21 April 2018

21 April ND: Impeachment of CJI Misra: AAP, DMK, TMC oppose; 64 MPs sign motion/ 'Naroda Patiya: Tide began to turn in Maya Kodnani’s favour when Amit Shah defended her'

21 April 2018:04 Shaban 1439:Vol:10, No:03
Impeachment of CJI Misra: AAP, DMK, TMC oppose; 64 MPs sign motion
In an unprecedented move, Opposition parties led by the Congress took the first step towards proposing an impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by submitting the petition with over 64 signatures to Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. The petition listed five allegations of “misbehaviour” against the Chief Justice. This is the first time in the country's history that an impeachment motion would be moved against the CJI. The impeachment notice comes a day after the Supreme Court rejected a bunch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of Judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram are not among the signatories to the impeachment motion notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal rejected the insinuation that there was a "division" within the Congress and no consensus among the Opposition parties over the issue. "Since the issue dealt with the Constitution, we have deliberately not included Dr Manmohan Singh, as he is a former prime minister. With regard to some others, whose cases are going on, we did not wish to embarrass them," Sibal told reporters. The impeachment move was condemned by the Bharatiya Janata Party, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusing the Congress and its friends of using impeachment as a "political tool". He termed the notice a "revenge petition" after the Supreme Court's judgment in Judge Loya death case "exposed" the conspiracy of falsehood. Trinamool Congress and the DMK, besides the RJD and some other parties, have backed out from supporting the move.Earlier, the Supreme Court sought Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal’s advice on restraining the media from publishing such “scandalous” stories against the judiciary.business-standard
Opposition Moves Impeachment Notice Against CJI: Will Misra Now Follow Judges Who Resigned/ Changed At First Hint Of Loss of Trust?

 CJI impeachment: Dissent in Congress, 2 former Law Ministers question move — and its motive
New Delhi;Hours after the Congress and six Opposition parties gave a notice for moving an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, two senior Congress leaders and former Law Ministers expressed their reservations to paper.While Ashwani Kumar said the move will be “counter-productive” arguing that the “remedy cannot be worse than the malaise,” Salman Khurshid said that he was “saddened” at the developments. Another former Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who had earlier opposed the plan to move an impeachment motion, declined to comment.Sources close to him said he was unhappy but would not like to openly question the party’s decision.Indian Express
Prashant Bhushan: It’s the Govt which tried to ‘blackmail PCJI’
The process culminating in the move to impeach the Chief Justice of India began with the Union Government collecting evidence through the Central Bureau of Investigation against the Chief Justice of India, asserted Lawyer, activist and convenor/ secretary of the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms Prashant Bhushan on Friday.Holding the Union Government and the Chief Justice of India both responsible for the crisis, Bhushan said that the Union Government had tried to blackmail the Chief Justice by unleashing the CBI to collect evidence in the medical college case.nationalheraldindia
2002 Gujarat riots: Delay in naming Maya Kodnani as Naroda Patiya accused helped in her acquittal
The Gujarat high court on Friday reversed a special SIT court order and acquitted former state minister Maya Kodnani, described by the latter as “one of the principal conspirators and a kingpin” of the Naroda Patiya communal riots.Kodnani, who was sentenced to 28 years of imprisonment in 2012, was acquitted and can now walk free because of the “benefit of doubt’’ granted to her by the high court.So what changed in the six years between the 2012 order of the special SIT court order and the HC verdict on Friday?Lawyers for the accused and the victims agreed that while there had been no change or addition to the material evidence in this case in the last six years, the HC considered the statements made before the first investigation agency that probed the riots — statements that the special court had discarded. The benefit of doubt was largely due to the delay in naming Kodnani; her name was not mentioned as one of the accused after the riots in 2002, but only figured in 2008.The special court was set up to hear the Supreme Court-commissioned SIT’s probe of Naroda Patiya massacre, where 97 died. It is considered one of the most violent incidents of the 2002 riots .HT
Naroda Patiya riot case: If acquitted ones are innocent, did we kill our children, asks victim
