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QWrap: Sri Sri & Sunny Leone’s B’Day, NIA on 2008 Malegaon Blast

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Sunny Leone Shares A Birthday With Sri Sri Ravi Shankar!

Wondering what Sri Sri and Sunny have in common?

The Quint wishes them a happy birthday in its inimitable style. Cheers to Leone for helping Bollywood keep the sunny-side up and here’s hoping the Sri Sri trolls got the day off.

Malegaon Blast: NIA Gives A Clean Chit to Sadhvi Pragya

The NIA has dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya along with four others who were chargesheeted by Maharashtra ATS in 2009. Lt Col Purohit will now be booked under the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA). All charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) have been dropped.

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SC: Free Speech Not Absolute, Defamation is a Criminal Offence

The Supreme Court dismissed the batch of petitions filed by Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Subramanian Swamy against criminal defamation, upholding it as a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C Pant, while upholding the relevant sections of the Criminal Procedure Code, said defamation doesn’t have any “chilling effect on freedom of speech”.

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