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NIA summons Punjab farmers’ leader, actor Deep Sidhu for questioning in Sikhs For Justice case

The anti-terrorism agency has summoned around 40 people including farmers’ leader for examination as witnesses in the SFJ case under Section 160 CRPC (Code of Criminal Procedure).

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The National Investigation Agency(NIA) has summoned around 40 people including farmers’ leader Baldev Singh Sirsa and Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu for questioning in a case against banned outfit Sikhs For Justice(SFJ).

The anti-terrorism agency has summoned the protesting farmers’ leader for examination as witnesses in the SFJ case under Section 160 CRPC (Code of Criminal Procedure). The actor has been supporting the farmers protesting against the three contentious farm laws. The NIA has asked the actor to appear before its Delhi headquarters on Sunday. 

A case was filed against Sikhs For Justice, a US-based pro-Khalistan group, alleging that they have engaged in a conspiracy to create an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness among people, inciting them towards rising in rebellion against the Government of India. It further alleged that huge funds are being collected abroad and sent to pro-khalistani elements based in India to undertake terrorist acts and strike terror in the people of the country.

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The Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal has condemned the summons by the anti-terror agency. He alleged that the central government has attempted to use the central agencies to intimidate farmer leaders and those supporting the protests against the farm legislations enacted by them.

He tweeted that the centre’s attempt to intimidate the farmer leaders and supporters of Kisan Andolan by calling them for questioning by NIA and ED(Enforcement Directorate).The farmers  are not anti-nationals. After the failure of talks for the 9th time, it was absolutely clear that the government was only trying to tire out farmers, said the tweet.

The NIA summons were also issued to the officials of non-profit Khalsa Aid, which has been backing the protests by providing essentials.Reacting to the summons, the organisation issued a statement on Saturday, saying that their team will cooperate with the NIA team.

The Khalsa Aid in the statement said that it was deeply concerned to learn of the summons being issued by the anti-terrorism agency to individuals involved in the farmers’protest, ranging from bus drivers to union leaders. All have been summoned to appear before the agency for being anti-national and supporting terrorism. The Khalsa team have also been summoned for questioning. The team will cooperate and answer any queries raised by the NIA team, it said 

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Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana have been staging protests against the three farms near Delhi borders for more than a month. After several rounds of talks, Centre and farmers have failed to end the deadlock. While the Centre has offered amendment to the laws, the farmers have been adamant on their demands to completely repeal the laws.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has stayed the laws and constituted a 4-member committee to facilitate the resolution between the Centre and farmers.

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Hemant Soren meets PM Modi in Delhi, first meeting after release from jail

He secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after he was released from jail where he spent around five months.

Taking to X, Jharkhand Chief Minister said that the meeting was a courtesy call. Notably, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 this year in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president had spent around five months in prison, he secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

On July 3, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren stepped out of the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi Friday following the grant of bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay, while granting bail, noted that the Court’s findings satisfy the condition that there exist reasons to believe that Soren is not guilty of the PMLA offence he has been accused of.

Following Soren’s bail on July 3, the outgoing Chief Minister Champai Soren had said that the party alliance decided to elect Hemant Babu (Hemant Soren) as leader, after which he resigned from his post. Champai Soren tendered his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan and soon after Hemant Soren staked a claim to form the government. Soren along with alliance party leaders met the Governor after he reached Ranchi on July 3 evening from outside. Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of the State on July 4 again.

Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP leader Deepak Prakash claimed that Hemant Soren’s government of 4.5 years has been one that wreaks havoc on the public, one that takes away employment from the youth. Hemant Soren’s government is a synonym for corruption. The government has been involved in a mining scam, a tender scam and one that has brought jungle raj in the state, he added.  

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NDA numbers drop below Rajya Sabha majority mark, can impact passage of bills

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With the completion of the term of four Rajya Sabha MPs, the BJP’s number fell by the same number.

Since the current strength of the Upper House is 225, the BJP’s numbers now stood at 86 and the National Democratic Alliance led by it has 101 members, which is less than the majority mark of 113.

The members whose term ended on Saturday are Rakesh Sinha, Ram Shakal, Mahesh Jethmalani and Sonal Mansingh. They had been chosen by President Droupadi Murmu on the advice of the BJP as non-aligned members and later joined the party cohort.

The Congress-led INDIA bloc has 87 members, the Congress with 26, Trinamool Congress 13, AAP 10, DMK 10. The remaining members are from parties that are not in either camps.

What this means is that the BJP will need the help of other unaligned parties to get bills passed. These range from Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK and the YSRCP and the Biju Janata Dal. Both the governments of the YSRCP and the BJD were voted out in the recent assembly elections.  While the BJD has earlier lent issue based support, it has announced it will not return similar favours now, especially after the BJP won the assembly election.

The AIADMK had split from the NDA ahead late last year in anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections. It had claimed its continuance in the NDA would hurt its Lok Sabha prospects from the state.

Similarly, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekhar Rao also can help the BJP. With so much dependent on parties that have bene sidelined in recent polls, the BJP has a bigger job of coralling the numbers in the Upper House than running the NDA coalition, which is purring along since the election victory.

Some 20 seats are vacant in the House and elections to these will fill the total number of Rajya Sabha seats.

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Rahul Gandhi spotted in Delhi pizzeria in viral video while PM Modi, others attend Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant wedding

Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding.

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Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, was spotted at pizzeria restaurant in Delhi, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians were attending Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding in Mumbai.

The undated viral video has been shared widely on social media platforms with a claim that the Congress leader did not attend the high-profile wedding of Ambani in the dream city, instead chose to spend time at a Delhi restaurant.

Sharing the video on X, formerly Twitter, wrote that while all the political leaders attended the Ambani family wedding, Rahul Gandhi was at a restaurant ordering pizza.

Visuals shared online show that the Raebareli MP, wearing a light blue t-shirt, sitting across from someone and engaging in a lively chat.

PM Modi attended the “Shubh Aashirwad” ceremony of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai on Saturday night at the Jio World Convention Centre.

The Ambani family welcomed the Prime Minister and escorted him to the stage. Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant took blessings from the PM.

Before that, the Prime Minister was in Mumbai to lay the foundation stone for multiple projects related to roads, railways, and ports, worth more than Rs 29,400 crore.

Among the prominent leaders who attended the Ambani family wedding ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday were Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.

From the INDIA bloc Samajwadi Party Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with his family, was spotted at the ceremony.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding on Friday.

The BJP leader, Smriti Irani, who recently lost her Amethi seat in the Lok Sabha election, was spotted along with her husband, also attending the wedding ceremony.

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