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New Delhi: The Delhi government on Sunday initiated the process of disbursing compensation cheques to the victims of the 1984 Sikh riots. A total of 1,320 families received compensation today. The remaining 1,800 families would get their cheques within the next 10 days.

Speaking at the ceremony, deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that unless we develop our thinking, episodes like the anti-Sikh riots will continue.

“Nothing has changed after 31 years. Episodes like Dadri and Haryana continue even today. The police still sends its force to check if people are eating beef. If we don’t want more such incidents, we need to develop our minds,” he said.

Allegedly 3000 Sikhs were massacred in the riot which many claimed to be backed by the Congress. There were even allegations that voting lists were used to identify Sikh families.

(With inputs from TNN)

(Picture Courtesy: www.sikh24.com)

 

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A Delhi Court to Frame Charges Against ‘Slander Man’ of Indian Politics Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia on September 14

‘Indian Slander Man’ Arvind Kejriwal has as many as 10 defamation cases filed against him.

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Jai Nath Mishra (extreme left) and Dr Munish Kumar Raizada centre) during Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign
  • Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav currently facing charges of criminal defamation
  • Court to frame charges in the case on September 14
  • Delhi CM Kejriwal has over 10 libel cases filed against him

New Delhi, August 24, 2017: Looking at the escalating tally of cases against the Delhi CM, it would not be wrong to believe that either Arvind Kejriwal enjoys raising grave allegations against people without prior thought or substantiation, or that people find it easy to file libel cases against him.

A Delhi Court will now frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal, and his deputy Manish Sisodia on September 14 following a criminal defamation complaint filed by advocate Surendar Kumar Sharma. Additionally, Swaraj chief Yogendra Yadav is also undergoing trial as an accused in the vilification complaint.

The court had asserted in its order that the argument submitted by the accused do not sustain, following which notices (cases) were framed under the CrPC against them.

According to Sharma, volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had approached him asserting that Kejriwal was very pleased with his social service. They had further offered him a party ticket to contest the 2013 Delhi assembly elections.

Sharma alleged that he was informed by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket, following which he had filled up the application form to contest the polls.

However, the party later denied him the ticket.

On October 14, 2013, Sharma further claimed that “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words (were) used by the accused persons” in newspaper reports that breached his reputation in the society and the Bar, alike.

Responding to the complaint, the AAP leaders had asserted that as per the rules, every political party is entitled to the allotment or cancellation of an election ticket. They had further revealed the rationale behind their decision, saying Sharma was denied a ticket as had had not divulged correct details of the cases pending against him.

On grounds of the libel complaint thus filed, the trial court in Delhi had previously sought presence of the accused before it saying that there was prima facie material to supplement the summons which were issued under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34(common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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Following this, a bail had been granted to Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav.

According to the PTI report, the accused were to appear before the court on August 23. However, they sought exemption from Metropolitan Magistrate Vijay Kumar Jha for personal appearance for the day on the grounds that they were involved in by-polls in Bawana region in north-west Delhi.

While charges in the complaint will now be framed on September 14, Delhi CM has already claimed the title of the ‘Indian Slander Man’ following his expanding tally, with as many as 10 defamation cases filed against him.


 

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Seven Decades after Partition: Sikhs in Pakistan Struggle amid Bombings and Violence

Sikhs in Pakistan have been looking to leave Pakistan as their homeland has begun to turn toward radical Islam

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Types of 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force), now 3 Frontier Force, Pakistan Army. ca. 1905. Wikimedia Commons
  • In today’s period, Sikhs in Pakistan are among the smallest minorities
  • Pakistan today uses blasphemy as a weapon against minorities and fellow Muslims alike, which is a crime that carries an involuntary death penalty
  • Mr. Singh heads a council representing the Sikhs in Pakistan

Aug 15, 2017: At the age of 11, Radesh Singh’s grandfather left his village in India’s Punjab province to move to Peshawar, which is bordered by Afghanistan in the far northwest of the country.

Pakistan wasn’t even a glint in the eye of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the year 1901 when the British ruled the Indian subcontinent and Peshawar held the promise of work and adventure.

It has been 70 years since the partition of India, which divided the subcontinent into majority Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan and led to one of the largest migrations in modern history.

Singh’s family have been waging a secessionist uprising in India ever since, demanding unmitigated sovereignty for India’s Punjab state where they command. Singh’s family is neither Hindu nor Muslim but Sikh, a religious minority in both countries. Feeling increasingly less at home on either side of the border, they have been victims of local Taliban violence in the recent years in Muslim Pakistan.

Singh’s grandfather would never return to his village, not even in 1947. Singh stated that poverty kept his grandfather in Peshawar, which was controlled by fiercely independent ethnic Pashtun tribesmen. He said, “It’s not easy to start over at zero when you have very little,” mentioned BBG Direct.

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According to Singh, the enmity in the immediate aftermath of 1947 was slightly lower in the northwest. It was followed by decades of peace. The decision to stay in Pakistan appeared like a reliable option at the time.

