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Rahul Gandhi’s ‘JaitLIE’ tweet lands him in a trouble

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s twitter transformation was no less than astounding. From dubbing GST as Gabbar Singh Tax to the Vikas Gone Crazy one-liner, his Twitter activities have created a lot of buzz in the last three months. Though his Twitter activism is getting popular and is being well-received, it might also land him in trouble.

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The Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has forwarded a privilege notice issued against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Rahul Gandhi is currently serving as a Lok Sabha member and is representing Amethi constituency. Vice president Naidu said that at first glance, the case looks like a breach of privilege.

Last month, the privilege notice was moved against Rahul Gandhi after senior BJP MP alleged a breach of privilege. The notice mentioned Rahul Gandhi’s tweet where he had spelt Jaitly as Jaitley, implicating that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley lies to the country. Yadav said that the metaphor was highly derogatory.

What exactly the incident about?

Rahul Gandhi on December 27th had tweeted “Dear Mr Jaitlie – thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means” with a hashtag #BJPLies. He also shared a video along with the tweet of PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. During the election campaigning of Gujarat, PM Modi had accused former PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari of hatching a conspiracy against him with Pakistan officials at ousted Congress member Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. The opposition has blocked the government over the issue demanding PM Modi to apologize for it.

How was the issue resolved?

The ruckus created by the opposition had stalled a session of parliament for days. However, both opposition and ruling parties came to an agreement after the leader of the house Arun Jaitley issued a clarification that PM Modi’s remarks did not mean to question Singh and Ansari’s loyalty and dedication towards India. The leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad too accepted the clarification and apologized for Mani Shakar Aiyar’s “Neech” remarks for PM Modi. The issue was resolved and the parliamentary proceedings were resumed.

What is the basis of Privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi?

According to sources, the Privilege notice was issued on the basis that Rahul Gandhi’s tweet misinterpreted Rajya Sabha proceedings in view of damaging the image of Government. Rajya Sabha chairman Naidu too, had last week said, “The opposition and the government had reached a mutual agreement to resolve the issue. All the members have endorsed it too. Anyone commenting outside on the agreement is not fair for the system as well as parliament house.”

What is Privilege motion and when is it moved?

Indian Parliamentarians such as MPs, MLAs and MLCs enjoy certain rights and privileges that help them to discharge their functions and responsibilities effectively. If any of the members feel that the other member has disregarded the rights, he can move a Privilege Motion against him. The Speaker/Chairman has authority to admit or dismiss the Privilege Motion. If accepted the Speaker can seek the services of “Committee of Privileges” to establish the allegations with facts. The committee may also recommend any punishment, which the Speaker may or may not accept.

 

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Additionals funds required to fulfill promises: Tripura CM to Centre

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BJP appointed Biplab Kumar Deb as the CM of Tripura after its victory over the LEFT Front 25 year rule.

Agartala: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb has demanded additional financial aid from the Union government to fulfill the promises made during the state election.

Biplab Kumar Deb met Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to Modi at the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi to place these demands on Friday.

In a statement issued by the CM’s office, it mentioned “Some promises have been made to the people of the state. Fulfillment of all these promises can be possible with additional financial support from the Centre as the state government is passing through a very difficult financial position”.

Deb has desired an additional funding for filling up 12,222 vacant posts of school teachers, the introduction of the 7th central Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees, setting up a central agricultural university and a super-specialty hospital like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Tripura.

The chief minister has also requested the Centre to allow one-time relaxation in educational and professional qualifications for teachers in Tripura.

After the first BJP government in Tripura came to power in March, it was sanctioned Rs 2,587 crore central funds for development projects and schemes such as housing, education, and rural jobs.

According to the BJP, Tripura is under a deficit of Rs 11,355 crore, accumulated during the 25 years of Left Front rule.

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Death to child rapists: Union Cabinet approves the POCSO Act

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Keeping in mind the uproar over the recent rapes of minors in the nation, the Union Cabinet has approved the promulgation of an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.

Official sources said in New Delhi that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death.

Until now,  the minimum punishment for such heinous crimes was seven years in jail and the maximum was a life-term.

The move comes after the outrage caused by the nation due to the rape and murder of minor girls in Kathua and Surat district recently. But even while the Cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi was meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the issue, the rape and murder of a four-month-old infant in Indore sent fresh disturbance across the country.

 

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Cabinet approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018: Provision for confiscating properties of escapees

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The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under this order.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018. This would help in laying down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

The cases where the total value involved in such offences is Rs.100 crore or more will come under the purview of this Ordinance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier approved the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to introduce the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 in Parliament.

The ordinance states to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders, improving the financial health of such institutions.

A special forum to be created for the expeditious confiscation of the proceeds of crime, in India or abroad, would coerce the fugitive to return to India to submit to the jurisdiction of Courts in India to face the law in respect of scheduled offences, according to the ordinance.

In the near past, there have been several instances of economic offenders flee in the jurisdiction of Indian courts, anticipating the commencement, or during the pendency, of criminal proceedings. The absence of such offenders from Indian courts has several deleterious consequences – first, it hampers investigation in criminal cases; second, it wastes precious time of courts of law, third, it undermines the rule of law in India.

The ordinance has provisions for a Court (‘Special Court’ under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002) to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender.

 

A Fugitive Economic Offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution, or being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution.

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