Hum Aazaadizon ke Haq Mein condemns the CBI raid on the office of the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the residence of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand. The raids are completely unwarranted and an excessive misuse of the agency’s guidelines on searches, especially when Ms Setalvad has cooperated with investigations.
Ostensibly part of the agency’s investigation into allegations of misuse of the regulations of the FCRA, the raids are a naked attempt to scare, stigmatise and harass members of CJP, at a juncture when investigations into the case against prime minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riot victims cases are at a critical stage.
The CBI raids are also an attempt to intimidate others who, like members of CJP, have raised a voice against communal forces in the country. The CBI would do well to utilise its considerable energies and ability to investigate those responsible for the Vyapam scam, the killings of witnesses in the Asaram Bapu rape case etc.
Hum Aazaadiyon Ke Haq Mein
Hum Aazaadiyon Ke Haq Mein (HAKHM) is a collective of individuals and organisations based in Mumbai. HAKHM campaigns on issues of discrimination, State sponsored violence and atrocities, human right violations and works towards strengthening freedom, democracy, citizenships rights, rights of all marginalized sections.