Centre has no plans to scrap sedition law

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union government has no plans to repeal sedition law as it is needed to effectively combat anti-national, secessionist and terrorist elements, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told Rajya Sabha Wednesday. The minister made the statement in reply to a written question by TRS MP Banda Prakash who had asked if the government was mulling to scrap sedition law “which is a colonial-era law applicable on free citizens of the Republic”. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief “There is no proposal to scrap the provision under the IPC dealing with the offence of sedition. There is a need to retain the provision to effectively combat anti-national, secessionist and terrorist elements,” said Rai. The Congress, in its manifesto released before the Lok Sabha polls, had promised to remove the law on sedition from the statute, if voted to power. “Omit Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (that defines the offence of ‘sedition’) that has been misused and, in any event, has become redundant because of subsequent laws,” the manifesto had said. The BJP had criticised the Congress for making the promise.last_img read more

Warning over fake fundraising pages set up after Manchester bombing to dupe

first_imgMost people have had the best of intentions when setting up fundraising campaignsCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Greater Manchester Police and Action Fraud, the fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, have both moved to warn people about false accounts.The police force tweeted: “Please be aware of fraudulent fund raising pages on the internet.”Lydia Fairman, of The Mount, York, set up a fundraising page to help the families of the victims pay bills. She hit out at the con artists who set up the fake pages and said: “It’s appalling and a heinous crime. It’s exploiting somebody’s loss.”I hope they are investigated and they are found.”She said she has been contacted by GoFundMe and informed that anyone who set up an account for the victims of the attack will not be able to withdraw funds.They now have the option of keeping the page open or transferring the cash to an appeal set up by the Manchester Evening News, which has so far raised £1.5 million. Minute's silence in Manchester “If we spot any suspicious activity on GoFundMe we immediately suspend the campaign and contact the campaign organiser.  This has happened just a handful of times this week.” “We do this by contacting organisers, making sure they are who they say they are and that they have a clear way of getting the money to the intended recipient.”If they’re not clear on that, we’ll help them make that connection, but they won’t be able to withdraw any donations. If we can’t make that clear, the account will be suspended. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Manchester attack: Ensuring donations get to victims https://t.co/81EnfU4NIG— GoFundMeUK (@GoFundMeUK) May 25, 2017 Fake fundraising pages for the Manchester bombing are attempting to dupe well-wishers into handing over money to fraudsters, police have warned.Dozens of appeals were launched in the wake of Monday’s terror attack to support the families of the 22 people who were killed.But fundraising site GoFundMe said it has been forced to suspend two accounts over fears they are fraudulent. The company confirmed it is investigating a number of pages and has vowed to refund anyone it believes has been tricked. It is not yet clear which appeals have been affected.A spokesman for GoFundMe said: “Since the attacks on Monday, we’ve had people monitoring related campaigns around the clock.”The overwhelming majority of campaigns which have been started have been started with the very best intentions by kind people trying to do their bit for others.”In situations like this one GoFundMe engages our emergency procedure – vetting every single campaign to check that they’re safe for donors to give to.last_img read more