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Vaiko files habeas corpus petition in SC for Farooq Abdullah

He has invited Abdullah to grace the occasion, which he agreed to attend. Vaiko said that Abdullah had attended the previous editions of the Conference also.

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Chennai, Sep 11 (IANS) The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party’s (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko on Wednesday filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court to produce former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, the party said.

Vaiko, also a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, sought direction from the Court to grant Abdullah liberty to attend a conference in Chennai.

The conference is being organised by Vaiko on September 15.

Vaiko told the court that for several years, he has been organising a conference in Chennai on the occasion of the birthday of Thiru. C. N. Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

He has invited Abdullah to grace the occasion, which he agreed to attend. Vaiko said that Abdullah had attended the previous editions of the Conference also.

However, on or around August 5, 2019 Abdullah was placed under detention in Srinagar and despite his efforts, he was unable to contact him.

Vaiko has written letter to authorities of Jammu and Kashmir to allow Abdullah to travel to Chennai in order to attend the conference in the interest of freedom of speech and in the spirit of encouraging democratic participation.

However, Vaiko did not get any response.

“The actions of the Respondents (government) are completely illegal and arbitrary and violative of the right to protection of life and personal liberty, right to protection from arrest and detention and also against right to free speech and expression which is the cornerstone of a democratic nation,” the plea said filed by Advocate G. Ananda Selvam on Vaiko’s behalf.

“The right to free speech and expression is considered to have paramount importance in a democracy as it allows its citizens to effectively take part in the governance of the country.”

Vaiko said that the refusal to allow Farooq Abdullah to attend the peaceful and democratic conference is illegal and arbitrary and violative of Articles 21, 22 and 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India.

After the abrogation of the Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the government has detained various leaders including Abdullah.

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Giriraj Singh hints at retirement from politics

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Muzaffarpur, Sep 24 : Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Tuesday hinted at his retirement from politics and said that his political innings might come to an end with the completion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term.

Singh, who always remains in the headlines for his statements, while speaking to journalists here said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second innings is also the last innings of my political career. I did not enter politics to acquire positions of power. I entered politics to fulfil the dream of integration of Kashmir pursuing which Syama Prasad Mukherjee had sacrificed his life. Modi has achieved that.”

The firebrand BJP leader said, “It was my motive to remove Articles 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir. The Modi government has fulfilled this objective by scrapping the special status at the beginning of his second term.”

The current government will fulfil all the expectations of our workers. So now I see my political innings nearing its end, he added.

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Minister not only liable for clearance, says Manmohan

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday backed his party collegue and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who is in Tihar jail since September 5 after his arrest in the INX media case, saying the FIPB clearance was collective decision and if the Minister was liable for approving a recommendation, then the whole system of government will collapse.

After meeting the senior party leaders, Chidambaram also said that as long as the Congress is strong and brave, “I will also be strong and brave”.

In a show of solidarity with Chidambaram, Manmohan Singh, along with Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, visited Chidamabaram at Asia’s high security jail on Monday morning. This was for the first time that Gandhi and Manmohan Singh visited the jail premises to meet any party leader lodged there.

After meeting Chidambaram, Manmohan Singh, in a statement, said that they were “concerned with continued detention in custody of our colleague, Chidambaram”.

Hitting out at the BJP-led central government, the former Prime Minister said: “In our system of government, no decision can be taken by any single person. All decisions are collective decisions recorded in files.”

He said a dozen officers, including six Secretaries to the government, of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) examined and recommended the proposal and Chidambaram approved the unanimous recommendation. “If the officers are not at fault, it is beyond our comprehension how the Minister who simply approved the recommendation can be accused of committing an offence. If the Minister is liable for approving a recommendation, the whole system of government will collapse,” he said.

Manmohan Singh said that he was confident, and he sincerely hope, that the courts will render justice in this case.

According to party leaders, the meeting of the senior Congress leaders lasted for half an hour.

Besides Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram also arrived at the jail premises. Later, Chidambaram, through his family, thanked the party leadership for meeting him.

“I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following: I am honoured that Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh called on me today. As long as the Congress party is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave,” he said in a series of tweets.

In an apparent jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks in Houston that everything is fine in India, Chidambaram said: “Everything is fine in India. Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison.”

Chidambaram has been lodged in Jail No 7 of the Tihar jail, which is meant for economic offenders.

He was sent to judicial custody by a Delhi court after his arrest on August 21 by the Central Bureau of Investigation for alleged irregularities in granting FIP) clearance of Rs 305 crore to INX Media, now known as 9x news, during his tenure as Finance Minister. Chidambaram is also being probed by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case relating to INX Media.

Last week, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel visited Chidamabaram in jail.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday also accused the government of planning a conspiracy to “defame and character assassinate” Chidambaram in the case.

The Congress has termed the charges against Chidambaram a “paramount example of political vendetta”.

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Donald Tusk says ‘no breakthrough’ on Brexit after meeting PM Boris Johnson

Tweeting from New York where they held a bilateral meeting, Mr Tusk wrote: “No breakthrough. No breakdown. No time to lose. #Brexit.”

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Donald Tusk tweeted this picture of his meeting with Boris Johnson

There was “no breakthrough” on Brexit during a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, EU council president Donald Tusk has said.

Tweeting from New York where they held a bilateral meeting, Mr Tusk wrote: “No breakthrough. No breakdown. No time to lose. #Brexit.”

It came after a spokeswoman for Mr Johnson said he had used the meeting to tell Mr Tusk that in order to reach a deal “we need movement and flexibility from the EU”.

Their conversation came on the sidelines of the United Nations 2019 climate action summit, where Mr Johnson is set to announce environmental policies over two speeches.

Before flying out, the prime minister warned not to expect a “New York breakthrough” on Brexit.

He expected to meet with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel for a three-way discussion about subjects including Brexit and Iran, as he searches for a way of securing a deal before the end of next month.

Mr Johnson is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump and Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, on Tuesday.

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