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Activists arrests: Bombay High Court slams Maharashtra police for presser on sub-judice case

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Activists arrests: Bombay High Court slams Maharashtra police for presser on sub-judice case

The Bombay High Court on Monday, September 3, pulled up Maharashtra Police for holding a press conference on the arrest of activists in Bhima Koragaon case while the matter is sub-judice.

The court was hearing one Satish Gaikwad’s plea seeking an NIA investigation into Elgar Parishad, an event where – according to an FIR – activists allegedly made provocative speeches which led to violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1.

Gaikwad’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute, told the court that on one hand, the Maharashtra Police talked about making the trial in-camera, and gave press conferences on the other, elaborating on the evidence it claims to have gathered.

The court was surprised: “They held a press conference?”

The court said how can the police hold a press conference when the case is subjudice.

The petitioner told the court that the police on one hand want an in camera hearing while on the other are reading out evidence in the form of the activists’ letters in public. The petitioner wants the case to be handed over to the NIA or the National Investigative Agency.

The petition by Satish Gaikwad, filed through Advocate Nitin Satpute, alleges that the Pune police had come up with a new story that the violence was instigated by the Elgar Parishad organisers. It said the police put forward this claim despite registering an FIR and arresting prime accused Milind Ekbote, who is currently in judicial custody.

The plea said intellectuals and lawyers are being arrested on the whims and fancies of the Pune police. It sought a transfer of the investigation from the Vishrambaug police station to the NIA, and a stay on the FIR that led to the arrests of activists Surendra Gadling, Dr. Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale. The police had no right to probe the case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the petition said.

The Maharashtra police on August 28 also arrested poet and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, activists Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves. The matter went to Supreme Court which restrained police from taking them away to Maharashtra in their custody and ordered that they be kept under house arrest till September 6, the next date when the apex court will hear the matter.

Facing criticism on the raids and arrests targeting rights activists, the Maharashtra police had claimed it had solid evidence including “thousands of documents and letters” that established the activists’ links to Maoists and their role in facilitating weapons and funding.

Lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who is also under house arrest, said that one of the letters mentioned by the police is fabricated. “It is a totally concocted letter fabricated to criminalize me and other human rights lawyers, activists and organisations,” she said in hand-written statement shared through her lawyer Vrinda Grover.

The Bombay High court has adjourned the hearing on the petition demanding NIA inquiry in Elgar Parishad matter for 7th September because copies of the petition were not served to all concerned persons.

On Friday, the Additional Directorate General of Maharashtra Police defended the arrests of Left-wing activists, saying that those arrested had links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the police had confiscated documents in April and June establishing links with the Naxal group.

ADG Parambir Singh said that a letter was recovered from Rona Wilson, which was written to one Comrade Prakash, proposing a “Rajiv Gandhi-like incident” to end the “Modi Raj”.

The ADG claimed that the letter read, “I hope you have received details of a requirement of Rs. 8 crores for the annual supply of grenade launchers. Comrade Kishan and others have proposed steps to end Modi raj, like Rajiv Gandhi incident.”

Singh said that the arrests, on August 28, were made after a thorough investigation into the case.

Serious doubts have been raised about the authenticity of the alleged letter and noted journalist Prem Shankar Jha had pointed to several discrepancies and errors, indicating it could not have been written by Maoists.

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Amit Shah to conduct roadshow in Assam’s Silchar today

Union home minister Amit Shah will be campaign is expected to start at 4:30 pm today

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As part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Lok Sabha Election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be holding a mega roadshow in Silchar, Assam today, April 21.

According to Silchar Member of Parliament (MP) Rajdeep Roy, Shah would arrive at Silchar Airport in a special aircraft at 4:10 p.m. and arrive in Silchar town via helicopter. He said, they are expecting the roadshow to start around 4.30pm.

Shah will be doing campaign work for Parimal Suklabaidya, the BJP’s nominee for the Silchar Lok Sabha seat. Following the delimitation procedure in Assam last year by the Election Commission, Silchar was designated as a reserve seat for candidates from scheduled castes. Suklabaidya, a five-term member of parliament from the Cachar district, has held several portfolios under the Assam government.

