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Lawyers’ associations slam Rajya Sabha MP and senior advocate Kapil Sibal for his controversial statement. Two advocates write to the AG seeking contempt of court proceedings.



Bar Council of India (BCI), All India Bar Association (AIBA) and certain senior advocates on Monday showed displeasure with Rajya Sabha MP and senior advocate Kapil Sibal over his remarks against the Supreme Court and Judiciary.

Senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Jethmalani told ANI, “He must be speaking for small group of people who expect the Supreme Court to give decisions as per them. He is a senior lawyer, I am surprised he made such remarks. Judgements can be criticised but institutions should not be denigrated.” He added, “One can have ideological differences, but one should hold the institution in high esteem, that is a duty being a lawyer and a parliamentarian.”

Senior advocate Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman, BCI told ANI, “It is very unfortunate that Sibal has passed such a remark. He is a stalwart in the legal field and also a former Law Minister. Losing two to three important cases doesn’t mean, one has the right to target the judiciary. Judiciary is a free and independent institution. It should not be attacked. If you are taking weak cases and later lose them in Court of law, you can’t blame judges and judiciary.”

In an event, Sibal had expressed his dissatisfaction over some of the recent judgements passed by the Supreme Court. He said, “If you think you will get relief from Supreme Court, you are hugely mistaken. And I am saying this after completing 50 years of practising in the Supreme Court. Even if a landmark judgement is passed by the apex court, it hardly ever changes the ground reality.”

Sibal criticised the Supreme Court for dismissing the plea filed by Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging the clean chit given by the SIT to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several others in the 2002 Gujarat riots; upholding the provisions of the PMLA which give vast powers to the ED; and dismissing a plea filed in 2009 seeking an independent probe into alleged incidents of extra-judicial killings of 17 tribals by security forces during anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile, the AIBA through a press statement has termed statement of Sibal as “contemptuous” lamenting that he has lost hope in the Indian judiciary. Dr Adish C. Aggarwala, senior advocate and chairman of AIBA said, “Courts decide cases by applying the law to the facts presented by cases before them. They owe allegiance to the Constitution and none else.”

Senior advocate Dr Aggarwala said, “Criminal cases which were instituted by the then Governments as a political witch-hunt, where detailed investigations have been carried out but failed to disclose any evidence, had to be given a burial and if that has happened, no fault can be found with the judicial system. Courts are not to deliver judgments hanging people just to assuage the feelings of a certain community.”

“A robust system is insulated from sentiments and is influenced only by the law. Sibal is a seasoned senior advocate. It does not behove him to decry judges and judgments just because the courts did not agree with his or his colleagues’ submissions. It has become a trend that when a case is decided against someone, that person starts denouncing judges on social media alleging that the judge is biased or the judicial system has failed. This is wholly contemptuous and coming from someone of the standing of Sibal who was also President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, it is unfortunate too. If cases have not been decided to the liking of Sibal, it does not mean that the judicial system has failed,” he said. “Sibal is an integral part of the justice dispensation system. However, if he feels a loss of hope in the institution, then he is free not to appear before the courts,” added senior advocate Dr Aggarwala.

Advocate Abhinav Sharma, former President of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu said, “I am shocked to hear this, CJI is master of the roster. If he has doubts, he could have registered his doubts with the court. Congress is speaking baseless; I will remind you that one of the great judges Justice Krishna Iyer wrote that when he was called by Indira Gandhi’s associate that Madam wants a specific order. This didn’t happen now, no one said so. Sibal should read the biography of Justice Iyer. If Sibbal has no faith in Supreme Court, he should leave this profession.”

Sibal’s remarks are scandalous, and contemptuous against Supreme Court, said Supreme Court advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha and wrote to Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal seeking permission to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against Sibal. Advocate Vineet Jindal also wrote to the AG seeking consent to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sibal for allegedly scandalising the Indian Judiciary and disgracing its dignity.

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Kejriwal attacked in Gujrat, man hurled bottle



Arvind kejriwal attacked

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, was assaulted during a visit to Gujarat, which is nearing election time. At a Rajkot public protest, a bottle was thrown at the leader of the AAP.

When Kejriwal arrived in Rajkot to attend a Garba festival, an unidentified man threw a water bottle at him. He did not, however, receive a bottle strike.

While Kejriwal was in Rajkot visiting a temple, a bottle was thrown at him.

The AAP hasn’t yet complained about this, though. Additionally, as of right now, neither the AAP nor the officials have made any statements. Arvind Kejriwal is in Gujarat for two days.

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Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav hospitalized in Gurugram



Mulayam Singh

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s health deteriorated and has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Medanta hospital in Gurugram.

Meanwhile, for several days Mulayam Singh Yadav has been admitted to the hospital but on Sunday his health deteriorated, and has been shifted to ICU.

