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Rampal verdict: Self-styled godman convicted by Hisar Court in two murder cases

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Rampal was arrested in 2014 after thousands of security personnel laid siege to his ashram in Haryana (File Photo)

Chandigarh, Oct 11: A court in Haryana’s Hisar town on Thursday convicted self-styled godman Rampal in two cases of murder. He has been in prison since November 2014.

The quantum of punishment would be announced on October 16 and 17.

The two cases against the controversial godman relate to the murder of six people during violent clashes between his supporters and the Haryana Police at his Satlok Ashram near Barwala town in Hisar district, around 245 km from here.

Earlier, the Hisar court in August 2017, had acquitted Rampal in two cases of wrongful confinement, unlawful assembly and disobedience to order given by a public servant.

Rampal was facing other cases of murder conspiracy, sedition and rioting. He and his close aides, including his private army, had resisted the police action to arrest him on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court while holed up inside his Satlok Ashram in November 2014.

Five women and an infant had lost their lives as Rampal continued to elude the police.

The high court had ordered his arrest as he had failed to appear before the law.

Rampal’s supporters had indulged in vandalism in a court in Hisar in July 2014 when he was going there in connection with a 2006 murder conspiracy case.

The high court had taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and summoned Rampal.

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HC reserves order on plea seeking early hearing in 2G case

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New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a petition filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking early hearing of its leave to appeal application against the acquittal of the accused persons in the 2G spectrum case.

After hearing the arguments of all the accused persons and the probe agencies, a single judge bench of the high court presided over by Justice Brijesh Sethi reserved its order.

During the course of hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, representing the probe agencies, submitted that substantial public time has already been consumed and since Justice Sethi, who is hearing the matter currently, is all set to demit office in November, the matter should be heard immediately.

“A judge can always decide how much time is required to hear a matter… If genuine efforts are made and assistance is rendered, it’s possible to take this matter to a logical conclusion,” said the ASG while responding to the submissions made by the counsels of the accused persons, who had opposed the petition for early hearing saying that they won’t get required time to put forth their stand if the matter is hurried.

“It’s my duty to unravel the truth,” said Sethi while hearing the submissions made by Jain and, adding that in his last four years at the high court, he had never stopped a counsel from arguing.

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IYC activists protest over Farm Bills outside Parliament

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New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS): Amid the uproar over the controversial Agriculture Bills, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside Parliament House.

The IYC workers were detained by the Delhi police. Hundreds of IYC activists led by its National President Srinivas B.V. staged the protest outside Parliament House against rising unemployment among the youth and the “anti-farmer” Agriculture Bills.

Lashing out at the government while leading the protest march, Srinivas said,”The Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is anti-youth and anti-farmer.”

He accused Modi of suppressing the voice of the countrymen to benefit a few of his industrialist friends.

“I want to say that the anti-farmer black law has been passed at the whims of Prime Minister Modi and if these anti-people laws are not withdrawn, there will be a fierce protest and satyagraha on the streets,” Srinivas added.

He said the IYC workers surrounded Parliament to awaken the “deaf and dumb” government to listen to the voice of the common people of India. During the protest, the IYC workers also burnt effigies of Modi.

The Congress has also planned nationwide protests from September 24 to November 14 over the passing of the Farm Bills. It has planned to submit two crore signatures of farmers opposing the the Bills. The IYC is already running a ‘Rozgar Do’ (give employment) campaign to awaken the Central government to the rising unemployment among the youth.

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Opposition walks out of LS, demands withdrawal of farm Bills

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Opposition members, including from the DMK, Congress, NCP and TMC, on Tuesday boycotted proceedings and walked out of the Lok Sabha over the contentious farm Bills seeking their “withdrawal”.

Congress Leader of the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury requested the government through the chair to withdraw the two farm Bills which were passed by the Rajya Sabha on Sunday despite objection raised by the opposition. Chowdhury’s request came after the House reassembled at 4.14 p.m. following a one-hour adjournment over the same issue earlier raised by the opposition.

The MP from Baharampur in West Bengal said that the opposition has no problem in participating in House proceedings if the government is ready to withdraw the two farm Bills. “Since 2014, you (Modi government) are in the power. India’s farmers, labour and unemployed people have been passing through worse phase…You passed the Bills here and snatched our right in other House. Nothing can happen without the order of the government. We are standing in the support of our members in other House. We all opposition members boycott the House proceedings. You compel us to boycott the House,” Chowdhury said.

Later almost whole opposition walked out of the House sloganeering “Aawaz Do Hum Ek Hai”, “Tanasahi Nahi Chalegi”, “Modi government hai hai”. The opposition staged walk out after Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar accused the Congress of spreading rumours against the government and urged the nation not to fall in the trap of the party.

The minister said that Minimum Support Price (MSP) will continue and the whole country knows how the government in 2018 increased the MSP at 1.5 times the production cost, which is the chief determinant of MSP after the recommendation of the National Commission of Farmers 2006. The minister later accused the Congress of not making the reforms due to pressure of brokers even as the party’s manifesto mentions the issue.

Tomar said when the Congress failed to implement the reforms for the welfare of the farmers while the Modi government has managed to do it, they are now scared of losing farmers’ support and are spreading such rumours. Similar issue created pandemonium in the Lok Sabha when it assembled at 3 p.m. leading to a one-hour adjournment as Congress raised the issue criticising the government’s step that led to thousands of farmers hitting the streets in protest.

Cutting across party lines, the Trinamool Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party also supported the Congress with leaders Kalyan Banerjee and Ritesh Pandey echoing on the subject. Banerjee said “we are with Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over the issue.”

The two controversial Bills — the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 — passed by both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, will now go to the President for his assent before they are notified as laws.

The third farm Bill – the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 is yet to be taken up in Rajya Sabha.

Thousands of farmers in Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been staging protests since the government introduced these Bills in the Lok Sabha on the opening day of the Monsoon Session on September 14 to replace the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 promulgated on June 5.

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the Akali Dal resigned from the Modi government, hours ahead of the voting in the Lower House on the two Bills on September 17. However, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla continued the proceedings and took up three labour code Bills moved by the government for passage in the House.

(IANS)

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