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Babri Masjid case: Is Advani out of presidential race?

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New Delhi, April 19: With Supreme Court restoring conspiracy charges against Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in Babri Masjid demolition case, the big question is– Are the top leaders of BJP out of the presidential race now? 

It is certainly a huge setback for the saffron Party. The presidential elections are due in July this year and names of Advani and Joshi for President and Vice President were doing rounds in the media reports.

On moral grounds, Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti may also be required to resign the coveted political post.

Read More: Babri Masjid Case: Congress demands resignation, Uma Bharti denies

Read More: Babri Masjid case: SC restores conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi, Uma

The Apex Court on Wednesday revived the conspiracy charges against 13 BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The Court has ordered daily hearings of the case in Lucknow with no adjournment and set a clear 2-year-deadline for the final verdict. Taking a strict note, the court has also said there will be no fresh trial and the judge at Lucknow court would not be transferred during the case.

The CBI is asked to ensure presence of at least one prosecution witness everyday. The court has also asked all the parties involved to report the breach of any of the above to the court.

Being Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has received constitutional immunity, and he is excluded from Supreme Court ruling.

The other leaders who would be tried are: Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal and Late Giriraj Kishore.

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Sukma: CRPF personnel killed in Naxal encounter

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Sukma, April 21: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost his life in an encounter with Naxals near Kistaram camp in insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on late Friday.

The gunfight erupted when troops of 212 battalion of CRPF, 208 CoBRA, along with Chhattisgarh police were carrying out a cordon and search operation last night.

The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh.

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Raipur: 7-year-old sexually assaulted in school

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Chhattisgarh, April 21: In yet another case of crime against minors, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at Raipur School.

Speaking to ANI, Victim’s father said “It was her first day to the school on Wednesday. She went to the school and we wanted to meet her at the school, but we weren’t allowed to do so. While changing her clothes after she returned from school, my wife noticed blood on her private parts and she was not wearing undergarments.”

On being asked if she had reported about the incident to the teacher, the minor replied that the teacher was absent on the second day of her school.

Meanwhile, the police said that they were investigating the matter and were examining CCTV footages of the school. An FIR was lodged for the same.

The president of Child Right Commission, Prabha Dubey, said “I have spoken to the girl personally. She is saying that a ‘bhaiya’ had allegedly molested her. We asked the peon of the school about the undergarment, to which she replied that she had thrown away the undergarment since the girl had urinated on it. I will constitute a team to investigate the matter.”

In the wake of recent Unnao, Surat Kathua rape cases, Indian social media has been abuzz with the words – “rape horror”.

Massive countrywide protests are being held demanding death penalty for those accused of raping minors.

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Accused in fake facebook post on Manohar Parrikar’s health, gets bail

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Panaji, April 20: A city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.

He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000, reported The Hindu.

In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest.

Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Crime Branch on Wednesday, a day after he put up the post on social media, on a complaint by a BJP office-bearer.

Parrikar is undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer in the US.

On Friday, a few dozen protesters rallied at the police headquarters and accused police of trying to “muzzle” free speech.

The Opposition has also criticised the police for the arrest of Silveira, who contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji but lost to Parrikar.

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