The Sikhs had lived harmoniously for centuries alongside their Pashtun Muslim countrymen. Singh explains, Sikhs had a glorious history in the northwest. In the 18th century, they oversaw a dynasty headed by a Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh, whose capital was Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. He rebuilt Peshawar’s infamous Bala Hisar Fort, an imposing walled fortress that some historians assume is as old as the city itself.

In today’s period, easily identifiable because of the colorful turbans and the surname Singh, Sikhs in Pakistan are among the smallest minorities. As indicated by the CIA Factbook, 3.6 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million people are non-Muslims which include Sikhs, Christians, and Hindus.

Singh asserted until 1984 Pakistan’s Hindus and Sikhs lived unitedly in northwest Pakistan. Their children married and worshipped together. But after the tragic assassination of India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, the entire scene changed consequently.

“They (Hindus) cut all relations with us. They said Pakistani Sikhs are like all Sikhs everywhere. No difference. They said, ‘From now on, we will be separate from you”, Singh recalled.

Today Sikhs in Pakistan are contending with the government for possession of dozens of Sikh temples (Gurdwaras); however, they have succeeded to restore some of the buildings. The Pakistan government took over the buildings after 1947 and allowed the squatters to remain.

Once a vibrant Gurdwara attended by hundreds of Sikhs, it no longer resembled a house of worship but rather a sweeping courtyard. However, it was until now that two families called it the home, said Singh.

Singh who heads a council representing the Sikhs in Pakistan, said young Sikhs have been looking to leave as the homeland has begun to turn toward radical Islam.

“They want to go to another country, not to India or Pakistan. But every country eyes them with suspicion.,” he said.

He adds, “Even Indians see his Pakistani passport and question his intentions, suggesting he wants to agitate for Sikh secessionism, the battle that resulted in Indira Gandhi’s death and a dream still held by many Sikhs on both sides of the border.”

According to Singh, Pakistan’s slide into intolerance began when Pakistan’s military dictator Zia-ul Haq set the country on the course of Islamic radicalization in the late 1970s with the former Soviet Union’s invasion of neighboring Afghanistan. Jihad became a rallying cry to defeat the communists in Afghanistan.

Extremism aggravated after the 2001 intrusion of Afghanistan by a U.S.-led coalition, he proclaimed.

The tribal areas were steadily caught by Taliban and in 2013 several Sikhs were killed, their limbs cut. Singh said the brutality of the killings and the threats sent thousands abandoning Pakistan.

Pakistan today uses blasphemy as a weapon against minorities and fellow Muslims alike, which is a crime that carries an involuntary death penalty.

“That is why we have a fear in our hearts, that this law can be used against us,” he told.

“In the last nearly 40 years we have been facing the boom, boom (mimicking the sound of explosions) in every city of Pakistan,” said Singh. “In a long time we have not heard any sweet sounds in our Peshawar, but still we love our city.”


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On August 23 Delhi Court to frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia

23 August has been fixed by Delhi court for farming charges in a criminal defamation complaint. 

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Delhi Court to frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. Twitter
  • The court had directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before the court on 8 August
  • Criminal defamation complaint filed against the two AAP leaders
  • Articles in leading newspapers carried defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons

New Delhi, August 12, 2017: In a criminal defamation complaint the Delhi court on 8 August has fixed August 23 as the date for framing charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia. Pranjal Aneja, Metropolitan Magistrate, was scheduled to frame charges on 8 August but was on a leave that day.

Earlier, the court had directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before the court on 8 August. Though Kejriwal and Sisodia sought exemption stating that they have to attend the four-day Monsoon session of Delhi Assembly, Yadav was there in the court.

The court on August 2 had passed the order on framing of notice (charge) on the criminal defamation complaint filed against the two AAP leaders, who sought to quash of the plea and Yadav by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma (was denied ticket by the AAP).Yadav was a member of the National Executive of the AAP until 2015, after which he was expelled for alleged anti-party activities. Later, he formed his own party called Swaraj India.

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Surender Kumar Sharma, in his complaint, had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services. He filled up the application form to contest for the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket. However, the ticket was later denied to him.

On October 14, 2013, the complainant claimed, articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which in turn have lowered his reputation in the Bar as well as the society.

Opposing to the complaint, the AAP leaders had submitted that cancellation or allotment of an election ticket is the decision of the party only and gave a reasoning that the complainant had not divulged correct information regarding the cases pending against him.

On the basis of this complaint, the trial court had earlier sought their presence before it in the matter. It, however, had granted bail to Kejriwal, Sisodia, and Yadav, after they had appeared before it in pursuance to summonses against them.

The court has said in the order that the contentions on behalf of accused persons do not sustain and it proceeded to frame notice under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against them.

The summonses were issued on the complaint under – sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the trial court saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused.

While issuing summonses against AAP leaders, according to PTI report, the trial court had said, “The press release published in newspapers, as well as testimonies of witnesses, reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society.” The Delhi High Court had earlier refused to stay the trial court proceedings in the case.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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