News Updates[Babri Masjid Demolition Trial] ‘I Took Part in The Campaign with Full Devotion for Lord Ram’: Uma Bharti Tells Spl. Court Press Trust of India3 July 2020 9:48 PMShare This – xSenior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Thursday appeared in person before a special court here conducting trial in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case, accusing the then Congress-led central government of framing her due to political vendetta. Bharti alleged that the then central government got an FIR lodged against her and others in the demolition case in order to fulfil its political intentions,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSenior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Thursday appeared in person before a special court here conducting trial in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case, accusing the then Congress-led central government of framing her due to political vendetta. Bharti alleged that the then central government got an FIR lodged against her and others in the demolition case in order to fulfil its political intentions, and on the basis of fabricated evidence they were falsely implicated under political pressure.Rebutting the evidence produced by the prosecuting agency, CBI, she said that the witnesses deposed against her due to political enmity.Bharti was deposing before special CBI judge SK Yadav under section 313 of the CrPC. Under these proceedings, the trial court enables the accused to plead for his or her innocence and rebut prosecution evidence.She said that she would produce her defense evidence. In this case, there are 32 accused.Calling herself a “Ram Bhakt”, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti asserted that she took part in the (Ram Mandir) campaign with full faith and with a feeling of devotion towards Lord Ram.Bharti said, “As far as we are concerned, I am a Ram Bhakt (a devotee of Lord Ram). Everyone has faith in Lord Ram, and I too have faith in Him. I took part in the campaign with full devotion and with a feeling of devotion for Lord Ram. And, for this, I will always consider myself ‘gauravshaali’ (fortunate). I will always be proud that I took part in this campaign.” Bharti added that she was a second-time MP when she took part in the temple campaign.She also asserted, “I will be satisfied and proud over the fact that my life is ready for Ganga, tiranaga (tricolour), gau (cow), gareeb (poor), naari (women) and Ram.” The special CBI court is currently recording the statements of 32 accused under CrPC section 313 (court’s power to examine the accused), a stage in the trial that follows the examination of prosecution witnesses.As the senior BJP leader came out of the court, she said, “I consider the law of India as Vedas, the court as the temple and the judge as a form of God. Whatever, I said before him, I cannot comment on it, because judgment on those things is yet to come. Hence, whatever case is going on inside (the court), on those statements, I have nothing to say anything.” “But, I would definitely say that this battle continued for a long time — 500 years. I doubt that there will be any such campaign in the entire world, which lasted for 5 centuries, and in those 5 centuries it only intensified. And eventually, the judgement of the Supreme Court came. The way in which the judgement was welcomed by the people of India, it brightened the country’s image in the world. As far as India is concerned, it is assumed that religious divide prevails here. But, the unity, which was seen after the judgment of the apex court it established a tradition of pride for India,” Uma Bharti said. “The grand culmination of Ayodhya case through the judgement of the Supreme Court, the 500-year-old campaign and acceptance of the judgement by the people is overwhelming, and a matter of pride for us,” she added.The 61-year-old saffron clad BJP leader is the 19th accused to depose before the court in the over 27-year-old case. Thirteen other accused, including former deputy prime minister LK Advani and senior BJP leaders MM Joshi and Kalyan Singh are yet to be examined at this stage. Their lawyers have indicated to the CBI court that they prefer to appear through video conference. The mosque in Ayodhya was demolished in December 1992 by ”kar sevaks” who claimed that an ancient Ram temple had stood on the same site. The CBI court is conducting day-to-day hearings to complete the trial by August 31, as directed by the Supreme Court.Next Story
