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Jharkhand HC extends bail period of Lalu Prasad Yadav till August 20

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Ranchi | The Jharkhand High Court today extended the provisional bail period of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, convicted in four fodder scam cases, till August 20 on medical grounds. The period was extended by Justice Apresh Kumar Singh.

“We have prayed for the extension of the bail period for three more months on medical grounds,” Prasad’s counsel Prabhat Kumar told PTI. The high court had on May 11 granted six weeks provisional bail to Prasad and again extended it till August 14, Chitaranjan Sinha, another counsel for the RJD chief, said.

Prasad is currently being treated at the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, Sinha said. He has been convicted in four cases of the multi-crore fodder scam.

The cases relate to illegal withdrawal of money from government treasuries in different districts for the animal husbandry department in undivided Bihar in the 1990s when the RJD was in power in the state.  On September 30, 2013, he was convicted in the first fodder scam case related to the Chaibasa Treasury.

The former Bihar chief minister was again convicted in another case related to the Chaibasa Treasury on January 24, 2018. On February 23 and March 19, he was convicted in cases related to the Deoghar Treasury and the Dumka Treasury respectively.

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‘1984 anti-Sikh riots were the worst ever genocide in India’: Arun Jaitlety

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New Delhi | Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley today while responding to the Delhi High Court’s conviction to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar said that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were the worst ever genocide India ever saw.

Speaking to media after the Courts verdict, Jaitley said, ” The judgement of Delhi High Court is an extremely welcome development. For many of us who are witnesses, it was perhaps the worst kind of genocide that we ever saw.” Attacking the Congress party Jaitley alleged that Congress governments during that period repeatedly indulged in coverup exercises.

Jailtely further said that the coverups are now being defeated. “Sajjan Kumar was a symbol of 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The legacy of 1984 anti-Sikh riots hangs around the neck of Congress and Gandhi family,” he added.

The Delhi High Court on Monday has sentenced Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case and has asked Kumar to surrender by 31st December 2018. The High Court has reversed the judgement of the trial court which acquitted Kumar earlier. Along with Sajjan Kumar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councilor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Kishan Khokkar and former legislator Mahender Yadav have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Reading the judgement the High Court said,” “In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial.”

Sajjan Kumar is convicted in the 1984 Anti Sikh riot which was ignited after the assassination of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. Around  2800 people belonging to the Sikh community were killed in India during the anti-Sikh riots. The Delhi High Court earlier on 14 August 2018 started hearing appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Sajjan Kumar acquittal in the Anti Sikh Riots of 1984in Delhi.

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US Sikhs thank Modi for Kartarpur corridor

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Washington | The American Sikh community has expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the laying of the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor in Punjab.

“We the Sikh diaspora are thankful to Narendra Modi and his government for realizing the long-cherished dream of Sikhs in India and abroad and laying the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor on November 26, 2018,” the ‘Sikhs of America’ organization said in a resolution addressed to the prime minister.

“Since the foundation stone was laid on the Pakistan side also, Sikhs across the globe are looking forward to the much-anticipated pilgrimage,” said the resolution.

A copy of the resolution was presented to senior officials of the Indian Embassy here at an event organized by Sikhs of America in the Maryland suburb of Washington.

The much-awaited corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of the Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak – with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will only have to obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, established in 1522 by Guru Nanak.

“For the last few months, good news has been coming for the Sikh community in India and abroad,” Jasdip Singh chairman of Sikhs of America said as he praised the role of the Indian government in bringing to justice some of the accused involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

“We are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. However, there is a lot to be done,” Singh said, hoping that in the coming weeks and months other politicians involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots would also be brought to justice.

He said the government had addressed most of their concerns including removal of some Sikhs from the visa blacklist.

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Modi government will come to power again in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Smriti Irani

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New Delhi | Union minister Smriti Irani on Sunday said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP will make “lotus bloom” and the party-led government will come to power again in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the Delhi BJP’s ‘Mahila Hunkar Rally’ here, Irani asked party’s women workers to reach out to people at booth-level with the message of the Modi government’s holistic development and women power seeking their support in the general election. “We all resolve that under the leadership of Narendra Modi, we will make lotus bloom with the message of holistic development and women power and the BJP-led NDA government, which is dedicated towards development, is again formed (in 2019),” the Union textiles minister said.

The ‘Hunkar Rally’ was organised by the women cell of the Delhi BJP at Ramlila Ground on the sixth anniversary of the ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape case. It was attended by several leaders, including state party chief Manoj Tiwari.

Speaking at the event, Tiwari hit out at the Arvind Kejriwal government for its alleged “failure” to provide protection to women. “The AAP government has failed to fulfil its pre-poll promises. It has failed to deploy marshals in buses to ensure safety of women passengers. “The government has also failed to install CCTV cameras across the city,” Tiwari said.

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Meenakshi Lekhi listed the Modi government’s schemes for women, saying that the BJP dispensation has given respect to women by their inclusion in its various scheme.

The 23-year-old paramedical student was gang-raped on December 16, 2012 in a moving bus in Delhi, and later died in a hospital. The incident triggered outrage and protests across the country, and she subsequently came to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’, the fearless.

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