The Times of India – Rijiju: Will help UK deport illegal Indian migrants

Naomi Canton

London-England-UK, 13 January 2018. India has agreed to assist the UK in deporting illegal Indian immigrants while London has agreed to work to stop Kashmiri and Sikh radicals active on British soil.

Junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said here on Friday that he had “initialled” two MoUs with his UK counterparts that would be signed when PM Modi visits London in April for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

While the first MoU dealt with illegal Indian immigrants, the other related to sharing criminal records. Indian deputy high commissioner Dinesh Patnaik explained there were “some few thousand” illegal Indian immigrants in the UK.

“A few illegal migrants create a situation where legal migration becomes a political issue. The idea is to allow illegal migrants to go back so that legal migration becomes easier,” he said. “When they find somebody we will help identify them and then we will help them to go back to India,” Patnaik said.

Khalistan is no more an issue in India but some fringe groups in the UK keep creating problems.”

The UK government has assured us they would take care of such issues… and ensure anti-India activities, also by Kashmiri separatists, are not allowed in the UK,” said Rijiju, who is here on the invitation of Brandon Lewis, former immigration minister and now chairman of the Conservative Party.

Rijiju also said the UK was keen to learn from India how to counter radicalisation among Muslims. He pointed out that India had the world’s second-largest Muslim population but radicalisation was negligible because of an “effective counter-radicalisation process”.

Commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu is also in the UK for meetings with his UK counterparts and industrialists to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues, from increasing trade to encouraging British SMEs’ entry into India.

A joint event in India was being planned to bring together startups in India with UK innovation companies to find ways to work together. “They need not be physically present, they can do business with each other through the virtual world,” he said.

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The Tribune – Rare Sikh manuscripts to be just a click away soon

Literature at Sikh Reference Library being digitised, will be available online

G S Paul, Tribune News Service

Amritsar, 14 January 2018. Access to rare manuscripts, documents, articles and literature belonging to Sikh history and culture will soon be just a click away.

In its endeavour to spruce up its treasures at the Sikh Reference Library established in 1946, the SGPC is now into making its contents available online.

Nonetheless, losing hope of getting back a substantial number of other priceless documents of the Gurus’ era, which were supposedly taken into possession by the Indian Army or CBI during Operation Bluestar, the SGPC has appealed to the people to donate any such documentation related to Sikh history in their possession to enrich the library.

SGPC’s chief secretary Roop Singh said their continuous appeals bore fruit when devotees donated books, documents and rare manuscripts related to Sikhism.

“The digitisation process is under way. Till date, around 80 per cent of our prized possessions have been scanned and digitised. Our motive is to make these available online so that the devotees can access those on their mobile phones or PCs,” he said.

Though it was almost destroyed during Operation Bluestar in 1984, the library still has a mammoth collection of 25,000 books, magazines, newspapers, periodicals on Sikh religion and history, besides 600 handwritten ‘saroops’ (Guru Granth Sahib) and a repository of over 1,500 rare manuscripts, including copies of the Adi Granth, Damdami Bir (dated Bikrami 1739), a number of handwritten Hukamnamas (some bearing signatures of Sikh Gurus), and a few rare documents pertaining to India’s struggle for independence.

In 1984, it was alleged that the library’s material was confiscated by the CBI and Indian Army. While the Army authorities maintained that the library had caught fire during the exchange of fire, the SGPC claimed that the Army deliberately put the “empty library” on fire after taking the rare and invaluable material away in gunny bags.

The SGPC had pleaded with the Defence Ministry umpteen times and even approached the offices of the PM and President to recover the material, but in vain.

Roop Singh said, “Our pleas to return the literature were never heard. If it is believed that the Army or the government has those documents, little care must have been taken to preserve those. Those must have got destroyed by now,” he said.

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Outlook – Indian-Origin teen jailed in UK for trying to buy explosives to kill father who didn’t approve of white girlfriend

Randhawa paid for the bomb using crypto-currency and arranged for its delivery to an address away from his home

Birminghham-West Midlands-UK, 13 January 2018. An Indian-origin teenager has been sentenced to eight years in jail by a UK court for trying to buy explosives online to kill his conservative Sikh father who did not approve of his white girlfriend.

Gurtej Singh Randhawa was arrested in May last year after undercover officers from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) replaced a car bomb he ordered online with a harmless dummy device before it was delivered.

