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Govt cancels TRS MLA’s Indian citizenship

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New Delhi, Sep 6: The Union home ministry cancels the Indian citizenship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh as he held the citizenship of Germany as well and not fulfilled the conditions to be a Indian citizen in 2009.

“I had forfeited my German citizenship while obtaining the Indian citizenship, as there is no dual citizenship system either in Germany or in India. If my Indian citizenship is cancelled, where shall I go?” the MLA asked.

Ramesh, who represents Vemulawada assembly constituency in newly-formed Rajanna Siricilla district (part of erstwhile Karimnagar), is the nephew of Maharashtra governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. Ramesh’s father Ch Rajeshwar Rao was a veteran Communist leader and five-time-MLA who defected to the Telugu Desam Party.

Ramesh has given 30 days to appeal before the ministry’s secretary for a review of the order so he can continue as an Indian citizenship.

The MHA conducted an inquiry following a Supreme Court direction last year. If it will find to be appropriate then Ramesh would be disqualified as a member of the legislative assembly.

The complaint was lodged by his nearest rival Adi Srinivas of Congress.

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Rafale verdict not a setback, still an issue in people’s court: Jyotiraditya Scindia

The apex court has dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar defense deal.

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The Supreme Court order giving the government a clean chit on the Rafale deal is not a setback as the issue is still live in the “people’s court” and the Congress will continue to raise it in Parliament, senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Friday.

The apex court has dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar defense deal.

“The apex court order is not a setback as the Rafale deal is still an issue in the people’s court. And the party will continue to raise the issue in the Parliament,” Scindia told reporters.

Congress has been demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there has been a necessity for fighter aircraft and the country cannot remain without the jets.

The CJI, who read out the judgement for the three-judge bench, said no reasons were found to interfere in the procurement process for the fighter jets.

The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the deal.

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Parliament Winter Session: Both houses adjourned for the day

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Both the houses adjourned till December 17 after the opposition as well as the treasury benches’ members created a ruckus on Rafale fighter jet deal issue among others.

Soon after the House met the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other opposition members trooped near Speaker’s podium and started sloganeering.

The Congress members were demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe while the AIADMK members were protesting on the Cauvery water dispute. The TDP members were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Amid the protest, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “Now that the Supreme Court’s decision on Rafale has come. The Congress should tender apologies for misleading the country.”

Tomar’s statement followed a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s decision to junk four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets in a fly-away condition from Dassault Aviation.

Gogoi said it “sees no reason to intervene” in the defence deal as there was “nothing questionable” in the decision-making process and the bench was not competent to go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset partner by Rafale manufacturer Dassault.

Soon after that the BJP members started sloganeering demanding apologies from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

As the din continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till 12 p.m.

 

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Kerala High Court grants conditional bail to Rehana Fathima

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Pathanamthitta, Dec 14: The Kerala High Court today granted conditional bail to Rehana Fathima, the activist and suspended BSNL employee who was arrested on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiment.

Fathima, who had tried to enter the Sabarimala Temple, was held by the Pathanamthitta Police on November 27.

She was arrested for hurting religious sentiment through a Facebook post.

The activist faces charges under Sec 153 (A) of IPC.

The 31-year-old BSNL engineer was unsuccessful in her bid to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine after the head priest threatened to lock the temple door if she entered it.

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