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Haridwar Hate Speech Case Live Updates: Supreme Court Issues Notice To Uttarakhand Government – dot newz

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A bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will hear the matter. (File)

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Supreme Court today issued notice to Uttarakhand government and sought its response in hate speeches case where open calls for genocide were made at a “Dharma Sansad” in Haridwar.

The Uttarakhand government has to respond in ten days.

Supreme Court allowed the petitioner to approach local authorities on their request to stop the Dharam Sansad to be held on 23 January in Aligarh (UP).

A bench of headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli were hearing the matter.

The petition, filed by former High Court Justice Anjana Prakash and journalist Kurban Ali, flags hate speeches targeting Muslims and calls for an independent, credible and fair probe by a Special Investigation Team.

“Slogans of the country have changed from Satyameva Jayate to Sashastramev Jayate,” Kapil Sibal, senior lawyer, told the top court, adding that only FIRs have been filed but no arrests have been made.

The plea has alleged that the police inaction shows it is hand in glove with perpetrators of communal hate.

At the religious assembly held on December 17-19, various religious leaders made outrageous speeches calling for the use of weapons against Muslims.

After much outrage, the Uttarakhand police first filed an FIR naming only one person – Waseem Rizvi who converted and calls himself Jitendra Tyagi – and ‘unknown persons’. Later, four more names were added – Sagar Sidhu Maharaj and Yati Narasimhanand, Dharamdas and Pooja Shakun Pandey.

The conclave was organised by Yati Narasimhanand, a religious leader who has been accused in the past of inciting violence with his inflammatory speeches.

In one of the controversial clips, Prabodhanand Giri was heard saying: “Like Myanmar, our police, our politicians, our Army and every Hindu must pick up weapons and conduct a Safayi Abhiyan (ethnic cleansing). There is no other option left.”

Here are the Live updates on Haridwar Hate Speech case:

Haridwar Hate Speech Case –
CJI: It appears that another bench is hearing similar matters. Justice Khanwilkar’s bench.

Kapil Sibal for petitioners: No they are not

Adv Indira Jaisingh : It was the plea by Tushar Gandhi which was handled by SC earlier

Adv Shadan Farasat intervening: Other matters on the other bench are on hate speech. But not Dharam Sansad specifically.

CJI: Now there are so many people who want to attach their issues to this

Kapil Sibal for petitioners: No arrests are taking place. The atmosphere of the country will be vitiated. Ethos of the Republic will be affected if these events are constantly being held especially in election bound states.

Haridwar Hate Speech Case –
Kapil Sibal for Petitioners: I don’t want to read and sensationalise what was said there. We have sent a paper to you. You can read the content there.

CJI: We cannot do anything at this stage. We will issue a notice to state government and then we will see.

Advocate Indira Jaising intervening : On an earlier plea by Tushar Gandhi (great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) this court had passed orders on hate speech issues. We need preventive measures

Kapil Sibal for petitioners: if you issue the notice please ask them to respond soon because the organisers keep announcing these events and another Dharm Sansad will be held.

Judges now discussing among themselves

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Shiv Sena, NCP To Contest Goa Assembly Elections Together – dot newz

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Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have decided to contest the upcoming Goa Assembly elections together in alliance, Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut said on Sunday.

Speaking to ANI, Raut said, “Shiv Sena and NCP will contest together in Goa assembly elections. There will be a discussion on seat sharing on January 18. NCP’s senior leader Praful Patel will discuss seat-sharing formula in Goa on January 18. Only after that, it will be clear who will contest on how many seats.”

“Political dynamics are different in Maharashtra and Goa. NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress are in alliance in Maharashtra. However, at the moment Congress has decided to contest alone without forming an alliance with any other party in the state,” he said.

Goa elections are set to be held in a single phase on February 14. The counting of votes will be held on March 10.

In view of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Shiv Sena leader did not comment much on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to contest from Gorakhpur.

“I will not make any comment on Yogi ji’s decision to contest from Gorakhpur. He has been fielded from his native constituency. So, it is a good thing. I have heard that Aparna Yadav is going to join BJP. It’s good to know,” he said.

Yadav is the daughter in law of Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Meanwhile, elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10, the Election Commission said. The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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“India Feels Proud”: PM Modi On 1 Year Of Vaccination Drive – dot newz

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the vaccination drive added great strength to fight against Covid.

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Lauding India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive as it completes a year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said it has added great strength to the fight against the pandemic and has resulted in saving lives and protecting livelihoods.

When the pandemic first struck, not much was known about the virus. However, our scientists and innovators immersed themselves in developing vaccines, he said. India feels proud that our nation has been able to contribute to fighting the pandemic through vaccines, PM Modi tweeted.

“I salute each and every individual who is associated with the vaccination drive,” he said, adding that the role of our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers is exceptional.

“When we see glimpses of people being vaccinated in remote areas, or our healthcare workers taking the vaccines there, our hearts and minds are filled with pride,” he said.

The prime minister asserted that India’s approach to fighting the pandemic will always remain science based. Health infrastructure is also being augmented to ensure that fellow citizens get proper care, he said, asking people to keep following all COVID-19 related protocols.

The countrywide vaccination drive against COVID-19 on Sunday completed one year, during which over 156.76 crore vaccine doses were administered.

According to Health Ministry officials, over 92 per cent of the adult population have received at least one dose while over 68 per cent have been fully vaccinated. The Centre will issue a postal stamp this afternoon to mark the completion of one year of the inoculation drive.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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“We Invite You”: Maharashtra’s Red Carpet For Elon Musk After Telangana – dot newz

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Elon Musk had said Tesla is “working through” a lot of challenges with the Indian government. (File)

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Another state has now invited US billionaire Elon Musk to invest after he said that electric car pioneer Tesla was “working through” a lot of challenges with the Indian government ahead of long-awaited plans to launch in the country.

After Telangana’s invitation earlier this week, a Maharashtra minister today offered Mr Musk a place to set up Tesla’s manufacturing plant in his state.

Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, in a reply to Mr Musk’s tweet, said, “Maharashtra is one of the most progressive states in India. We will provide you all the necessary help from Maharashtra for you to get established in India.”

“We invite you to establish your manufacturing plant in Maharashtra,” the Nationalist Congress Party leader added.

Earlier, Telangana minister KT Rama Rao had invited the Tesla Inc’s chief executive to set shop in his state and said that his government will be “happy to partner Tesla in working through the challenges”.

Mr Musk, in response to a tweet asking him about a potential India launch date, had not identified the “challenges” being worked on with the government.

Tesla had plans to begin selling imported cars in India last year and has been lobbying the government to lower import duties, which can be as high as 100 percent, on electric vehicles before it enters the market.

Elon Musk had tweeted last July that Tesla wanted to enter India “but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country”.

Even as Tesla is holding out for a cut in import duties, luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz will start assembling the electric version of its flagship S-Class sedan, the EQS, in India later this year.



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