It is 20th April 2018, and the week is coming close. PM Modi was in the UK that’s no news to you, but his charisma made it so hot that the UK experienced the hottest April day since after India’s independence. If you doubt that’s true, keep it to your self or you could file a PIL and chances are in all likeliness there will be a probe. Making public political and political public, we start with the last auditorial for this week.
DIYA TALE ANDHERA
“The true face of the petition is seldom unraveled. It’s a serious concern as frivolous PILs detract court’s time from hearing genuine petitions of personal liberty.”
The Supreme Court commented while refusing to order a probe into allegations of murder of CBI Special Judge Loya, who apparently died of a heart attack. And now we won’t ever know if its true or not, because SC thinks it’s for settling political scores and denounced the practice of PIL as frivolous. Some other PILs where the SC has not only issued notices heard arguments at length and also passed interim orders in a few are;
- Bring back Kohinoor
- National Anthem before movies
- Ban Santa-Banta Jokes
- Criminalise porn watching
- Mandatory Yoga
and obviously, the same court never saw politics in making Hadiyas marriage “Love Jihaad”
The dictum is not about justice being done but about it being seen to be done. In this case, the judgment raises more doubts than bringing it to closure. The inquiry would have been evidence-based rather than on the testimony (without affidavit) of the four judicial officers. And the matter would have come to rest.
In Hindi there is an apt idiom, Diya tale andhera or “Just below the lantern – lies the darkness”.
OPPOSITION MOVES AHEAD WITH CJI IMPEACHMENT
And from Diyas lets move to Dipak, yes we mean the CJI, Dipak Misra and the other Four Judges who warned us about the impending death of democracy at the hands of the judiciary itself.
Opposition parties led by the Congress will take a final call Friday on the proposal to move an impeachment motion in Parliament against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Sources in Congress told the Indian Express that in all likelihood the decision would be in favor of submitting the impeachment motion.
The Congress’ Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has also sought a meeting with Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, on Friday, 20 April. Azad had played a central role in collecting signatures of MPs from several parties, including the Congress, CPM, CPI, NCP, SP and the BSP.
The Opposition, one of the four leaders said on condition of anonymity, has collected 67 signatures of RS members for the motion which it may submit to Naidu.
LIQUOR & CASH FLOWING IN KARNATAKA
From Judgeless to Cashless India, that success of Demonetisation and Digital India that has eliminated black money and all elections are now fair. Obviously not.
While the countrymen are sweating in bank lines that’ll make Siachen chill seem pleasant a report by News18 states, In the 20 days since the model code of conduct kicked in, Karnataka has seen twice the amount of cash being seized across the state compared to what was seized during the entire period of the model code of conduct in the 2013 Assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Where is the cash going? Amongst other things for expanding the cabinet, not ministerial but the liquor cabinet In 2013-with a 50 day period of model of conduct 67,000 litres of liquor was seized, in 2014 General Elections with a 72 day period, 44,000 litres was seized and this Karnataka Election which still has 26 days to go before code of conduct ends, the litres of liquor seized will put Mallyas old breweries to shame, the number is over 1.92 lakh litres that has been seized from different parts of Karnataka. And to top it, in the last 20 days the cash seized amounts to Rs 34 crore only.
ARMY TRIMS ITS PURCHASE PLANS FOR LACK OF FUND
And given we mentioned Siachen earlier we aren’t anti-national. We wouldn’t want the army to hold guns at us, that’s if they can afford the ammunition or the guns. While banks have no cash, the army has no funds.
Suffering from a shortage of funds due to limited allocation in the defense Budget, the army has identified certain types of expensive ammunition and spares which it will not be procuring even though their stocks would not be sufficient for even 10 days of the war. Taken along with other measures to save funds, this will still leave the army with an estimated shortfall of 15-25 percent in critical ammunition.
This issue has been deliberated at the ongoing Army Commanders Conference, chaired by Army chief General Bipin Rawat. Sources told The Indian Express that the conference is likely to accept the proposal that stocks of certain types of critical ammunition, which include Smerch rockets, Konkurs missiles, tank ammunition (APFSDS, Smoke) and influence mines, will have to be less than those needed for 10 days of war fighting.
IMF CHIEF NAMES PM MODI AND SAYS SHE IS REVOLTED
Before we head to our International news, a pit-stop about Prime Minister Modi and his trip abroad.
Some groups protesting against atrocities in India during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in the UK turned violent after a tricolor was torn down from one of the official flagpoles set up for all 53 Commonwealth countries. They were joined by other protestors carrying images the eight-year-old rape victim from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and Gauri Lankesh, the Indian journalist who was shot at her doorstep last year.
Meanwhile, the relatively remarkable moment occurred at the IMF yesterday, in context of official Indian indifference to gang rape, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday called out Indian PM Modi by name.
“What has happened (in India) is just revolting. I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi, pay more attention because it is needed for the women of India,”
However, the IMF chief clarified that it was her personal view and not that of the organization as a whole.
“By the way, this is not an IMF official position. It is my position,” PTI quoted Lagarde as saying.
This happens to be the second time in four months that Lagarde has asked PM Modi to improve the conditions for women in the country.
And onto our International news,
NORTH KOREA PROMISES COMPLETE DENUCLEARISATION
Where North Korea has expressed a desire for the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of US troops, the South Korean president has said.
The concession comes as President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday he’d be willing to leave a highly anticipated summit meeting with Kim should it fall short of his expectations.
SWAZILAND CHANGES ITS NAME TO eSWATINI
The king of Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, has announced that his country has changed its name to the Kingdom of eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule.
That’s all that we have for you for today. We will be back on Monday with plays of public & political, light and darkness, Cashless, fundless and name changing behavior and also if Maya Kodnani will also be acqutted. Thank you for listening. Goodbye from Takeapart.in