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Nirbhaya Case: SC Issues Notices To Accused On Centre’s Appeal Against HC Verdict

It also granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of these convicts.



NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today sought response from the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case on Centre’s appeal challenging the Delhi High Court verdict which dismissed its plea against stay on their execution.

It also granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of these convicts.

A 3-judge bench comprising Justice R Banumathi, Justice Ashok Bhushan and  Justice A S Bopanna has said the pendency of the appeal filed by the Centre and the Delhi government before it would not be an impediment for the trial court in issuing fresh date for execution of the convicts.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the Delhi government, said, the court has to keep in mind the impact of this situation on the society as, despite the appeals of the convict being dismissed by the top court in 2017, the authorities are struggling to execute them even now.

The court had initially said that issuing notice to the convicts would further delay the matter but later did so on the appeal filed by the Centre and Delhi government.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as Nirbhaya, was gang-raped and savagely assaulted on the night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died of her injuries a fortnight later in a Singapore hospital.

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154 Very Prominent Citizens Write To President AGAINST Anti-CAA Protesters

The signatories of the letter said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about the Citizenship Amendment Act.



President Ramnath Kovind

NEW DELHI: Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters. They said that a “false and motivated” campaign is being launched against the law, the National Population Register (NPR) and NRC to harm the nation.

The signatories of the letter, including 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals, said “fear” is being spread across the country.

They said the campaign is being carried out in a “coordinated manner” leading to violent protests in which public and private property has been destroyed.

“This (protests) has grave security implications and does not bode well for our motherland. While ostensibly claiming to oppose government policies, they are in effect designed to destroy the very fabric of this country and harm the nation’s unity and integrity,” they said.

The signatories said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about CAA, NPR and NRC.

They said that while the CAA has been enacted, the idea of NPR and NRC which has been a part of the Indian discourse since Independence remains to be implemented.

According to CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

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Four Out Of Seven Delhi Ministers Have Declared Criminal Cases Against Them: ADR

13 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women, include one related to rape.



NEW DELHI: Four out of the seven ministers of the AAP government in Delhi have declared criminal cases against them as per a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation. That makes up for 57% of ministers with criminal cases.

Further, three out of those are facing serious criminal cases, making a substantial 43% of the newly-appointed ministers.

Out of the 7 ministers analysed, 5 (71%) are crorepatis, with the average assets of the ministers being Rs 8.96 crores.  The study also finds that 45 AAP MLAs and seven BJP MLAs have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore each.

Thirty-seven of the 70 newly-elected MLAs of Delhi have declared serious criminal cases against themselves which include an attempt to murder, and at least one related to rape, according to a study.

In the previous assembly, 24 MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.

An analysis of the declarations made by these MLAs reveals that 43 of them face criminal cases, of whom 37 have declared serious charges including those related to rape, attempt to murder and crime against women,

Thirteen of the 37 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women. Of the 13, one has declared cases related to rape.

There are no women among ministers in the Delhi Assembly, 2020.

Among major parties, the average assets per MLA for 62 AAP legislators is Rs 14.96 crores and eight BJP MLAs have average assets worth Rs 9.10 crore.

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Rabid Islamist Groups Like JeI, PFI, SDPI Inciting Hatred For Hindus: CPM Kerala Secretary

Both PFI and SDPI are trying for communal polarization, he said addressing a press conference today.



THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Kerala): CPM Kerala state secretary Balakrishnan has said a section in Islam is trying to create a communal divide in the country. Naming Islamic extremist outfits Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI-SDPI, he accused the Islamic outfits of inciting hatred for Hindus.

“Both are trying for communal polarization,” he said. He was addressing the media in a press conference at Thiruvananthapuram today.

“Jamaat-e-Islami stands for Islamic State. It is driven by the motto of freeing India through Islam. SDPI is using religion as a weapon of terrorism,” Balakrishnan said. He also alleged that Muslim fundamentalists are exhorting people to cry ‘bolo takbeer…’.

Religious slogans like “bolo takbeer allahu akbar” and “la illaha illallah” were widely raised in anti-CAA protests organised across the country.

Facing pressure on his observation, however, he soon contradicted his own accusations against the Islamic fundamentalists and admitted that members of minority community had taken part in the ‘human chain’ in a big way.

“Truth is, even people from other non-Left parties had also participated,” he added. In fact, cadres of Islamist extremist outfits like Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI-SDPI had participated in large numbers in the ‘human chain’, which was organised by the CPM as part of anti-CAA protests on January 26.

Two weeks ago, the CPM leader and Kerala chief minister Vijayan had cautioned people against the infiltration of members of “extremist” outfits like SDPI in anti-CAA protests in the state. He had alleged that the extremist groups aimed at creating riots in the name of protests.

“It has been brought to the government’s notice that SDPI’s members were trying to infiltrate in the protests in many places and divert the issues. They were not only indulging in violence, but also trying to divide people and create communal disharmony in society,” the Kerala chief minister had said.

“Congress is not taking an effective stand. For them, anti-communism is more important than opposing the RSS. But we know there are ‘secular-minded people’ within the UDF and our future course of action will be organised in such a way as to include them also,” said Balakrishnan, apparently referring to the Muslim League!

CPM has planned a series of agitations against the CAA including door-to-door campaigns and other protests, to which the party wants to ensure the participation of the Muslim League, which holds sway over the Muslim population in the state.

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