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Malegaon Blast: After 5 Years In Jail, All 9 Muslims accused discharged
25.04.16 -
Malegaon Blast: After 5 Years In Jail, All 9 Muslims accused discharged



A special court in Mumbai on Monday discharged all nine Muslim youths charge-sheeted in the 2006 Malegaon serial blasts case, a defence lawyer said. They included one who died recently.

"The Special MCOCA Court's verdict came this (Monday) afternoon on the discharge application filed by all the nine accused in that case. They have been discharged," advocate Shahid Nadeem Ansari told IANS.

Of the nine accused, Shabbir Ahmed Masiullah died in an accident a few months back, he said.

All of them had spent a minimum five years in jail after they were arrested.

The eight Muslim youths discharged by the Special MCOCA Court judge were -- Noor-ul Huda Samsudha, Raees Ahmed Rajabali Mansuri, Salman Farsi Abdul Latif Aimi, Farogh Iqbal Ahmed Magdumi, Shaikh Mohammed Ali Alam, Asif Bashir Khan, M. Zahid Abdul Majid Ansari and Abrar Ahmed Ghulam Ahmed.

They were arrested and later charge-sheeted for the September 8, 2006, blasts near a Muslim cemetery and a mosque during afternoon prayers on Shab-e-Baraat holy day, when special prayers are held for the dead.

The bombs which were planted on two bicycles parked there triggered loud explosions that were followed by a stampede which left 37 dead and over 100 injured.

The organisations suspected to be behind the blasts and were probed included Lashkar-e-Taiba, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

All the accused, including some who were allegedly linked to the banned SIMI, applied for bail and were subsequently freed on November 16, 2011.

At the previous hearing on April 12, National Investigation Agency (NIA) lawyer Prakash Shetty informed the special judge that the court should take a decision on the discharge plea of the accused.

The NIA, which had taken over the investigation from the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), submitted that it had found no evidence to link the nine accused with the blasts, paving the way for their discharge on Monday.

At an earlier hearing on the discharge application in 2014, the NIA had raised doubts on the ATS and CBI case against the nine accused, and sought their discharge, lawyer Ansari said.

The NIA said it did not object to the discharge applications since the evidence collected by it was not "in consonance" with the evidences collected by the ATS and then the CBI, which had recommended the prosecution of the nine accused.

Malegaon, a sensitive Muslim-dominated town around 300 km northeast of Mumbai, was rocked by another blast on September 29, 2008, allegedly masterminded by certain Hindu fundamentalist groups.

(IANS)




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SC stays Uttarakhand HC order of lifting President's Rule till 27
22.04.16 - pt team
SC stays Uttarakhand HC order of lifting President's Rule till 27



The Supreme Court on Friday stayed till April 27 the judgement of the Uttarakhand High Court quashing the imposition of President's rule, giving a new turn to the continuing political drama in the state by restoring the Central rule in Uttarakhand.
 
Before passing a brief order, a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh recorded an undertaking given by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the "Union of India shall not revoke the Presidential proclamation till the next date of hearing".
 
The apex court clarified that it was keeping in abeyance the judgement of the High Court till the next date of hearing on April 27 as a measure of balance for both the parties as the copy of the verdict was not made available to the parties.
 
While listing the matter for hearing on April 27, the bench said that the High Court shall provide the judgement passed on Thursday to the parties by April 26 and on the same date the copy of the verdict shall also be placed before the apex court.




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'No objection, My Lord'! 15 Judges sacked for “doubtful integrity”, “negligence” and “poor performance”
22.04.16 - pt team
'No objection, My Lord'! 15 Judges sacked for “doubtful integrity”, “negligence” and “poor performance”



Full Court of Allahabad High Court has reportedly punished 15 Judicial Officers of Uttar Pradesh with compulsory retirement for "doubtful integrity”, "negligence” and "poor performance”.
 
The meeting, conducted on April 14, and presided over by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud divested twelve Additional Judges and three Additional Chief Judicial Magistrates, of their charges and stopped them from functioning on their respective posts with immediate effect. It also ordered 10 per cent curtailment in the pension of a retired officer, Ashok Kumar Saxena, who had serious complaints levied against him.
 