Ahmedabad; After the Gujarat High Court acquitted 17 out of 32 convicts in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, a victim on Friday said that eight members of her family were killed before her eyes during the clash.In the Naroda Patiya riot, atleast 97 Muslims were killed following the Godhra riots. “8 members of our family were killed before our eyes. If they are innocent, did we kill our children? Maya Kodnani has been declared innocent, 2 years later Babu Bajrangi will be acquitted,” the victim said. Gujarat High Court acquitted former BJP minister Maya Kodnani in the case.However, the conviction of Babu Bajrangi who had also moved the court challenging the previous ruling was upheld. Besides Kodnani, 16 others were also acquitted, while the conviction of 12 was upheld. Verdict on two others is awaited and one other accused is dead. In 2012, a special court for SIT cases had sentenced 32 people to life imprisonment, including Kodnani and Bajrangi. In the ruling, seven accused were given enhanced life imprisonment of 21 years and the remaining were given simple life imprisonment for 14 years.freepressjournal
Disappointed with verdict, Naroda Patiya riot victims to move Supreme Court
Ahmedabad:Victims of the communal massacre in Ahmedabad’s Naroda Patiya in 2002 said on Friday they will appeal against the acquittal of former state minister Maya Kodnani of charges that she incited the rioters, calling the Gujarat high court’s decision “disappointing”. “This is a dark day. I had seen with my own eyes what happened there. If after saying all this (in the court) the court acquits those who were involved in killing the members of my family, then what kind of justice is this?” PTI quoted Shakeela Ansari as saying. Ansari saw eight members of her family murdered by the rioters.“I had seen Maya Kodnani at a distance of just 25-30 metres. I am disappointed by the verdict. Maya-ben had come not once but twice to the area on the day of the incident. How can the court deny what we had seen from our own eyes,” said another victim, Salim Sheikh, whose house was damaged during the riots. He and Ansari deposed during the trial, according to PTI.Advocate Shamshad Pathan, who represented riot victims, said an appeal will be filed in the Supreme Court.“SIT did not probe the case properly. As far as Maya Kodnani is concerned, statements and evidence against (Bajrang Dal leader) Babu Bajrangi also apply to her. We will go through the judgement and challenge it before the SC,” he added.HT
Naroda Patiya: Tide began to turn in Maya Kodnani’s favour when Amit Shah defended her:indianexpress
Naroda Patiya case verdict : Of 29 accused, Gujarat High Court upheld convictions of 12
Maya Kodnani released due to shoddy investigation in Naroda Patiya case: Rana Ayyub
Maya Kodnani, accused in the Naroda Patiya massacre in Gujarat was acquitted by the Gujarat High Court on Friday. It was a natural outcome of the poor investigation into Naroda Patiya riot case of Gujarat, says Rana Ayyub, who who has written a book on the Gujarat genocide, Gujarat Files.“The way SIT had twisted and manipulated the facts, this was bound to happen. It seems as if there is a phase of acquittal of the accused going on in the country,” points out Ayyub“It seems now that the thousands of innocents killed during Gujarat riots will not get justice. Govt is gradually stamping out all the investigations, be it Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid or Samjhauta blast,”shhhe says. nationalheraldindia
Malegaon blast: SC asks Purohit to challenge prosecution sanction in trial court
In a relief to Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, the Supreme Court clarified its order and granted him liberty to raise the issue of grant of sanction to prosecute him under the stringent UAPA at the time of framing of charges.The SC, while granting bail to Purohit on August 21 last year, had said the issue of grant of prosecution sanction could be raised at the time of trial.“We clarify that the observation be taken in a context that the issue of prosecution sanction can be raised and considered at the time of framing of charges,” a bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre said.Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Purohit, said an observation in the last year’s bail order of the apex court has been construed as that the issue of prosecution sanction be raised and considered at the time of trial.He sought a clarification of order saying this was the substantial question of law and Purohit should be allowed to raise the issue at the time of framing of charges itself.PTI
Malegaon blast: Purohit can raise UAPA sanction issue before trial, says SC
HC stays 26/11 trial against Zabiuddin till June 11
