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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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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

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BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)