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SC to hear Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea today

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The Supreme Court on Friday will decide on the bail petition of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is facing sedition charges on the allegation that anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on the university campus.

As he moved bail plea in the court , Kanhaiya Kumar  said that “I am a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University and not some hardened criminal” and “violence unleashed by some lawyers in the Patiala House Courts complex had disrupted the justice delivery system and posed a grave threat to his life.”

I’m not a criminal, JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar tells court in his bail petition.

He is now lodged in Tihar Jail.

A Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and Abhay Manohar Sapre brushed aside objections raised in the courtroom that the court should not function like a magistrate and hear bail pleas, and posted the student leader’s case for urgent hearing on Friday.

“If a citizen comes to this court saying his fundamental rights are under threat, we have to hear him… Something extraordinary is going on in this country. No doubt about it… We will certainly examine this issue,” Justice Chelameswar responded.

Kumar moved the Supreme Court for bail and release from custody under Article 32 of the Constitution.

He was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. Mr. Kumar has sought bail and release from custody under Article 32 of the Constitution. Article 32 is an extraordinary judicial relief sought from the highest court when a citizen seeks protection of his fundamental rights, including his life and personal liberty.

“There is a threat to the life and liberty of the petitioner, which also extends to the counsel appearing on his behalf, as well as the persons who would be required to stand as surety/sureties on his behalf in the event of appearance before the trial court,” the petition said.
The petition said the failure of the Delhi Police to provide security on February 15 and 17 was in violation of the fundamental rights of the student, his lawyers and journalists.

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Cong to get elected party chief by June: Venugopal

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The Congress will have an ‘elected’ party President by June, its General Secretary (Organisations) KC Venugopal said here on Friday after a crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

Party sources said that several senior party leaders had raised the issue of CWC elections as well, which led to heated arguments. The party however denied any such happening.

Venugopal said that no dispute whatsoever on organisational elections arose at the “fruitful meeting”.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting that went on for three-and-a-half hours, Venugopal said: “The CWC discussed the organisational elections slated to be held in May. But CWC members unanimously requested interim chief Sonia Gandhi that the party elections should not interfere with Assembly polls in several states in the coming months.”

He said that the CWC members thereby requested for rescheduling of the organisational elections. “Finally, the CWC decided that an elected party President will be on the post in June 2021 at any cost,” Venugopal said.

As for ‘heated arguments’ between former Union Ministers Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad and others who differed on the organisational elections, the Congress leader said: “There was no big debate in the CWC. We will conduct party election as per its constitution. And the schedule will be out very soon.”

“Some change in schedule was required due to coming Assembly elections (in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, and Puducherry) and that was taken into consideration; the party will announce the election schedule accordingly,” he said.

Asked if there was demand for elections to the CWC as well, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “Don’t get misguided. Don’t fall for rumours. The leaders whose names have been taken are not dissenters — they are our respected leaders and they are our family members. And we all were unanimous that the party election schedule be postponed for a month.”

Even as Surjewala said that there were not heated arguments in the meeting, the party source present there said that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot raised the issue of demand by a few leaders for organisational elections and questioned if they had no faith in Congress leadership.

A fuming Anand Sharma, one of the 23 signatories to a letter to Sonia Gandhi in August last year, retorted by demanding CWC elections as well.

“We will have to look into the party constitution once again to see if elections to the posts of Congress President and Working President can be held simultaneously or not. Elections will definitely be held — we are not saying that elections to the CWC will not be held, Venugopal said.

–IANS

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Kisan Congress demands Rahul be made party chief

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The Kisan Congress on Friday passed a resolution for making Rahul Gandhi the president of the party.

In a statement, Kisan Congress vice chairman Surendra Solanki said, “Kisan Congress stands in solidarity with party chief Sonia Gandhi. And, it always remains indebted to her for the strong leadership and making the party strong.”

“But if there is any change in the party’s top leadership, then the Kisan Congress will stand with Rahul Gandhi. And the Kisan Congress working committee has passed a resolution to make Rahul Gandhi as the party President,” it said.

It also said, “Looking at the farmers’ agitation, issues of unemployment besides others, the country needs the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.”

The demand of the Kisan Congress came just hours before the crucial CWC meeting, the highest decision making body of the party. Sources said the CWC will also discuss the schedule of the election for the party president’s post.

Source: IANS

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WB Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee resigns

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Amid a string of exits from the Trinamool Congress party, West Bengal Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee has resigned from his office as Cabinet minister. His resignation has been accepted by West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, ANI reported.

“It has been a great honour and privilege to serve the people of West Bengal. I heartily convey my gratitude for getting this opportunity,” he wrote in his resignation letter.

“I have considered each one of you as my extended family and your support has always motivated me to go the extra mile and be at your service in a better way possible, hence I am announcing my formal resignation on this platform and have informed the concerned authority as well. I hope that in the years to come I will be able to be at each of your service in the best way possible as that has been the sole reason I am into politics,”

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