The Bombay high court on Friday stayed the 26/11 attacks trial against alleged Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal pending hearing of a plea filed by Delhi Police against a lower court order, which asked them to provide travel documents to the accused.Delhi Police’s Special Cell had approached the high court earlier this month claiming privilege over the documents and urged the court to quash and set aside the trial court’s order. Justice Nitin Sambre on Friday posted the petition for hearing on June 11, but stayed the trial against Jundal till then. The petitioner’s counsel Hiten Venegaonkar argued that the documents were classified and hence could not be shared with the defence.Jundal’s lawyer Yug Chaudhary, however, argued that the rights of the accused were being curtailed. The trial court had last month directed that the travel documents be shared with Jundal’s lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan after an application was made by them.Jundal’s lawyer has been arguing that the Saudi government deported Jundal, and three Indian police officers accompanied him on the flight to Delhi. The defence sought to review Jundal’s travel papers and the passenger list prepared by the airways, in which Jundal and the officers came to the national Capital.According to the defence, if the documents submitted by the airways to the Delhi Police are perused, it could damage the prosecution’s theory and raise questions over its claim that a Pakistani passport and identity cards were seized from Jundal at the time of his arrest. The defence filed the application for travel documents earlier this year.HT
8 Months No Bail: Dr Kafeel’s Health Deteriorates, Wife Rushes to Delhi in Search of Justice
NEW DELHI: 8 months, and now Dr Kafeel Khan’s wife cannot take it any longer. After keeping quiet hoping justice will get her husband out of jail within days, to rushing to Lucknow to meet with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hoping for justice, to keeping quiet waiting for the law to actually deliver, young Dr Shabista Khan is now in Delhi to examine further legal options to somehow get her husband bail.April 20 was the date fixed for the bail hearing, and just before meeting The Citizen they were told it has been shifted again to April 25. Why? Because some nothings were not made by the clerks. Khan had been arrested in November following the tragedy at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in which over 60 children were supposed to have died of shortage of oxygen. The official figure is 30 children and Khan came into the limelight as he was one of the few doctors noticed by the media as actually working night and day to help the children survive.Now Khan has been in jail for eight months and as Shabista quietly reminded this reporter, “9th month has started.” Shabistan Khan is herself a dentist, here now with her little daughter who has been visiting her father in jail. When Khan’s brother Adil Khan asked the one and a half year old child, “where is your father” she went running to the door as if to look for him. Shabista said that she could not meet him when he was finally brought to the hospital as she was here in Delhi now to knock at the door of the Supreme Court for justice. the citizens
Kafeel Khan, Prime Accused in Gorakhpur Tragedy, Asserts Innocence in Letter
Rajinder Sachar helped puncture the myth of Muslim appeasement in India
There are many reasons to remember Justice Rajinder Sachar, who died in Delhi at the age of 95, on April 20. He was a former chief justice of the Delhi High Court, a civil rights activist proud of his socialist credentials, and a man whose instinct it was to take on the establishment. This trait was surprising as he belonged to a prominent political family: his father, Bhim Sen Sachar, was twice the chief minister of Punjab, for eight months in 1949, and then between April 1952 and January 1956.Rajinder Sachar’s anti-establishment streak first became visible when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was scheduled to have breakfast at the Punjab chief minister’s residence. Sachar senior, in an excited tone, broke the news to his son, presumably expecting him to be keen to share a meal with the charismatic prime minister. The son was not impressed. Let alone breakfast, Sachar said he would walk out of the house when Nehru’s entered. “Rajinder Sachar joined the Socialist Party at its inception in 1948,” recalled Prem Singh, president of the Socialist Party, which was revived in 2011, among others, by Sachar. “Congress was consequently his ideological opponent. He would narrate this incident to us and chuckle and say, ‘It would have done me no harm to have breakfast with Nehru.’”scroll.in
Is wearing a turban integral to Sikh religion:SC
New Delhi:Is wearing a turban integral to Sikh religion, asked the Supreme Court on Friday after a Delhi-based cyclist Jagdeep Singh Puri, challenged a local cycling association’s rules that required him to wear a helmet to participate in a competition.Puri (50) moved the petition with the plea that he cannot wear a helmet because it’s mandatory for him to wear a turban as per the Sikh religion.A bench of justices SA Bodbe and LN Rao wondered whether wearing a turban was necessary under the religion or just covering one’s head was. They referred to sportspersons from the Sikh community who didn’t wear turbans while participating in games.“We have sympathy for the cause. But have you showed us anything that makes it mandatory under Sikh religion to wear a turban only? For example Bishen Singh Bedi played cricket while simply covering his head. He never wore a turban. And what do soldiers do in battles? Don’t they wear helmets? You basically need to define what is a turban?,” the bench told Puri’s counsel, RS Suri.HT
