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Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Accused of Sexual Harassment April 20, 2019 15:08

India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.The 35-year-old woman has filed an affidavit alleging two instances of misconduct in October last year, shortly after Gogoi was appointed. She said her family was victimized once she refused the advances.The allegations were filed in a sworn affidavit that has been sent to Supreme Court judges. In the affidavit the married woman alleged that the misconduct occurred on 10 and 11 October at the offices in Gogoi's residence.She alleged Gogoi "hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms" and pressed his body against her. When he did not stop, she says she "was forced to push him away from me with my hands".The woman says Gogoi then told her not to mention what had happened or her family "would be greatly disturbed".She further alleged that she was transferred three times, then fired in December while her husband and brother were both suspended from their jobs.In March a resident of the city of Jhajjar filed a complaint alleging she had kept the money she had taken as a bribe to get him a job at the court.She denies the accusation and says she attended a police station with family members in March where they were subjected to abusive treatment."It now seems like the harassment, victimization, and torture will not stop unless I speak out about the origin and motive for the harassment," she alleges in the affidavit.A statement said Gogoi "totally denied" the "false and scurrilous" accusations. He has labeled them an attempt to "destabilize the judiciary". He said the woman "had no occasion to interact directly with the chief justice".The statement refers to the criminal case of bribery lodged against the woman, saying: "It appears that these false allegations are being made as a pressure tactic to somehow come out of the various proceedings which have been initiated in law."It says the employee was dismissed "as per procedure" after an incident of "inappropriate conduct".Gogoi himself addressed the issue in front of a special bench of the Supreme Court on Saturday. "I don't want to stoop so low as to answer these charges," he said. "All employees of the Supreme Court are treated respectfully by me."He added: "There are forces that are trying to destabilize the judiciary. There are bigger forces behind these allegations hurled at me."By Sowmya Sangam

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ECI Bans Yogi Adityanath, Mayawati from Campaigning for Violating Model Code of Conduct April 15, 2019 17:57

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday banned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Yogi Adityanath, and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati from election campaigning in consequence to violating the model code of conduct. Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati have been barred from campaigning for 72 hours and 48 hours respectively, starting from 6 a.m. tomorrow.The action against Yogi Adityanath was taken for his 'Ali and Bajrangbali' comment, while Mayawati has been barred from poll campaigning for seeking Muslim votes. Targeting Mayawati for her recent remarks urging the Muslim community not to split their votes, Adityanath had said: "If the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have faith in Ali, we have faith in Hanuman."Mayawati had called upon the Muslim community during the first joint rally of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Rashtriya Lok Dal at Deoband that they should not split their votes and vote for the alliance candidates to defeat the BJP. She had also said that Congress is not strong enough for a fight. Both Mayawati and Adityanath were served notices from the ECI.The ECI's action came hours after the Supreme Court pulled up the poll panel for being unsuccessful to take action against hate speeches by politicians. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said the ECI is duty-bound to take action against those who make hateful remarks and violate the model code of conduct.The Election Commission told the court that it can merely issue a notice, then an advisory and lodge a criminal complaint in the case of repeated violations. The counsel for the poll body said it was "toothless" and "powerless" against hate and religious speeches made during the election campaign.The apex court said then it was appropriate to examine the scope of powers of the poll panel which is also a constitutional body.By Sowmya Sangam

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Justice PC Ghose Takes Oath As India’s First Lokpal March 23, 2019 13:01

Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose took oath as country’s First Lokpal or anti corruption ombudsman today.President of India Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.He was selected by committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the panel also includes Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, leader of opposition in lower house, eminent Jurist.Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, 66, retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017. He was serving as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 29, 2017.Lokpal act passed in 2013, it is the authority under the law to investigate complaints against current and former prime ministers, ministers, members of Parliament, government employees, among others. Justices Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Dilip B. Bhosale, Abhilasha Kumari, Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as Judicial members of Lokpal.Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, Dinesh Kumar, Dr. Indrajeet Prasad Gautam, Mahender Singh have been appointed as non Judicial members of Lokpal.The chairperson and other members shall hold office for a term of five years or till they attain 70 years of age.By Sai Kumar

