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Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Hails Supreme Court Verdict against Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal

The Supreme Court's decision is a warning for the likes of Kejriwal who use baseless allegations for political blackmail

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New Delhi, November 22, 2016: The BJP on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court verdict dismissing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s petition for quashing the criminal defamation proceedings against him, and said it is a “legal slap” on the “politics of baseless allegations”.

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The criminal and civil defamation proceedings were initiated by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor Kejriwal over allegations of wrongdoings in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) when Jaitley was at the helm of the state cricketing body.

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Kejriwal in his plea contended that Jaitley has also filed a civil suit in the Delhi High Court.

Welcoming the decision, Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit chief Satish Upadhyay said: “The clear order of the court is a legal slap on the politics of baseless allegations practised by Kejriwal.”

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Upadhyay said: “The Supreme Court’s decision is a warning for the likes of Kejriwal who use baseless allegations for political blackmail.” (IANS)

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US: Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Effort to Add Citizenship Question on Census

The citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act

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FILE - Demonstrators protest during a Fair Maps rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the upcoming U.S. census by saying he’d asked his lawyers whether there was a way to delay the nationwide head count.

In a tweet hours after the court announced its decision, Trump said it “seems totally ridiculous” that the government could not question people about their citizenship on the census, which takes place once every 10 years.

The Supreme Court ruled the administration’s explanation — that the citizenship question was meant to better enforce the Voting Rights Act — was “more of a distraction” from the issue than an explanation.

Opponents of the citizenship question say it would intimidate noncitizens into not answering the census, ultimately leaving them underrepresented in Congress.

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U.S. President Donald Trump responded Thursday to the Supreme Court’s decision to block his administration’s effort. Pixabay

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices in the 5-4 ruling.

 The nation’s highest court also announced Thursday that it was rejecting a request to intervene in states’ redistricting efforts.  Redrawing the boundaries of voting districts is meant to ensure proportional representation in state legislatures as the population grows and changes locations.

Republicans in the state of North Carolina and Democrats in the state of Maryland have been accused of redrawing the lines of voting districts to keep power in the hands of the ruling party.

The chief justices said manipulation of the electoral map, a practice known colloquially as gerrymandering, is a problem for state governments to solve, not the Supreme Court.

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Thursday was the final day of rulings by the Supreme Court before its summer break. (VOA)