Sedition case against Amnesty fizzles out

IN Media Watch Briefs | 16/07/2017

Eleven months after booking Amnesty International, India representatives for sedition  following an event in the city, the Bengaluru City Police have filed a B report in the case  for want of evidence to make the charge, reports the Hindu. The case had been booked following an event in the city in August last year, based on a complaint by members of the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).             

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This Nirav Modi profile in The Hindu on the "silent" diamond trader "who now faces a bleak future" reads like a fluff piece on a man who is at the centre of a massive scam. Based on what the writer says could be the last interview he gave (in November 2017) to the Indian media, it describes his youth, the rapid expansion of his business, the price his range of jewellery begins at, and how he designs every single piece of jewellery that he sells. 'Bleak' is surely an understatement for the future he now faces.    

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