LEGAL NOTICE TO BENGALURU POLICE OVER FAILURE TO QUELL HATRED

The All India Lawyers Association for Justice (AILAJ) has issued a legal notice to Bengaluru Police for failing to initiate action against the Hindutva groups for inciting hatred against Muslims during a protest held at the city’s Town Hall on July 28. Right-wing group Hindu Hitarakshana Samithi had gathered in large numbers at Town Hall and held a protest holding anti-Islam placards, which read, “Beware of Islam”, “Beware of Quran”. The lawyers noted that the organisers and protesters at the protest have committed several offences, including offences under violation of Sections 153(1)(a)&(b), 153B(1)(b), 259A and 505(2) IPC.

JAGDEEP DHANKAR ELECTED NEW VICE PRESIDENT

Jagdeep Dhankar was elected as the 14th Vice President of India on August 6. Dhankar, former Governor of the West Bengal and candidate of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Bharatiya Janata Party, defeated the opposition nominee Margaret Alva. The vice president in India is elected indirectly by an electoral college consisting of elected members of both houses of the parliament, by secret ballot. Dhankhar won by 346 votes as he bagged 528 of the total 725 votes that were cast. Alva secured 182 votes with 15 votes found invalid, said returning officer and secretary-general of Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament), Utpal Kumar Singh while announcing the result. Analysts say that Dhankar was nominated for the second highest constitutional post as he belongs to a family of farmers and represents the Jat community. The community had participated in large numbers in the year-long farmers’ protests. He hails from the western state of Rajasthan, which is going to the polls next year.

HC REFUSES BAIL TO JOURNALIST SIDDIQUE KAPPAN IN UAPA CASE

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on August 4 rejected the bail plea moved by journalist Siddique Kappan in connection with the ‘Hathras Conspiracy Case’. A single bench of Justice Krishan Pahal denied him bail after reserving the verdict on August 2. In October 2020, Siddique Kappan along with three others was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police while they were proceeding to report the Hathras rape-murder crime. Kappan, a reporter for Malayalam news portal Azhimukham and secretary of the Delhi unit of Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), was arrested along with three others in Uttar Pradesh in October 2020 while on his way to Hathras to report on the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman. The police had claimed that the accused were trying to disturb the law and order in Hathras. They had also alleged that the accused had links with the Popular Front of India (PFI).

AMU DROPS WORKS OF 2 ISLAMIC SCHOLARS FROM COURSE

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has initiated the process of dropping the works of two Islamic scholars namely Sayyid Qutb and Syed Abul A’la Maududi “in order to avoid any controversy.” On 27 July, 25 academicians wrote an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which said that AMU has an “anti-Indic/anti-national course curriculum,” as a part of its Islamic Studies course. Four days later, AMU dropped the works of Qutb and Maududi. Omar Peerzada, the AMU PRO, reportedly said, “As conveyed by the Chairman of the Department of Islamic Studies, parts of the syllabus have been removed in order to avoid any controversy.” Peerzada added that there was nothing objectionable that was being taught under these courses. These portions have been a part of the curriculum for the last 50 years.

CONGRESS STAGES PROTEST AGAINST PRICE RISE

More than 60 Congress MPs, detained by the police during the party’s protest in Delhi against price rise and unemployment, were released after about six hours, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said on August 5. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, K C Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Gaurav Gogoi were among those detained and taken away from Vijay Chowk, outside AICC headquarters and other places in the National Capital. The Congress has opposed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) hike on essential items. The protesters were appropriately warned about the prohibitory orders in force in the area and repeatedly requested to disperse from the area, the police said. However, they continued the protest, thereby violating prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC, it said.

MASJID-E-KHAJA BULLDOZED LATE AT NIGHT IN SHAMSHABAD

A mosque in Hyderabad was reportedly demolished at Shamshabad by the local municipality with help from the police. The Masjid-e-Khaja Mehmood was allegedly bulldozed by municipal officials along with the RGIA (Cyberabad) police, a report said on August 2. Majilis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) leader Amjedullah Khan, who visited the spot after learning of it, alleged it was done with a bulldozer. He claimed that the local municipal officials demolished the Masjid-e-Khama at 3 a.m. The masjid is situated at Green Avenue colony in Shamshabad.

SI SUBJECTS MUSLIM MAN TO 3RD-DEGREE TORTURE, BOOKED

A police officer has been suspended in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar for allegedly subjecting third-degree torture to a man who happened to be a distant relative of an accused. According to reports, R. Rana, the Sub-Inspector (SI) of Chhapar police station in Muzaffarnagar, went to Khampur village with a team to arrest an accused named Zishan Ansari, who was wanted in a case related to cow slaughter.

He did not find the alleged accused and picked up his distant relative Farad Hakim, 40, a resident of the same village. Hakim was taken to the police station and was allegedly subjected to third-degree torture by the SI. One of the villagers recorded a video of Hakim which purportedly shows bruise marks on his body. After the video went viral, SSP Vineet Jaiswal took suo moto cognizance and ordered a probe.

COURT REJECTS PLEA SEEKING ‘JALABHISHEK’ ON MOSQUE PREMISES

A district court in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh on August 3 rejected a revision application seeking permission to perform the “jalabhishek” of the Hindu deity Krishna at the Shahi Idgah Masjid, which Hindu outfits believe has been built at the birthplace of the deity. The revision petition was filed by Dinesh Sharma, national treasurer of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. “The court of Sanjay Chaudhary has rejected the application since the lower court has not passed any final order,” District Government Counsel Sanjai Gaur said. Several petitions filed in Mathura courts have sought the shifting of the mosque, which according to petitioners has been built at the birthplace of the deity.

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