No relief for Ahmed Patel as HC decides to hear plea against RS election
New Delhi:Gujarat High Court o Friday junked an application filed by senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel seeking dismissal of a petition challenging his election to the Rajya Sabha in 2017.Justice Bela Trivedi is currently hearing BJP leader Balwantsinh Rajput’s petition challenging Patel’s election.Ahmed Patel’s lawyer P S Champaneri sought dismissal of Rajput’s petition at the “threshold level”, for not serving on respondents an attested copy of the petition as required under the law.Rajput’s lawyer Nirupam Nanavati had argued that thiswas a minor flaw, which could be corrected easily.HT
Dalit-Muslim conferences look to forge ‘social alliance’ before 2019 polls
A series of Dalit-Muslim conferences over the past couple of months in states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana has rekindled hopes among their leaders of forging a joint “social justice” movement in the run-up to the 2019 general election. The Mahmood Madani-led faction of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, a prominent Muslim organisation, which led these conferences, said the purpose was to forge “long-term social alliances”.All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, whose members include those from the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), have also attended these conferences. Four major Dalit-Muslim conferences have been held so far on the theme “Mulk Do Rahe Par” (the country is on divergent paths): in Delhi on February 22, in Lucknow on March 10, in Bengaluru on March 8 and in Hyderabad on March 21. Smaller, local-level, Dalit-Muslim associations by participation in each other’s rallies and events are taking place throughout Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. “Both are suppressed and deprived communities. We have long felt that the 2 must stand together for each other’s rights,” Madani said.In Saharanpur, home to the influential Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, young Muslims are joining the Bhim Sena, a Dalit group, Madani said. Delhi meeting was attended by 170 Muslim and Dalit representatives. They include Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar; Kancha Ilaiah of the Maulana Azad Urdu University, Ashok Bharti of the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations; BN Tejavath of th All India Scheduled Tribe Federation; and Shivarudra Mahaswamigalu of the Shree Belimatha Mahasamsthana. “There has to be a basis for people to come together. The basis is the social oppression being faced by Dalits and Muslims at the hands of communal forces,” said Ambedkar, adding that the larger struggle should also be about the economic situation. “Muslims have traditionally voted for the Congress, which also believes in Vedic persecution of Dalits. They should make it very clear they will vote for any new alternative that can take on communal forces,” Ambedkar said.Organisations representing scheduled castes, who make up 16.6% of the population, have been restive in recent months.“How to stand against communal forces together…how to ensure Dalits are not utilised against Muslims in riots…that is our main agenda,” said Maulana Nadeem Siddiqui, a Jamiat leader from Maharashtra, who says he has been holding discussions with Prakash Ambedkar every week.HT
MP: 6-month-old girl allegedly raped, killed; accused arrested
A six-month-old girl was allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore early on Friday, PTI reported. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said the accused has been arrested and a probe is underway into the case.The incident came to light when the blood-soaked body of the infant was found in the basement of a building in Rajwada area. The post-mortem, which was conducted at state-run MY Hospital, suggested the girl might have been raped before being murdered as her private part bore an injury mark. Police said the accused, later identified as Sunil Bheel (21), was seen carrying the infant on his shoulder on CCTV footage. “The body of the infant was recovered from the basement of a commercial building in Rajwada area. The accused, Sunil Bheel, had kidnapped her in the morning when she was asleep with her parents outside the Rajwada Fort. The accused was sleeping close to the family,” HC Mishra, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Indore, said, adding that Bheel was known to the family.indianexpress
Delhi court acquits man belongs to different faith, of rape charges against Muslim minor, says victim was adult by Muslim law
