Lawctopus and Academike (Lawctopus’ Law Journal) are organising a talk on Bhima Koregaon with Senior Advocate and activist Mihir Desai and Yeats Scholar and Senior Advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry on the Bhima Koregaon case. Both of them represent several accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. Join the conversation as two of the most distinguished lawyers talk about the Bhima Koregaon arrests and trials. Registration link below.
Convicted Without Trial: Talking Bhima Koregaon Case
Three years and countless pages of chargesheets later, the Bhima Koregaon arrests and trials loom over human rights, curbing the forms and methods of dissent.
Long after their arrests, fifteen human rights activists, lawyers, artists and intellectuals continue to be imprisoned. Despite the deadly second wave of COVID-19 and congested prisons, their appeal for bail was muffled repeatedly.
Lawctopus, in association with its law journal Academike, bring you a much-needed free-wheeling conversation on the Bhima Koregaon case with Advocate Mihir Desai and Advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry. Both of whom are currently representing many accused in the Bhima Koregaon case.
Advocate Mihir Desai is currently representing Dalit activist Anand Teltumbde and human Rights activist Father Stan Swamy. And Advocate Yug Chaudhry is representing Trade unionist, lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj and Delhi University’s professor Hany Babu.
Date: May 30, Sunday
Time: 6.30 – 8.00 PM
Place: Zoom (where else!)
Join us on May 30 at 6:30 PM. Register for the webinar here!
About the Speakers
Advocate Mihir Desai is a human rights activist and lawyer. He is practising as a senior counsel both in the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court. He is also the national vice president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). Adv. Desai is co-founder of the Indian People’s Tribunal (IPT) and Human Rights Law Network (HRLN). Additionally, he was involved in the Olga Tellis, Zakia Jafri, Khwaja Yunus and the Sohrabuddin Case.
Advocate Yug Mohit Chaudhry is a Yeats Scholar and an ace human rights lawyer practising at the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court. He has spearheaded the movement for the abolition of the death penalty in India. He has taught at Delhi’s St. Stephen College and has done his doctorate in English from Oxford. Apart from the Bhima Koregaon case, he was involved in the Mahendra Nath Das Case. He also represented Surender Koli and argued against his hanging in the Nithari serial Killing case.
Some Context for You: Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon
On December 31, 2017, several activists, lawyers and retired judges gathered for an event organized by former Supreme Court Justice P.B. Sawant and former Bombay High Court Justice B.G. Kolse Patil. The event was called Elgar Parishad, and one of the reasons it was organized was to commemorate the ‘Battle of Bhima Koregaon’.
January 1, 2018, marked the 200th celebration of the Battle, which witnessed clashes between Dalits and Marathas. Following which the police filed two FIRs. One of the two FIRs alleged that the violence that broke out on January 1 was instigated at the Elgar Parishad event.
The case was later transferred to the National Investigative Agency. So far, the NIA has filed three chargesheets and arrested 16 activists, scholars, artists and lawyers who were part of the Elgar Parishad conglomeration. Recently, Poet-activist Varavara Rao was granted bail for six months on medical grounds, while the rest of them continue to stand ‘before the law’.