Moreover, as soon as Akhilesh Yadav get the news of his father’s health he left for Delhi from Lucknow.

Earlier in July Samajwadi Party patriarch’s wife, Sadhna Gupta passed away in a private hospital in Gurugram.

However, Mulayam Singh Yadav founded the Samajwadi Party and he is referred to as Netaji. Currently, the 82-year-old leader represents the Manipuri constituency in the Lok Sabha.

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Rajashthan CM Gehlot sides with Mallikarjun amid Congress President poll




On October 2, 2022, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, stated that veteran party leader Mallikarjun Kharge has the expertise to improve the Congress and will win the party’s presidential election handily, while opponent Shashi Tharoor is an “elite class” member.

“Kharge has a long political experience. He has a clean heart, he comsdses from the Dalit community and (Kharge contesting the election) is being welcomed everywhere,” he told reporters after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the secretariat in Jaipur.

Gehlot, one of the proposers for Kharge, claimed that although Tharoor is a good man and has good ideas, he belongs to the elite class.

“Tharoor is a class apart; he is from the elite class but the kind of experience that is needed to strengthen the party at booth, block, and district levels, that is with Kharge and cannot be compared to Shashi Tharoor. Therefore, it will naturally be a one-sided contest for Kharge,” he said.

For the position of Congress president, Mr. Kharge and Mr. Tharoor are squarely in opposition.

Mr. Kharge, a Karnataka-born Dalit leader, is now the overwhelming favourite to become Congress’ president.

According to sources, Mr. Kharge has resigned as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

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Pune bridge demolished by controlled explosion



Pune bridge demolished

A controlled implosion was used to destroy an ancient bridge built in the early 1990s in the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of Pune, according to officials.

In the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of the city, the bridge across the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH4) was destroyed at about 1 in the morning on Sunday.

After the demolition, a number of trucks and earthmover machines were put to use to bring down the hanging structures and lift the material away.

The planned demolition of the bridge generated a great deal of curiosity among the local people.

The bridge was demolished as part of a large-scale development project at Chandni Chowk that aims to improve the flow of traffic at the crucial intersection. The crossroads will eventually get a multi-level flyover, and work is already being done to that end.

The locals were extremely curious about the proposed removal of the bridge.

“The bridge was demolished at 1 am on Sunday through a controlled blast and everything was executed as per the plan. Now, we have pressed earthmover machines, forknails, and trucks to clear the debris from the spot,” said Chirag Chheda, co-owner of Edifice Engineering.

The bridge was demolished by a team from Edifice Engineering and NHAI officials. According to officials, this is the same business that destroyed the Supertech Twin Towers in Noida during the latter week of August of this year.

Due to the incident, all vehicular traffic in the region was stopped and rerouted.

When asked why some of the bridge’s support columns did not entirely collapse, one of Edifice’s chief engineers replied that the bomb had destroyed the concrete, leaving just the steel bars.

“Once the steel bars are removed using the machines, the remaining structure will also come down,” he said.

He continued by saying that more steel was used in building the bridge than they had anticipated.

Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, inspected the ongoing bridge construction at Chandani Chowk from the air on Friday.

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Ajay Bhadoo appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of ECI



Ajay Bhadoo

Ajay Bhadoo has been appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India on Sunday by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. 

The Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet released the press release and said, “Appointment of Ajay Bhadoo, IAS (GJ:1999), as Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for an overall tenure of five years up to 24/07/2024 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.” 

Earlier in July 2020, Bhadoo was appointed as Joint Secretary to former President Ram Nath Kovind. 

Meanwhile, Bhadoo is a Gujarat batch IAS officer. He has also served as the Vadodara Municipal Commissioner. 

Moreover, in July 2018 he took charge of the Municipal Commissioner’s post. 

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UK minister plans to change immigration policy




Suella Braverman, the country’s new interior minister who is of Indian descent, stated in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the Liz Truss government in the UK hopes to keep its promise made during the 2019 election campaign to reduce net migration.

Braverman stated that Britain has a high number of low-skilled migrants and a large number of international students adding that the students more often brought dependents with them to UK thereby affecting the country’s growth.

“What we’ve got is too many low skilled workers coming into this country. We’ve also got a very high number of students coming into this country and we’ve got a really high number of dependents,” the interior minister said.

Suella Braverman continued, saying that the UK government will limit migration and reassess immigration policy because “those individuals are coming here, they’re not necessarily working or they’re working in low-skilled positions, and they’re not contributing to building our economy.”

In the year ending June 2021, net migration to the UK was 239,000, according to the UK’s office for national statistics. There have been more non-EU workers, particularly those from India, while there are fewer European Union workers in the UK as a result of Brexit. Therefore, a decrease in net migration to the UK may have an impact on Indian immigrants and students who want to study there.

In line with Suella Braverman’s remarks, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Liz Truss would alter immigration laws to address the serious labour shortage in the nation.

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