New Delhi: A Delhi court recently acquitted an individual who was charged with rape and sexual assault under the POCSO, as it held that “victim is a Muslim and as per the Muslim law she attained the age of puberty [adulthood] at the age of 14”.The case has its genesis in a complaint filed by a father on Nov.29, 2013, looking for his missing girl aged 17 years and 5 months, whom he suspected to have been kidnapped by the accused, who was a resident of the same locality. Later the victim came to the police and informed that she had gone willingly to Jammu with the accused and that she got married to him and had established conjugal relations. The victim then had refused medical tests too. Since sexual intercourse with a minor (below 18 years) is against the law (if challenged) after a Supreme Court ruling, Additional Sessions Judge, Amit Kumar of the Rohini (North West) District Court said, “Though she was a minor, she had attained the age of discretion. It cannot be ignored that the victim is a Muslim and as per the Muslim law she attained the age of puberty at the age of 14 years, and got married after attaining the age of puberty.” The judge also declared the victim an unreliable witness.After the production of the birth certificate it was established that the victim was a minor at the time of her marriage and thus Section 366 of the IPC was slapped on the accused. Subsequently, he was arrested.  However, the victim, later in April 21, 2014, complained that she was been sexually assaulted by the accused. Following this she stated that not only was she kidnapped the first time by using a sedative laced handkerchief, but that she was also forcefully confined in Jammu where the accused had raped her. She even dismissed the wedding saying that the wedding pictures were clicked by the accused to misdirect the police. “Accused kept me there for three days and raped me. I was in pain at that time. I requested accused and his aunt to take me back to my parental home but they threatened to kill me. Accused had also brought clothes of his sister for me, but I refused to wear the said clothes. On my refusal, accused and his aunt gave severe beatings to me,” said the victim in her statement. However, the accused had squarely refused such a version stating that “he was falsely implicated in this case at the instance of the parents of the victim because of different religion and no such incident ever took place”. The judge pointed out that it was unbelievable that the girl was accompanied to Jammu without her consent and manage to evade the attention of passengers through the entire journey. The court has noted the existing legal position too by stating that a marriage of a minor is not void ab initio but is voidable at the instance of the victim or challenged by the victim. “Victim never took any steps to declare her marriage void,” said Judge Kumar. news18
Surat rape case:Victim, mom were sold for Rs 35,000
Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad police crime branch on Friday claimed to have cracked the case + of rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, whose body had been recovered in Surat on April 6, by arresting the prime accused from Rajasthan. During preliminary probes, it was found that the girl and her widowed mother — from Gangapur in Rajasthan — had been bought by the accused for Rs 35,000 to be used as bonded labourers.The recovery of the girl’s body having 87 injury marks, including severe ones in her private parts inflicted by sticklike object, sent shockwaves and triggered widespread outrage across the country. Harsayai Gurjar (35) was arrested from Gangapur in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, while three others, including Harsayai’s brother Harisinh, and two other brothers — Naresh and Amarsinh Gurjar — were detained on Friday, crime branch officials said.Harsayai and Harsinh, from Gangapur, are labour contractors in marble units in Surat, while Naresh and Amarsinh work for them, police added. On March 15, Harsayai, a father of two, had bought the girl and her widowed mother from a man in Gangapur by paying him Rs35000 to be used as bonded labourers,police said.TOI
Bhopal: Sensational murder case of mosque muezzin solved
Bhopal:The police succeeded in solving the sensational mosque Muezzin murder case within 24 hours of the incident. DIG Bhopal Dharmendra Choudhary said minor son of the Imam of the same Mosque killed Muezzin of Akhadewali Masajid using a screw driver in the morning on Thursday. While talking to media persons on Friday, DIG Bhopal Dharmendra Choudhary said that the accused had killed the deceased Muezzin of Akhadewali Masajid Nisar Ahmed due to personal enemity  which would be revealed in the further investigation. The weapon used in the murder has been recovered, he added.However, DIG evaded revealing the personal and family reason which resulted in the killing of the deceased. Replying to possible reason of the murder DIG Choudhary said that all possible reasons and other accomplices involved in the murder would be investigated.Blood stains over shirt of deceased were found which lead to the nabbing of the accused said police.To a query regarding involvement of father of accused DIG Choudhary said that if the father is involved he would also be named as an accused and would be arrested but at the moment nothing against him has been found and he was not around at the time of the incident.He further said that the Imam and Muezzin had dispute over money collected at the Mosque but police officials denied the fact to be a reason behind the killing.dailypioneer
