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Supreme Court puts a stay on defamation proceedings against Arvind Kejriwal

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Supreme Court on Friday has put a hold on proceedings against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in two defamation cases, initiated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Surender Sharma.

The apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra while suspending the proceedings issued notice to the Centre on Kejriwal’s petition that there should be no criminal action in defamation proceedings.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader in his petition had challenged constitutional validity of Section 499 and 500 of IPC calling defamation an offense punishable for up to two-years in jail.

The petition, filed through advocate Chirag Shroff, stated that penal provision for defamation is unconstitutional as it puts restrictions on freedom of speech. He also said that the provision is being misused.

In February 2014, Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had sued Arvind Kejriwal for linking him to corruption.

Kejriwal had said that the former BJP President, is among “the most corrupt politicians of India.’

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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)