Weekly News Roundup – April 22, 2019

 


Muslim undertrial in Tihar branded with ‘Om’ symbol, Delhi court orders inquiry

Credits: NDTV

A Delhi court has called for an inquiry and issued a notice to DGP (Prison) after a Muslim undertrial was branded with an “Om” symbol allegedly by a Tihar jail superintendent. The court had asked Tihar jail authorities to submit a report within 24 hours. The matter came to light after the undertrial informed his family of the cruelty and inhuman treatment in jail by superintendent Rajesh Chauhan. He also alleged that he was deprived of food for two days. Following this, the inmate’s family informed his counsel, who in turn moved an application in the court.

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Act Immediately on Hate Speeches, Supreme Court Tells Election Commission

Credits: News Click

The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission to respond immediately to hate speeches after the poll panel said it was “toothless” and “powerless” when the model code of conduct was violated. In a sharp jibe at the Election Commission counsel, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said: “This is something you are duty bound to do. You have to be prompt, you have to act immediately. You can’t drag it.”… Taking up a petition filed by NRI Harpreet Mansukhani, the bench sought to know from advocate Amit Sharma, appearing for the EC, regarding the nature of action that shall be initiated against the politicians for alleged hate speeches or statements seeking votes on the basis of religion or caste.…

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Sadhvi Pragya healthy to contest polls but not to attend hearings: Malegaon blast victim’s father moves NIA

Credits: India Today

Malegaon blast victim’s father on Thursday (April 18) moved the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court seeking barring of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur from contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The development has come two days after Sadhvi Pragya was fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to contest the polls from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal constituency against Congress’s Digvijaya Singh..… Questioning her candidature, the petitioner said that Sadhvi Pragya has not been attending the court proceedings on the “pretext of being unwell and that she is a breast cancer patient”. On the contrary, the petition said, the BJP candidate has been seen participating in various programmes and giving “objectionable and instigating speeches” since her release from jail. If Sadhvi Pragya Thakur was “healthy enough to fight elections in the crippling summer heat”, then she has misled the court, Sayeed alleged.

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News Headlines

Sadhvi Pragya healthy to contest polls but not to attend hearings: Malegaon blast victim’s father moves NIA

‘Modi has Installed Cameras’ No Vote-No Jobs’: BJP MLA Ramesh Katara threatens Voters

Muslim undertrial in Tihar branded with ‘Om’ symbol, Delhi court orders inquiry

‘Ruling by decree of fear’: Mamata Banerjee jabs PM Modi over raids at Kanimozhi’s house

With Over 2.9 Million Members This Pro-Modi Facebook Group Is A Fake News Farm

Act Immediately on Hate Speeches, Supreme Court Tells Election Commission

Jharkhand lynching: Fact-finding team questions complicity of police

Independence of judiciary under ‘severe’ threat: CJI on sexual harassment allegations

‘Proud of demolishing Babri Masjid’, says Sadhvi Pragya Thakur; gets another EC notice

Dalits in Tamil Nadu village attacked for voting in election

Opinions & Editorials

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s Candidature An Affront To The Hindus – by Shajahan Madampat

Calling a spade a spade: Hindutva Terrorism – By Suresh Bhat Bakrabail

Weathervane of democracy – By Rashmi Sharma

 Maneka Gandhi’s threat to single out Muslim voters isn’t a bluff. India’s ballot is no longer secret – By Ishita Trivedi

Electoral bonds benefited BJP the most, cut cash component of donations – By Srinivasan Ramani

In five years, India’s largest minority has been cleaved from basic entitlements of democratic citizenship – By Shah Alam Khan

Book Review

India after Modi: Populism and the Right – By Ajay Gudavarthy