QBullet: Umar Khalid’s Shooter’s Photo Shared; Gadkari Defends BJP

1. Delhi Police Releases Photo of Umar Khalid’s Attacker

Umar Khalid.

Delhi Police on Tuesday said they have obtained a photograph of the suspect who allegedly attacked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD scholar Umar Khalid outside the Constitution Club of India on Monday. Police said they also have received confirmation from Khalid that the man in the photo is the same who had attacked him.

“My friends and I were shown the CCTV grab. The man is the same,” said Khalid.

Police have circulated the images of the suspect among their investigators who are on the lookout for the man — a well-built man with short hair who was wearing a checked shirt and a blue jeans. The suspect has been caught on tape in at least seven CCTVs.

Police traced the suspect up to Ashoka Road near the Parliament Street police station. A camera installed outside a bank shows him on the phone while walking towards Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Attack on JNU’s Umar Khalid Was Not Staged, Confirms Delhi Police

2. Govt & BJP Does Not Support Lynching, Hate Speeches: Gadkari

File image of Nitin Gadkari.

Defending his government and party at a time when the Opposition continues to attack the Centre on mob lynchings, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday, 14 August, said that the BJP does not support lynchings or fringe elements who are prone to make incendiary statements.

“Nobody from the sangh (parivar) supports lynchings,” said Gadkari and added that said such incidents have also happened in the past. According to him, the meaning of secularism in the Indian context is “sarva dharm sambhav” or to have the same feeling towards all religions.

The Union Minister also said that his government did not believe in “appeasing” any single community and does not discriminate between people based on their caste, creed, and religion or on any other lines.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: It’s Free Speech: Gadkari Defends Garlanding Lynching Convicts

3. Oppn Sharpens Attack on Modi Govt as Rupee Sinks to Rs 70 per Dollar

The rupee plunged to new depths on Tuesday, 14 August, at 70 per dollar for the first time ever in a rout of emerging market currencies led by the Turkish lira, complicating the job of the RBI.

The rupee plunged to new depths on Tuesday, 14 August, at 70 per dollar for the first time ever in a rout of emerging market currencies led by the Turkish lira, complicating the job of the RBI, potentially upsetting the government’s fiscal math and handing fresh ammunition to political opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While the macroeconomic context is different, the situation is broadly reminiscent of 2013, when India was governed by a Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

In 2013, India joined the ranks of the so-called Fragile Five emerging market economies amid a free fall in their currencies. A string of policy measures put in place by then RBI governor Raghuram Rajan helped the rupee stabilise then. At the time, Narendra Modi, who was then chief minister of Gujarat, attributed the rupee’s loss to mismanagement by the central government and not just economic factors.

On Tuesday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at Modi. “Modiji finally managed to do something that we couldn’t do in 70 years,” he said on Twitter.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Rupee Plunges to All-Time Low Amidst Turkey’s Currency Crisis

4. Can’t Hold Simultaneous Polls Without Legal Framework: CEC

File image of Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), OP Rawat, on Tuesday, 14 August, said simultaneous elections are not possible without a legal framework as any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment.

“Logistics arrangements with regard to 100 percent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint,” he told reporters, virtually ruling out the possibility of holding simultaneous polls in the immediate future.

The remarks came a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reiterated that it was in favour of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls together. However, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra clarified that there was no mention of simultaneous polls in 11 states in party chief Amit Shah’s letter to the law commission. He, however, maintained that the BJP supports the idea of one nation, one election.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: CEC virtually rules out lS polls with 11 Assemblies, BJP says no such move

5. Days Before India Notified Pact, Antigua Said No to Mehul Choksi Extradition

Mehul Choksi, Chairman, Gitanjali group.

Three days before India notified a special extradition arrangement with Antigua and Barbuda to bring fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi back to India, the Caribbean country had refused to extradite him. It told the Indian high commissioner in Antigua that it would not even stop Choksi from leaving the country.

In a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and CBI Director Alok Verma on 31 July, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne took this stand during a meeting with the Indian high commissioner there.

According to the letter, India raised three demands: revoke Choksi’s Antiguan passport, detain him immediately, and either deport him to India or begin extradition proceedings. Browne did not agree to any of these demands. He said Choksi’s passport could not be revoked as he had acquired it legally, without any false representation, and nothing illegal was found against him while his application for Antiguan citizenship was pending, says the letter.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: India Hands Over Extradition Request to Antigua for Mehul Choksi

6. Arvind Kejriwal Moves Court to Restrain Police from Sharing Charge Sheet with Media

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Tuesday, 14 August, moved to court urging it to restrain the city police from “leaking contents of the charge sheet” against them in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to the media.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took the application, moved by Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and 11 AAP MLAs, on record and sought a response form the Delhi police on it by 25 August.

The Delhi police on Monday filed a charge sheet against Kejriwal, Sisodia and 11 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party — Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal, Nitin Tyagi, Rituraj Govind, Sanjeev Jha, Ajay Dutt, Rajesh Rishi, Rajesh Gupta, Madan Lal, Parveen Kumar and Dinesh Mohania.

(Source: The Indian Express)

7. Delhi Sealing: SC to Hear Validity of Legislation in February

Shops remain closed at Sadar Bazar as traders down shutters protesting the sealing drive in New Delhi on Feb. 2, 2018. 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 14 August, said that issues related to validity of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislations, which protect unauthorised constructions from being sealed in the national capital, would be heard in February next year.

A bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, that the matter would be heard next year.

Nadkarni and senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the sealing matter, said that the other related issues in the case should be heard by the bench.

(Source: PTI)

8. Gowari Community Should Get Benefits as ST Category: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court. 

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday, 14 August, ruled that Gowari community in Maharashtra should get benefits under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category, pointing out that Gowaris were categorised as a tribe more than hundred years ago in the records of British India.

The bench, comprising Justice R K Deshpande and Justice Arun Upadhye, delivered the verdict on petitions seeking the status of Scheduled Tribe.

The Gowari community had been demanding inclusion in the ST category for long. A stampede during the community’s protest over the issue near the Maharashtra legislature complex in Nagpur on 23 November, 1994, had claimed 114 lives.

(Source: The Indian Express)

9. 5 Men, 4 Juveniles Arrested for in Connection with Kanwariya Vandalism in West Delhi

Image used for representational purposes.

Five men and four juveniles have been arrested in 24 hours for allegedly vandalising a car last week in west Delhi's Moti Nagar area after the vehicle brushed past one of their Kanwariya friends, police said on Tuesday, 14 August.

On Monday, police arrested Yogesh (19) for allegedly being part of the group that vandalised the car.

Earlier, police said that they had arrested nine persons in connection with the incident, but later it was found that four of them were juveniles.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Kumar said the operation to nab the accused lasted till 5 am on Tuesday.

(Source: PTI)

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