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News of the Day : 30 April 2019
- April 30, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: EC to decide on complaints against PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday
Election Commission will meet on Tuesday to decide on poll code violation complaints against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, a senior poll panel official said on Monday.
The commission spelt out the timeline at its media briefing on the fourth phase of polling.
“Regarding the complaints of violations of Model Code of Conduct against senior leaders of two political parties, the commission has already taken all the inputs and all the details and we have scheduled a meeting tomorrow morning for taking decisions on each of these issues,” Chandra Bhushan Kumar said, adding that the moment there is a decision, the commission would make them public.
Hours earlier, the Congress had moved the Supreme Court complaining that the Election Commission had been sitting on numerous complaints alleging model code of conduct violations against PM Modi and Amit Shah.
In her petition, Congress leader Sushmita Dev alleged that both indulged in hate speeches and used armed forces for “political propaganda.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned Devi’s petition before a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to seek an urgent hearing but did not clearly name PM Modi and Amit Shah. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the senior lawyer in a lighter vein: “Why don’t you mention the names clearly.”
Dev, who heads the Congress’s women’s wing, told the Supreme Court in her plea that the Congress had sent over 40 representations to the poll panel since the model code of conduct kicked in on March 10.
In these, the Congress alleged there were eight instances of code violation by the two BJP leaders; six by the PM and two by BJP president.
Deputy Election Commissioner Kumar Sandep Saxena explained the time taken to process poll code violations saying the commission had to complete its due diligence including investigations by the legal wing, election expenditure, media and planning. “Everything has been processed; every Tuesday, the Commission has a meeting,” said Saxena.
Kerala-based ISIS suspect inspired by Sri Lanka bombing plotter caught: NIA
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday placed under arrest one Riyas A, alias Riyas Aboobacker, alias Abu Dujana, for allegedly conspiring to commit a terrorist act.
The 29-year-old who has been arrested has reportedly confessed to have been inspired by Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind behind the last Sunday’s suicide bombings in Sri Lanka. He has told the investigating agency that he had been following Hashim’s speeches/videos for more than a year. Riyas has also been following the speeches of Zakir Naik.
A statement by the NIA said that the alleged accused Riyas, had, during interrogation, disclosed that he had been in contact with absconding accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla alias Abu Isa for a long time and that he had been following Abdul’s audio clips, “including the clip which he had circulated on social media platform instigating others to carry out terror attacks in India”.
During the course of the interrogation, Riyas also admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala.
During his interrogation, Riyas has also revealed that he had been holding online chats with Abdul Khayoom alias Abu Khalid (the accused in the Valapattanam ISIS case) who was believed to be in Syria.
The arrest of Riyas came after NIA received input that a group of four persons had been in touch with some of the accused that is Abdul Rashid, Ashfaq Majeed, Abdul Khayoom etc who had already migrated to Afghanistan and Syria.
After verifying the information, the NIA conducted seraches at three places – two in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad district – on Sunday. Following the raids, three group members were interrogated in connection with their ISIS links and plans.
The Sri Lanka suicide bombings that took place on April 21 were carried out by the National Thowheeth Jamaat (NTJ) a little known group that appears to have been inspried by the Islamic State (IS) though direct links between the two are yet to be established.
The NTJ was formed in Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated town in eastern Sri Lanka, by Zahran Hashim, alias Abu Ubaida, who is believed to have been the suicide bomber who targeted the Shangri-La Hotel with military grade explosives.
Source – Hindustan Times