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PNB Scam: Nirav Modi Arrested In London March 20, 2019 18:37

Fugitive Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi arrested in London on Tuesday to be produced in court later today. According to the reports, “Nirav Deepak Modi, 48 (Date of Birth 24.02.71), was arrested on behalf of the Indian authorities on Tuesday in Holborn. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He is wanted in the Rs 13000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The 48-year-old billionaire businessman had fled the country last year days before the detection of the PNB scam. Reports says legal procedure of extradition of an accused takes its own time and Indian investigators, both from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), are tracking the case. Enforcement Directorate officials had said that “London court has issued an arrest warrant against Modi, the main accused in the Rs 13,000 crore PNB scam case, in response to the probe agency's request for his extradition in a money laundering case.” He is expected to be produced before a district judge in the Westminister magistrates court in London to formally be charged and later he is expected to seek bail. As the case will follow a similar pattern as that of Vijay Mallya who was arrested in April 2017 on fraud and money laundering charges but remains on bail thereafter. Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, You can run, but cannot hide from the country's #Chowkidar. As wheels of justice grind, after Vijay Mallya, fugitive Nirav Modi has been arrested in London. Clear sign that this is not the India which will allow economic offenders to loot the country & evade the long arm of law.” Reacting to news, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “They (BJP) had only helped him flee the country, now they are bringing him back. They are bringing him back for the elections, they will send him back after elections. By Sai Kumar

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Goa CM Pramod Sawant Wins Crucial Floor Test March 20, 2019 16:33

Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant wins crucial vote of confidence in state assembly after 20 MLAs voted in favor.Newly sworn Chief Minister sawant expressed confident of victory in the state assembly before the vote of confidence.The strength of 40 member state assembly reduced to 36 following the death of chief minister Manohar Parrikar, BJP MLA Francis D'Souza and resignations of two Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte. Pramod Sawant took oath as chief minister early on Tuesday and Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party sworn in as new deputy Chief Ministers. Apart from CM and deputy chief ministers and nine other took oath as ministers of cabinetBy Sai Kumar

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BSP Chief Mayawati Decides Not To Contest Lok Sabha Elections March 20, 2019 15:06

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced that she will not contest in upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections."I know I can win from any seat. All that I have to do is to file my nomination and my party workers will take care of the rest. We have a strong alliance with RLD and SP to defeat BJP. It is more important for us to win more seats than for me to win one. I had earlier resigned from Rajya Sabha to keep our movement alive, but keeping in mind the current political situation, I have decided not to contest the Lok Sabha elections,” BSP chief said in a press conference in Lucknow.Recently SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav and Janasena party (JSP) president Pawan Kalyan said that they want to see Mayawati as the next Prime Minister of India.Akhilesh yadav said that, “ Uttar Pradesh has given Prime Ministers in past and will give one this time too. I will be happy if the next Prime Minister is from Uttar Pradesh.”After BSP announced alliance with Janasena party to fight Lok Sabha as well as Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Lok Sabha polls in Telangana. JSP chief Pawan Kalyan said, “This is our wish and our ardent desire to see Mayawati ji as next PM”Earlier, BSP-SP-RLD formed an alliance in Uttar Pradesh to fight 2019 General elections in 78 parliamentary seats. And parties decided not to contest in Amethi and Raebareli.By Sai Kumar

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Election Commission Meets Officials Of Social Media Platforms March 19, 2019 18:57

ECI team led by Chief Election Commissioners Sunil Arora along with other Elections Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa held meeting with representatives of Social Media Platforms to discuss content regulation and issues related to Social Media post implementation of Model code of Conduct. ECI team led by CEC Sh Sunil Arora n ECs Sh Ashok Lavasa & Sh Sushil Chandra, holds meeting with Representatives of Social Media Platforms pic.twitter.com/bTNacqokOH — Sheyphali Sharan (@SpokespersonECI) March 19, 2019 On March 10, ECI announce the dates of Lok Sabha Elctions 2019 and model code of conduct came into effect after the announcement of the election dates.Election commission brought some new measures to conduct free and fair elections. Issues related to fake news and hate messages on social media are some of the major concerns of poll panel.Polls will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. And the results would be declared on May 23By Sai Kumar

