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Hafiz Saeed’s JuD and FIF no more banned organizations

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Hafiz Saeed’s JuD and FIF no more banned organizations

Imran Khan’s government not extended presidential ordinance

The outfits of Jamaatud Dawa (JUD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) headed by Pakistan’s denounced terrorist Hafiz Mohammad Saeed are no more on the list of banned outfits following the lapse of the presidential ordinance proscribing them under a UN resolution lapsed.

India considers Hafiz Saeed a most wanted terrorist because of his ties to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Mumbai train bombings in 2006 and 2001 attack on Parliament. Saeed is listed on NIA most wanted list and India has banned his organizations LeT and JuD.

According to Dawn report published on Saturday, Hafiz Saeed’s counsels Raja Rizwan Abbasi and Sohail Warraich informed Islamabad High Court on Thursday that the presidential ordinance had lapsed and it had never been extended. Imran Khan Government has not extended the ordinance or tabled it in parliament to convert into an act.

The petitioner- Hafiz Saeed had challenged the ordinance under which his organisations had been banned for being on the watch list of the UN Security Council.

Saeed said he was kept in detention in 2009 and 2017 “due to India’s pressure” and the UNSC had passed a resolution against JuD after which the government of Pakistan put it on the watch list. He termed it against the sovereignty of Pakistan that an ordi­na­nce was issued to ban his organization.

Hafiz Saeed contended in the petition that he established JuD in 2002 and cut off all ties with the banned Lashkar-i-Taiba, but India continued to malign JuD for its past association with the banned outfit.

This year in February, Mamnoon Hussian, the former president promulgated an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, with regards to proscription of terrorist individuals and organizations to include entities listed by the UNSC-in a move to declare JuD and FIF as proscribed groups.

Dawn further reports that Raja Khalid Mehmood Khan, the deputy attorney generalhas confirmed that the ordinance had lapsed. However, he declined to give a statement on behalf of the interior ministry on the subject.

Subsequently, Justice Farooq  disposed of the petition saying that it became in-fructuous since the ordinance challenged by the petitioner had lapsed. Islamabad High Court has also observed that in case the government renewed this ordinance, Saeed was at liberty to file another petition.

In 2012, the US administration announced a bounty of $ 10 million on Hafiz Saeed, while UK, European Union, Russia and Australia have also banned LeT. India has demanded Saeed be handed over to New Delhi but the two countries don’t have extradition treaty.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy

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Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning

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The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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