QWrap: Naidu Rejects CJI’s Impeachment; Rahul Hits Out at PM Modi

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1. Naidu Rejects CJI Impeachment Notice, Congress to Move SC

The Congress on Monday lashed out at Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for rejecting an impeachment notice filed by opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and said it would move the Supreme Court to challenge the “illegal order” which had “shattered” the confidence of people.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters that Naidu's order jeopardised the country's legal system and said the government was not keen to see a probe into the case.

Naidu based his decision on the opinion of top legal and constitutional experts, including former secretary generals of Lok Sabha and other legal luminaries with whom he held extensive consultations.

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2. Country May Burn, But Modi Only Interested in Becoming PM Again: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on 23 April, Monday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the country could burn, girls may be raped and the rights of scheduled castes and minorities be under a threat, but Modi was merely interested in becoming the prime minister again.

The twin burning issues of Dalit rights and women's safety were at the centre of Gandhi's all-out attack on Modi at the launch of the Congress's "Save the Constitution" programme, as he asserted that constitutional values had been endangered under the Modi government and assured the people that his party would not let it happen.

Institutions such as the Supreme Court were being trampled and Parliament had been shut down by the government, he alleged, claiming that if he was allowed to speak for 15 minutes on a host of issues, including the Nirav Modi scam, Modi would "run away".

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3. Sabrina Lall ‘Doesn’t Object’ to Release of Her Sister’s Killer

Almost 20 years after Jessica Lall was shot dead on 30 April 1999, Sabrina, the sister of the Delhi-based model, has said that she has “no objection” to the release of the man who killed her.

Siddartha Vashishta, better known as Manu Sharma, is currently serving life imprisonment in Tihar jail for having shot dead Jessica after she refused him a drink at a party in Delhi where she was a bartender.

Sabrina made the comments in a letter to the welfare officer, Central Jail No. 2, in March, The Times of India reported.

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4. Trolled Amazon India Silent After Deleting Swara Bhasker’s Tweet

Swara Bhasker is one of those rare actors from the Hindi film industry who dares to speak her mind and raise her voice on issues that bother her. Bhasker’s open letter to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Padmaavat being a case in point. More recently, Bhasker was among the many actors who protested against the Kathua rape case on social media.

While the right wing mob on social media called for a boycott of all the actors who had protested against the Kathua rape case because it was ostensibly “anti-Hindu” and “anti-national” (because of the mention of ‘devisthan’ and ‘temple’), Bhasker came into their line of their fire after Amazon India responded to a promotional tweet by the actor.

Soon after this tweet, #BoycottAmazon and #UninstallAmazon began trending on Twitter as the right wing lobby began to threaten Amazon India via tweets like this:

Amazon India, surprisingly was quick to surrender to the trolling and deleted their response to Swara Bhasker - which was immediately claimed as a sign of “victory” by the trolls.

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5. Ancient India Was Scientific, But Mahabharata Is No Proof

The CM of Tripura is the latest in a long line of “misquoters”, people who use mythological epics to describe ancient India’s scientific prowess. Sadly, they’re grossly wrong all the time. I say it is time to call out the tradition of BS, and talk about some real achievements instead.

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