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1984 anti-Sikh riots: Congress leader Sajjan Kumar sentenced to life

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar (73) is the first big politician, convicted after 34 years of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her sikh bodyguards.

The anti-Sikh riots had left nearly 3,000 people dead.

Sajjan Kumar has been sentenced to life for “remainder of his natural life” by the Delhi High Court today (17 December 2018) .

On November 28, the Delhi High Court upheld the conviction of 70 of the 89 persons held guilty and awarded five-years in jail by a trial court in a separate case linked to anti-Sikh riots.

A trial court on November 20 had awarded death penalty to Yashpal Singh and ordered life imprisonment to another, Naresh Sherawat, for the killing of two persons during the anti-Sikh riots.

Delhi HC restores membership of 20 disqualified AAP MLA’s

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New Delhi : A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar of Delhi High Court today passed an order by which it set aside the Election Commission recommendation disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs for holding office-of-profit as parliamentary secretaries.

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MP Minister Narottam Mishra cannot vote in the presidential election

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New Delhi: In a special Sunday hearing, a double Bench of Delhi High Court has rejected Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra’s plea to vote in the Presidential election tomorrow.

Mishra’s petition challenging the election Commission’s decision against him has been allowed and posted for hearing in August by the two-Judge Bench of Delhi High Court.

A specially constituted Delhi High Court’s single-judge bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur Delhi High Court on Friday had quashed a petition by Narottam Mishra challenging the June 23 Election Commission decision to disqualify him for three years in the paid news case.

The Election Commission case was brought before the Delhi High Court on orders of the Supreme Court.

The allegation against Mishra was that he had filed wrong accounts of election expenditure relating to articles and advertorials in the media in the 2008-2013 Assembly Polls.

Former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi argued on behalf of Mishra in the High Court today. He urged the court that the Election Commission’s decision cannot be applicable now as Mishra was re-elected in 2013 whereas the charges against him relate to the Assembly Election held in 2008.

Kanhaiya bail plea adjourned

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Kanhaiya Kumar, when he was earlier produced in court. (representative photo)
Kanhaiya Kumar, when he was earlier produced in court. (representative photo)

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today adjourned the hearing in response to the bail petition of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar, who is now in judicial remand after being arrested by Delhi Police on the charge of sedition.

The Delhi Police filed a status report on investigation in the case and told the High Court bench of Justice Pratibha Rani that it would be seeking Kumar’s remand from the trial court.Taking this into consideration and also a request by Kanhaiya’s counsel, the court deferred the matter till 29 February.

Kanhaiya’s judicial remand is to expire on March 2. He is now lodged in Tihar jail. Two other accused Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, have surrendered before the police in the same case.

Kanhaiya was arrested on the charge of sedition linked with an event organised on the JNU campus on February 9 to commemorate Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the parliament attack case and hanged following orders of the Supreme Court.

Sedition case: Court to hear JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s bail plea on Wednesday

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Kanhaiya KumarNew Delhi: The bail application of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union president, Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on charges of sedition, will come up for hearing tomorrow.

Later in the afternoon today, the Delhi High Court asked Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the two JNU students accused of raising anti-India slogans on the university campus, to surrender before the police and follow the due procecc of law

AAP files a 2000-page reply to Jaitley’s defamation case today

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AAP-SYMBOLNew Delhi : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which was faced with defamation case against Kejriwal and Co. filed by none other than the finance Minister himself, Arun Jaitley, are finally ready to reply. Having pondered over the issue, and amidst series of retaliations in media and social networking sites, the Kejriwal-led AAP has inked a voluminous reply (read book), a 2000-page reply, and have decided to file it in the Delhi High Court today as a reply to the civil defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders On December 21, 2015 for allegedly bringing down his image and maligning his name in the Delhi and District Cricket Board (DDCA) controversy. The case had got presented before a Delhi court which had taken cognizance on his plea. FinMin had also made his opinion loud and clear in Lok Sabha during winter sessions, where he had said — All these allegations are baseless and devoid of truth. For a total sum Rs. 114 crore, we made a stadium with a capacity of taking 42,000 people. Contrary to that, the Congress built the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium spending Rs. 900 crores. No one raised doubts on that expenditure.

AAP has always tried to bring itself to the spotlight by waving out such papers, and has been famous for bringing up accumulated bundles of sheets on leaders of the opposition camps, in the likes of innumerable sheets on Shiela Dixit’s working practices, an election gimmick, the sheets — which are now lying somewhere, covered in dust since eternity (if the sheets really existed, that is). And the present paper roll is a 2000 sheeter reply on FinMin’s defamation plea, which the AAP is scheduled to lay on the table of Delhi High Court this Tuesday.

AAP-led Delhi government had set up a probe committee all by itself on the DDCA irregularities. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had declared that the probe committee formed by the Delhi Government to look into the affairs of the DDCA was `unconditional and illegal`.

Delhi High Court upholds conviction of former Haryana Chief Minister, his son and others

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Om Prakash Chautala
Om Prakash Chautala

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today upheld the sentence of ten years Rigorous Imprisonment of five accused persons including former chief minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Singh Chautala, an ex-Member of Parliament, Vidya Dhar, IAS, formerly OSD to CM of Haryana, Sher Singh Badshami, the then Political Advisor to the Haryana CM, Sanjeev Kumar, IAS, former State Director, Primary Education.

