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# SC says it is ready to go live, Centre moots a TV channel
This will be an extension of the open court system, says Chief Justice Misra
The Supreme Court said on Monday that it is ready to go live on camera while the government mooted a separate TV channel for live-streaming court proceedings.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said a livestream is only an extension of the ‘open court’ system, where the public can walk in and watch court proceedings. However, with court proceedings beamed live on air, litigants, law students and the public can watch them as they happen.
Spared from travel
Chief Justice Misra said a livestream would help litigants follow the proceedings in their case and also assess their lawyers’ performance. People from far-flung States such as Tamil Nadu and Kerala do not have to travel all the way to the national capital for a day’s hearing.
Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal proposed a dedicated channel like the Rajya Sabha TV and the Lok Sabha TV for the Supreme Court. He agreed that a livestream would keep a check on lawyers’ conduct inside the courtrooms. With the entire country watching them, there would be fewer interruptions, raised voices and adjournments from the lawyers. Mr. Venugopal compared the scene inside the courtroom to the sober atmosphere in the British courts, where proceedings are live-streamed.
He, however, expressed reservations about live-streaming cases involving national security concerns, matrimonial disputes and rape cases. A public viewing of marital dispute and rape case proceedings would seriously affect justice and amount to a violation of the fundamental right to privacy.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who filed the petition in the court in person, cautioned that agreements with broadcasters should be on a non-commercial basis. No one should profit from the arrangement. She also submitted that there should be no unauthorised reproduction. The Bench asked Mr. Venugopal to address it on the issue of framing guidelines for live-streaming proceedings. The next hearing is scheduled for July 23.
Ms. Jaising said citizens have the right to information and matters of constitutional and national importance can be live-streamed. If livestream of the top court’s proceedings is not possible, alternatively the video recording should be allowed, she argued.
“This writ petition is filed as pro bono for enforcement of public interest, to advance the rule of law and to bring accessibility and transparency in the administration of justice,” her plea said.
# IISc, IIT-D chosen for special grants
Institutions of Eminence list released
Six higher education institutions, including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, the Indian Institutes of Technology at Mumbai and Delhi, and the proposed Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, have been named Institutions of Eminence (IoE) by the Centre.
The Jio Institute in Maharashtra — which has been chosen in the greenfield category — is among three private institutions to be granted the status; the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and BITS, Pilani, being the other two.
An empowered committee, under former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami, recommended these institutions.
Mr. Gopalaswami told The Hindu that the greenfield category institutions will be issued letters of intent for three years within which they have to commence academic operations for the notification declaring them IoE to be issued. If they fail, he said, the committee can recommend cancellation of the IoE status. This sets them apart from other institutions. He added that institutions not given the IoE status in this round could apply again till the committee finalised 10 public and 10 private institutions.
# Gangster shot dead in Uttar Pradesh jail
He was facing over 40 murder cases
Gangster Prem Prakash Singh, alias Munna Bajrangi, was shot dead in the Baghpat district jail in Uttar Pradesh early on Monday.
A week ago, his wife Seema Singh had addressed a press meet, accusing the Special Task Force of the U.P. police of hatching a conspiracy to murder him, his advocate Vikas Shrivastava said.
Bajrangi, an accused in the murder of former BJP MLA from Mohammadabad, Krishnanand Rai, was facing over 40 murder cases.
Judicial probe ordered
The State government suspended the jailor, the deputy jailor, the warden and the head warden, and ordered a judicial probe.
# Tamil Nadu finally set to get Lokayukta
House adopts law on anti-graft body
A day before the expiry of the Supreme Court-set deadline of July 10 for establishing the Lokayukta in the State, the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday adopted a legislation for constituting the anti-corruption panel. The Opposition, comprising the DMK, the Congress and the IUML, staged a walkout after a bid to get the Lokayukta Bill referred to a select committee of the House failed. Anti-corruption activists too opposed the Bill in its current form, saying it had several flaws.
The proposed Lokayukta, comprising a chairperson and four members, would be empowered to inquire into complaints of corruption by public servants and recommend departmental action against them.
According to the Bill, which was moved by Personnel and Administrative Reforms Minister D. Jayakumar, the Lokayukta would have all the powers of a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, and would have jurisdiction over all MLAs, former MLAs, Ministers, former Ministers and all public servants defined in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
On receipt of a complaint, the Lokayukta would initially decide whether to proceed with the matter and eventually order a preliminary inquiry.