In addition to accompanying Amit Shah on the roadshow on Sunday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma predicted that Parimal will win by a margin of two to three lakh votes over the rival contenders.

Shah’s rally, will begin from the playground owned by the District Sports Association (DSA) in Silchar and culminate at the Chittaranjan Statue Point, according to Roy. Over a lakh of supporters will participate in the roughly 1.5-kilometer walk. During the roadshow, Shah is scheduled to deliver a speech, he continued.

Central security agencies and senior Assam police officers staged a mock drill in Silchar’s streets ahead of Shah’s rally. According to them, sufficient security has been set up before the home minister’s arrival.

According to party officials, bad weather has forced Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge to cancel his Sunday visit to an event in the Karimganj district of Assam.

The Congress party’s Rajat Chakraborty announced that Kharge’s visit has been canceled owing to Friday night’s thunderstorms and intense rain. The agencies suggested that we cancel the visit because of the high security measures required for his visit, he stated.

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Rohit Sharma criticises impact player rule, BCCI reacts

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India captian and Mumbai Indians star cricketer Rohit sharma criticised the impact player rule and sad that he is not a big fan of it. Now, BCCI has responded to Sharma’s comment and said that they will reevaluate the rule.

Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Arun Dhumal also acknowledged this and said  that every decision has advantages and disadvantages, he also mentioned  BCCI is prepared to review the regulation when the current IPL season concludes.

Ahead to being established in the IPL, the impact player rule was initially put into effect in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2022–2023. There have been many expert comments regarding the rule that has been in place for almost two editions of the prestigious T20 tournament, with the many of players being against it.

Since this remark has been made, they will certainly analyze it and talk to everyone concerned and then the board will take calls, Dhumal said.

Every rule that is in place has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Nothing about its execution is set in stone, so after the season ends, they are open to any discussion, he continued.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma also discussed how the impact player rule is reducing the role of all-rounders in the sport.

Sharma said, he is not a big fan of Impact sub rule. All rounders will eventually be held back because cricket is ultimately played by 11 players, not 12. To make the game exciting for everyone around you, you are taking a great deal from it. During an interew the hitman said, if the audience look just at the cricketing side of things, he feels guys like Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar aren’t getting to bowl, which is not a good thing for them as a team.

He continued saying that there are 12 players, it’s interesting, and after the team or the captain sees how the game and the pitch are playing, they might turn on the impact player. You can add another bowler, giving you a total of six or seven bowlers, if the team bats effectively and don’t lose wickets. Many teams are hitting well up front, and he hardly ever sees a No 7 or No 8 coming to bat, so the team doesn’t need that additional batter, Rohit Sharma said.

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Sunita Kejriwal, other INDIA bloc leaders to attend rally in Ranchi ahead of second phase of voting

Top leaders of the Opposition INDIA bloc will attend the mega Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally in Ranchi today

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Delhi Chief Minister’s wife Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren, the wives of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren, along with at least 14 Opposition INDIA bloc leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi would be present at the Ulgulan (uprising) Nyay rally on Sunday in Ranchi.

The arrests of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate would be the main topic of discussion during the massive event.

The protest, which is scheduled to start at about 3 pm in Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara field, is expected to draw about 5 lakh people. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is organising it as a united display of strength in the amid the Lok Sabha elections.

Along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Sunita Kejriwal and Kalpana Soren are also anticipated to speak at the rally.

At the rally, posters depicting prominent members of the INDIA bloc have already been reached. These include Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Hemant Soren, and his spouse Kalpana Soren.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren made the following statement the day before the rally that they need to stop the dictatorship and save our democracy and the constitution. Everyone is aware of the events in Delhi and Jharkhand. At the massive gathering, they will reveal the Center’s autocratic methodology, he added.

Additionally, according to sources, the Chief Minister said that they had the mandate from the people in Hemant Soren’s name, but attempts were made to destabilize his government from the beginning, and finally he was sent to jail.

People in Delhi too encountered similar situation. They will inform the country about the Centre’s dictatorship from the Ulgulan rally dais, he continued.

Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, they are united in this struggle against the BJP’s increasing dictatorship. The opposition is being prevented from operating as it should, and their goal is to silence it.


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