Dr. Anoop Surendranath, Executive Director of the Centre on the Death Penalty of the National Law University, Delhi has decided to rename itself as `Project 39A’ ( www.project39a.com). The change is not just in name, but symbolises a change in the essential thrust of the research body which has contributed immensely to the Campaign against Death Penalty in India through its wide ranging and comprehensive research on death penalty issues.
In a communication to PUCL, Dr. Anoop Surendranath writes:
The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhavan, ‘C’ Block, GPO Complex, INA, Delhi
Please find herewith a copy of letter addressed by PUCL, Gujarat Unit, to H.E. the Governor of Gujarat, regarding non-appointment of top functionaries to head the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission.
On Friday, 20th April, 2018, by noon, news broke out that Rajinder Sachar – Sacharji to scores of rights activists – had passed away in a hospital at the ripe old age of 94. Within minutes, literally speaking, within less than an hour, we saw a deluge of email and Whatsapp messages, Press Reports and phone calls from people all across the country, all of whom had hundreds of emotions, reminiscences and experiences to share, of working with Sacharji - of battles fought, over many decades to protect rights, promote liberties, preserve the constitution.
The image of Justice Sachar in the city of Jodhpur, where he was a judge of the Rajasthan High court, was that of the cycling judge. 5 feet high, stylishly dressed in a sherwani or achkan and chudidar and a topi he moved around the city cycling. He also cycled almost on a daily basis in his formal court clothes to the High Court. That was way back in 1976-1977 when he got the name of the cycling judge sahab.
Veteran Socialist leader noted jurist and champion of human rights Justice (retired) Rajinder Sachar passed away in Delhi on 20th April 2018. He was 94. A distinguished advocate for the protection of human rights, and poor, Justice Sachar was a former Chief Justice of Delhi and Sikkim High Courts. He vociferously promoted the cause of human rights and was also head of People's Union of Civil Liberty (PUCL). He authored many reports on Kashmir.