Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Statement on the Demise of Shri Mukul Sinha by CJP


May 13, 2014

Statement on the Demise of Shri Mukul Sinha

The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) expresses its deep sense of loss at the demise of advocate Mukul Sinha of the Jansangharsh Manch (JSM), an indefatigable champion of the voice of the dispossessed, especially those who became victims of the state’s extrajudicial killings in Gujarat post September 2002. In this moment of loss, the CJP extends the deepest of condolences to surviving members of his family, Nirjhari and Prateek Sinha.

The presence of Mukul Sinha at the Nanavati Shah Commission appointed to probe the 2002 carnage, strengthened the invaluable evidence placed by serving policemen and administrators against the powerful perpetrators of the 2002 Gujarat carnage on record, and this thereafter became the basis and strength of criminal prosecutions launched by the CJP in the Courts. The contribution of the JSM under the leadership of Mukul and Nirjhari Sinha in deconstructing the Godhra train burning tragedy and also the CD of telephone records submitted by then DCP Crime Branch (2002) Rahul Sharma before the Nanavati Commission when he gave evidence in 2004, exposed some of the perpetrators. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court unfortunately failed to test much of this evidence in investigation and this has been remarked upon by the judgement of Judge Jyotsana Yagnik in the Naroda Patiya case (August 2012) leaving those powerful perpetrators (politicians and policemen) unprosecuted so far.

Mukul Sinha, apart from the struggle for justice for the survivors of 2002, strived hard for a better world order where the contribution and participation of the working class, artisan and agrarian peasantry and their contribution to the political economy central, and together with colleagues launched the New Socialist Movement (NSM), a political party. In 2007, Mukul Sinha and the trade unions associated with him decided to affiliate with the Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI). In 2010, he was elected the President of the TUCI at its 6th conference in Kanpur and was re-elected to the post in the 7th Conference in Kolkatta in 2012. He held the post till his demise. The Truth of Gujarat, a website launched by Mukul Sinha and colleagues contributed much to de-constructing the media hype and propaganda around Gujarat’s development and Narendra Modi. His demise is an immeasurable loss to the voice of resistance and sanity.

More than ever before, he will be missed today, as the struggle for justice and truth in the face of all adversity, must continue.

Teesta Setalvad
Secretary & Trustee

Other Trustees:

Alyque Padamsee                Raghunandan Maluste               I.M. Kadri        
Cyrus Guzder                      Javed Akhtar                                 Anil Dharker     
Javed Anand                       Rahul Bose                                    Ghulam Pesh Imam   
Cedric Prakash                   Shakuntala Kulkarni

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