Jharkhand HC Refuses to Dismiss Sedition Charges Against Tribals for Pathalgadi Facebook Post

The Wire | August 09, 2019

The allegation against the four petitioners was that they had incited members of the Munda tribal community to attack police officials in June 2017.

New Delhi: The Jharkhand high court on Friday declined to quash an FIR against four tribals for allegedly ‘seditious’ Facebook posts supporting the Pathalgadi movement of Munda tribal community, according to a report in LiveLaw.

The allegation against the four petitioners – J. Vikash Kora, Dharm Kishor Kullu, Emil Walter Kandulna and Ghanshyam Biruly – was that they had incited members of the Munda tribal community to attack police officials on June 26, 2018, when a mob of nearly 300 Pathalgadi supporters attacked BJP MP Karia Munda’s house in Chandidih village and abducted three police guards. Read more

Rs.100-crore benefits to be given away to tribals today

The Hindu | August 09, 2019

The Andhra Pradesh government will distribute assets and financial assistance amounting to Rs.100 crore to tribal people at World Adivasi Day (International Day of the World’s Indigenous People) celebrations being organised at Araku in Visakhapatnam district on August 9.

Besides, capital works worth Rs.43 crore will be inaugurated and foundation laid for works costing Rs.36 crore. Lap-top computers would be distributed to meritorious students from the Scheduled Tribes, according to a press release. Read more

Jharkhand HC Finds Prima Facie Case Of Sedition Against Tribals Who Supported ‘Pathalgadi’ Movement In Facebook [Read Judgment]

Live Law News Network | August 09, 2019

The Court said that the Facebook posts evidenced a prima facie intention to commit sedition.

The High Court of Jharkhand has refused to quash a First Information Report registered against four members of tribal community for allegedly posting seditious posts in Facebook supporting ‘Pathalgadi’ movement of Munda tribal community.

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गांवों में विकास परियोजनाओं के लिए ग्राम सभा की अनुमति होगी जरूरी

Down to Earth | Vivek Mishra | July 30, 2019

आंध्र प्रदेश उच्च न्यायालय ने केंद्रीय वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की उस अधिसूचना को रद्द कर दिया है, जिसमें कहा गया था कि लीनियर प्रोजेक्ट में ग्राम सभा के मंजूरी की जरूरत नहीं होगी।

करीब छह साल बाद ग्राम सभा को अपनी खोई हुई ताकत वापस मिल गई है। गांव में आर्थिक और सामाजिक विकास वाली योजना और परियोजनाओं को जमीन पर उतारने के लिए पहले ग्राम सभा की मंजूरी लेनी होगी। आंध्र प्रदेश उच्च न्यायालय ने केंद्रीय वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्रालय की ओर से जारी की गई उस अधिसूचना को रद्द कर दिया है, जिसमें ग्राम सभा की भूमिका को कम करते हुए विकास परियोजनाओं और कार्यक्रमों के लिए जमीन अधिग्रहण व लैंड यूज में बदलाव जैसी गतिविधि में ग्राम सभा से मंजूरी लेने की शर्त को खत्म कर दिया गया था। यह अधिसूचना 5 फरवरी, 2013 को जारी की गई थी। Read more

Women adivasis to SC: Repression continues against those seeking rights under FRA

The Indian Express | Kavitha Iyer | July 27, 2019

Sokalo Gond was among those campaigning for reclaiming adivasis’ rights to forest land even before the legislation in 2006.

TWO ADIVASI women leaders of their communities have sought to describe to the Supreme Court the continuing repression faced by tribals and other forest-dwelling communities in seeking their rights to forest land under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006.

The intervention application, filed by Sokalo Gond of Sonbhadra and Nivada Rana of Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, along with All India Union of Forest Workings People (AIUFWP) and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) led by Teesta Setalvad, is one among nearly 15 interventions filed in the writ petition in the SC regarding the constitutionality of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Protection of Rights) Act, 2006. Read more

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