim of state attack on the media. The article, “In Varanasi village adopted by Prim Minister Modi, people went hungry during the lockdown" was published on June 5th, 2020. Among the people it reported on were Mala Devi and her family, who are Scheduled Castes from Domari Village. The Uttar Pradesh police filed a first information report on Scroll’s executive editor Supriya and the Editor-in-chief, on the 13th of June. Supriya Sharma wrote an 8 part series on the suffering imposed by the lockdown in Varanasi, exposing the loss of livelihoods and hunger faced by the marginalized: the Dalits, single women and informal workers. The criminal provisions slapped on the Scroll journalists are bizarre and do not even apply to the complaint made by the aggrieved individual. These are: carrying out negligent acts likely to …

Supreme Court Judgement on UID/Aadhaar is against mandatory UID/Aadhaar for admission

To
Smt. Keshni Anand Arora Chief Secretary Government of Haryana Chandigarh
Date: 18/06/2020
Subject-Urgent: June 18, 2020 letter of District Elementary Education Officer, Hisar, Haryana on the subject of mandatory submission of  UID/Aadhaar Number in manifest violation of Hon'ble Supreme Court Judgement on UID/Aadhaar 
Madam,
With due respect this is with reference to the attached June 18, 2020 letter of District Elementary Education Officer, Hisar, Haryana on the subject of mandatory submission of  UID/Aadhaar Number which is in manifest violation of the 1448 page long verdict of Hon'ble Supreme Court's verdict on UID/Aadhaar
We submit that the directions given at page numbers 401-402, paragraph 332 of the Hon'ble Supreme Court's verdict of 26 September, 2018 creates a compulsion for review and revision of the illegal and unjust order in question. It merits your urgent attention because the illegal order in question has fixed 3 PM, June 19, 2020 as the deadlin…

Delhi High Court case on non-disclosure of information of foreign firms by UIDAI pending for last 6 years

Something remains rotten in the state of Denmark, says Shakespeare in Hamlet. So is the case with Delhi High Court case on non-disclosure of info on foreign firms like ACCENTURE & SAFRAN Group. Notably, 13th judge heard it on 11th December, 2019 and adjourned it to May 1, 2020. No new date has been scheduled for hearing it so far. 
Writ Petition (Civil) No. 9143/2014, Delhi High Court case on non-disclosure of information of foreign firms by UIDAI despite CIC's order has been pending since 2014. It has beeen listed 22 times before 10 different single judge benches It was listed for hearing on 19 November 2018 before Justice Vibhu Bakhru. 1st hearing too was before him. But instead of Jusatice Bakhru, on November 19, 2018, another new judge, Justice Suresh Kumar Kait heard the matter and passed the order: “Mr Lalit Bhasin, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the proposed respondent M/s Accenture services Pvt.Ltd. seeks time to file reply to the instant application.Let needful …