The Centre for Criminal Justice Reform and Research, NALSAR has recently started a lecture series. For the second lecture, we have Justice (Retd.) Abhay Thipsay. Titled ‘Terrorism Trials and Reflections on Fundamental Rights’, the talk is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug 18 at 4pm.
Justice Thipsay retired as a judge from the Allahabad High Court. For years, he was a judge at the Bombay High Court where he presided over several significant cases delivering judgments, which were seen widely as restoring people’s faith in the judicial process. Justice Thipsay conducted the retrial in the Best Bakery carnage of 2002 on the Supreme Court orders, which led to the conviction of nine accused. In 2013, while granting bail to the members of the Kabir Kala Manch who had been charged under the stringent UAPA, he commended them for creating social awareness through their plays. “Speaking about corruption, social inequality, exploitation of the poor is not banned in our country”, he observed. He forcefully reiterated the legal point, often overlooked, that “passive” membership without any involvement in acts of violence cannot be grounds for criminalization.