Opposition leaders meet with the president and demand an independent investigation into the role of the police
Opposition leaders met with President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and demanded an independent investigation by a commission headed by a retired or acting judge on the role of the Delhi police in the February riots and the ongoing investigation into the incident.
- The Delhi police established special investigation teams and their special cell investigated the aspect of the plot behind the riots, in which 53 people were killed.
- In a memo, the leaders expressed concern about the police investigation.
“The entire investigation appears to be aimed at arriving at a premeditated theory about a conspiracy proposed by the interior minister in Lok Sabha in March 2020, even before an investigation into the riots began,”he added.
- According to the memorandum, the police investigation did not inspire confidence as there were serious doubts about its “impartiality”.
“There are serious doubts about the role played by the Delhi police during the violence and also about how the police harass and falsely try to involve activists and youth who participated in the anti-CAA / NRC movements. / NPR as perpetrators of violence. That fabricated conspiracy theory has now begun to falsely implicate political leaders, ”he said.
He criticized the police for the reference made to the CPI (M) secretary general, Sitaram Yechury, in a supplemental indictment sheet, citing disclosure statements made by the defendants.
“This is a disturbing trend that raises serious questions about how such investigations are carried out,”he said.
- Congress Treasurer and MP Ahmed Patel, CPI Secretary General (M) Sitaram Yechury, CPI Secretary General D. Raja, DMK Leader and MP Kanimozhi and RJD Leader and MP Manoj K Jha were among those in the delegation to be met with the president.
No power on the ground can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling
- No power on the ground can stop Indian soldiers from patrolling along normal routes, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha said on Thursday in response to questions about informs that Chinese troops were blocking the Indian. The army patrols the disputed border in eastern Ladakh.
- “The patrol models are traditional and well defined. No force on earth can stop our soldiers from patrolling and our soldiers sacrificed their lives for it. There will be no change in the patrol pattern, ”he said to a question from former Defense Minister A.K. Antony.
- “Starting a war is within our reach, but its outcome cannot be predicted. India has always sent a message of peace. However, he is amazed that efforts are being made to disturb this peace, ”he said.
- Briefing Rajya Sabha of the situation along the royal line of control, Singh said that China continues to illegally occupy land along the eastern border.
- “China continues to illegally occupy approximately 38,000 km2 in the Ladakh Union Territory. Furthermore, under the so-called Sino-Pakistani “delimitation agreement” of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded to China 5,180 km2 of Indian territory in PoK [Pakistani-occupied Kashmir]. China also claims about 90,000 km2 of Indian territory in the eastern sector of the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh, ”he said.
- Blaming China for the situation in Ladakh, he said it was the Chinese military that provoked the Indian army. As China has strengthened its infrastructure along the border, we have also strengthened our infrastructure, he said, praising the ITBP for its role in protecting the border.
Committee to Investigate Chinese Company “Tracking” of Indians
- In a letter to Congressman KC Venugopal, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday that the government had established a committee to experts to investigate allegations that a Chinese company was “monitoring” the online activity and data of thousands of Indians, including politicians, bureaucrats and journalists.
- The sources said the letter contained details of the committee under the leadership of the national cybersecurity coordinator to investigate any illegalities in the surveillance reportedly carried out by Shenzhen-based Zhenhua Data Information Technology Company.
- Zhenhua is said to have built a database of around 2.4 million people around the world. The government also said Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong had been asked to explain the company’s activities, but said the Chinese government had nothing to do with Zhenhua, calling it a “private company. “.
- Venugopal, who had questioned Rajya Sabha’s government on its response to allegations about Zhenhua’s activities, confirmed that he had received the letter.
- “Responding to my zero hour intervention on Chinese surveillance, EAM’s Dr Jaishankar informed us that the government has taken the matter seriously and formed an expert committee to assess it within 30 days.
- We look forward to swift action on this, ”Venugopal tweeted. In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry (MFA) attempted to defend Zhenhua’s activities.
- “The company made it clear that it was a private company and that its clients were research institutes and business groups. Instead of collecting data, it only mobilizes data that is open and available online.
- I would like to stress that as a fervent defender of cybersecurity, China opposes and fights against all cybercrime, ”said Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Chidamabaram wonders if there are two governments or one: Highlighting divergent statements by different officials, top Congress leader P. Chidambaram posted a series of tweets in which the Center was investigated and wondered if there were two governments or one under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Senior Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian, at a recent press conference, claimed that the economy had signaled a V-shaped recovery, while RBI Governor Shaktikant Das said on Wednesday the country would experience a gradual recovery.
- Regarding the current tension between India and China as well, different ministers have said different things about the situation in Ladakh. Chidambaram noted that Interior Minister Nityanand Rai said there had been no infiltration along the Indo-Chinese border in the past six months.
- The defense minister and foreign minister, for their part, in statements made on various platforms, warned China to abandon its illegal occupations for peace and quiet to return to the border. “One wonders if we have two governments or one under Prime Minister Modi,” Chidambaram said.
- Protests erupt again in Kerala over gold smuggling: Anti-government protests continued to hit Kerala for the sixth day in a row on Thursday. The presence of Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) office to be questioned about the gold smuggling case appears to have catalyzed protests led by congressional and BJP workers .
- Protesters violated Covid-19 protocols and dealt with police in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur, causing injuries on both sides. In Palakkad, police used jets of water and brandished batons to disperse congressional workers. Several people, including a deputy, were injured in the riot.
- The overlap in investigations by central agencies into gold smuggling, via airlift targeting foreign officials at the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram, has become a major flashpoint in state policy and has opened a box. Pandora’s accusations against the Chief Minister’s Office and ministers.
- The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 52.05,839 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 84,373.
- Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shiromani MP Akali Dal resigned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet today as their party faced massive protests in Punjab over their support for projects. allies of agro-sectoral law of the BJP.
- Lead lawyer Anup Chaudhuri, who represents petitioner Firoz Iqbal Khan, on Thursday urged the court to initiate contempt proceedings against Suresh Chavhanke, editor-in-chief of Sudarshan TV and host of the show “Bindas Bol” for his tweets following a court decision to suspend the broadcast of the program.
- “Mr. Chaudhuri, if he [Chavhanke] said anything, we will ignore him,” Judge DY Chandrachud replied. It was only recently that the court convicted civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan. in contempt of court for certain tweets.