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No cognizable offence: Delhi police on ‘goli maaro’ remark

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New Delhi, Feb 26 The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday said that “no cognizable offence is made out” against BJP lawmakers Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma for their alleged inflammatory remarks.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat had filed a complaint against the leaders on charges of outraging religious feelings, intending to provoke breach of trust and criminal intimidation.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja had, earlier this month, directed the police to file an Action Taken Report (ATR) in the complaint.

In the report filed on Wednesday, the police stated, “On the basis of allegations levelled in the complaint, no cognizable offence has been found to be committed.”

It said that the subsequent violence in the national capital have “no connection to the speeches mentioned in the complaint”.

They further sought more time to file a final ATR in the matter. “Situation in Delhi is such that police is busy and hence we want more time.”

The court heard the arguments from both sides and slated the matter to March 2 for pronouncement of order.

During the course of proceedings, counsel representing Karat, contended that the statements had “springboard effect”.

“We filed the complaint before the police commissioner but no action has been taken so far. Had it been taken on time, subsequent incident would not have happened,” advocate Tara Narula said.

The application was filed under Section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure which empowers a magistrate to direct the police to conduct investigation into any matter.

An inflammatory slogan “desh ke gaddaron ko goli maaro s*** ko” was chanted at a public rally addressed by Thakur on January 27 in Delhi’s Rithala area. Thakur had allegedly egged on his audience to respond to the slogan.

Verma was reported as saying that mosques and graveyards had come up in over 500 government properties in the national capital, including hospitals and schools.

He said that the land where these “illegal structures” have come up belong to the Delhi Development Authority, Municipal Corporations of Delhi, Delhi Jal Board and many other government agencies.

Thakur and Verma were then barred from campaigning by the Election Commission for 72 hours and 96 hours respectively in the run-up to the February 8 Delhi Assembly polls.

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Rahul flays violence against women, says it comes in many forms

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Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) After a video of a teenaged girl being beaten by her family members in Gujarat went viral on social media, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, here on Saturday, said it was not an isolated incident.

“The violence in this video is not isolated one. It’s an expression of what many Indian women have always faced. The violence comes in many forms and is sustained by a culture that glorifies symbols of womanhood, while simultaneously treating women with total contempt and disrespect,” he tweeted attaching a video where a group of men, reportedly her family members, beating the teenager.

The video shows men beating the teenager with sticks and also slapping and kicking her. It’s not yet clear why she was being beaten.

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After 70 yrs of India being self reliant,BJP just discovered it’s meaning: Ahmed Patel

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New Delhi, May 30: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday said that since 1947 India has been self reliant but BJP discovered it’s meaning now.

“Since 1947 India has been self reliant.British left us with nothing,but successive govts made us self reliant in military & space capacity, food & milk supply and financial reserves,” he tweeted.

“After 70 yrs of India being self reliant,BJP just discovered it’s meaning.Better late than never,” Patel said on Modi’s self-reliant India campaign after government failed to control the spread of COVID-19.

“Which milestone is this government celebrating ?GDP growth between Jan 2020-March 2020 is 3.1% , lowest in 11 years . And this does not even take into account the impact of the Corona pandemic,” he said.

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Yashwant Sinha criticises Modi over economy

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New Delhi, Yashwant Sinha, a strong critic of the Narendra Modi government made a satirical remark against Prime Minister over the decline in economic growth rate as GDP growth between Jan 2020-March 2020 is 3.1% , lowest in 11 years .

“The sharp decline in economic growth rate in the first year of Modi-2 is not because of any fault of this govt but because of Pt Nehru. If he had not ruled India from 1947 to 1964 India today would be growing at double digit,”former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha tweeted.

” The growth figures of earlier quarters of the last fiscal had to be revised downwards because of the lockdown imposed on March 25. The govt cannot be blamed for this. I am warning all critics in advance,” he added.

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