The High Court has reduced the sentence of the remaining fifty other ex-officials of Haryana state Education Department. They will undergo two years Rigorous Imprisonment.

The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Rohini, Delhi had earlier sentenced 55 accused to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment from four to ten years on January 22, 2013.

All the 55 persons convicted in this case had filed an appeal against their conviction order in Delhi High Court. After hearing both sides, the Delhi High Court dismissed all the 55 appeals.

CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry(PE) on the directions of Supreme Court on November 25, 2003 in response to a Writ Petition relating to matter of Sanjiv Kumar V/s State of Haryana on the allegation of irregularities in appointment of Junior Basic Trained Teachers by the Government of Haryana in the year 1999-2000. On the basis of the findings in the Preliminary Enquiry, a regular case was registered on May 24, 2004 under section 120B read with 420, 467, 468 & 471of IPC and 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 against the then officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister Haryana; then Political Advisor to CM, Haryana; then Chairpersons and Members of the District level Selection Committee constituted for the posts of JBT teachers in the Districts of Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Mahindergarh, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Rewari, Sirsa, Sonepat & Yamunanagar ; and other persons.

Investigation by the CBI established that the appointments of 3032 teachers were done on the basis a fraudulently prepared Second Set of Interview Lists, which were allegedly made at the behest of the then CM; his son, who was the then Member of Parliament; the then OSD to the CM; the then Political Advisor to CM; the then Director, Primary Education and others. Original set of List of Interview Marks of the candidates on basis of which appointments ought to have been made were also revealed during investigation.

After thorough investigation, CBI filed a charge Sheet on June 6, 2008 against the then OSD to CM of Haryana; the then Political advisor to the Chief Minister, Haryana; the then Director Primary Education, Haryana; the then CM, Haryana; then Member of Parliament and 57 other then officials of Haryana, under sections 120B read with 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC & Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act 1988.

Cognizance on the Charge Sheet was taken on July 16, 2008. Charges were framed on July 23, 2011 against 61 accused persons by the Special Judge, CBI Cases, Rohini. One retired official of Education Department, Haryana was discharged. Defence evidence concluded on August 4, 2012 and final arguments on December 17, 2012. During the trial, 6 accused persons, all retired officials of Education Department, Haryana had expired. The CBI produced 68 witnesses during trial.

The Trial Court at Delhi had convicted 55 accused persons on January 16, 2013 and pronounced the sentence on January 22, 2013.

Greenpeace employee “Offloaded” at Delhi Airport

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greenpeaceNew Delhi, Jan 11: In yet another incident of government clampdown on Greenpeace India, Priya Pillai, Senior Campaigner with the organisation was stopped at the New Delhi airport, this morning by the immigration office and denied to get onboard her flight to London.

Pillai had a valid business visa to visit London, where she was scheduled to address British Parliamentarians on January 14 on the rights of forest communities being infringed for coal mining in India. She has been invited by the British MPs to talk about her campaigning with local communities in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh, where a proposed coal mining project led by Essar, a London-based company, threatens to uproot the lives and livelihoods of the forest and the community which lives there.

This has come as a rude shock for Pillai and Greenpeace who were hoping to showcase the strong work the organisation has been doing with Indian people living in the remotest corners of the country and present it at a global platform. Ironically this blocking of her visit to London to make a speech comes on the day democratic countries reaffirm their commitment to free speech.

“I am shocked and saddened that the government has managed yet again to run roughshod over people working to protect democratic rights in the country. I represent the forest community members of Mahan and I was scheduled to tell their story on how the Indian government and Essar, a foreign registered billionaire corporation, are hell bent on trampling their rights and existence that have been guaranteed by none other than the constitution of India. Today my right to freedom of movement has been infringed and there was an attempt to treat me like a criminal”, Pillai commented.

She has been informed by the airport authorities that she is now banned from leaving India, even though she has no criminal convictions against her. Her passport has been stamped with the word: OFFLOAD. The immigration officials told her they are not opposed to her travelling, but they are just following orders from the Indian government.

“Has working for the most marginalised people in the country become an offence in India?” Pillai asked.

This is the second time a Greenpeace employee are been denied a go ahead by the Indian airport authorities in spite of having valid visa. In September last year Greenpeace campaigner, Ben Hargreaves – a UK national – was refused entry to India, despite having a valid visa. Pillai has a business visa to travel to the UK that is valid for the next 6 months.

Commenting on the latest development, Greenpeace India’s Executive Director, Samit Aich said, “The government’s intentions are clear- they are trying to intimidate and bully Greenpeace and its employees but I would only reiterate that such acts only make us more resolute to continue our campaigns on protecting Indian people and India’s environment. We will not shy away from asking tough questions to the highest authorities. Such systematic excesses by the government are a shame and cause of worry for the Indian civil society. At a time when the whole world is making a strong pitch to safeguard freedom of speech and democratic rights, this action by the world’s largest democracy is problematic”.

Greenpeace India has written to the Ministry of Home and External Affairs and to the Airport Authority of India following this arbitrary action of stopping its employees in spite of having the appropriate paper work. Greenpeace is asking the government to explain the legal basis for the ban on Pillai leaving the country.

Last year the Ministry of Home Affairs directed the freezing of Greenpeace India’s foreign funds. Greenpeace India has challenged this in the Delhi High Court and the next hearing is on 20th January.