It is 8th of May, and Dust Storm was what was raging last night, but the news of its intensity may have been exaggerated, but only the day will tell. Nonetheless, the temperature has dropped but not in Supreme Court and Karnataka where the impeachment and political heat has been soaring. So let us take a stock of the political weather in the country with today’s edition of the Auditorial.
THE KARNATAKA NATAK
Prime Minister Modi who has been thundering across the Southern states is on a trolling spree, but that may have caused a bit of an image setback for the Prime Minister but not if he thinks the definition of PM is what the Telegraph today says, Perpetually Mocking.
Prime Minister Modi has coined a number of names for the Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka government during his election rallies and said there was “ease of doing murders” in Karnataka and that it was a “10% government” that takes commission to do a job.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has filed a Rs 100 crore defamation case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, the party itself and its chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa for calling his government “seeda rupaiya government”
On Monday, Siddaramaiah’s lawyers sent a legal notice filing civil and criminal defamation charges against PM Modi and others, seeking “an unconditional public apology”, failing which they will have to pay him Rs 100 crore for damages.
The Karnataka Congress chief has accused the BJP and its supreme leaders of making “baseless, false and untrue remarks” against him
Veteran political observers could not recall any PM ever being served with such a legal notice. But then no PM has been that big a troll.
6th SENIOR JUDGE TO HEAR PETITION CHALLENGING VEEP DECISION ON IMPEACHMENT
A five-judge Constitution Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri will on Tuesday hear a writ petition filed by Rajya Sabha members calling Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu’s refusal to admit the motion for removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on the grounds of abuse of power and forgery an “eyewash.”
The four senior most judges — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph — are not part of the Constitution Bench. Justice Sikri is judge number six in the Supreme Court. The Bench is decided by the CJI in his administrative capacity as master of the roster.
In an intriguing comment, Justice J Chelameswar on Monday said the law that nobody will be a judge in his own cause has perhaps undergone changes “in last few months”.
The judge’s remarks came when he was told by senior advocate Kapil Sibal that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra cannot assume the role of the ‘master of roster’ when the petition seeks initiation of the impeachment proceedings against the CJI himself.
Meanwhile, another Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri adjourned a petition for contempt against Congress MPs for defaming the CJI and the Supreme Court by discussing their removal motion in public before the Chairman took a decision. The court has scheduled the case for hearing in July.
DEAD PEACOCK MAKES DELHI POLICE PATRIOTIC
Well, all that is from the political spectrum, but let us move to other interesting news, like Peacock which is back in news.
No this time it wasn’t taking out tears of reproduction, rather it was Delhi Police, not really the Scotland yard of India that was so moved by the death of the peacock that it decided to give it a state burial with tricolor and a wooden box burial, typically reserved for martyred Army personnel and national figures.
Delhi Police had rescued the peacock from a road outside the high court, but the bird later succumbed to its injuries. Police said they were simply following “protocol” as it was India’s national bird.
“We gave it a full honor and buried it with a tricolor as it is our national bird. This is the protocol and we will follow it in the future if another such peacock comes in our custody,” said an officer at the Tilak Marg police station. However, Experts TOI spoke to, however, said no such protocol existed and the activity may have been in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which states that Schedule I animals found dead were state property and a burial or cremation could only be carried out by the state forest department after a postmortem.
DEADLY TINDER DATE
And from dead peacock, we move to a deadly date night on Tinder.
When a 29-year-old man from Jaipur swiped right on the profile of a woman on Tinder, he would not have expected to end up dead days later — chopped up into pieces and stuffed in a suitcase. It all started when Dushyant Sharma created a fake profile with the name of Vivan Kohli, a Delhi resident who earned crores of rupees every month. The man was held captive by 27-year-old Priya Seth, her boyfriend and a friend at a rented flat in Bajaj Nagar last week with the motive to extort money, according to the police.
On May 2, Seth allegedly invited Sharma to her flat and asked him to pay ₹10 lakh. With the help of Dikshant Kamra (20) and Lakshya Walia (21), Seth also robbed Sharma of his ATM card after tying him up with wires and calling his father for a ransom, who did not have the amount and promised to deposit Rs 3 lakh, dismayed and trapped, the trio killed Dushyant Sharma.
AROUND THE GLOBE
REELECTIONS IN ITALY
Italy’s coalition-building talks have failed, leaving the country facing fresh elections or a neutral caretaker government until the end of the year.
President Sergio Mattarella said on Monday that those were the only two options left after the third round of negotiations were unsuccessful.
No single party or alliance won a majority in the March general election.
The most influential parties, Five Star and The League, favor a new vote in July. Mr. Mattarella has the final say.
SHOE BECOMES AN ISSUE BETWEEN JAPAN & ISRAEL
And in the last news for the day, a shoe has created an issue between the Japanese and the Israelis.
After a day of high-level meetings on May 2, the Japanese leader was treated to a festive meal at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu. It was their second time in Israel, and the visiting couple were served a top-notch meal by celebrity Israeli chef Segev Moshe.
But then came dessert. A selection of delectable chocolate pralines – artistically arranged inside a shiny leather shoe.
“There is nothing lowlier than a shoe in Japanese culture. Not only do they not wear shoes at home, you also won’t find shoes in their offices. This is disrespect of the first order.” Israel’s popular daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot wrote Monday. A Japanese diplomat, also not named by the paper, said: “There’s no culture in the world in which you put shoes on the table. What was the distinguished chef thinking? If it was humor, we don’t think it is funny; we were offended on behalf of our prime minister.”
That’s all that we have for you for today, we will be back with more stories from the storms in Judiciary and the country, the empathy of Delhi Police, death by dating and the dialogues in the natak of Karnataka. Thank you for listening, good byr from us at TAKEAPART.in