The Asian Age – No bail for 11 students who showed black flags to Yogi Adityanath

While passing the order, the court said that the offences were of serious nature and hence the applicants did not deserve bail

Lucknow, 10 June 2017. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunil Kumar rejected the bail pleas of 11 Lucknow University students, who were held for showing black flags to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in protest last Wednesday.

While passing the order on Friday, the court said that the offences were of serious nature and hence the applicants did not deserve bail.

The students had been sent to a 14-day judicial custody after being held for their protest.



The Tribune – Jagdish Singh Jhinda floats Janta Akali Dal

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 10 June 10 2017. Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC ad hoc) president Jagdish Singh Jhinda floated a political outfit, Janta Akali Dal (JAD), after performing prayers at Akal Takht today.

Jhinda said he would be the officiating head of the party, even as a meeting of JAD members and HSGMC (ad hoc) had been scheduled for August 1 to appoint its office-bearers.

“I will stick to one post. Our party’s slogan is ‘Hamara gaon hamara raj, hamara shehar hamari sarkar’. It would be a secular political outfit devoid of dominance of any religion, caste or creed,” he said.

He said JAD would operate from rural areas and had been conceptualised as a national political party. Jhinda said in Punjab, the JAD’s main focus would be to topple the Badals’ SAD, which had falsely been propagating that Haryana Sikhs seldom observe the inviolability and tenets of Akal Takht by floating a parallel gurdwara managing committee.

“Unlike other Akali Dals which are based on lies and misguide people, the JAD will not be remote-controlled from New Delhi or Chandigarh. Our aim would be to remain within the limits of Sikh rehat maryada (tenets).

On the other hand, the interference by the SAD (Badal) in religious affairs has resulted in unrest in Sikh circles. Our purpose of announcing the party from Akal Takht is to dispel the wrong impression created by the Badals that Haryana Sikhs do not have faith in Akal Takht and Golden Temple,” he said.

When asked if he recognised the sanctity of Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh or the 2015 Sarbat Khalsa-appointed jathedars, he said: “One was appointed by the government, the other by society. But I am here to bow before Akal Takht only”.

He clarified that he had volunteered to appear before Akal Takht some time ago and accepted the ‘tankhah’ (religious punishment) with an aim to clear the way for floating a political outfit.

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The Statesman – Pakistan visit row: SGPC to take up issue with Sushma Swaraj

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Chandigarh, 10 June 2017. A day after Pakistan accused India of preventing 66 Sikh pilgrims from travelling to the country for the annual ‘Jor Mela’ in Lahore, the Shromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday said it will take up the issue with the Union government.

Eighty Sikh pilgrims had visas to travel to Pakistan, but 66 did not reach Lahore as Pakistan authorities alleged “India stopped them at Attari railway station, citing technical reasons”.

As per the reports, the Samjhauta Express train left from Pakistan for Attari on Thursday to bring 80 Sikhs for the ‘Jor Mela’ but when it reached there its staff was told by Indian authorities that the Sikh pilgrims could not board it as their visa only allow them to go to Pakistan on a special train.

The SGPC president, Kirpal Singh Badungar was not available for comment, but his chief secretary Harcharan Singh told The Statesman that the apex Sikh body will write to the Union Minister of External Affairs(MEA), Sushma Swaraj to express their resentment over the denial of permission to travel to Pakistan for the 10-day festival, which is also called ‘Shaheedi Jor Mela’ and will be held at Panja Sahib and Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore.

Terming the move a ‘dishonour’ of religious sentiments, Singh said as many pilgrims from Pakistan visit India every year, there was no reason for the Indian authorities to stop Sikh pilgrims from going to Pakistan.

“We fail to understand the denial of entry to Sikh pilgrims at Attari border as the visas were issued after following the proper procedure. The technical reasons should have been addressed in advance to avoid inconvenience to pilgrims.
We are in process to ascertain the ‘technical reasons’ cited by the Indian government. We strongly condemn the Indian government’s move,” he said.

‘Jor Mela’ is observed to mark the death anniversary of fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev. The 10-day festival, which is also called Shaheedi Jor Mela, will be held at Panja Sahib and Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore. The 14 pilgrims were taken to Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal.

The Hindu – Dutch accused stymies efforts at justice for murdered British tourist

Doctors term De Wit mentally unwell; lawyers say he is manipulating judiciary

Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar, 10 June 2017. The trial in the 2013 murder of 25-year-old British tourist Sarah Groves, has been stalled once again with lawyers and doctors divided on the condition of the accused, Richard De Wit from the Netherlands.

De Wit, 47, has been accused of stabbing Sarah Groves over 40 times on the intervening night of April 5- 6 in 2013 in a houseboat belonging to her boyfriend, Saeed Ahmad Shoda.

After 93 scheduled hearing the case remains inconclusive.

A team of psychiatrists, who examined De Wit on April 12 and April 15, 2013 were convinced that he was mentally unstable. The medical records, accessed by The Hindu, diagnose him with “paranoid schizophrenia with substance misuse”, “delusional disorder with substance misuse” or paranoid personality with substance misuse.

“The diagnosis is provisional and needs to be confirmed by corroborative history (from Netherlands),” the doctors said.

Courts misled

However, legal experts disagree and contend that De Wit is an extremely clever criminal who is exploiting the system to his advantage.

“De Wit is playing with the court. Many lawyers have failed to earn his confidence all these years. He bothers judges in the court. He is so particular about every detail, especially money matters. He is extraordinarily clever. He knows what he is doing,” lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, amicus curiae in the case, told The Hindu.

In his latest instance of refusal to cooperate with the courts, De Wit last week began a hunger strike and has stopped taking medicine for his psychiatric condition, seeking immediate hospitalisation at the Government Psychiatric Diseases Hospital in Srinagar.

Chequered past

According to the statement recorded by doctors after the murder, De Wit was married to a Thai woman with whom he had two children “but was unemployed and on disability benefits”. He was allegedly a member of a right-wing party in the Netherlands and elected as a councillor and served as such for three years.

“He first ran away to Switzerland then to Kenya, where he started a relationship with a Kenyan national, who after five weeks claimed that she was pregnant. But Mr Richard said he could not father a child as he was being poisoned by the Dutch government for quite some time, which had rendered him impotent,” the report said.

He later left for Tanzania and then travelled to Malawi, Mozambique, Harare, Dubai and Nepal before reaching Srinagar. His passport corroborates this time line.

Apparently delusional, he told doctors that the Dutch government “continues to monitor and follow him and engage spies from his friends and relatives to keep a watch”.

On the fourth day of his Srinagar stay, De Wit met the victim Sarah Groves for the first time on the New Beauty houseboat. “He believed she might have been a part of plot and the Dutch government might have hired her to keep an eye on him. He admitted using cannabis and heroine during the stay,” the report says.

He also insisted that he “would not be given a fair trial in his country” and would be “sentenced even if proved not guilty”.

The Dutch government has denied following him.

An online campaign for justice for the victim, run her family and friends has called into question the whole.

After the hearing on Thursday, with De Wit’s latest obstruction, the family wrote: “…there have been many occasions when the trial has been called into question and could have totally collapsed. Many times, we have said ‘Can it possibly reach a safe conclusion?’.

Along the way there have been many factors that made us think that way, Richard de Wit’s physical and mental health being one of them. Current indications, once again, must call the trial into question in its current form. The consequences for us as a family of the trial collapsing are very serious indeed.”