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We may ask government to reconsider KM Joseph's name: CJI Misra
The petition filed by senior advocate Indira Jaising alleged that by sending back Justice Joseph's name, the Centre was interfering in the functioning of the judiciary. She specifically referred to justice Joseph's judgment quashing President's rule in Uttarakhand. Malhotra's was cleared, Joseph's was sent back for the collegium for reconsideration. The CJI was, however, aghast at the suggestion that the appointment to a constitutional post be stayed. The other members of the bench that heard the petition were Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.
Justice KM Joseph's appointment: Seniority last consideration, merit first, say experts
As far as SC is concerned, there are numerous instances where seniority has not been adhered to, said senior advocate AP Datar. He cited two instances when seniority was overlooked: Justice P Sathasivam was not even a chief justice of a high court when he was elevated to SC. Bhagwati was senior to Chandrachud but the latter was elevated as CJI first and served the longest term. The seniority rule was bypassed to get justice Misra to SC ahead of Chelameswar.
Two-Year-Old Zeejah from Pakistan gets successful heart surgery in India after ET Report
Zeejah had underwent a complex surgery in India in 2016 for a big hole in her heart but had developed complications again with catastrophic consequences if a surgery was not repeated immediately. ET had reported the matter on March 30 after her parents, Ussama Aman Khan and Sunnia Niazi of Saqiabad in Pakistan, appealed for help after applying for Indian visas in early March.
Rs 14.48 crore in cash unearthed in tax raids in 3 states
In a major crackdown on cash hoarders, the income tax department carried out searches in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Khanna in Punjab and unearthed cash amounting to Rs 14.48 crore in Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes. Cash hoarding was seen as the trigger for currency shortage at ATMs in some states last week. While banks have been instructed to ensure supply of cash in areas experiencing currency crunch, the income tax department has cracked down on currency hoarders.
Casting Couch a Time-tested Tradition, What is There to be Upset About: Shatrughan Sinha
After choreographer Saroj Khan and senior Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha says sexual favours are demanded in and given in both the entertainment and the political world. Sinha himself does not deny the existence of the casting couch. As for politics, I don't know what we can call the casting couch in politics maybe the casting-vote couch. Sinha is quick to point out - like Khan - that the casting couch is a personal choice.
Rahul's flight to Karnataka faces technical snag, Congress cries conspiracy
The Congress on Thursday hinted at intentional tampering with Congress President Rahul Gandhi's special flight to Hubli on Thursday. The flight, which took off from New Delhi around 9:20 am, faced unexpected technical errors. At around 10: 45 am the flight suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply, combined with the violent shuddering of the aircraft body. It added that a clanking sound was clearly audible from one side of the plane throughout the shuddering of the aircraft body.
Modi's personal touch to diplomacy furthers Indian interests worldwide
Even as Gujarat's chief minister, he was known for his personal style of diplomacy: His strong friendship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dates back to his days in Gandhinagar. Their interaction thus provides a new format for diplomacy at the highest level which could become the diplomatic norm in the future. That his personal style is a diplomatic asset was evident in his recent visits to the Gulf countries. The King of Jordan offered his personal helicopter for Modi's visit to Palestine.
Bombay High Court stays I-T notices to 6 Tata Trusts
The Bombay High Court on Thursday stayed the income-tax department show-cause notices to six Tata trusts, asking them why their registration, under Section 12A of the Income-Tax Act, should not be cancelled. Arguing for the Tata Trusts, Darius J Khambata submitted that the six trusts concerned themselves had surrendered their tax registrations in 2015. The matter pertains only to registrations of the Trusts under the Income Tax Act. The trusts continue to be registered with the Charity Commissioner for carrying out charitable activities.
Rahul Gandhi hints at sabotage after plane develops technical snag
The letter states that the flight, in which Rahul Gandhi was travelling from Delhi to Hubli in Karnataka, tilted heavily to its left before landing and started losing altitude. The aircraft suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dropped steeply, combined with violent shuddering of the aircraft body. The Prime Minister's Office has contacted Rahul Gandhi over the issue of his flight developing a technical snag, according to Times Now.
PAN-Aadhaar linkage does not help curb scams: Lawyer to Supreme Court
A lawyer today opposed the seeding of Aadhaar with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) for income tax in the Supreme Court, saying in no way does it help in preventing financial frauds or curb black money. Giant corporates, rather than individual players, have been the main actors in these scams. The Supreme Court did not agree with his submission that Aadhaar was voluntary and said if a person wanted to avail subsidy benefits, then he or she will have to possess the 12-digit unique identifier.
