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Popular Front of India rejects allegations of funding anti- CAA protests

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New Delhi, Jan 27: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent a note to the Union ministry of home affairs stating there is a link between protests against the contentious citizenship act, the Kerala-based Popular Front of India has strongly rejected allegations that it had provided financial funding for protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and that money transfers made to some prominent lawyers were part of the organisation’s efforts to fund anti-CAA protests.

Popular Front of India condemned the news reports regarding Popular Front’s financial link to instigate the CAA protest.

In a statement the Popular Front of India slammed “vested interested who are keen to blame Popular Front for everything that is happening in India”, said it would “fully comply with the law of the land”, and demanded that the “baseless” allegations be backed with proof.

Firstly, the news channels have attributed the report to Enforcement Directorate through some “unnamed sources” but the ED has not contacted our organization, nor the ED has issued any such official statement regarding these allegations.
The news attributes around 73 bank accounts to Popular Front and states that Rs. 120 crore was transferred through these “alleged” Popular Front accounts to fund the anti-CAA protest. Popular Front of India had stated it multiple times that we fully comply with the law of the land and the allegation of Rs.120Cr transferred from the Popular Front’s accounts just before the CAA protest is totally baseless and the people who are leveling these allegations should prove these claims.

Secondly, few news channels also alleges funds transferred from the Kerala state Popular Front of India account for advocates like Kapil Sibal, Dushyant Dave and Indira Jaising. This statement exposes the intention of the vested interested who are keen to blame Popular Front for everything that is happening in India. The truth is that transfers were made in 2017 as a lawyer fees for these advocates for the Hadiya Case. This transfer was openly declared by Popular Front in various public meetings. Attributing a fees transfer that happened in 2017 as a funding for 2019 CAA protest is totally absurd and exposes the intention to defame Popular Front.
Another allegation leveled is the transfer of funds to Popular Front’s Kashmir Wing. It is a open fact that Popular Front of India does not have any wing or branch in Jammu and Kashmir. We challenge the so called “Unnamed Sources” to prove that there is any wing of Popular Front working in Kashmir. Popular Front carried out extensive flood relief work in Kashmir in 2014 and built more that 100 houses for the flood victims which was also openly declared by the organization in 2014 itself through official publications. Assigning the 2014 flood relief as 2019 anti-CAA protest funding makes it clear that there is a planned vilification campaign going on against Popular Front to stop our growth.
We are confident that the fate of these series of allegation will also be like the ones before which could never be proved. Recently the UP and Assam government alleged Popular Front’s role in the anti-CAA protest related violence and even arrested our state level leaders. But their claims proved to be nothing but imaginations when they could not prove anything in the court and our leaders were released on bail.
Popular Front will not be bowed down by such cheap campaign by the forces backed by the fascist who want to stop us. We will continue our struggle against the fascist forces who try to suppress the voices of dissent.

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Nigerian gets 5 years in jail for cheating Kolkata man

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Kolkata, Feb 29 A Nigerian national has been sentenced to five years in prison by a court here for cheating a man of nearly Rs 20 lakh by impersonating as a European and falsely promising to produce a short film in India.

The chief judicial magistrate, Alipore court, also ordered the accused Vincent Collins Otto to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the complainant Anutosh Dey or otherwise undergo six more months of imprisonment in the five year old case.

The accused befriended Dey through the social media by impersonating as a European Barry Williams and allured him with a false assurance of investing 30,000 UK Pound for producing the film.

Believing Otto, Dey paid Rs 18,79,600 to different bank accounts provided by the fraudster.

When Dey became suspicious that Otto was defrauding him, he lodged a complaint at the Garfa police station, which registered a case on February 13, 2015.

The case was then handed over to the detective department, and the sleuths arrested Otto with a woman Indian accomplice from Mehrauli, Delhi, in July 2015.

He was charged under different sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to impersonation, cheating and criminal conspiracy and also under the Foreigners Act.

The CJM on Friday sentenced Otto to five years in prison and fined him Rs 10,000 for cheating as also under the Foreigners Act, besides handing him a three-year jail term for impersonation.

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JNU admin, JNUSU at loggerheads over shelter for riot victims

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New Delhi, Feb 29 After the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Students’ Union (JNUSU) called for providing shelter to the Delhi riot victims inside the campus, the varsity administration has issued a warning to the union against any such step.

The move has now invited yet another turn to ongoing tussle between the administration and JNUSU.

“You have no legal right to make the JNU campus a shelter, the notice issued by varsity Registrar Pramod Kumar,” read.

The university administration has also warned the students of disciplinary actions if the students are found doing so.

“You are strictly advised against any such activity, failing which appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against you. You are also advised to uphold the need to keep an educational institution like JNU a congenial space for study and research,” it said.

It was on Wednesday that the JNUSU had put posters on social media announcing “JNU open for Shelter” and called victims of Delhi riots to get shelter in the campus.

However, the notice by the administration has left JNUSU red faced, who in return claimed that the JNU will remain open for riot victims.

After receiving the letter, the Vice-President of JNUSU, Saket Moon tweeted, “While the JNU Admin’s masters in the government burned Delhi, the JNU Admin threatens us to turn survivors of the violence from our campus.”

“JNU was open for shelter in 1984, it shall remain open today!,” Moon added in the tweet, attaching photographs of the notice by the administration and the poster issued by the JNUSU.

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When you did not listen to Vajpayeeji in Gujarat why would you listen to us ! Kapil Sibal to BJP

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New Delhi, Deb 29: After BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the Congress for trying to preach ‘rajdharma,’ Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal responded with a satirical comment referring to 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticised grand old party after a Congress delegation led by president Sonia Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind and asked him to push the Narendra Modi government to follow the path of ‘rajdharma’by removing Amit Shah as Home Minister for “abdication of duty” during the communal violence in northeast Delhi that has claimed 42 lives so far.

Kapil Sibal tweeted on Saturday, “Law Minister to Congress : “Please don’t preach us Rajdharma” How can we Mr. Minister ? When you did not listen to Vajpayeeji in Gujarat why would you listen to us !

Listening , learning and obeying Rajdharma not one of your Government’s strong points ! (sic)” he tweeted.

The senior Congress leader was referring to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s comments over the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat.

At a press conference in Delhi on Friday, Law minister Prasad alleged that the communal violence was an outcome of “instigation” and provocative remarks made by opposition leaders
but failed to highlight the communal and inflammatory remarks of BJP ministers since 2014 and which has increased after Citizenship Amendment Act.

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