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.
Guess who uses hatred, fear to maintain power: Rahul
New Delhi:A day after social activist Swami Agnivesh was attacked in Jharkhand by a group, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the government using a pop quiz that asked people to the name the “perpetrator of hatred and fear”.
“I bow to the most powerful in the line. A person’s strength and power are all that are important to me. I use hatred and fear to maintain the hierarchy of power.
“I seek out the weakest and crush them. I rank all living beings based on their usefulness to me. Who am I?” Gandhi said on twitter attaching the video of Agnivesh being attacked in Jharkhand’s Pakur.
The 78-year-old activist was assaulted by suspected Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists shouting “Jai Shri Ram” slogans.
The incident happened on Tuesday when the group pounced on Agnivesh as he stepped out of a hotel to get into a car to take part in the 195th Damin Mahotsav at Littpara.
At least three persons have died in a twin-building collapse in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida area, police said on Wednesday.
Pak files second counter-memorial on Jadhav’s case in ICJ
Islamabad :Pakistan filed its second written reply to India’s arguments in the International Court of Justice on the conviction of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.
The ICJ on January 23 gave a timeline to both Pakistan and India for filing another round of memorials in the case.
Foreign Office Director General for India Dr Fareeha Bugti submitted the second reply today, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said.
“Director India Dr Fareha Bugti submitted the dossier, along with Waseem Shahzad, an officer of the Embassy of Pakistan in The Hague,” he said.
Pakistan in its rejoinder, gave detailed answers to India’s submissions to the international court, the spokesperson said, adding that Pakistan also responded to Indian objections in over 400 pages reply.
Pakistan’s counter-memorial was in response to pleadings filed by India in the Hague-based ICJ on April 17.
The ICJ will now fix the matter for hearing.
India had moved the ICJ in May last year after Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.
A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18, 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.
In its written pleadings, India had accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav arguing that the convention did not say that such access would not be available to an individual arrested on espionage charges.
In response, Pakistan through its counter-memorial on December 13 told the ICJ that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963 applied only to legitimate visitors and did not cover clandestine operations.
Pakistan had said that ‘since India did not deny that Jadhav was travelling on a passport with an assumed Muslim name, they have no case to plead’.
Pakistan said that India did not explain how ‘a serving naval commander’ was travelling under an assumed name. It also stated that ‘since Jadhav was on active duty, it is obvious that he was a spy sent on a special mission’.
India has been maintaining that the trial of Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan was ‘farcical’.
Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province on March 3, 2016 after he reportedly entered from Iran.
However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.
Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India.
After ‘Hindu Pakistan’, now Tharoor slams BJP with ‘Taliban in Hinduism’ jibe
New Delhi :Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who earlier triggered a controversy after his “Hindu Pakistan” comment, has once again hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party Centre and questioned whether they are trying to start Taliban in Hinduism.
“They are asking me to go to Pakistan. Who has given them the right to decide that I am not a Hindu like them and I don’t have the right to stay in the country? Have they started a Taliban in Hinduism?” Shashi Tharoor said while addressing a public gathering in Thiruvananthapuram .
Tharoor’s new remarks came after he alleged on Monday that the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha workers vandalised his office in Thiruvananthapuram.
Tharoor alleged that offensive slogans were raised against him; asking him to go to Pakistan.
Last week, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram triggered a huge controversy with his remarks that if voted to power again, the BJP will rewrite the Constitution and pave the way for creation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.
The comments sparked demands from the BJP for an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the “attack on Indian democracy and Hindus” while his party voiced its disapproval and cautioned its leaders to exercise restraint in their response to what it called the saffron party’s “hatred”.
“If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one. That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that will remove equality for minorities, that’ll create a Hindu Pakistan,” Tharoor had said.
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