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UC Berkeley Free Speech Lawsuit Addressed in Court

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A lawsuit suing UC Berkeley for suppressing the students’ first amendment rights to free speech, was heard in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

The lawsuit, filed by Harmeet K. Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group on behalf of the Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans was met with a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. However, Hon. Maxine Chesney asked the plaintiffs to filed an amended complaint.

“The University never banned any speech,” the university said in court documents. “Rather, UC Berkeley instituted permissible time-place-manner restrictions to address specific and credible security threats,” says court documents filed to dismiss the lawsuit.

“Young Americas Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans welcome the opportunity provided by Judge Chesney yesterday to amend our civil rights lawsuit to address the unconstitutionality of UC Berkeley’s most recent version of its evolving campus speech policy, in addition to the many issues addressed in the original complaint,” said Dhillon in a statement.

“Since we filed our lawsuit in April, we have learned many new facts about Berkeley’s misuse of its vague, often unwritten policies to marginalize certain viewpoints and content on campus. University officials continue to muse out loud about different ways that they can place limits on student organizations bringing in outside speakers — limitations that disproportionately impact those seeking to hear conservative voices on campus,” added the statement.

The statement says that UC Berkeley defendants’ lawyers “attempted to argue at the hearing that the First Amendment rights at issue here was not well settled, and that even if there were civil rights violations – which University officials admit outside the courtroom even as their lawyers deny them in court – the University and UCPD officials sued in our clients’ complaint are immune from suit.”

An amended complaint “with additional facts and allegations to frontally challenge UC Berkeley’s continued refusal to honor well-settled First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights,” will be filed within 30 days according to the statement from Dhillon.

“We will not rest until student voices are equally free to speak and be heard on the UC Berkeley campus, regardless of their political viewpoint, or the content of their speech,” concluded the statement.

 

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

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And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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