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Delhi HC sentences 16 ex-cops to life imprisonment

Hashimpura massacre case

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sentenced 16 ex-policemen to life imprisonment for killing 42 people of a minority community in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre case in Uttar Pradesh.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel reversed the trial court’s verdict which had acquitted the accused.

The high court convicted 16 former Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel for murder and of kidnapping, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence under the Indian Penal Code.

 

All the 16 convicts have retired from service.

It termed the massacre “targeted killing” of unarmed and defenceless people by the police.

The high court’s verdict came on pleas challenging a trial court’s decision to acquit 16 policemen of charges of murder and other crimes in the case. PT


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By 2030 India will replace one of the top 3 superpowers: Rajnath

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Chatra: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that by the year 2030 India could replace any one of the three world superpowers (Russia, China and America).
“By 2030 or 2031 Bharat will replace any one of the three superpowers, either Russia, China or America from the list of top three countries of the world in terms of economy and strength,” said Rajnath Singh while addressing an election rally at Chatra in Jharkhand.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has provided an immense boost to the economy of India.
“In 2014 we were at ninth place among the top 10 countries in terms of the size of the economy. After four years of governance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in 2018 we jumped to the sixth position,” he said.
“And I say it with confidence that not in few years but in few months we will be at the fifth place,” said Rajnath.
The Home Minister also said that the Prime Minister had assured that every paise earmarked for the welfare of the people reaches the common man. “Rajiv Gandhi helplessly said that out of 100 Paise given by him only 16 Paise manages to reach the people but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has overcome this and now when 100 paise is sent, 100 paise reaches your pocket,” said Singh.
Rajnath Singh also gave an assurance of completely wiping out Naxalism. “Naxalism which was spread across 126 districts of the country is now restricted to only seven to eight districts. I assure you it will be entirely uprooted from India in the next three to four years,” he said.
Jharkhand has 14 Lok Sabha constituencies which will go for polls on April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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3-judges’ panel set-up to probe, first meet today

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New Delhi: Justice SA Bobde, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, was appointed to conduct an in-house inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
When contacted, Justice Bobde, who is next to the CJI in seniority, confirmed the development.
He said being the number two judge, the Chief Justice of India has appointed him to look into the allegations of sexual harassment charges levelled by a former woman staff.
Justice Bobde told PTI that he has decided to form a panel by inducting two apex court judges — N V Ramana and Indira Banerjee.
“I decided to have Justice Ramana in the panel as he is next to me in the seniority and Justice Banerjee as she is a woman judge,” Justice Bobde said. He said he has already issued notice to the woman who had written letters to the judges and sworn on affidavit about the alleged sexual harassment.
The first hearing will be conducted on Friday and the apex court secretary general has also been asked to be ready with all documents and materials.
“This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding,” Justice Bobde said.
He clarified that there is no time frame to to complete the inquiry and future course of action will depend on “what comes out of the inquiry” which will be “confidential”.
A three-judge bench headed by CJI on Saturday had held an unprecedented hearing in the wake of allegations made against Justice Gogoi.
Describing the allegations of sexual harassment against him as “unbelievable”, the CJI had convened the extraordinary hearing at the Supreme Court during which he said a larger conspiracy was behind it and he would not stoop so low even to deny these allegations. Justice Gogoi had said some “bigger force” wanted to “deactivate” the office of the CJI.
After the Saturday’s hearing, some lawyers body and jurists had criticised the CJI for constituting the bench comprising him, though he had recused himself in the middle of the hearing leaving it for justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna to pass the order.

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Entered politics so that no woman should be tortured: Pragya

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Bhopal: BJP candidate from Bhopal, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur said that she entered the political arena to put an end to the numerous atrocities being committed on women.
She also said she is the “the living example of the numerous atrocities committed on women” and that she does not want any woman to go through the same pain that she did.
The BJP leader was addressing a public rally in Bhopal on Tuesday in which former Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present.
“Women are being tortured and numerous atrocities were committed upon them. They are being exploited and raped. I am a living example of the pain inflicted on women. I have gone through that pain,” said Pragya Singh
“Now I have come because I want that no woman should be tortured by these criminals,” she said.
Thakur filed her nomination papers from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency. She was accompanied by three supporters and her advocate.
Thakur is among the seven accused facing trial in the Malegaon blast case, wherein six people were killed and a dozen others were injured when a bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded in Maharashtra’s Malegaon on September 29, 2008. BJP is defending Sadhvi saying that a false case was registered against her and others.

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