Weekly News Roundup – Jul 24, 2020


Delhi Riots: Is the Centre Importing the ‘Gujarat Model’ to Subvert Prosecution? – By Ashish Khetan

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It’s curious to see the Central government so keen to appoint advocates of its choice as special public prosecutors for cases related to the Delhi riots and the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.… when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, abuse of the office of public prosecutors was key to subverting justice in riot cases.… In the Naroda Patiya case, the trial court called the sting operation ‘cogent, reliable and trustworthy evidence’. But there was one set of revelations in the tapes that the SIT didn’t find as “prosecutable evidence”. These were the admissions of key public prosecutors appointed by the state of Gujarat who talked of the larger plot to systematically weaken the riot cases by appointing public prosecutors who were either members of Sangh parivar groups such as the VHP or RSS or Hindutva sympathisers.…

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In 8 Delhi Riots Cases, Complaints Naming BJP Leaders Buried

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The Delhi Police – criticized for not taking action against BJP leaders who gave inflammatory speeches in the run-up to the February riots – have also ignored complaints that accused BJP leaders.  No action has been taken in at least eight complaints, accusing BJP leaders of inciting mobs and rioting, NDTV has found. No First Information Repot has been filed in four complaints. The rest have been linked to cases that have no connection with the complaints. The complaints mention leaders, MLAs, a councillor and a parliamentarian of the BJP. Those named in the complaints include BJP leader Kapil Mishra, Karawal Nagar MLA Mohan Singh Bisht, former Mustafabad MLA Jagdish Pradhan, Baghpat MP Satya Pal Singh, and  councillor from Johripur Kanhaiya Lal.…

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BJP left red-faced after photos of Bulandshahr violence accused being felicitated goes viral

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Shikhar Agarwal, the key accused in the Bulandshahr violence case that killed Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, has recently been photographed with a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Uttar Pradesh.… The accused, who is currently out on bail, was allegedly felicitated by Bulandshahr BJP president Anil Sisodia at an event on July 14. He was awarded the key responsibility of overseeing the Prime Minister’s welfare scheme in the western UP district.… The letter announcing the appointment of the accused BJP youth wing leader as the District General Secretary of the PM Jankalyankari Yojna Jagrukta Abhiyan and pictures of the event have gone viral on social media.…

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Communal Harmony

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News

San Francisco becomes sixth US city to denounce the CAA-NRC human rights crisis in India

In 8 Delhi Riots Cases, Complaints Naming BJP Leaders Buried

‘I Thought I Wouldn’t Survive’: African Students Recall Dehradun Campus Assault

36 Years On, 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot Survivors’ Economic Struggle Continues: Delhi Minorities Commission Report

“Milking their misery”: Indian state makes returning migrants pay for quarantine

BJP left red-faced after photos of Bulandshahr violence accused being felicitated goes viral

Loans to minorities in Delhi have seen 33 per cent year-on-year decrease, says panel

43% Children With Disabilities Planning To Drop Out Due To Difficulties In Online Classes: Survey

They abused us, asked us to worship their idols: Christians attacked in UP

Dalit Man Beaten, Head Shaved Allegedly By Andhra Cops On MLA’s Prodding

Opinion

The Mythical Nationalism of Trump and Modi Has Failed. Now They’re Waging War on their Own Citizens – By CJ Werleman

India’s home minister is an unlikely champion of police reform – By Banyan

Delhi Riots: Is the Centre Importing the ‘Gujarat Model’ to Subvert Prosecution? – By Ashish Khetan

India Forced Dissidents Into Jail Despite the Pandemic. Now They’re Getting Infected. – By Pallavi Pundir

Modi Govt Can’t Shut Babri Demolition Case Even As Mandir Firms Up – By Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

Why Journalists Are Worried About the New Media Policy in Jammu and Kashmir – By Irfan Amin Malik

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