QBullet: Godhra Verdict Likely Today; Jay Shah to Sue News Website

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1. Narendra Modi Gujarat Visit: With Blessings of Bhole Baba, Able to Digest Poison, Says PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday continued his indirect attack on the social media campaign, Vikas Gando Thayo Che, which mocks the claims of development made by the Gujarat government and the Centre.

The Prime Minister, who spoke for nearly 30 minutes in a mix of Hindi and Gujarati, concluded his speech with a reference to the Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple in Vadnagar, where he performed puja before addressing the gathering.

“I have moved from Vadnagar which is a town of Bhole Baba to Kashi (Varanasi, his constituency) which is also a town of Bhole Baba. Bhole Baba has the capacity to drink and digest poison. The blessings of Bhole Baba, which I have got from here is my biggest strength. And since 2001, because of the strength of Bhole Baba’s blessings, I have been digesting poison. No matter how venomous the people I face are, I have been persistently serving the country,” he said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. High Court Verdict on Godhra Pleas Likely Today

The Gujarat high court is likely to deliver on Monday its verdict on the appeals filed over the SIT court’s judgment in the 2002 Godhra train arson case.

On 28 February 2002, 59 karsevaks returning from Ayodhya were charred to death when a compartment of the Sabarmati Express was set on fire by a mob at the Godhra railway station. The ghastly incident had led to state-wide communal riots.

A bench of Justice AS Dave and Justice GR Udhwani will pronounce the verdict some 29 months after they completed hearing arguments on appeals filed against the SIT court’s verdict awarding death to 11 people and life imprisonment to 20.

(Source: Times of India)

Also Read: Godhra Train Burning Case: Guj HC Likely to Spell Verdict Tomorrow

3. Amit Shah’s Son Jay to Sue News Website for Rs 100 Crore for Defamation

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah will file a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against a website, the party said on Sunday after a news report said a company owned by the latter had seen a sharp spike in revenues since May 2014.

The report, published in thewire.in, said Shah’s company Temple Enterprises Pvt Limited was “engaged in negligible activity” in the financial years ending March 2013 and 2014 but “jumped to a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore in 2015-16”.

The company had taken an unsecured loan during the year for Rs 15.78 crore, the news report said, adding that it finally wound up in October 2016 after posting a loss.

Jay Shah issued a statement saying the article “makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputation against me by creating in the minds of right thinking people an impression that my business owes its ‘success’ to my father Sri Amit Bhai Shah’s political position.”

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Amit Shah’s Son to Sue ‘The Wire’ For Rs 100 Crore: Piyush Goyal

4. Arunachal Chopper Crash: Soldiers’ Bodies Sent in Cardboard Boxes, Army Calls it an Aberration

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@rwac48)

Two days after seven military personnel were killed in a helicopter crash in Tawang, purported images of their bodies being transferred in cardboard boxes surfaced on Sunday, triggering an outrage.

This prompted the Army to come out with a tweet saying the wrapping of the bodies with local resources was an “aberration” and that the fallen soldiers are always given full military honour.

“Seven young men stepped out into the sunshine yesterday to serve their motherland, India. This is how they came home,” tweeted former Northern Army commander Lt Gen (Retd) HS Panag, along with the images of the bodies.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Mi-17 Crash: Outrage Over Soldiers’ Bodies in Cardboard Boxes

5. Remove Words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Hindu’ From AMU, BHU Names: UGC Panel

A government audit of central universities has suggested that the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Hindu’ be dropped from the names of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), respectively, to reflect their secular character, The Indian Express has learnt.

The suggestion is contained in an audit of AMU by one of five committees set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on 25 April at the behest of the HRD Ministry to probe complaints of irregularities against 10 central universities. The AMU audit did not cover BHU but referred to the institution’s name in its report.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: AMU’s Answer to Muslim Stereotyping Is Nanotech, Solar Research

6. Will Pay 50% of Funds Needed to Run Delhi Metro if Centre Pays Other Half: CM Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday offered to take over Delhi Metro and promised to make the capital’s most popular mode of mass transport more efficient, his latest salvo in a face-off with the Centre over a proposed fare hike.

In a letter to Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Kejriwal also said his government was willing to provide half of the funds required by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to meet the gap in operating finances but only if a matching grant is provided by the Centre.

The chief minister’s offer came a day after Puri said the Delhi government will have to pay Rs 3,000 crore annually for five years to put off the metro fare hike, set to be implemented from Tuesday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Ruling AAP, BJP Urge Delhi Metro Corporation to Halt Fare Hike

7. Switchover Setback for Congress

The Congress suffered yet another setback with eight of its councillors, including chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Barpali notified area council under the Bijepur Assembly constituency, joining the BJD.

Last week, family members of sitting Congress MLA from Bijepur, Subal Sahu, who died last month, had joined the BJD. Sahu’s wife is the BJD’s official candidate for the upcoming Bijepur bypoll.

The Congress is set for another jolt next week when the family members of late party strongman Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra aka Lulu will formally join the BJP. Mohapatra’s daughter Upasana had dropped hints about change of allegiance and this was confirmed by the local BJP leadership.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Only Mother or Son Can Head Cong, Mani Shakar Aiyar Takes a Dig

8. Only 10% of Lower Court Cases Filed by Women

Though women comprise nearly half the country’s population and are often at the receiving end of family and property disputes, besides crimes, few of them move courts to seek redress.

This is borne out by the fact that just a little over 10 percent of the 2.55 crore cases pending in subordinate and district courts across the country have been filed by women.

A key aspect of pending litigation is that of the 90 percent cases filed by men, 70 percent are criminal cases, whereas among those filed by women, criminal cases add up to less than 50 percent despite widespread incidence of domestic violence and harassment against them.

(Source: Times of India)

Also Read: Delhi Continues to Report the Most Crimes for Every Lakh Women

9. Ex-SC Judges Could Soon be Appointed NHRC Chiefs

The SC slammed the Election Commission for retracting from its earlier position supporting a plea for lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers from contesting elections.(Photo: Reuters)
The SC slammed the Election Commission for retracting from its earlier position supporting a plea for lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers from contesting elections.(Photo: Reuters)

The Home Ministry has moved the Cabinet to amend the recruitment process of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

A key change being contemplated is that a retired Supreme Court judge could also be considered for the Chairperson’s position, currently reserved for former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court.

Similarly an amendment for appointment of members is also being considered. The members could be picked from a pool of retired Chief Justices of High Courts. Currently, a serving or retired SC judge is considered. The NHRC was constituted under the Protection of Human Rights Act in 1993. The Act was last amended in 2006.

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