Ahmedabad: A court here issued fresh summons to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday directing him to appear on August 9 in a criminal defamation suit filed against him by a local BJP leader for allegedly calling Union Home Minister Amit Shah a “murder accused”. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate D S Dabhi re-issued the summons after the one issued on May 1, which was to be served through Lok Sabha Speaker as Gandhi is a Member of Parliament, was returned. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The Speaker returned the summons saying he has no locus standi in the matter, the complainant’s lawyer Prakash Patel said. The fresh summons asking Gandhi to appear on August 9 will now be served directly to the Congress leader at his residence in New Delhi. The court earlier held that prima facie there was a case of criminal defamation against Gandhi under Indian Penal Code Section (IPC) section 500. Krishnavadan Brahmbhatt, a local BJP corporator, alleged that Gandhi made the objectionable comments at an election rally in Jabalpur on April 23. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Brahmbhatt contended that Gandhi’s remark was defamatory as Shah was acquitted by a CBI court in 2015 in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Neither the high court nor the Supreme Court entertained the challenge to Shah’s acquittal, he said. “Gandhi (thus) committed an offence of defamation as per Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC,” he said. The CBI court’s January 2, 2015 order acquitting Shah got wide publicity and was well known “in all political circles including that of the Congress”, the complaint said. After Gandhi’s remark at the rally, Shah hit back at him, pointing out that he had been acquitted in the case, and questioned Congress president’s “legal knowledge”. In 2015, a special court discharged Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter cases, holding no case existed against him and that he had been implicated for political reasons. Earlier, another magistrate’s court here also issued summons to Gandhi and Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in a criminal defamation suit filed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman. Amit Shah is a director of the bank. The matter will come up for hearing on July 12 when Gandhi is likely to appear. The suit alleged that the Congress leaders falsely claimed the bank was involved in a scam to swap Rs 750 crore in scrapped notes with valid currency within five days of demonetisation in 2016. Last week Gandhi had appeared in courts in Mumbai and Patna in connection with two cases of alleged defamatory remarks against the RSS and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi respectively.
A new student trustee hopes to use her position to educate others about Indigenous culture.Ashley Cattrysse, a Grade 12 student at Waterford District High School, has been named indigenous student trustee for the Grand Erie District School Board.“I thought it would be a good idea to take the position because I have two younger brothers and I want to give them a chance to learn about their culture,” Cattrysse said on Monday afternoon.Her goal is to take what people are interested in and educate them in the Indigenous background of those interests. As an example, she explains that when gym classes play lacrosse students could be taught about where the sport originated.Cattrysse is also interested in art and plans on suggesting Indigenous art history as a subject in pre-existing art classes.The student trustees attend board meetings and provide a voice for the students they represent.Cattrysse hopes other students will feel comfortable enough to approach her with ideas she can then take to the GEDSB meetings.“I have noticed a lot of avoidance of Native history and the problems they faced. I had a project on residential schools and none of the other students knew what that was. I don’t think it’s being taught as much as it should be,” Cattrysse said while sitting in the cafeteria at WDHS.She plans on starting small with changes in her own school, with the goal of other GEDSB schools following the example.Cattrysse heard about the trustee position from her French teacher, who told her it would be a good opportunity.She is just the second student appointed as Indigenous student trustee with the GEDSB. The post was created in 2018.There are two other student trustees within the school board, one represents the north half of the board and the other represents the south.Student trustees are in the positions for the school year, usually starting in September.firstname.lastname@example.org
McEnroe added: “I think there’s a big difference, one is the age, but two the health. I think this (Djokovic’s form) isn’t a physical thing, this is more a mental thing.”The commentator also sparked controversy recently when he said that 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams would be ranked around 700 if she competed in the men’s game. BBC commentator John McEnroe surprised Wimbledon viewers when he compared Novak Djokovic with troubled golfer Tiger Woods.Speaking about Djokovic’s period of poor form, McEnroe compared the former Wimbledon champion with Woods, who in the past has had a high-profile divorce, been arrested, and suffered problems with prescription medication.McEnroe claimed Djokovic “had some off-court issues with the family,” adding: “That’s going to throw you.””If you’re distracted you’re not the same player,” he said. McEnroe, 58, said: “The person that comes to mind immediately with Novak is not a tennis player, it’s actually a golfer: Tiger Woods.”When he [Woods] had the issues with his wife and then he seemed to go completely off the rails and has never been even close to being the same player. In 2009, Woods crashed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his Florida home. Just months later he was divorced after reports of extra-martial affairs surfaced. “So we’re starting to say: ‘Wait a minute, is this possible with him [Djokovic]?'”Former world number one Djokovic has suffered with his form in the last year – after completing a career Grand Slam last year, he started to lose matches and momentum.He is married to Jelena, 31. They have a son together and she is expecting their second child. Djokovic is married to Jelena, pictured in 2015Credit: Mike Egerton/PA McEnroe is on the BBC commentary teamCredit:Karwai Tang/WireImage 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.