The 19-year-old was convicted of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at Birmingham Crown Court in November 2017 and was handed the custodial sentence by the court yesterday.

“I have no doubt that this offence was motivated by your desire to live with your girlfriend and attend university together. How the major changes in your life that you wished for were to be achieved included endangering the life of your father by setting off an explosion in his car.

This was an offence of astonishing audacity,” Justice Cheema-Grubb told Randhawa during the sentencing hearing.

“You are plainly highly intelligent and capable of determined manipulation. You told sustained lies to your girlfriend and her family about your own parents, particularly your father,” the judge noted.

Randhawa paid for the bomb using crypto-currency and arranged for its delivery to an address away from his home. His trial was told how he had ordered the device after his mother discovered he was in a relationship with a girl she disapproved of.

The court was also told that the former pupil from Wolverhampton Grammar School had accepted an offer to study medicine at Liverpool University.

Randhawa had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to import explosives but was found guilty of the more serious charge of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.

“The explosive device Randhawa sought to purchase online had the potential to cause serious damage and kill many people if he had been successful in using it,” said the NCA’s Tim Gregory.

“He was not involved in an organised crime group or linked to terrorism, but is clearly an individual who poses a significant risk to the community.

Identifying people like Randhawa, who seek to access illegal firearms and weapons, is a priority for the NCA and we will not stop in our efforts to make sure they are arrested and held accountable for their actions,” he said.

Randhawa had tried to buy a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), a remote-detonated explosive device, from the so-called dark web of hidden sites on the internet.

NCA officers replaced the package with a dummy and allowed it to be delivered to the address in Wolverhampton provided by Randhawa and watched him test it before swooping in to arrest him.

Two women, aged 45 and 18, were also arrested at the same time by the NCA Armed Operations Unit but were later released with no further action. (PTI)

The Hindu – All eyes on Ranjan Gogoi, next in line

Legal Correspondent

New Delhi-India, 13 January 2018. He is the third senior-most judge after C J I Misra, but Chelameswar, second in seniority, will retire soon.

Of the four senior-most Supreme Court judges who publicly accused Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra of selectively assigning nationally important cases to his preferred judges, the most notable is Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Justice Gogoi, who barely spoke during the press conference held by the four judges, stepped up at the end to firmly say that they had come to pay a debt to the nation. It was he who confirmed that the assignment of a petition on the death of Judge Loya was the immediate cause of the press conference.

Succession issues

Justice Gogoi is the third senior-most judge after Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Though Justice Chelameswar, who led the four-judge press conference, is senior to Justice Gogoi, the former is scheduled to retire on June 22, 2018.

Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph would also retire in the course of this year, Justice Kurian on November 29, 2018 and Justice Lokur on December 30, 2018.

The procedure of succession is triggered by a letter of recommendation by the current Chief Justice to the government, naming his successor. The letter is the starting point of succession.

The government proceeds further on the basis of this letter. So, Chief Justice Misra, who is retiring on October 2 this year, is supposed to recommend Justice Gogoi’s name as his successor.

This is done well in advance of the date of retirement of the incumbent Chief Justice of India so that the government would get enough time to proceed with the formalities and get the assent of the President.

The succession or the line of Chief Justices is decided on the basis of seniority from the time of their appointment to the Supreme Court.

Darkest chapters

The darkest chapters of the Supreme Court’s history were written when Justice H S Khanna was superseded by Justice M H Beg following his historic dissent in the ADM Jabalpur case, where he stood up for the fundamental right to life and due process of law during the Emergency period.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi superseded Justice Khanna in 1977 despite the fact that he was the then senior-most judge in the Supreme Court and a natural choice to be the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Khanna chose to retire immediately.

On an earlier occasion, in 1973, following the Kesavananda Bharati judgment, which toppled Ms Gandhi’s Constitutional amendments to give Parliament supremacy over the judiciary and introduced the basic structure doctrine, three senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, Justices J M Shelat, A N Grover and K S Hegde, resigned after the government superseded them to appoint Justice A N Ray as CJI to succeed then CJI S M Sikri.

The supersession was considered a serious attack on judicial independence and often called the “blackest day in Indian democracy”.

In 2004, a majority of the judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court went on a day’s mass leave following differences with their then Chief Justice B K Roy. The situation was ironed out by a judicial delegation from the Supreme Court.