New Delhi: Activist and professor Sudha Bharadwaj, who was arrested in the multi-city raids by Pune Police on Tuesday and has been now placed under house arrest said that the letter the police read out on Friday claiming that it was written by her was fabricated to criminalise and other human rights lawyers, activists and organisations.” Also Read - US Election Results 2020: Trump, Biden Campaign Lawyers Ready For a Fierce Legal Battle if Election Outcome Heads to Court
The police had Friday claimed that Bharadwaj had written to one “Com Prakash”. Reacting to this in a handwritten statement, Bharadwaj, who is under house arrest, Friday said the purported letter shown by the Pune Police is a “mixture of innocuous”. Also Read - Bhima Koregaon Case: NIA Files Charge-Sheet Against 8 People Including DU Professor, Activist Stan Swamy
She claimed a number of human rights lawyers, activists and organisations were deliberately named to cast a stigma over them, obstruct their work and incite hatred against them. “It is a totally concocted letter fabricated to criminalise me and other human rights lawyers, activists and organisations,” the letter said. Also Read - After Exhausted Gang-Rape Survivor Yells, Bihar Court Sends Her to Jail For Contempt; 376 Lawyers Seek Her Release
The activist-lawyer said the “fabricated letter” had not been brought before either before the Pune Court or the Faridabad Chief Judicial Magistrate while seeking to “whisk” her to Pune. In a media briefing Friday, the police had released details of seized letters related to five activists arrested in June in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence that took place in January.
Early this week, the police raided the homes of activists and lawyers from five states—Varavara Roa in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Bharadwaj in Faridabad and Gautam Navalakha in Delhi.