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Where is the Application of Mind? : Top Court Slams Gujarat Government on Bilkis Bano Case

Where is the Application of Mind? : Top Court Slams Gujarat Government on Bilkis Bano Case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard the reply of the Gujarat Government to pleas challenging the remission granted to 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. The Top Court remarked the state government’s reply was bulky, with a series of judgements but no factual statements. “I have not come across a counter affidavit where a series of judgments are quoted. Factual statement should have been made. A very bulky counter. Where is the factual statement, where is the application of mind?” said a bench headed by Justice Ajay Rastogi. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has granted time to the petitioners to file their response against the Gujarat Government’s reply and said that it would hear the pleas challenging the remission on November 29. The Bilkis Bano gang rape convicts were released in accordance with the 1992 remission policy of Gujarat. The Gujarat government said that since the convicts had completed more than 14 years in jail and their conduct was found to be good, they were granted remission and not in consonance with the grant of remission to prisoners as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. However, the reply also disclosed that the release of the Bilkis Bano convicts was opposed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, Special Crime Branch, City Civil and Sessions Court, Greater Bombay, Superintendent of Police and the Special Civil Judge (CBI). Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five-month pregnant when 11 men gang-raped her during the Gujarat Riots of 2002. The convicts are also involved in the murder of seven members of her family during the riots. A special CBI court in Mumbai sentenced the 11 to life imprisonment on January 21, 2008. Their conviction was also upheld by the Supreme Court.

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“Let’s Defeat Terrorism Worldwide”: PM Modi’s Message at the 90th Interpol General Assembly

The 90th Interpol General Assembly was held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, yesterday, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, delegations from 195 member countries comprising ministers, police chiefs, heads of national central bureaus and senior police officers. While addressing the Assembly, Prime Minister Modi said: “Time to look ahead and also look at the past. Our Vedas say let noble thoughts come from all directions, and India believes in global cooperation. When nations and societies are becoming inward-looking, India calls for greater world cooperation… When threats are global, the response can’t be local. It’s high time the world should come together to defeat these threats,” “There is a need to develop international strategies to defeat terrorism worldwide,” he further added. The Interpol General Assembly is being held from October 18 to 21. Interpol is governed by the General Assembly, which meets annually to take key decisions related to its functioning. The meeting is taking place in India after a long gap of 25 years; it was last held in the country in 1997. The event provides India an opportunity to showcase the best practices in its law and order system to the world.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections: BJP Releases its First List of 62 Candidates

Recently, the Bhartiya Janata Party, which is eyeing a win in Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections, released its first list of 62 candidates. The Central Election Committee of BJP has approved the list of candidates, which also included five women candidates. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has been fielded from Seraj. However, the ruling party has denied tickets to Anurag Thakur’s father and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and his father-in-law Gulab Singh. Both had to face defeat in the 2017 elections. The meeting was chaired by BJP Chief JP Nadda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Anurag Thakur, and other BJP key leaders. The Election Commission of India has already announced the polling schedule for Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections. The state will vote on November 12, and the counting will be held on December 8. BJP’s rival Congress has released the first 46 names. In the 2017 elections, the Bhartiya Janata Party had defeated Congress by winning 44 seats in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Currently, the BJP has 45 MLAs, Congress has 22 and CPI (M) has 1 MLA in the hill state.

NIA Files FIR in Anti-Hindu Violence in Mominpur, West Bengal On Direction of MHA

On Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a First Information Report (FIR) and initiated a probe into the October 9 Mominpur violence in West Bengal. The NIA filed the FIR on the direction of the Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Recently, the Calcutta High Court heard a writ petition related to the Ekbalpore-Mominpur communal violence and then directed the state police to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the incident in detail. On the eve of Laxmi Puja, a violent clash occurred between two communities in the Mominpur area in Kolkata. This led to communal tensions, and many houses were ransacked in the Mayurbhanj area.

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