Congress known for treating judiciary unfairly: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Responding to the Congress's criticism, Prasad told reporters, The whole record of the Congress party is littered with instances of superceding judges who were found to be inconvenient. They have meted out unfair treatment to the judiciary during their rule, Prasad said. The minister said leaders of the BJP had fought for freedom of press and judiciary during the emergency. We have fought for the cause of independence of the judiciary, Congress should stop lecturing us, he said.
Congress Replicates Gujarat Model in Madhya Pradesh, May Imitate BJP's UP Formula as Well
Congress replicated its Gujarat model in Madhya Pradesh by appointing four working presidents in the state with Assembly polls due in November. Sources also claim the party could imitate BJP's formula for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls of tying up with smaller political parties as well. These leaders also offer much-needed representation to Congress party in Nimar, Malwa, Bundelkhand and Gwalior-Chambal region. Interestingly, the BSP with its sizable presence in Vindhya, Bundelkhand and Gwalior-Chambal regions could completely throw the BJP's equations out of gear.
Won't Contest Assembly or Lok Sabha Polls, Says Outgoing MP Congress Head
Soon after his unceremonious exit from the Madhya Pradesh Congress president's post, outgoing state head Arun Yadav announced on Thursday that he will not contest Assembly or Lok Sabha polls. I won't be contesting either assembly polls or the Lok sabha election, Yadav told reporters at a hurriedly convened press briefing after the party replaced him with veteran leader Kamal Nath. On Thursday, Gandhi replaced Yadav with Chhindwara MP Kamal Nath while handing reins of the campaign committee to Jyotiraditya Scindia.
From Kapil Sibal to Subramanian Swamy, who said what on Justice KM Joseph's elevation row
Malhotra will be the first woman judge to be appointed to the top post directly from the bar. In a series of tweets, the former Union finance minister questioned the delay in justice KM Joseph's elevation. Justice KM Joseph's instance is a very clear one, whose name has been stalled, which was recommended by the collegium four months ago. Sibal said that there are 410 vacancies of judges across the country out of the total approved strength of 1079 judges.
Congress Sees RSS Hand Behind PIL in Judge Loya Case
The Congress on Thursday alleged an RSS hand behind a petition in the Supreme Court pertaining to judge B H Loya's death and said it was politically motivated. They cited the case of Suraj Lolage, who filed a PIL in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on November 27, 2017 relating to the circumstances in which judge Loya died.
Contractors are hoarding high-denomination notes, says IT department
The investigation wing of the Income Tax department in Karnataka has seized Rs 10.62 crore, in all, during this poll season. The searches carried out by IT officials on several contractors from April 24 to April 26 have yielded Rs 6.76 crore in cash from four contractors in the Mysuru region. The entire amount seized was in higher denomination notes, an Income Tax department pressnote said. The cash found and seized is not reflected in the books of account maintained by the contractors.
Bengal Panchayat Polls to be Held in Single Phase on May 14, Ramzan Clash Avoided
The West Bengal State Election Commission has announced that Panchayat Polls in the state will be held in a single phase on May 14 while the counting of votes will be held on May 17. By holding the polls in a single phase, the Election Commission has been able to avoid a clash with the Holy Month of Ramzan feared by the Mamata Banerjee government. The polls were earlier supposed to be held in the three phases - on May 1, 3 and 5.
Elevation of KM Joseph may not be 'appropriate', govt explains
Joseph as a Judge of the Supreme Court at this stage does not appear to be appropriate, Prasad said in the letter to Chief Justice Dipak Misra. Prasad said in the all-India high court judges seniority list, Justice Joseph is placed at serial number 42. Prasad sent the letter the day after the government cleared the collegium's recommendation to appoint senior lawyer Indu Malhotra as SC while sending back the name of KM Joseph for reconsideration.
Multiple-tier security for Amarnath pilgrimage 2018
A multiple-tier security arrangement comprising the Army, paramilitary forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police will be put in place for the Amarnath pilgrimage starting June 28, officials said today. A multi-tier security will be put in place for the smooth conduct of the pilgrimage which attracts a few lakh pilgrims every year, an official privy to the meeting said. Around 35,000 to 40,000 troops were deployed during the Amarnath pilgrimage in 2017.
By-election in Meghalaya's Ampati to be held on May 28
By-election for Ampati, the assembly constituency of former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, will be held on May 28, state Chief Electoral Officer F R Kharkongor said today. Sangma, now Leader of Opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly, had won from two seats - Ampati and Songsak - in the February 27 assembly election. The senior Congress leader retained the Songsak seat in East Garo Hills district and vacated Ampati, from where he had been elected for six consecutive times.

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