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Assam NRC draft : Kapil Sibal hits out at Modi government over ‘Ghuspethiye’ Remark

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday criticised Narendra Modi government for calling all the 40 lakh people in Assam, that has been  excluded from the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), as “infiltrators” (ghuspethiye) while the country’s Supreme Court  and top Election officer  said it was “premature” to think about whether 40 lakh people can vote.

The Congress leader pointed out  that the BJP government is in a hurry to give its final verdict on the Assam NRC draft while the Supreme Court has stated that “no authority will take coercive action against over 40 lakh people excluded from Assam NRC”.

Kapil Sibal took to twitter on Thursday to rebut BJP President Amit Shah ‘s “ghuspethiye” remark and taking “premature decision”, saying , “BJP calls those excluded from NRC ‘ghuspethiye’ .Think before you speak !”

 

Listing  out the various statements given over the NRC Assam final draft and the exclusion of nearly 40 lakh people, the Congress leader said, “Court: Only a draft Coordinator : Description too ‘premature’ Election Commission : Those on electoral roll can vote Families split :Some excluded others included .”

The Supreme Court, on its part, made it clear that it is only a draft and publication of draft NRC can’t form the basis of action against anyone by authorities and that the legal process will have to be followed after giving due opportunity to those whose names are missing. It further asked the central government to lay down the standard operating procedure on NRC and submit it for approval.

Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat has said that the electoral roll is governed by a separate law and exclusion from the final NRC would not mean “automatic removal” from Assam’s voters list.

Over 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants were excluded from Assam’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on Monday, sparking concerns about their future and triggering a nationwide political row.

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Extremely concerned about balancing dignity, free speech: SC on Sudarshan News issue

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The Supreme Court on Monday said that it is extremely concerned about the balance of the right to dignity with that of free speech.


The observation was made by a bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud during the hearing of the Sudarshan News matter, where the top court has stayed the broadcast of five episodes titled “UPSC Jehad”.
Advocate Sai Deepak, appearing for a group of three intervenors, argued before the bench also comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and K.M. Joseph that the top court must also focus on the chilling effect of such injunction orders.


Justice Chandrachud replied: “You are absolutely right. You are spot on. We are extremely concerned about balance of right of dignity with free speech.”

The bench cited that there is an amorphous group of people here.
Justice Chandrachud also said the court can’t dwell on specifics as to what can be removed or added in a particular TV programme.


The bench also noted as to what has to the nature of the order when it decides to lift the injunction.
“We must also consider that. There are post-telecast mechanisms under the criminal law too,” it observed.


Advocate Shadan Farasat, appearing for intervenors, submitted before the bench that it should continue with the injunction on the TV programme.
To this, Justice Chandrachud replied: “But that is the problem.”
The bench observed that the Sudarshan News has an absolute injunction right now.

His not taking the opportunity given by us doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to let him have his right under Article 19,” the bench said.
The top court said it will hear Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in detail on this matter and posted it for further hearing on Wednesday.

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Delhi riots: Umar Khalid denied permission to meet family in police custody

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A Delhi court on Monday dismissed an application filed by former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, seeking permission to meet his family during police custody.

On September 13, Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Khalid following a case related to the widespread violence which broke out in Delhi’s northeast area in February this year, after which he was sent to police custody for 10 days. His remand period is slated to conclude on September 24.

The former JNU student had knocked on the doors of the court requesting it to allow him to meet his family for two days for a period of 30 minutes each. Khalid’s counsel Trideep Pais informed the court that a verbal assurance was given to them by the police for meeting, but later they were denied permission.

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad apprised the court that the meeting could influence the interrogation and pose a hindrance. It was submitted that the accused was already meeting with his counsel and if he has to convey any message to his family members, he may convey that through them.

Prasad further asserted that there is no provision in CrPC for allowing the family of the accused to meet with the accused during his custody remand. He has also submitted that meeting is permissible during judicial custody as per jail rules.

“In the totality of facts and circumstances of the case, I see no merit in the application, and accordingly, the application is dismissed,” the Additional Session Judge noted in an order dated September 19.

Prasad had earlier sought 10 days’ police custody of Khalid to confront him with huge technical data running into 11 lakh pages, “as well as other evidence collected during investigation of present case and also to examine at length about other suspects and various other aspects.”

Khalid is accused of hatching a criminal conspiracy to cause communal unrest by inciting people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens.

Besides this, Khalid is also named in chargesheets filed in various cases over the riots. Communal violence broke out in northeast Delhi on February 24 after clashes between CAA supporters and protesters spiralled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

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Pak violates ceasefire on LoC in J&K’s Poonch

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Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and intense shelling in three sectors on the Line of Control on Monday in J&K’s Poonch district.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand said at about 2.30 p.m. Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors of Poonch district.

“The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly,” the spokesman said.

Pakistan has been violating the bilateral ceasefire agreement with impunity since the beginning of this year.

24 civilians have been killed and over 100 injured in over 3,186 ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC in J&K since January this year.

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