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Retired judge to probe Hyderabad encounter, proposes Apex Court

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it proposes to appoint a retired Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the Hyderabad ‘encounter’ involving four persons allegedly accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian.

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said the court had initially asked former Supreme Court judge P.V. Reddi but he had declined to be involved in this inquiry. The apex court emphasised on an independent inquiry into the matter.

The Telangana government said it has complied with an earlier apex court judgement which laid down guidelines in encounter cases.

The apex court also asked the state to propose the name of a former judge and said it will conduct further hearing in the matter on Thursday.

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Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill 2020 passes in Rajya Sabha.

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The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday through a voice vote passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020. The bill amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010, which regulates the use and acceptance of foreign contribution by individuals and organizations. The Act prohibits foreign contribution for any activities that pose a danger to national interest.

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday and will now be sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent.

Minister of state (MoS), home affairs, Nityanand Rai moved the bill for passage in the Upper House.

During the discussion on the bill, Rai said that the FCRA is a law for national and internal security, aimed to ensure that foreign funds do not dominate the political and social discourse in India.

The minister also said that it has been proposed to make Aadhaar for Indian citizens and passports or OCI for foreigners mandatory to verify identity. The home ministry consulted UIDAI and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) before proposing the move, he added.

“Experience says that many organisations attempted to hide their identity and were successful in doing that. The reason behind this is that they had no fear because their identity was not established completely. So Aadhaar card has been brought in to establish their identity,” Rai said.

The minister pointed out that the bill provides for reduction in administrative expenses of any NGO receiving foreign funding, from 50 per cent to 20 per cent of annual funds.

The bill also proposes to enable the Center to allow an NGO or association to surrender its FCRA certificate.

 

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