Calcutta HC lawyers write to SC accusing senior advocate Kalyan Bandopadhyay of ‘misconduct’ as member of Bar \
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Calcutta HC lawyers write to SC accusing senior advocate Kalyan Bandopadhyay of ‘misconduct’ as member of Bar

20-Jan-2022
Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], January 20 (ANI): Calcutta High Court lawyers on Monday wrote to the Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of Calcutta HC and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanding stern visible steps against senior advocate and MP Kalyan Bandopadhyay for speaking ill about constitutional authorities like State Governor.
20-Jan-2022 National
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Prolonged suspension worse than expulsion as rights of constituents affectedMaha BJP MLAs to SC \
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Prolonged suspension worse than expulsion as rights of constituents affectedMaha BJP MLAs to SC

19-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 19 PTI Maharashtra BJP MLAs who have challenged their one-year suspension from Legislative Assembly for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer told the Supreme Court Wednesday that prolonged suspension is worse than expulsion as the rights of the constituents are affectedA three-judge bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar was informed that the duration of any disciplinary action can only extend to the end of the sessionProlonged suspension is worse than expulsion as the rights of the constituents are affected senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani appearing for one of the MLAs submittedSenior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul appearing for some MLAs said there is nothing to show that one-year expulsion was to safeguard the integrity of legislative functionsKaul argued that no plenary power can go beyond the constitution and if something suffers from illegality and substantive illegality it can never be against the constitutional spiritSenior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for a few other MLAs submitted that the one-year suspension lacks rationality and the decision is grossly irrationalYou cannot police an MLA for one year Rohatgi said adding that the decision is illegal and arbitraryThe apex court which was hearing the pleas filed by 12 BJP MLAs who have challenged their one-year suspension reserved the order on the pleas filed by them and asked the parties to file their written submissions within a weekThe apex court had on Tuesday said suspension from Legislative Assembly for one year should be linked with some purpose and there has to be an overpowering reason that the member should not be allowed to even attend the next sessionThe 12 BJP MLAs have filed petitions challenging the resolution passed by the Assembly to suspend them for one year They were suspended on July 5 last year from the Assembly after the state government had accused them of misbehaving with presiding officer Bhaskar Jadhav in the Speakers chamberThe 12 suspended members are Sanjay Kute Ashish Shelar Abhimanyu Pawar Girish Mahajan Atul Bhatkhalkar Parag Alavani Harish Pimpale Yogesh Sagar Jay Kumar Rawat Narayan Kuche Ram Satpute and Bunty BhangdiaThe motion to suspend these MLAs was moved by state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anil Parab and passed by a voice vote PTI PKS RKS RKS
19-Jan-2022 National
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Who Are The Ravidassias of Punjab? \
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Who Are The Ravidassias of Punjab?

19-Jan-2022
Voting for the Punjab Assembly elections will no longer be held on February 14. The polling date has been changed by the Election Commission to February 20. Almost all the parties from Punjab had urged the commission because 16th February is the birth anniversary of Sant Ravidas and this day means a lot to a […]
19-Jan-2022 India
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Former SC judge expresses concern on booking critics of govt for sedition \
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Former SC judge expresses concern on booking critics of govt for sedition

19-Jan-2022
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 19 (ANI): Calling for abolishing the law on sedition, former Supreme Court judge Rohinton Nariman has expressed concern on booking of people who criticized the government for sedition.
19-Jan-2022 National
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PIL on community kitchen SC takes note of submission on no starvation death in country \
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PIL on community kitchen SC takes note of submission on no starvation death in country

18-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 18 PTIThe Supreme Court on Tuesday took strong note of the Centres statement that no states have reported deaths due to starvation quipping whether it be taken as a correct statement The observations came while hearing of a PIL in which the bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana asked the Centre to prepare a model to implement the Community Kitchen scheme across the country and for providing additional food grains to states to run it During the hearing Attorney General K K Venugopal appearing for the Centre said that not a single state has shown data for starvation death Are you making a statement that there are no starvation deaths in the country nowCan we afford to take that as a correct statement said the bench which also comprised justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli It said the government cannot look at the issue of starvation deaths from the prism of what happened five years ago Venugopal said that so far as malnutrition is concerned it cannot be denied and moreover there was a newspaper report where a five-year-old in Tamil Nadu was suspected to have died due to starvation death as no food was found in his intestine in the post mortem report You cant be looking at it from the prism of what happened five years ago Are you willing to say today in this country there are no starvation deaths except for one from Tamil Nadu that is also because it is reported in some newspapers Can we afford to take that as a correct statement the bench asked The law officer said that this is what has been told by the states and the court if desired seek the details from states on starvation deaths if any The bench was hearing a PIL seeking directions to the Centre states and Union Territories UTs to formulate a scheme for community kitchens to combat hunger and malnutrition PTI SJK SJK RKS RKS
18-Jan-2022 National
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HC commutes to life imprisonment death penalty awarded to Kolhapur sisters who kidnapped killed children \
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HC commutes to life imprisonment death penalty awarded to Kolhapur sisters who kidnapped killed children

