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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday turned down a petition to quash sedition charges against Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel.

Continuing his hearing on the petition filed by Patel’s father Bharat Patel, a BJP activist, on October 20, Justice J.B. Pardiwala rejected the plea, days after Hardik Patel served a five-day police remand in Surat.

While a plea for his further remand was rejected by a metropolitan court in Surat, Hardik Patel found himself in the Ahmedabad Crime Branch police net again on sedition charges on him and five close associates.

They are all on police remand for a week.

The sedition charge was slapped on Hardik Patel, 22, last week after he advised a Surat youth, Vipul Desai, not to think of committing suicide but show courage to kill a policeman or two.

Desai had announced that he would commit suicide to press for the demand for reservation for the Patels under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category in government jobs and educational institutions.

Hardik Patel had called on Desai on October 3 when he took a TV channel reporter with him. Once the channel aired his remarks, it went viral on the social media.

The Crime Branch in Ahmedabad claimed they have telephone call records of conversations between the PAAS leaders and their supporters in which Hardik Patel and his associates allegedly incite youngsters to resort to violence against police and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.

It was on this basis that the agitators faced sedition charges in Ahmedabad, police said.

Meanwhile the Crime Branch suspended a police constable and a computer operator for taking a selfie picture with Hardik Patel after the photograph went viral on social network.

A departmental inquiry has been ordered against the suspended policemen.

(IANS)

 

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CBSE Over Errors In NEET Question Paper Summoned By Madras High Court

The judges had also criticised the CBSE

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CBSE Over NEET Question Paper Errors Summoned By Madras High Court
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The Madras High Court Bench here today came down heavily on the CBSE observing that it was being autocratic in the matter related to errors in the Tamil version of this year’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test.

A bench of justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahamed made the observation while hearing a public interest litigation filed by CPI-M leader T K Rangarajan, seeking award of full marks for 49 ‘erroneous’ questions in the Tamil version of the NEET.

It said that despite knowing that a PIL on the matter was filed and it was due for hearing, the CBSE had released the results.

“Why did they do so?”, the court asked.

Referring to the CBSE’s submission, the bench said, “How do you decide the right answers for the questions based on majority view? CBSE is accepting even wrong answers under the pretext of majority decision. How is that in Bihar state so many students got through the examination?” it asked.

Later, it adjourned the hearing on the PIL without mentioning any date.

The petitioner has submitted that key words in the Tamil questions were wrongly translated from English and this caused confusion for the students.

In the previous hearing, the court had asked the CBSE to file an affidavit stating among others on whether any exercise was undertaken to ascertain which of the English words in the syllabi for science subjects were incapable of being reproduced in an equivalent word in Tamil.

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Madras High court, walk in room. flickr

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The judges had also criticised the CBSE saying that the mistakes in the question paper were not mere ambiguity. (IANS)