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Supreme Court dismisses two Nirbhaya convicts’ curative pleas

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New Delhi, Jan 14 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the curative petitions filed by two Nirbhaya gang rape and murder convicts – Vinay Kumar and Mukesh – who questioned the death sentence handed down by trial court and upheld by the High Court and the top court.

A five-judge bench of Justices N.V. Ramana, Arun Mishra, R.F. Nariman, R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan unanimously held that there was no merit in the curative petitions of the convicts, who sought reconsideration of death penalty. “In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this Court in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs. Ashok Hurra & Another, reported in 2002 (4) SCC 388. Hence, the Curative Petitions are dismissed”, said the court order.

The curative petitions were taken up in-chambers, without the presence of the lawyers of the convicts, by the bench headed by Justice Ramana. The in-chambers review is the procedure to consider curative and review petitions.

The five Judge bench also dismissed plea of the convicts to stay the execution of the death sentence. “The applications for oral hearing are rejected. The applications for stay of execution of death sentence are also rejected,” said the court.

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With CAA, you have brought Jinnah’s logic: Shashi Tharoor

“Everybody has freedom of expression in this country, I will definitely enquire about the incident.”

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Jaipur, Jan 27: Stressing that he condemned the CAA as soon as it was introduced, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that it was unconstitutional as the foundation of Indian independence clearly says that religion has nothing to do with citizenship. “Unlike Pakistan, we have always believed that the country is for everyone. And that is the way we have lived like for 70 years. On principle, CAA is wrong. The central government has brought Jinnahs logic.”

Adding that the country is going through challenging times, he said that it was important for every citizen to preserve originality of thinking and freshness of ideas.

Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram further said that the CAA issue is a central one and the resolutions passed by different state assemblies including those of Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal were political statements telling the centre and the world that they were not happy with the move.

“However, after CAA, when the central government does NPR and NRC, they would need the support of state government employees, for example school teachers and government officials in different state departments. If the state government tells them not to go ahead, how can the employees refuse considering they report to the state government?

When asked about the five people who were detained at JLF for raising anti-CAA slogans, the MP said he didn’t know about the same and would ask Rajesh Pilot, the Deputy CM of Rajasthan who was also present at the festival about the same.

“Everybody has freedom of expression in this country, I will definitely enquire about the incident.”

(Sukant Deepak can be reached at [email protected])

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Hindu, Muslim students tie rakhis at anti-CAA march

“Stand with JNU and AMU. Stand with nation,” said another banner carried by the students.

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Kolkata, Jan 26: A large number of students belonging to both Hindu and Muslim communities took out a protest march against the new citizenship law on Republic Day on Sunday and tied the rakhi on one another in an attempt to strengthen bonding between the two communities.

The march started from Nakhoda Mosque in central Kolkata and concluded in north Kolkata’s Tagore house at Jorasanko where first non-European Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was born.

“We, the people of India, have nothing to lose, but chains,” said a prominent banner at the forefront of the march, where a large number of common people of all ages also joined in.

“Stand with JNU and AMU. Stand with nation,” said another banner carried by the students.

They repeatedly raised slogans pledging “We won’t allow the country to be divided,” and assailed the Central government for trying to divide Hindus and Muslims.

Many of the students, who came from several colleges and universities, carried rakhis, and tied them on members of the other community, in a show of Hindu-Muslim bonding.

A participant recalled that in 1905, when then Viceroy Lord Curzon tried to partition Bengal, Tagore had led a procession from Joransanko to Nakhoda mosque where he tried rakhis on members of the Muslim community.

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Can’t let Mahatma be killed again, says Yashwant Sinha

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : In a veiled reference to the new citizenship law (CAA), former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha said in Saifai (UP) on Sunday, Mahatma Gandhi, who believed in communal peace, should not be “killed again” by creating divisions on the basis of religion.

“We will not allow killing of the ‘Father of Nation’ again due to the actions of a few selfish politicians at the Centre,” said Sinha while addressing a large gathering on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day after the ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’, led by him, reached this Etawah village from Agra.

Sinha, once an integral part of the BJP think-tank, said, “We have come out with the message of peace in the form of ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’.”

The yatra, launched at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on January 9, is aimed at opposing the CAA that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to minorities coming as refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, but leaves out Muslims.

Sinha also took part in the R-Day celebrations. The key highlight of the event was hoisting of the Tricolour on a 155-foot pole.

Samajwadi Party president and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav were also present on the occasion. Sinha was presented with a shawl as the welcome gesture.

SP National Secretary Rajendra Chaudhary, Dharmendra Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Dilip Yadav (MLA), Raj Kumar Raju and Anurag were present at the event, SP spokesperson I.P. Singh told IANS over phone.

“Mahatma Gandhi came out of Gujarat wearing a dhoti and holding a staff. He showed the world the path of truth and non-violence. It’s unfortunate to say today few leaders from the same Gujarat are creating obstacles in the path of truth and non-violence,” said Akhilesh Yadav.

Stating that farmers are sad, the future of the next generation is in dark, and development is blocked, the former UP Chief Minister said, “Today a battle is being fought to save the Constitution on which rests the edifice of our democratic system.”

The SP spokesperson said a prayer meeting would be held on Monday at the SP headquarters and after that the next plans for the ‘Gandhi Shanti Yatra’ would be chalked out.

(Sanjeev Kumar Singh Chauhan can be contacted at [email protected])

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