The ADJs who have been given compulsory retirement are- Shaileshwar Nath Singh, Bans Raj, Ram Murti Yadav, Dhruv Raj, Jagdish, Naresh, V.P. Kandpal, A.K. Ganesh, Arvind Kumar, Avinash Chandra, A.K. Dwivedi and M.M. Khan. The three ACJMs are Kishore Kumar, S.S. Singh and Shyam Shankar. 




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High court revives Harish Rawat govt, asks him to prove his majority on 29: Centre to move SC
21.04.16 - pt team
High court revives Harish Rawat govt, asks him to prove his majority on 29: Centre to move SC



The Uttarakhand high court on Thursday struck down the central government decision to impose President’s rule in the state and ordered a fresh floor test on 29 April.

The court also ordered restoration of status quo as on date of proclamation of President’s rule and revival of the government led by petitioner and ousted chief minister Harish Rawat. During the proceedings, the court asked the Centre to ensure that a floor test is held. 
 
The Centre will challenge the Uttarakhand high court verdict setting aside President's rule in the state in the Supreme Court on Friday.
 
"We're filing an appeal challenging Uttarakhand HC order. The appeal is being prepared,it will be lodged in SC tomorrow morning, said attorney general Mukul Rohatgi.
 
"We've nothing to do with disqualified MLAs, we're only concerned with the Presidential notification," the attorney general said.
 
The Centre today received a fresh burst of criticism from the top court in Uttarakhand, which has spent the last few weeks in churn over a major political crisis.

"We are pained that you can behave like this," said the Uttarakhand High Court, when the centre said it cannot guarantee whether President's Rule will be revoked for the hill state, reported NDTV.

The Uttarakhand high court on Thursday said it would be a travesty of justice if the Centre recalls its order imposing President's rule and allows someone else to form a government now, strong words that came after its counsel was unable to give an undertaking till a verdict is given in the present case reports Times of India.

Continuing its hearing for the fourth day, the court also told the Centre that it could allow the ousted chief minister Harish Rawat's petition challenging the imposition of President's rule and ensure that a floor test is held.

"Should we consider their application for stay moved on April 7? It was expected that till the judgement is pronounced, central government will not recall (Article) 356. If you recall 356 and call someone else to form a government, what else would it be other than travesty of justice," a bench of Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K Bist said.
 
According to a report by NDTV, the strong words of the court came after the Centre's counsel said it was not in a position to give an assurance that the government would consider putting on hold the recall of its order imposing President's rule for a week. It gave the government's counsel some time to take instructions.
 
The bench observed, "Otherwise you can do this in every state. Impose President's Rule for 10-15 days and then ask someone else to take oath. More than angry, we are pained that you are behaving like this. That the highest authority - Government of India - behaves like this. How can you think of playing with the court."
 
"What if we allow the petition? Then things would go back to what it was prior to the President's rule and the state government will only have to prove majority by way of floor test. Can you take exception to that also?" the bench asked the Centre.




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Comment by: Jaswinder singh

This is very sad situation Govt of particular party misusing law to topple another parties Govt.

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'Achhe Din Door Ast'? India at 133 rank in World Press Freedom Index
20.04.16 - pt team
'Achhe Din Door Ast'? India at 133 rank in World Press Freedom Index



'Achhe Di'n are still far away for Indian media persons.
 
 India ranks abysmally low at 133 among 180 countries, in the latest annual World Press Freedom Index which says Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems "indifferent” to the threats posed to journalists.
 
The 2016 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is led by Finland, which retained its top spot for the sixth consecutive year, followed by the Netherlands and Norway.
 
India jumped three spots from the 136th position it had in 2015. "Journalists and bloggers are attacked and anathematised by various religious groups that are quick to take offense,” the report said.
 
At the same time, it is hard for journalists to cover regions such as Kashmir that are regarded as sensitive by the government, it said.
 
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems indifferent to these threats and problems, and there is no mechanism for protecting journalists,” the report said.
 
"Instead, in a desire to increase control of media coverage, Modi envisages opening a journalism university run by former propaganda ministry officials,” it alleged, without substantiating what it refers to.
 
Among India’s neighbouring countries, Pakistan ranks 147, Sri Lanka (141), Afghanistan (120), Bangladesh (144), Nepal (105) and Bhutan (94). China is ranked 176.
 
The United States is ranked 44th and Russia, 148.
 
The report shows that there has been a deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels.




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