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Dalit rights activist Chandrasekhar Azad’s detention mockery of law: Amnesty

Rising Kashmir News

Bangalore/New Delhi:

International rights body Amnesty International India on Friday slammed the UP government for slapping the National Security Act on the Dalit rights activist Chandrasekhar Azad after he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court. Amnesty termed the UP Police move as a “brazen attempt to sidestep human rights safeguards in the ordinary criminal justice system”.
Chandrasekhar Azad was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh state police under the National Security Act (NSA) on 3 November, a day after he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court after four months in jail. Newspaper reports had quoted the court stating that the cases against Chandrasekhar Azad appeared to have been politically motivated.
Under the NSA, he is at risk of being detained for up to 12 months without charge or trial.
“Arresting Chandrasekhar Azad under the NSA the day after he received bail shows that authorities in Uttar Pradesh want to target this Dalit rights activist by keeping him locked away by any means available. Administrative detention under the NSA circumvents the human rights safeguards of ordinary criminal procedure and undermines the rule of law. Chandrasekhar Azad should be released immediately, and his fair trial rights respected,” said Asmita Basu, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India.



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