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