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“There is a General Atmosphere of Intimidation in India”: Rahul Gandhi

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“There is a very very aggressive and organised attack on the system and on the judiciary,” Rahul Gandhi said.


Continuing his attack spree on the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the “politics of division” is being played out in India. Rahul Gandhi who is on three days Singapore –Malaysia tour was speaking at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy which is also a part of Singapore University.

Training guns at BJP Gandhi said that there is an atmosphere of intimidation brewing in the country. He said that since the BJP came to power, the institutional structure of India is facing major challenges. He further added that if one were to ask him what he is proud of India, he would say it is the pluralistic idea. “It is the idea that Indian people can say what they want, can eat anything they want and do anything they want to do,” Rahul Gandhi asserted adding that this is being challenged now.

Rahul Gandhi even said that there is general fear in the minds of the businessman as well as media fraternity. “There is a very very aggressive and organised attack on the system and on the judiciary,” Rahul said. Addressing the audience present he also spoke about the unprecedented event when four Supreme Court judges had come in front of media and had said that there is organizational mismanagement in the judiciary.

He also spoke about the case of mysterious death of Judge Loya who was in charge of Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which BJP National president and now a Rajyasabha MP Amit Shah was accused. Rahul said, “I don’t know if you are aware of the nuances but the comments they (judges) were making centred around the case of (BJP president) Amit Shah.”

Pointing out at the growing violence in the country Rahul said, “Not only in India, but even in other places there is politics of division is being played. The people are divided and their anger is used to win the election.” He also said that he considers the growing violence and anger in India as a syndrome.

Lashing out at Prime minister Narendra Modi he said a very nasty politics is being played to win the election. Calling Narendra Modi an autocrat, Rahul Gandhi accused him of controlling the lawmaking, the UP police and the Haryana police as well.

Spelling out Congress’ agenda in next Lok Sabha election, Rahul Gandhi said that his party will fight such politics and win the next election.  Rahul Gandhi promised, “Very soon you will see an India where everybody is loved, respected and taken along.”

Slamming BJP’s Kashmir Policy, he said that BJP destroyed years of efforts by Congress’ to bring peace in the valley. He said, “BJP’s policy is of Kashmir is episodic rather than strategic.”


Supreme Court judge recuses from Chhagan Bhujbal’s plea

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A Supreme Court judge today recused from hearing the former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Chhagan Bhujbal’s plea, thus challenging the decision of the Bombay High Court and dismissed his petition for bail.

Bhujbal, for that matter, has challenged his arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The bench that is headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has kept the matter for hearing on 26 March and has asked it to be registered before an apt bench which does not have Justice Khanwilkar as its member.

The bench that also has Justice D Y Chandrachud as its member, said, “Let the matter be listed on Monday, March 26 2018 before appropriate bench wherein one of us, namely, Justice A M Khanwilkar is not a member. Registry is directed to do the needful.”

The Bombay High Court had earlier dismissed the petition filed by Bhujbal in which he sought bail and challenged his arrest under PMLA.

Bhujbal was arrested on 14 March 2016 by the ED with regards to Maharashtra Sadan scam and a land case of Kalina in which he and his kin were accused to have received bribes.

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Sonia Gandhi rushed to Delhi at midnight after falling ill in Shimla

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The sources further stated that Sonia Gandhi experienced breathing problems and was suffering from high blood pressure.

Sonia Gandhi, former Congress President was rushed from Shimla to Delhi yesterday after her health worsened. Sonia had come down to Shimla to review the construction work of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s bungalow at Chharabra in Shimla. However, she had to be rushed in exigent conditions to Delhi because of her ill health condition.

This is not the first time when she had to leave her visit midway. Last year in the month of October she had to immediately hospitalized in Delhi.

As per the sources, yesterday at 11 in the night Dr Ramesh Chand, Senior Medical Superintendent of Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital had gotten a call for making arrangements for a medical team along with an ambulance so that Sonia Gandhi could be taken to Chandigarh.

The sources further stated that Sonia Gandhi experienced breathing problems and was suffering from high blood pressure. The administration of the hospital had made a request to take her to the medical college for her treatment, however, her staff thought it more appropriate to rush her to Delhi for it.

Seeing this, Dr Ramesh Chand, with his medical team took her to Chandigarh by road and she was taken there in her personal vehicle. From Chandigarh, she was airlifted to Delhi in the night on a chartered flight.

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Charges framed against persons involved in killing of SHO Firoz Ah. Dar: Police

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Srinagar, March 23: Court has framed charges against the four accused including two slain militants in the killing of SHO Achabal Firoz Ahmed Dar along with his five men on June 16 last year.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of JKP was constituted for the investigation of the killings that had filed a detailed charge sheet on 5th February 2017 against four accused persons among the eight named in the case.

The court today framed charges against the four of them including two already killed in separate encounters in the case. The Charges have been framed against Sandeep Kumar Sharma and Mohammad Ashraf Wani besides Bashir Ahmad Wani and Abu Maz, a foreign terrorist Pakistan (both already killed).

The investigation against other accused who are still absconding including Khurshid Ahmad Ganie, Mehraj -Ud-Din Bangroo, Asif,  Sahir Ahmad Makroo and Zeenat-ul-Islam is still going on.

Efforts are on to nab the absconders.

After the registration of FIR in the incident and on the conclusion of investigation into the sensational June 2017 attack in which militants had killed Station House Officer Feroz Ahmad Dar and his five escort personnel in South Kashmir.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the J&K Police had filed a detailed chargesheet on 5th February 2017 against four accused persons among the eight named in the case.

The investigation had “established that LeT terrorists headed by Bashir Lashkari – the main accused —- were involved” in the attack.

Based on the disclosures of Uttar Pradesh resident Sandeep Kumar, another accused in the case, who was arrested from an encounter site on July 1, 2017, in which Bashir Lashkari along with Pakistani militant Abu Maz was killed, the investigators were able to crack the SHO’s murder case. Both Ashraf, hailing from Branti village in Anantnag district, and Sandeep are currently in judicial custody.

In the forefront of anti-militancy operations in the area, SHO Feroz and his men were ambushed and shot at a very close range at 6 pm on June 16 last year at Thajiwara village on the outskirts of Anantnag town while they were returning to the Achabal police station.

Soon after the incident, Lashkar-e-Toiba had claimed responsibility for the attack, in which two civilians were also injured.

In the charge sheet which was filed before the Sessions Court in Anantnag in the first week of last month by SIT head and Superintendent of Police Tahir Ashraf KPS, the police have also named four active militants Khursheed Ahmad Ganai (from Branti in Anantnag), Mehrajuddin Bangroo, alias Asif (Narparistan, Srinagar), Sahir Ahmad Makroo (Bijbehara in Anantnag) and Zeenat-ul-Islam, alias Zeenshah (Malnard Sugan in Shopian), as the accused in the case ,but declared them as absconding.

It states that the main accused Bashir Ahmad Wani, alias Bashir Lashkari (of Kokernag), and Pakistani national Abu Maz were killed in an encounter at Branti in Anantnag on July 1, 2017.

Sandeep, who is also alleged to be involved in other cases involving the theft of ATMs by militants “to earn more money”, confessed before the investigators that he became a conduit for militants after coming in contact with accused Khursheed Gani, who is still absconding.

Next date of hearing is fixed for 28 March.

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