FILE PHOTO: Anthony Joshua to have a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.New York, United States | AFP | Anthony Joshua will attempt to reclaim his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. before the end of year after activating a rematch clause in his contract, promoter Eddie Hearn said Tuesday.In a brief post on Twitter, Hearn said Joshua had opted for an immediate rematch against Ruiz Jr, who shocked the boxing world with a seventh-round knockout of the British fighter on Saturday.“After meetings with AJ, (trainer) Rob (McCracken) and the management team in NY, we have today triggered the contracted rematch clause with Andy Ruiz Jnr,” Hearn wrote. “The fight will take place in Nov/Dec at a venue to be confirmed shortly.”Ruiz Jr. pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division at Madison Square Garden on Saturday with his sensational stoppage of Joshua, the previously unbeaten WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion.The 29-year-old Ruiz started the fight as a massive 32-1 underdog but floored Joshua four times on his way to a win which upended the heavyweight division.While Hearn has indicated the rematch is likely to take place in Britain, where Joshua regularly sells out large-capacity venues, some reports have indicated it may yet take place in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. “If AJ bounces back and defeats Ruiz in a rematch, he’s a bigger star than he was prior to [Saturday] night,” Hearn said. “The rematch is so important to his career, we went to Ruiz’s country so I expect the next one to take place in the UK,” he added.Joshua meanwhile has dismissed suggestions he may require a warm-up fight to prepare himself for a Ruiz rematch.“What’s a warm-up fight?” he told British reporters after Saturday’s defeat.“I’m down to scrap. No warm-up. That’d be stupid. No way.”Share on: WhatsApp
By Natalie B. Anzarouth |RED BANK – The first time Judy and Bill Fraser saw the Scooter Dudes open-air vehicles buzzing around town this summer, they thought it looked like fun.They flagged down Tom Anderson, a Scooter Dude driver, on the corner of Broad and White streets and jumped on board.“We walk in Red Bank all the time. But I said to Bill, let’s do it. Let’s take this right now,” Judy said. The Frasers said they liked the music played during the ride, the reaction from pedestrians and the banter with the driver, who pointed out different shops and hot spots along the way.The Scooter Dudes transport service was started by Marc Feaster, a resident of Shrewsbury, who got the idea after he visited the University of Mississippi in 2017. He saw students being transported around campus on vehicles that looked like mini-shuttles.“Kids were using them instead of Uber because they could fit six people. It seemed like a cool idea,” he said.Knowing that scarcity of parking in Red Bank has been an issue, Feaster wondered if there might be an opportunity to offer a service. But when Feaster returned home, he couldn’t remember the name of the company. He asked his kids. One jokingly said, “I don’t know. The Scooter Dudes.” Feaster knew he had a name people could remember.The vehicles, which operate on 100 per- cent electricity, are technically called eTuks and are street legal. They have three wheels and can seat up to six passengers. They’re equipped with seatbelts, wireless Bluetooth speakers where customers can choose to play their own music, vinyl wrap closures for rain or colder weather, and even heated seats. The eTuks have a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour and are summoned by a user’s text message.Feaster purchased two limo models and started his first route in Red Bank, turning heads as he hit the major entertainment venues and gathering spots in the downtown.Then he expanded to Asbury Park. “They have the same issues. There’s nowhere to park.” The Asbury Park Jitney Route operates Thursday through Saturday, from 6 p.m. to midnight, with a more extensive schedule in the summertime. Fares are a flat rate of $2.50 per person in Red Bank and $3 per person in Asbury Park. Children under 10 are free. Scooter Dudes currently employs eight part-time drivers.A Highlands service is next, said Feaster, who is confident the business can grow. “It’s kind of a breakeven thing right now,” he said. With less comfortable weather coming, “I think it will continue to pick up. We’re expecting it to be really busy again,” he said. To supplement revenue, Feaster also sells advertising spots on LED panels on the back of the vehicle. “It’s really, really cool looking,” he noted.The Frasers saw the unusual vehicle and took a ride out of curiosity. Photo by Natalie B. AnzarouthWhile the company primarily operates through text messages to a dispatcher, a mobile app is in the works for release in mid-October. But there’s something to be said about the old-fashioned point-of-sale model. Just ask Diendre and Fred Levine of Holmdel, who tried to get an Uber to pick them up from the Galleria complex in Red Bank, but found they didn’t have phone service. When they saw the Scooter Dudes drive up, they jumped at the opportunity to take a ride to Catch 19 restaurant on Broad Street.The Levines have moved here from New York City, where alternative transportation such as Citi Bikes have become the norm. “I felt like I was back in Manhattan for a second,” Diendre said, adding she would use the service again. “It was direct, easy and it was perfect timing,” she said.In addition to serving the borough, Scooter Dudes also provides wedding parties with on-site transportation for venues that require long distances between halls, as well as brewery tours. Brewery tours run from $50-$60 per person, and include samplings and education from the brew master specific to that tour, and can be found online at scootdudes.com.This article was first published in the Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.