# ‘Cong. will go into poll mode from Oct. 2’
‘Will collect minimum Rs. 1 from each house as party fund’
The Congress party would go into the election mode from October 2 with its rank and file going on a door-to-door campaign and collecting funds from the public and the cadre, former Chief Minister of Kerala and AICC general secretary incharge of Andhra Pradesh Oommen Chandy indicated here on Monday.
Mr. Chandy began an Assembly constituency-wise review meeting in Krishna district here. He would conduct the meetings with leaders of the 13 districts over 14 days spending one day for each district and two days for Visakhapatnam in three visits till June 28.
Addressing the media after reviewing the seven constituencies in the district, Mr. Chandy said a pamphlet would be given to every household with the ideology, achievements and plans of the party. The leaders and workers would collect one rupee as party fund from every household. Any amount would be accepted but the minimum was one rupee. The party would constitute 44,000 booth committees.
The party was committed to getting the Special Category Status (SCS). At its plenary, it made a political resolution to fight for it. AICC president Rahul Gandhi said the SCS would be the first order to be signed once the Congress comes to power, he said.
# Pourakarmika ends life
He wasn’t paid salary for a year: Family
A pourakarmika ended his life on Sunday evening, allegedly over non-payment of wages for a year.
S. Subramani, 38, was working as a sweeper in Dattatreya Temple Ward. His family alleged that he took the extreme step as he was unable to pay the school fees of his two children.
The family produced two petitions reportedly found on his person on Sunday, both addressed to KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao, who is also the local MLA.
In one, he complained that the BBMP had not paid him wages for the past seven months, and in the other, he accused a contractor, under whom he had worked, of cheating him of five months wages, as well as ESI and PF. “He had worked without salary for over a year, first under a contractor and later under the BBMP direct payment scheme from January 2018. He was running from pillar to post to get his salary to make ends meet,” said Kavita, his wife, who works as a domestic help.
# Don’t exceed 50% quota in gram panchayats: HC
‘Exceptions are given only to STs’
The Hyderabad High Court on Monday passed an interim order directing Telangana state to ensure that reservations in gram panchayats (GPs) do not exceed 50% as per an earlier directive issued by the Supreme Court.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan delivered the order, after hearing two writ petitions related to reservations in gram panchayats and other local bodies. Petitioners A. Gopal Reddy and V. Swapna Reddy, from Nagarkurnool and Sangareddy districts respectively, contended that provisions relating to reservations in Telangana Panchayat Raj Act-2018 were contrary to direction given by the Apex Court earlier.
They sought the High Court to set aside the recently issued GO No. 396 and provide reservations as laid down in the Supreme Court’s earlier directive. Having presented his arguments in the last hearing, counsel for the petitioners Vedula Srinivas said on Monday that the GO results in more than 50% reservations to the BCs, SCs and the STs. Special Government Pleader Sanjeev Kumar observed that the TS government was aware of the SC direction but it provided reservations of 34% to the BCs since their percentage in total population was high compared to other States.
Intervening at this stage, the bench observed that whatever be the reasons for the government’s decision, it could not breach the Supreme Court’s directive in the matter. The bench explained that the Apex Court had given exceptions to the ceiling of 50% reservations only to the STs in Scheduled Areas.
# No review, Delhi bus rapists told
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea of three of the four convicts in the Delhi bus rape case to review its May 2017 judgment confirming their death penalty.
Mukesh, 29, Pawan Gupta, 22, Vinay Sharma, 23, and Akshay Kumar Singh, 31, were sentenced to death for the gang-rape of the 23-year-old paramedic in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012.
A Special Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices R. Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the plea of Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma to commute their death sentence on the grounds that they were not properly represented by lawyers during the trial, and vital pieces of evidence in their favour were not brought before the court.
The same Bench on May 5, 2017, upheld the verdict of the Delhi High Court and the trial court awarding the capital punishment.
# Engineering fee hike back at 8%
In a volte-face, the State government, on Monday, reverted to the 8% fee hike [from last year] for engineering courses from the 10% hike announced last week, for the 2018-19 academic year. This decision was taken after a meeting between Higher Education Department officials and private engineering college managements on Monday.
# Preventing pollution of Noyyal river
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced in the Assembly on Monday that a sum of Rs. 150 crore would be earmarked for preventing pollution of Noyyal river within Tirupur Corporation limits.
The river was polluted primarily due to effluents discharged by industrial units and residential houses in Tirupur Corporation, he said.
# Shift Kathua accused to Gurdaspur jail: SC
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the transfer of the accused in the Kathua gang-rape case from Kathua Jail to Gurdaspur District Jail.
Source:- The Hindu