Gangster Abu Salem’s parole request for marriage rejected by Navi Mumbai Commissioner
Mumbai;Gangster Abu Salem’s parole request to get married for a second time has been rejected by the authorities. ANI reported that Salem’s request for 45 days leave was turned down by the Navi Mumbai Commissioner. Salem is currently serving a life term for his involvement in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.On February 16, Salem had written to the Taloja jail authorities seeking leave to tie the knot with Sayed Bahar Kausar alias Heena on May 5. Salem had moved the application under Special Marriages Act. In his application, Salem said that he has never been out on any leave in last 12 years, 3 months and 14 days. His letter was sent to the divisional commissioner of Konkan division on March 12. After verifying the details, the letter and a report on his request were sent to Thane police commissionerate on April 5, 11 and 16. From here, the letter was forwarded to Mumbra police station. Police had also recorded the statements of Heena, her mother and Rafique Sayyed.financialexpress
Cash Crunch: Ailing woman dies outside bank in Bihar, says report
As reports have come in from parts of the country, particularly Gujarat and Bihar, of people facing cash crunch for the second time after demonetisation in November 2016, news has come from Bihar that an old and ailing woman, who had been making rounds of a bank for cash withdrawal, has died without health care for want of money. The news was reported by LiveBihar on Friday.nationalheraldindia
This madrassa in Surat has over 70% Hindu students
Surat: Madrassas are usually thought of as Muslim-only schools but over 70% of the students at Madresa Islamiya High School in Surat are Hindus.For more than 100 years, the seminary has been imbibing a sense of humanity and camaraderie among its students coming from various castes, creeds and religions. It celebrates every festival with equal fervour and gaiety.Implying textual knowledge of their social studies books in their day to day life, these students have learnt the lesson of humanity before any other topic. Principal Suleiman Ghulam Hussain, said:“Here students are taught from KG to class 12th. 70% of students here are Hindus and 30% Muslims. Students do not only come from Motavarachha (school’s locality in Surat), students from nearby villages also come for education.”siasat
Jharkhand Civic Polls: BJP Sweeps in Cities, Slips in Towns
Jharkhand: In the first civic polls on party symbols in Jharkhand, the ruling BJP swept in all five municipal corporations (nagar nigam) of five major cities by winning the seats of both mayors and deputy mayors. However, its performance in rural areas was not as impressive, and in small towns, it was further poorer.BJP won all 10 seats of Mayor and Deputy Mayors in five corporations but out of 32 seats of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of 16 Nagar Parishads, the party could win only 11 seats.The elections for three layers of civic bodies were held on 16th April and results were announced on 20th April.Caravan News
BJP MLA Sanjay Patil booked for saying Karnataka election is about Hindus vs Muslims
New Delhi:While speaking at a campaign meeting in Sulebhavi village a few days back, BJP MLA Sanjay Patil said that the upcoming assembly election in Karnataka is not a fight for good roads or drinking water but is about Hindus and Muslims. A video of his speech even went viral on social media. Now, an FIR has been filed against Patil for hate speech."This elections is not about roads or drinking water , this election is about Hindus and Muslims," he had said.Patil did not just stop there and further said those who want Babri Masjid can support Congress party, while those who want Shivaji can vote for BJP."I will touch my heart and tell you loudly, This is India, country of Hindus, the country where Ram was born. Ram Mandir should be built in Ayodhya and I am ready to do anything for that. Let Lakshmi Hebbalka first clear her stand on Ram Mandir. If she says her party will build Ram Mandir, then you all can vote for her, but she won't say that. But Congress build masjid, they build Babri Masjid. We build Ram Mandir," he said.IndiaToday
