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JNU Sedition Case: Sanction to Prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar granted by Delhi Govt

On the previous date of hearing, the Arvind Kejriwal government had informed the court that no decision had been taken yet.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : The Delhi government on Friday granted sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case.

“We have recieved the sanction from the Delhi government to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar and others in this case,” a senior police officer told IANS.

The Delhi Police Special Cell on February 19 wrote to the Delhi Home Secretary requesting to “expedite” the process of grant of sanction in the JNU sedition case involving former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.

In a letter written by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha to the Deputy Secretary, Home, he said, “It is therefore requested to expedite the process to accord prosecution sanction under
Section 196 CrPC as required for offence under Chapter VI of the IPC i.e. Section 124A IPC.”

A Delhi court had asked the Delhi government to file a status report relating to the issue of pendency of sanction in the JNU sedition case to prosecute student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Purshottam Pathak has also directed Delhi Police to send a reminder to the government.

“A new government has been formed, send a reminder,” the judge said.

The court has now kept the matter for hearing on April 3.

On the previous date of hearing, the Arvind Kejriwal government had informed the court that no decision had been taken yet. The reply also states that the file is pending before the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who is also handling the Home portfolio.

The public prosecutor has filed a reply by submitting a letter in the court.

On February 9, 2016, “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus during a programme called to protest against the death sentence handed out to Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2002 Parliament attack.

The 1,200-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch names 10 JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students, as the main accused in the case.

The charge sheet says the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (RFSL) retrieved the SMS sent by Umar Khalid to Kanhaiya Kumar to arrive at Sabarmati Dhaba, JNU, as their permission (to hold the protest) had been cancelled by the University administration.

The final pages of the charge sheet also confirm the presence of Kashmiri students during the protest and that they were in contact with Umar Khalid.

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45 from Karnataka visited Nizamuddin mosque, 1 dead

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Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) One of the 45 pilgrims from Karnataka who visited Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi in early March died of COVID-19, said Health Minister B. Sriramulu on Tuesday.

“A religious ceremony was held at the Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi on March 10, which was attended by about 45 people from Karnataka. One of them was a man who died in Sira,” tweeted Sriramulu.

Sira is located in Tumakuru district, 123 km north west of Bengaluru.
The pilgrim from Sira was a sexagenarian who passed away on Friday, he was Karnataka’s third COVID-19 death.

He was the state’s 60th Coronavirus positive case and his 13-year-old son also tested positive on Tuesday as the 84th case.

The Tumakuru man returned from Delhi on a train to Yeshwantpur on March 14 and from there he took a KSRTC bus to reach Sira the same morning.

The deceased man is believed to be one of those Tablighi pilgrims who visited Delhi, further official details are awaited.

According to Sriramulu, 13 of the 45 pilgrims have been identified and quarantined, hinting that the possibility of the infection spreading to all the pilgrims cannot be ruled out.

He said several visitors from Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia visited the Delhi mosque.

The state government is on the lookout for the remaining people who visited the mosque to quarantine and test them.


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Air India flies out 160 stranded passengers to Frankfurt

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Chennai, March 31 (IANS) An Air India flight with 160 stranded travellers from Germany and Europe flew out to Frankfurt on Tuesday.

According to Chennai Airport, Air India’s rescue flight from Chennai to Frankfurt was operated with 160 stranded passengers.

All precautions were taken and facilities were provided to ensure smooth travel amid the restrictions in force to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

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Gujarat: 3 more positive for covid-19, total 73

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Gandhinagar, March 31 (IANS) Three more positive cases were detected in Gujarat, the health authorities announced on Tuesday, taking the total detected positive Corona virus cases to 73.

Jayanti Ravi, the principal secretary, Health and family welfare Department, Gujarat said, “On Tuesday, three more positive cases have been found, all of them getting infected locally.

An Ahmedabad male (55) and aA Gandhinagar female (32) both admitted in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hospital in Ahmedabad. Another positive case is registered in Rajkot, a male (28) admitted in Christ hospital. “

“Good news is that, that five positive cases after treatment have been discharged. The condition of five is stable while two are on ventilator,” added Ravi.

This takes the total Corona positive cases in the state to 73, including 6 deaths. The highest number of cases detected is in Ahmedabad – 24, followed by Rajkot and Gandhinagar both 10 each, Surat and Vadodara having 9 each, Gir-Somnath with 2 positive and one each in Porbandar, Mahesana and Kutch.

Out of the 73 positive cases, 32 had a foreign travel history, two had inter-state travel and 37 are locally transmitted disease victims.So far, six deaths have been reported in Gujarat due to the Corona virus infection. First case was that of a 67-year-old male from Surat with comorbid conditions. On March 25 night an 85-year-old female from Ahmedabad died also due to comorbid conditions.

A 70-year-old male from Bhavnagar with a travel history of Delhi, succumbed to corona virus on the next day. Three more deaths were reported on March 28 and 29 and Monday, a male (47) and female (46) from Ahmedabad and a female (45) from Jesar block in Bhavnagar, respectively.

All the deceased patients were suffering from comorbid conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments and other several complications.

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