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1984 anti-Sikh riots: It’s high time these cases are tried at the earliest, says SC

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New Delhi: The unending tragedy of 1984 anti-Sikh riots: 11 probe bodies in 33-year journeyThe unending tragedy of 1984 anti-Sikh riots: 11 probe bodies in 33-year journey

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Ex Congress councillor urges Delhi HC not to go for re-trial1984 anti-Sikh riots: Ex Congress councillor urges Delhi HC not to go for re-trial

AAP says its promise of SIT action was derailed by CentreAAP says its promise of SIT action was derailed by Centre

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a response from Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, an accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, on a plea filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) challenging the anticipatory bail granted to him by the Delhi High Court earlier this year.

Stating it was high time the more-than-30-year-old cases were tried at the earliest, a bench consisting of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also asked why it took around “200 pages” for the high court to grant anticipatory bail to the accused when it could have been done in just “40-50 pages”.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, who appeared for the SIT, said the investigation against Kumar began only in 2016. He added that while granting him anticipatory bail, the high court had said everything will be tested in the trial of the case. However, in the end, the court granted the Congress leader relief on grounds that there was no evidence.

When asked whether all of the above was considered at the time of anticipatory bail, Singh said, “Yes. This is totally contrary to the established procedure of law.” Following this, the bench issued the notice to the Congress leader.

On February 22 this year, the Delhi High Court had upheld a trial court order granting anticipatory bail to Kumar in two anti-Sikh riots cases on grounds that the Congress leader, as per records, was available throughout the probe.

The Congress leader was granted anticipatory bail by the trial court on December 21, 2016 in two cases of killing of three Sikhs during the riots which had occurred after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi. Kumar had submitted that his name was never taken earlier and it was a case of fresh allegations coming up after 32 years.

The two cases filed against Kumar fall in the jurisdiction of Janakpuri and Vikaspuri police stations in West Delhi. The complaint in Janakpuri pertains to the killing of two Sikhs, Sohan Singh and his son-in-law Avtar Singh, on November 1, 1984 and in the other, where another Sikh, Gurcharan Singh, was burnt on November 2, 1984 in the jurisdiction of Vikaspuri Police Station. Gurcharan, who was half burnt, had remained bed-ridden for 29 years. He died three years ago.


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No proposal before me: Sitharaman on making Army lean

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NEW DELHI:: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she has not received any proposal to downsize the Indian Army.
Sitharaman said a committee under the chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) DB Shekatkar recommended measures to enhance tooth-to-tail ratio. A high-level meeting between Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and the seven Army Commanders was held last week where the Army Chief was briefed on the progress of the four studies being conducted under the Military Secretary.
The studies include restructuring of Indian Army to make the force lean, agile and suitable for modern warfare.
“There is no such proposal in front of me to cut down or downsize Army. The tooth-to-tail ratio was discussed in the Shekatkar Committee report. The Army chief would be discussing the studies on how to make Army lean and a powerful machine,” Sitharaman said.
The study to restructure Indian Army started in June 2018. There are four study groups with each comprising of 25 officers and headed by a senior Lieutenant General and overall head is the Military Secretary, also a Lt General Rank officer. This is the biggest ever study of the Indian Army which is working to overhaul every department and organ of the Army in order to make it a formidable force less it’s flab.

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Under Modi’s regime, dictatorship is a profession: Rahul

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NEW DELHI: A day after seven Congress workers were injured in lathicharge by police in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur, party president Rahul Gandhi took to social media to express dissent over the incident.
“Narendra Modi ki hukumat me tanashahi ek pesha ban gaya hai. Bilaspur mein Raman Singh ki sarkar dwara Congress karyakartao ke moullick adhikari par bujhdili se kiye gaye iss prahar ko wahan ki junta siyasi julm ke roop meon yaad rakhegi (Under Narendra Modi’s regime, dictatorship has turned into profession. The attack on Congress workers’fundamental rights by Raman Singh’s government in Bilaspur will be remembered by citizens as an act of political atrocity),” tweeted the 48-year-old Congress chief on Wednesday.
He also shared a video of the lathicharge incident.
The Congress workers allegedly threw garbage inside Urban Administration Minister Amar Agrawal’s house on Tuesday, following which they were beaten up by cops.
However, the party claims that the workers were carrying out a peaceful protest against Agrawal, but were instead brutally beaten up by police.
Congress cadres had taken out a protest march after the minister’s recent statement where he allegedly referred to the opposition party as ‘kachra’ (garbage).
According to Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Neeraj Chandrakar, Congress workers threw garbage inside the minister’s house and also manhandled a policewoman and some male constables, following which a case was registered against them.
At least 52 Congress workers were arrested and seven of them sustained injuries in the process, the ASP added.

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Battle for Goa begins: Amit Shah summons MLAs to Delhi

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New Delhi : BJP chief Amit Shah has called for a meeting of Goa leaders at 11 am in Delhi. The meeting has been called to discuss portfolios and alliances.
Meanwhile, the Congress, which is the single-largest party with 16 MLAs, has already staked claim to form the government in the coastal state. The opposition party’s claim comes at a time when Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (62) is admitted to AIIMS in Delhi for a pancreatic ailment.
The opposition Congress in Goa on Wednesday claimed that it had the support of over 21 legislators in the 40-member Assembly, giving it enough strength to form the government in the state.
Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar told PTI that the Congress had enough support to form the government in Goa. “We have the required numbers. I am not going to tell you whom we are in discussions with, but we need the support of 21 MLAs and we have more than that,” he said.
The Congress legislators, led by Kavlekar, had met Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday and demanded a floor test by the BJP-led government to prove its majority in the Assembly.
Kavlekar said his party was waiting for a response from the governor, who had assured them that she would get back on the issue in three-four days.
The state is being ruled by the BJP with the support of the Goa Forward Party, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and Independent MLAs.
The BJP has 14 seats in the Assembly, the GFP and the MGP have three each and the NCP has one. There are also three Independent legislators. Kavlekar claimed the political situation in the state was in the favour of the Congress as there was a lot of “discontent” among the ruling coalition partners.

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