Monday, June 28, 2010

Mumbai ATS tells HC Security measures taken to protect RSS chief

Security measures taken to protect RSS chief: ATS tells HC

28th June 2010
Mumbai, Jun 28 (PTI) Adequate security measures have been taken by authorities in the wake of reports of an alleged plot to assassinate RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad informed the Bombay High Court today.
Senior counsel Rohini Salian, on behalf of ATS, told the court in response to its query as to what steps the government proposed to take in respect of this allegation made by 2008 Malegaon Blast accused Sameer Kulkarni in a letter.
Salian also informed a bench headed by Justice B H Marlapalle that the Government would look into a demand made by the accused urging the High Court for a direction to police to register a fresh FIR and also seeking a detailed probe into the conspiracy to kill Bhagwat.
Taking the statement of ATS Counsel on record, Justice Marlapalle adjourned the matter to July 2 for further hearing.
Kulkarni had written a letter stating that while going through the chargesheet in the Malegaon bomb blast case (in which he is an accused), he came across statements of two witnesses who had revealed that there was a conspiracy to kill RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
The High Court converted the letter into a criminal writ petition last week, and the government as well as ATS were asked to file their response on what steps they proposed to take in the wake of these allegations.

Friday, June 25, 2010

S M Joshi Socialist Foundation Gets Legal Notice

S M Joshi Socialist Foundation Gets Legal Notice.
Pune based SMJF is hosting book release function on 26th June in it's hall.This book is written by S M Mushrif,a retired Police officer.In this book he claimed that Hemant Karkare was murdered by Intelligence Bureau,Indian Army and Police itself,not by Pakistani Militants like Ajmal Kasab.Joshi foundation is going to host book release function of Marathi translation of the same book.
One Mumbai based independent group has served legal notice to S M Joshi Foundation to resist it from hosting the function and warmed it of dire legal consequences if it holds the same.The group is planning to file petition against foundation for anti-national activities as the book targets India's security apparatus and lodges baseless allegations against security agencies and hence bolstering Pakistani position on Mumbai blast case.
Last year one petitioner has filed the case in Mumbai court against Sahara Group editor Aziz Burney for lodging same type of allegations in Mumbai Terror attack case.The case is underway in Mumbai sessions court

Thursday, June 17, 2010

India Policy Foundation (IPF) team meets Census Commissioner of India

India Policy Foundation (IPF) team meets Census Commissioner of India

Three members team of IPF met Dr C Chandramouli, the Census Commissioner of India in his office. We presented him the intervention paper “census 2011: Blinkered Vision Fragmented ideas” which deals primarily with the caste enumeration and National Population Register(NPR). He complimented the effort “the best thing is that there is an initiative from the civil society on these issues .” As far the question of caste is concerned he refused to make any formal comment since the matter is with Group of Ministers. Our discussion went on for an hour. He primarily focussed on NPR. He agreed to the issue raised in the Intervention Paper , i.e., infiltrators getting legitimate and honourable place along with citizens in the NPR. But he argued that preparation of register will mean procuring signature, biometric of thumb, self declaration as Indian nationals , photograph of the all the usual residents in India. All these will help police and other investigating agencies , to further identify undesirable elements using Indian soil. They can not escape. The Unique Identity card(UID) will also check those who have multiple voting identity card, passports and ration cards or other legal documents and misuse them.. The unique number and biometric will bring such discrepancies in the light. A person in future can not take advantages by different names(like Chandramouli, C Praasad, and so on). As far confidentiality is concerned everything is in telephone directory and voter list and such other documents(name, age, address etc), he said. . after all infiltrators are in our voter list and they procured all the legal documents necessary to prove them as Indians through using unfair means, such industries are operating across the country , he remarked. The police verification will mean harassment of citizens, elderly people, rural population lack documents like birth certificates ….. It is not uncommon thing that you have all the information about all the residents of the country. He also cautioned that NPR should not be confused with Citizens Register.

He further said that the NPR will block entry of names of illegal residents in future. If we can not identify 8 crores today whatever reasons may be then it does not mean we should keep our door open and invite infiltrators and it should go on 25 crores! He questioned” had ever civil society raised voice against the infiltrators? Do we not know that a large number of such people are in Delhi, and enjoying all the facilities?... he argued that once the NPR is prepared, we will be able to correct the list by verifications and also on he basis of objections coming from the civil society. We can then identify foreign nationals. He showed his concern for the infiltrators and expressed anguish that no initiative is taken by civil society to identify them. He noted our suggestions and accepted invitation to visit the IPF to interact with scholars and activists.