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06 August, 2008

Ajay T.G’s release rekindles hope

Here is an update from Kavita Srivastava, Secretary, PUCL, Rajasthan on the case of Ajay T.G., film-maker:

Dear friends,

Ajay TG was released from jail today, the 5th of August, only after 8 pm. It took them till four pm today to get all the papers ready. The work of notarising the property list of Ajay took no time in the jail in the morning. However, the Tehsildar had to verify and countersign the bail sureties that were to be presented by Shobha, Ajay's wife, and another person. The Tehsildar asked the Patwari to verify the papers. The Patwari was not available till very late. However, all the work was done and the papers were finally filed in court by 4pm. Following this, the release order was made out and sent to the jail and then the formalities in jail took more than an hour. The entire process went on till late evening. It was worth the wait for all.

Ajay was given a big welcome back. Shobha, several of his friends, family members from both sides including Shobha's brother Babu and her sister were all there. The most difficult moment was the reunion with his parents.

Ajay spoke over the phone to some of us. When he spoke to me he was very happy. He said that he would not lose a single day to plan the next step on the "case" front. He said that he wouldl be calling his lawyers and working it out

Ajay's release has rekindled hope that things will change in Chhattisgarh.

Kavita Srivastava

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