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News18 Afternoon Digest: NSA Charges Against Dr Kafeel Khan Dropped, State Funeral Pranab Mukherjee Today and Other Top Stories

File photo of Dr Kafeel Khan who was arrested for allegedly making provocative speeches at AMU.

File photo of Dr Kafeel Khan who was arrested for allegedly making provocative speeches at AMU.

These are the top stories we are covering right now: Dr Kafeel Khan set for 'immediate release' as Allahabad HC orders dropping of NSA charges; GDP numbers may get revised further downward due to challenges in data collection during lockdown; and NIA says found nothing to suggest Pinarayi Vijayan's involvement in gold smuggling scam.

Dr Kafeel Khan Set for ‘Immediate Release’ as Allahabad HC Orders Dropping of NSA Charges

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Dr Kafeel Khan and revoked the charges against him under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) that were invoked earlier this year over an alleged inflammatory speech by him against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Khan was arrested in January for delivering the speech at Aligarh Muslim University on December 10, 2019. The NSA charges were invoked against him on February 13, 2020, on the orders of the Aligarh District Magistrate. READ MORE

State Funeral for Former President Pranab Mukherjee Today, PM Modi Pays Last Respects

Pranab Mukherjee’s funeral will take place today with full military honours. The former President, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery. He was 84. The government and many states have announced seven-day official mourning. Pranab Mukherjee’s body has been taken to his official home in Delhi, 10 Rajaji Marg, for people to pay their last respects. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his residence and paid their last respects. LIVE UPDATES

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No Evidence to Implicate CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala Gold Smuggling Scam, Say NIA Officials

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Rhea Chakraborty’s Parents at CBI Office for Questioning in Sushant Singh Death Case

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