BSP may not contest against Gandhis in 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Lucknow: Even as BJP is eyeing to wrest Rae Bareli and Amethi parliamentary seats from the Gandhi family, the BSP leadership is contemplating to toe the line of its likely 2019 poll ally SP by not fielding its candidates in the twin Congress strongholds in coming general elections.BSP leaders close to party chief Mayawati confirmed the reports and said that the move would stop division of votes and pit BJP in a direct electoral contest with Congress. SP has not been fielding candidates in Amethi since 2004 and in Rae Bareli since 2009 Lok Sabha elections.TOI
Israeli soldiers kill 4 Palestinians, wound 700 at Gaza rally
Israeli forces have shot dead four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, as more than 10,000 gathered in a mass demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Friday that at least 729 people protesting near the border with Israel were wounded by Israeli gunfire, needed treatment for tear gas inhalation or suffered other injuries.Palestinian officials identified those killed as Mohammed Ibrahim Ayyoub, 15, Ahmed Rashad, 24, Ahmed Abu Aqil, 25 and Saad Abdul Majid Abdul-Aal Abu Taha, 29.Friday's demonstration was the fourth in as many weeks of a planned, weeks-long sit-in dubbed the Great March of Return.Latest deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed by Israel since the protests began in late March to 39. According to the health ministry, over 4,000 have been wounded.aljazeera
Egypt fails to gather PA, Hamas for reconciliation talks
Egypt has failed to hold a joint meeting between the Hamas and Palestinian Authority (PA) delegations in Cairo.Fatah leader and member of the PA Ayman Al-Raqab told ERM News yesterday that the Hamas delegation visit to Cairo came at the request of the Egyptian authorities in order “to salvage the reconciliation from failure” especially after the PA had increased its demands and requested an “abrupt handover” for the Gaza Strip.Egypt had hoped to convey the PA’s request to host the Palestinian National Council (PNC) meeting on 30 April without the participation of Hamas or Islamic Jihad.Yesterday the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the second largest faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organisation after Fatah, announced that it will not attend the PNC meeting because Hamas and Islamic Jihad will not be able to attend.middleeastmonitor
North Korea suspends nuclear and missile tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced that his country will suspend nuclear and missile tests immediately, according to state media.The announcement on Saturday came amid increasingly decreasing tensions on the Korean peninsula ahead of a landmark summit between the North and the South next week.The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Pyongyang would also close its nuclear test site as part of the country's efforts to pursue economic growth and regional peace."Nuclear development has proceeded scientifically and in due order and the development of the delivery strike means also proceeded scientifically and verified the completion of nuclear weapons," the agency quoted Kim as saying during a meeting of the ruling party's full Central Committee.Kim is to meet South Korean President Moon at a border village on April 27 and US President Donald Trump in the subsequent months in separate summit talks.aljazeera
Special envoy for Syria calls for de-escalation in Syria
UN special envoy for Syria has said tensions need to calm down between the major global powers in order to restart diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Syria.Staffan de Mistura made the comments after holding talks on Friday with Sergey Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, in Moscow.De Mistura said that chemical weapons inspectors in Douma, Syria, should do their job as quickly as possible and without any interference.aljazeera
Democrats sue Russia, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks for allegedly disrupting 2016 election
The Democratic Party sued Russia, Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks on April 20 charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, a court filing showed.The party alleges in the federal lawsuit in Manhattan that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Mr. Trump by hacking Democratic Party computers.The lawsuit alleges that Trump’s campaign “gleefully welcomed Russia’s help” in the 2016 election and accuses the Trump campaign of being a “racketeering enterprise”.4 US intelligence agencies reported last year that Russia sponsored the hacking of Democratic Party groups and other actions during 2016 campaign. Part of the effort was to benefit Trump over Ms. Clinton, the agencies said.REUTERS
Agra court imposes fine for frivolous case on Taj Mahal's ownership
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Is Dr.Kafeel Being Unjustly Accused in Gorakhpur’s Children’s Death Case?Tarique Anwar
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One year later, Pehlu Khan's family has found no justice, his community is still under siege:
Harsh Mander
Till the end, Justice Rajinder Sachar spoke up for rights of fellow citizens:
Tahir Mahmood

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