Alwar Lynching: Supreme Court seeks, Rajasthan Government reply on contempt plea

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra today, sought explanation from Vasundhara Raje led Rajasthan government over the issue pertaining to Akbar alias Rakbar who was attacked by alleged cow vigilantes in Ramgarh, Alwar, due to suspicion of being a cow smuggler.

A bench of  Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked the Principal Secretary of the state’s Home Department to file an affidavit on a plea seeking contempt of court proceedings against the state government.

The bench asked the Rajasthan government whether any disciplinary action has been taken against the police officers who allegedly took three hours to reach a hospital with a badly injured man accused of smuggling cows.

A dairy farmer from Haryana’s Mewat district, Rakbar was beaten up by seven people in July on suspicion of transporting two cows and their calves. The autopsy report said that he had died of shock and injuries from a “blunt weapon or object.

The bench was hearing a contempt plea filed by Tushar Gandhi and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala seeking contempt action against the Rajasthan government in the mob lynching case at alwar.

Adityanath hate speech : Supreme Court Serves notice to UP Government

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain in four weeks why Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for an alleged hate speech he gave in 2007 in Gorakhpur.

A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the government to reply as to why he should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving a hate speech in 2007,

The Allahabad High Court had upheld a decision by the Uttar Pradesh government to deny sanction to prosecute Yogi Adityanath in the case. The court has sought a response to the notice within four weeks.

In November 2008, the petition was filed by Mohammad Asad Hayat and Parvez, who said a hate speech by the chief minister had triggered the riots in which one person was killed. Parwaz was a resident of Gorakhpur and had filed an FIR in connection with the riots and Hayat was a witness in the case.

Adityanath, who then represented Gorakhpur in Lok Sabha, was arrested and also remanded to police custody for 11 days.

Dabholkar murder case: Main accused remanded in CBI custody

PUNE: The alleged main shooter arrested in the Narendra Dabholkar killing case received ‘shooting training’ at various places in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Central Bureau of Investigation told a court in Pune on Sunday.

Andure, a resident of Aurangabad, was nabbed from Pune, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson said earlier.

The entire conspiracy was hatched by Dr Virendra Tawde along with this accused and this (conspiracy) needs to be unearthed for which his custodial interrogation is needed,” the CBI counsel told the court.

He was believed to be one of the shooters who fired at Dabholkar while he was on morning walk on the Onkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013, the CBI spokesperson said.

Dr. Dabholkar’s kin have continually expressed grave reservations about the sluggish pace of the investigation and State government’s apathetic attitude towards the case.

The Bombay High Court’s recent pulling up of the agencies for their tardy progress might have spurred them to action,” commented Dr. Hamid Dabholkar the slain rationalist’s son said.

Supreme Court restored the honour of an Army veteran who was among officers led Operation Blue Star

NEW DELHI: A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bushan dismissed the appeal of the Centre against the AFT order but reduced the cost imposed on the government from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 lakh.

The top court upheld the decision of Armed Forces Tribunal setting aside the “punishment of reprimand” awarded to Major (now retd) Kunwar Ambreshwar Singh on charge of retaining certain electronic items recovered during the operation to flush out Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple Complex.

We see no merit in this appeal and the same is, accordingly, dismissed. However, we find that the costs of Rs 10 lakhs imposed upon the appellant is quite excessive. We reduce the said costs to Rs 1 lakh,” the bench said.

Singh was commissioned in the Army in 1967. As a Major in the 26 Madras Regiment in June 1984, he was posted at Jalandhar as part of the 38 Infantry Brigade and 15 Infantry Division. It was then that he was assigned the task to flush out Sikh extremists from the temple compllex in Amritsar.

Faculty cannot follow full time course while teaching: Madras High Court

CHENNAI: Acting as a faculty member, condemning the rituals of pursuing a full-time course of a teacher or professor, the Madras High Court has made it clear that the university or the concerned college can not be allowed without prior permission. .

The university/institution and the recognition authorities must ensure that no teacher/professor is permitted to do the full time course without obtaining prior permission from the University/College.

Justice S Vaidyanathan stated this in his recent order while upholding the decision of the Controller of Examinations, who nullified all exams in which a woman faculty member of S A Polytechnic College appeared.

