We are back just like the CBI officers that were transferred when the present Director Alok Verma was illegally removed from his post. Now he has till 31st January to do whatever he can.
Happy Birthday to Tin Tin and Good Morning to Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi.
CJI SETS ASIDE PRECEDENT TO SET UP CONSTITUTION BENCH FOR AYODHYA CASE HEARING
Yesterday, the Supreme Court registry issued a notice, informing that a five-judge bench comprising CJI Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Uday U Lalit and DY Chandrachud will be hearing the contentious case on January 10.
The decision by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to set up a Constitution Bench for deciding Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri title dispute is not only surprising, but also a first of its kind.
There is perhaps no precedent in the Supreme Court when a Constitution Bench has been set up by way of an administrative order of a CJI without there being a reference by a bench of lesser composition, or questions having been framed in the matter to show its necessity.
Justice Gogoi’s order is unique also because it has apparently nullified a judicial order in the same case whereby the prayer for a Constitution Bench had been declined by a three-judge bench.
SC REJECTS GUJARAT GOVERNMENT’S PLEA TO NOT SHARE REPORT ON FAKE ENCOUNTER DURING MODI RAJ
And there is a reason why we wished the CJI Good Morning, because yesterday the Supreme Court rejected the Gujarat government’s repeated pleas not to make public the 221-page final report of the ex-SC judge H S Bedi-headed monitoring committee that inquired into 22 alleged fake encounter killings in the state between 2002 and 2007, when Narendra Modi was the chief minister. The state government’s anxiety to prevent a controversy ahead of the general elections was reflected in its counsel Rajat Nair’s repeated and earnest requests to the court not to give a copy of the report to petitioner Javed Akhtar’s counsel Prashant Bhushan fearing he would make it public.
A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices L N Rao and S K Kaul did not agree with Nair’s submissions and ordered the registry to furnish copies of the final report of the Justice Bedi-headed monitoring committee to Bhushan as well as the state government. Nair took a last chance to keep the report away from the public by requesting the court to direct Bhushan not to share it with anyone but the bench ignored the argument.
The petitioners had alleged that most of the encounters were done by former police officer D G Vanzara and his anti-terrorism squad. Appearing for the “potential accused” purportedly named in the report, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi said that the PIL petitioners had no locus standi in a criminal proceeding and they should not be given a copy of the report as it would prejudice the accused in trial. The CJI, however, remained unmoved:
“We have not yet accepted the report. But, if the potential accused so desire, we can send the report to the trial court concerned for the initiation of the necessary proceedings against them. Is that acceptable to you? We are at present only seeking the response of petitioners and the state to the report. At this stage the potential accused have no role. Your role will arise when we consider acceptability of the report.”
Adding insult into injury, the CJI-led bench reminded the Gujarat counsel that the SC was forced to seek a report from Justice Bedi because of solicitor general Tushar Mehta’s allegation on December 12 that the report was not worthy of being accepted by the court as the former SC judge had submitted it unilaterally without getting it signed by the other members of the committee. The SG had said all 10 previous reports were signed by Justice Bedi and other members of the monitoring committee. “…We will believe a former SC judge,” CJI Gogoi said.
FUNCTIONING LIKE A CLERK AND NOT A CM SAYS HD KUMARASWAMY
And while we are on who and what to believe in this Kalyug, but if H D emotional Kumaraswamy is to be believed, then he was functioning like a clerk and not like a chief minister because of Congress’ interference in everything.
He is sad. He almost cried. Told us that the Congress was behaving like a big brother. Forcing him to sign all kinds of orders.
With the differences between the JDS and the Congress widening each day, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who is heading the coalition government, has given enough hints that the Karnataka government may not last beyond the coming Lok Sabha election.
TEARS FOR 130-YEAR-OLD CROCODILE
Real tears or crocodile tears? Its difficult to tell when it comes to Politicians crying, but given we are on Crocodile tears, this story just made sense to share with you.
On Tuesday morning, the residents of Bawamohatra,a village in Bemetra district of Chhattisgarh, gathered near the community pond and started weeping after they saw that a crocodile, called Gangaram, had died.
The over three-metre-long reptile was buried in the village after his last rites were performed by the villagers.
A forest department official estimated that the crocodile was 130 years old.
The crocodile was carried to its funeral on a tractor decorated with flowers and garlands and 500 people attended its last rites.
PAK SUPREME COURT BANS INDIAN CONTENT AND ORDERS STRINGENT MORAL GUIDELINES TO CHANNELS
Again, why I wished CJI Ranjan Gogoi a good morning because he is nothing like the chief justice of one of our neighboring nation.
Pakistan’s chief justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday made it clear that their Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani television channels as it “damages our culture”. But this is only half the news going on there.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued its warning on Tuesday, calling on channels to respect the country’s existing media guidelines and refrain from airing content that does not depict a “picture of true Pakistani society”.
“Indecent scenes/dialogues/extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, caressing, bed scenes, use of drugs and alcohol, intimate moments between couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Pakistani culture and values,” said a statement in English by PEMRA.
Sounds familiar? Hope this doesn’t happen to India in 2020 or any other year.
FOOT FETISHES TO SPOOFS: CHINA INTRODUCES NEW CENSOR GUIDELINES FOR SHORT VIDEOS
For now, lets head to more International News where Pakistan seems to be getting its gag orders from, after all they are the latest besties of South Asia, but like Jeff Bezos has shown, separation comes after 25 years of exploring love.
China released new guidelines on censoring short videos on Wednesday, prohibiting everything from foot fetishes to spoofing the national anthem, as Beijing continues to clamp down on “harmful” information. The China Netcasting Services Association, one of the country’s largest government-backed internet associations, published a detailed list of 100 types of content that short video platforms must scrub.
AUSTRALIA ARRESTS MAN WHO SENT 38 SUSPICIOUS PARCELS TO FOREIGN CONSULATES INCLUDING THE INDIAN CONSULATE
And heading over to Australia where,
Suspicious packages were sent to the Indian consulate and several other diplomatic missions in Australia yesterday, prompting Australian authorities to evacuate the facilities and launch an investigation.
The packages were delivered to at least 10 international consulates across Melbourne and the Australian police have arrested a 48 year old man who allegedly sent some 38 suspicious parcels to consulates and embassies in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.
MYSTERIOUS RADIO SIGNALS FROM DEEP SPACE DETECTED AGAIN
And before we leave you for the day, Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada.
The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown.
FRBs are short, bright flashes of radio waves, which appear to be coming from almost halfway across the Universe.
Aliens or just a very strong magnetic spin? We hope to know someday.
For now, that is all we have. Thank you for listening and Good bye from takeapart.in