18-Jan-2022
Mumbai Jan 18 PTI The Bombay High Court on Tuesday commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence awarded to sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit who were convicted by a Kolhapur court for kidnapping 14 children and killing five of them between 1990 and 1996 A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and S V Kotwal noted that the Maharashtra and Union governments had inordinately delayed the execution of the death sentence awarded to the two women even though their mercy petition filed before the President was rejected in 2014 Such delay was the reason for commuting their death sentence to life imprisonment the High Court said noting that it showed the casual approach of the state and Union governments The bench further said that the primary reason for its decision to commute the death sentence was the dereliction of duty of the state machinery The two women who have been in custody since October 1996 had in 2014 petitioned the High Court to commute the death sentence to life term citing unreasonable delay by the state in dealing with their mercy petitions The sisters had said that such delay violated their fundamental right to life The convict women in their plea in the High Court said they had been living under the fear of death for more than 13 years from the time that the High Court and Supreme Court confirmed their death sentence The delay in deciding the mercy petitions was entirely attributable to the executive including the Maharashtra governor state government Ministry of Home Affairs and the President of India they stated On Tuesday the bench of Justices Jamdar and Kotwal said The inordinate delay in executing the death sentence even after their Shinde and Gavit mercy petition was rejected shows the casual approach of state officers The state machinery showed indifference That it took over seven years for movement of files is unacceptable Dereliction of duty of the state is the reason for commuting the death sentence it said The sessions court in Kolhapur had convicted the accused and sentenced them to death in 2001 The death sentence was confirmed by the High Court in 2004 and thereafter by the Supreme Court in 2006 The convicts approached the Governor with a mercy petition in 2008 which came to be rejected in 2012-13 After that the convicts approached the President with a mercy petition and the same was rejected in 2014 The sisters argued before the High Court that they had both suffered over 25 years in custody and had therefore invoked their fundamental right under Article 21 through the present petition The women urged the court to commute their death sentence to a life term and to also order for their release forthwith considering the 25 years already spent behind by bars by them as the life sentence already undergone Advocate Sandesh Patil appearing for the Centre argued that the mercy petition had been sent across to the President as soon as it was received from the state government and that there had been no delay The President had decided on the application within 10 months he said The High Court bench allowed the womens petition partly by commuting their death sentence to life It however refused to allow them to be released from custody stating that the two women will have to serve their life sentence till the end of their natural life considering that the crime committed by them was heinous The position of law is that an unexplained delay in disposal of mercy petitions may result in commuting the death sentence Despite this legal position only due to the casual approach of the officers of the respondent state the mercy petitions were not decided for over seven years the court said There was laxity on the part of the state officers and this is unacceptable The files did not move for over seven years even when the electronic modes were available Dereliction of duty of the officers of the state is responsible for commuting of the death sentence to life term it observed In causing such delay the state had not only breached the fundamental rights of the convicts but it had also failed the victims in case the court said We however decline to release them forthwith as the crime committed by them is heinous The brutality with which the children were murdered is beyond words to condemn The SC also dismissed their petition saying that they were a menace to the society it said while cancelling and setting aside the warrant for execution of death sentence PTI AYA ARU ARU
18-Jan-2022 National
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Pornography case SC grants protection from arrest to Poonam Pandey \
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Pornography case SC grants protection from arrest to Poonam Pandey

18-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 18 PTI The Supreme Court Tuesday granted protection from arrest to actress Poonam Pandey in porn films racket case A bench of Justices Vineet Saran and B V Nagarathna issued notice to the Maharashtra government on an appeal filed by Pandey against a Bombay High Court order rejecting her anticipatory bail Issue notice In the meanwhile no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner the bench said Pandey has been arrayed as an accused in the FIR along with actor Sherlyn Chopra The high court had rejected her anticipatory bail application on November 25 2021 In December the apex court had granted protection from arrest to Raj Kundra in connection with an FIR registered against him for allegedly distributing pornographic videos Kundra had been booked under certain Sections of the Indian Penal Code Indecent Representation of Women Prevention Act and Information Technology Act for allegedly distributing transmitting sexually explicit videos Fearing arrest Kundra first sought anticipatory bail from the sessions court but it was refused He then moved the high court claiming that he had been framed PTI PKS SA
18-Jan-2022 National
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SC lawyers receive threat calls from Sikhs for Justice, again \
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SC lawyers receive threat calls from Sikhs for Justice, again

17-Jan-2022
New Delhi [India], January 17 (ANI): Several Supreme Court lawyers once again on Monday received calls from various international numbers, allegedly from Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), that threatened the SC judges regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security breach during his visit to Punjab on January 5, 2022.
17-Jan-2022 National
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Karnataka will play major role in realising PM Modi’s dream of making India USD 5 trillion economy: CM Bommai \
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Karnataka will play major role in realising PM Modi’s dream of making India USD 5 trillion economy: CM Bommai

17-Jan-2022
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], January 17 (ANI): Stating that Karnataka through startups would make a significant contribution to the country's economy, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said that the state will play a major role in realising Prime Minister Modi's dream of making India a USD 5 Trillion economy.
17-Jan-2022 National
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Channi urges ECI to postpone Punjab assembly polls by one week \
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Channi urges ECI to postpone Punjab assembly polls by one week

15-Jan-2022
Chandigarh [India], January 15 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) urging for the Punjab Assembly election be postponed by a week.
15-Jan-2022 National
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