Petitioner P Shanmughavalli submitted that she got admission for a two-year Mechanical Engineering course in Anna University for the 2014-16 academic year and got employed as a lecturer in the College, during which she applied for leave to appear for four semester examinations.

Women sentenced two months, imprisonment for filling false sexual assault case

Kolkata: A court here has sentenced a woman to two months’ imprisonment for falsely accusing a barber of sexually assaulting her eight-year-old daughter. During examination of witnesses earlier this week, the woman admitted in the court that she had levelled false charges, but did not give the reason. The judge has ordered the man’s release.

The woman had lodged a complaint at the Phoolbagan police station in June, that the barber had sexually assaulted her eight-year-old daughter while giving her a haircut.

the woman admitted in the court that she had levelled false allegations against the man under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences(POCSO) Act.

During trial before the Special judge (P) Jimut Bahan Biswas at Sealdah Court, when the mother of the child was being questioned as a witness, the woman said she had made false allegations against the man, public prosecutor Vivek Sharma said.

The Judge then initiated proceedings against the woman and sentenced her to two months in jail for bringing the false charges against the man and acquitted the man of all charges and ordered his release.

Delhi High Court declines Afghan’s man plea to direct wife kids to return with him

NEW DELHI: A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel of Delhi High Court has declined the plea of an Afghan national to direct his wife and their two children. The court also denied him visitation rights to meet his children whenever he comes to India noting that the two, aged nine and four years, have expressed their reluctance to meet him.

Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel noted that the man’s wife has obtained refugee status for herself and the two children under the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and their refugee ID cards are valid till April 12 next year.

His counsel also sought an order regarding visitation rights to the father whenever he visits India. However, as the children were not inclined to meet him, the bench said it was not possible at this stage to issue any omnibus order regarding his visitation rights and that he may seek the relief in other appropriate proceedings available to him under the law.

Stays on construction of heritage hotel in posh Lucknow locality: High Court

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court today put a stay on further construction on three plots owned by either Samajwadi Party, Janeshwar Mishra Trust or the Yadav family makes a jolt to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s plans to construct a heritage hotel in posh Vikramaditya Marg.

It also issued notices to Samajwadi Party, AkhileshYadav, his wife Dimple Yadav, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Janeshwar Mishra Trust and sought for their response by September 5.

The court directed the top authorities to photograph, within 24 hours, whether illegal constructions were going on these plots and furnish the report on the next date of hearing.

On a complaint of receiving threats after filing the petition, the court directed the principal secretary (home) and UP DGP to provide security to the petitioner, his family and the properties if so required.

Illegal construction activities are going on and without sanction of the state government or due approval of Building Plans from the Lucknow Development Authority,” the court said.

Supreme Court directs Disaster Management sub-committee, for decrease in water level at Mullaperiyar Dam

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India directed Disaster Management sub-committee of Mullaperiyar Dam to consider reducing the water level up to 139 feet from the present 142 feet. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Indu Malhotra took a serious note of the grim flood situation in Kerala and asked the sub-committee to hold an urgent meeting tomorrow morning with the Centre’s National Crisis Management Committee (NCMS).

An effort has to be made to bring down the water level of the Mullaperiyar Dam to 139 feet so that the people living downstream should not live in constant fear,” the bench said.

At least 75 people have died since August 8 after incessant rains lashed Kerala and triggered massive floods and landslides.

However, Tamil Nadu government opposed the plea with regard to bringing down the water level in the dam, saying that the inflow of water presently is over 12,000 cusec in contrast to the outflow of 5,000 cusec.

Rahul Gandhi security lapse: Madras High Court issued notice to Centre and Tamil Nadu Government

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court today issued notices to the Tamil Nadu and Central governments on a PIL seeking a judicial probe in alleged security lapses during Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Rajaji Hall here to pay homage to departed DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.

Advocate A.P. Suryaprakasam also sought a direction to the State to pay a compensation of ₹20 lakh to the families of each of those who had died on that day. He wanted compensation even to those who were injured because of alleged official failure in making proper arrangements for the people to pay their last respects.

The petitioner said the police had resorted to lathi charge on the public who came to pay tribute to the departed leader as a result of which three people died.

A Division Bench comprising justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, which heard the petition filed by advocate A P Suryaprakasam, posted the matter for further hearing on September 14.