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Sep 05, 2023 07:21 PM IST

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India on Monday rejected a release from a group of UN experts regarding the ethnic violence in Manipur, labeling it as “unwarranted, presumptive, and misleading”. India stated that the comments made by the UN experts demonstrated a complete lack of understanding regarding the situation in the northeastern state and the measures taken by the Government of India to address it. The release, titled ‘India: UN Experts Alarmed by Continuing Abuses in Manipur,’ was issued by the Special Procedure Mandate Holders (SPMH). The experts expressed serious concerns about the perceived slow and inadequate response by the Government of India, including law enforcement, in addressing physical and sexual violence and hate speech in Manipur. They called on the government to intensify relief efforts for those affected and to promptly investigate acts of violence. The experts also raised concerns about the reported criminalisation and harassment of human rights defenders who document cases of violence. Dig deeper

Ethnic violence since May 3 has claimed over 160 lives in Manipur (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Ethnic violence since May 3 has claimed over 160 lives in Manipur (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)

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Nearly a month after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Lok Sabha membership was reinstated, a plea has been filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the validity of his return to Parliament. The plea argues that once a lawmaker loses their office due to a conviction by a court of law, they cannot rejoin as an MP until all charges are acquitted. In March of this year, Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison in a 2019 criminal defamation case, leading to his disqualification as a parliamentarian under the Representation of People Act, 1951. However, the apex court subsequently granted a stay on his conviction, which resulted in the reinstatement of his Lok Sabha membership. The current petition was submitted by a Lucknow-based advocate who seeks to quash the Lok Sabha Secretariat's notification restoring Gandhi's membership. Dig deeper

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