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Anil Ambani’s RCom Pays Rs 456.77 crore Ericsson, Day Before SC Deadline March 18, 2019 19:11

According to reports, Anil Ambani Reliance Communications has paid Rs 459.77 crore to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson a day before deadline set by Supreme Court which expires on Tuesday. Last month Supreme Court held Anil Ambani gulity for contempt of court and ordered the debt-laden company to clear the dues to Ericsson within four weeks or face a three-month jail term and as per the order February 19 was last day to make payment.By Sai Kumar

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Supreme Court Asks BCCI to Reconsider Life Ban On Sreesanth March 15, 2019 12:29

Spot-fixing case: The Supreme court on Friday set aside the Board of control Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary order imposing life ban on Former Indian pacer S.Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal in 2013 season of Indian Premier League (IPL).The apex court said the disciplinary committee of the BCCI to reconsider within 3 months of quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.A bench of Supreme Court, Headed by Justice Ashik Bhushan and also comprising justice KM Joseph said that former Indian cricketer will get the opportunity to being heard by committee on quantum of punishmentThe Supreme court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court's order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.After Supreme Court order it is interesting to if BCCI revokes the life ban on former pacer. Away from the cricket field, S.Sreesanth also appeared on the Bigg Boss Season 12 and worked in few films as well.He was part of Indian World cup winning squad in 2007 T20, and 2011By Sai Kumar

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Ayodhya Land Dispute : Supreme Court Orders Mediation, Gives 8 Weeks To Complete process March 08, 2019 13:02

Supreme Court on Friday orders Mediation to settle Ayodhya land dispute in eight weeks beginning March 15. A three member panel will come up with a permanent solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. A constitution bench of the SC on Friday, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi appointed three member committee headed by Justice (Retd) Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, which will also include Art of Living founder and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and mediation expert Sriram Panchu.                      (Image source from: livelaw.in) The other judges on the bench are justices DY Chandrachud, SA Bobde, SA Nazeer and Ashok Bhushan, SC says “Mediation proceedings should be held on-camera. Mediation process will be held in Faizabad. Mediators can co-opt more on the panel if necessary. Uttar Pradesh government to provide mediators all the facilities in Faizabad. Mediators can seek further legal assistance as and when required,” ANI reported CJI Ranjan Gogoi says, "Court monitored mediation proceedings will be confidential." In the order court said that the reporting of the mediation proceedings in media will be banned. According to the reports, 14 appeals have been filed in the Top court against the 2010 Allahabad high court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. By Sai Kumar

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Bomb Blast At Bus Stand in Jammu, Atleast 18 People Injured March 07, 2019 13:05

Atleast 18 people have been injured in an powerful Grenade explosion which has taken place at the Bus Station in Jammu, Injured admitted to the Hospital Reports say several people injured in the blast that reportedly took place inside Bus Police have cordoned off the blast area as large number of people gathered around site of the blast Police speaking to media said, "It seems the grenade was lobbed from outside and it possibly rolled beneath the bus. It has caused injuries to 18 persons": Police on grenade attack at Jammu bus stand “We are working on all the leads. We are collecting evidence and we will hunt them down,"a police officer said By Sai Kumar

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Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 which violated Indian Air Space Shot Down February 27, 2019 13:10

According to reports, Pakistan Air Force aircraft F-16 which has violated Indian Air Space has been shot down. “Parachute was seen as Pakistan Air Force's F-16 was going down, condition of the pilot is unknown,” ANI reported. Early this morning Pakistan claimed that two of their aircraft undertook strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace. This was not a retaliation to continued Indian belligerence.” In a statement said, “It was non military target, avoiding human loss and collateral damage. Sole purpose being to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence.” It also said that the country had no intention to escalate the tensions “but are fully prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. That is why we undertook the action with clear warning and in broad daylight”. “If India is striking at so-called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, we also retain reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan,” the statement said. It said, “We do not wish to go to that route and wish that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues like a mature democratic nation.” -Sai Kumar

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