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National Security Act withdrawn against Bhim Army founder Chandrshekhar

Date : 14/09/2018

A day before the hearing of the case in Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday withdrew the National Security Act (NSA) against Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar, who was in jail under NSA since 2nd November 2017 for his alleged role in clashes between Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur.

The Bhim Army is a Bahujan-rights organisation and was founded in 2014 by Chandrashekhar and Vinay Ratan Singh (also national president Bhim Army) for the development of Dalits, and other marginalized sections of society.

His detention order was challenged after an Habeas Corpus writ petition was filled in the Allahabad High Court. However, the Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition on grounds that his detention is valid.

Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) had challenged the Allahabad High Court order in Supreme Court through a Special Leave Petition (SLP). Subsequently, the matter was listed before the bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on 10th August, 2018.

Earlier, Chandrashekhar’s counsel advocate Shreeji Bhavsar had said, “NSA is a draconian law. It is a weapon in the hand of the state and the Centre, which is being used as tool for political persecution rather than controlling law and order situation. The detention of Chandrashekher is an example of how the NSA is being misused by the state and the Union.

While highlighting the unaccountable power under NSA Act, advocate Bhavsar said, “Under the Act, a District Magisrate — who is responsible for the law and order situation — can pass an detention order under an apprehension, stating that if a particular individual is not detained then there might be a law and order situation in the area.

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