The Supreme Court has extended the stay on the dismissal of Indian Police Service officer Satish Chandra Verma, who filed an affidavit in 2011 alleging that Ishrat Jehan, 19, and three others accused of being part of a terror module were killed in a bogus “encounter” in 2004 near Ahmedabad. A month before his retirement, the Centre fired Verma on August 30.
Verma filed a restraining order after the Delhi High Court upheld the Centre’s action on September 7 but delayed its implementation until Monday.
A bench of justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy extended the stay on the dismissal on Monday to allow Verma to approach the high court. “It will be open to the appellant [Verma] to take steps for amending his pending petition in the Delhi high court to lodge a challenge against the order of dismissal.” The bench left it to the high court to decide whether the dismissal needed to stay further.
The challenge to the dismissal should be heard in the Supreme Court, according to Kapil Sibal, or the pending petition in the High Court against the framing of charges in the departmental proceedings, which has been pending since last year, should be brought forward. He stated that the high court scheduled Verma’s case for hearing in January after approving the dismissal on September 7, despite the fact that his client is set to retire on September 30.
The high court ordered on September 22 that no “precipitate action” be taken against Verma without its permission. The Centre appealed the order to the Supreme Court.
The case against Verma was still pending in the Supreme Court. The Centre stated that its appeal to the Supreme Court had delayed the matter in the High Court.
The Supreme Court granted the Centre permission to proceed against Verma on August 30, and he was dismissed the next day. Sibal questioned the haste with which his client was prosecuted, citing rules governing government employees. He stated that if disciplinary action is initiated during a government employee’s tenure, it can be completed even after retirement.
The Supreme Court took note of the Centre’s “tearing hurry” in acting against Verma.
Verma argued that the dismissal order was a possible “victimisation” by the state government because he was instrumental in exposing the role of Intelligence Bureau and Gujarat Police officers in the killing of Jahan and the three other men. Verma assisted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its investigation of the murders.
The evidence gathered by the CBI and Verma was questioned. An undersecretary in the Union Home Ministry claimed he was tortured and coerced into testifying against the accused. In a media interview in March 2016, Verma responded to the allegations against him, which became the basis for the departmental proceedings against him.
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India has 3,805 new records. Covid infections have decreased to 38,293 active cases
According to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday, India saw a single-day increase of 3,805 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total of COVID-19 cases to 4,45,91,112, while active cases decreased to 38,293.
The death toll has risen to 5,28,655 with 26 fatalities, including 13 deaths reconciled by Kerala, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
Five of the 13 new fatalities were reported in Maharashtra, and two in Kerala.
The active cases account for 0.09 percent of all infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 98.73 percent, according to the health ministry.
In the last 24 hours, the active caseload has decreased by 1,290 cases. According to the health ministry, the daily positivity rate was 1.29 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was 1.39 percent.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease has risen to 4,40,24,164, with a case fatality rate of 1.19 percent.
So far, 218.68 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country as part of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, according to the ministry.
India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 20 lakh on August 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16.
It surpassed 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and one crore on December 19.
India passed the two crore mark on May 4, three crore on June 23 last year, and four crore on January 25 this year.
Women unite in Lucknow to create non-violent economy
To take part in a 12-day campaign for a violent-free economy, more than ten thousand women have assembled on the outskirts of Lucknow. October 2 will mark the end of the campaign, which got under way on September 21.
On Friday, a program was held in Madiaon for women to speak out for a non-violent life and economy as part of this campaign, which was organised by Red Brigade Lucknow (an organisation that aims to protect women).
Students, social workers from four states, as well as representatives from Lucknow’s villages, mohallas, and schools, were present in the program.
Renuka Tandon, founder of Amren Foundation, presided over the event, while the chief guest for the event was renowned social worker Jill Ben. Ben said that increasing violence in society deeply affects women, and therefore, it is their responsibility to raise a voice to further build a non-violent economy. Tandon appreciated the efforts made by the Red Brigade, saying that it is a good step in the direction of achieving a non-violent economy.
The founder of Red Brigade, Usha Vishwakarma, emphasised the significance of women working on and enhancing their self-defence and self-image when she said that a non-violent economy is only possible when there is a humane relationship between man, woman, and nature.
PM Modi kicks off the 6th India Mobile Congress, with the goal of launching 5G services soon
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the sixth edition of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) on Saturday at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. He will soon launch India’s 5G services, which will initially be available in thirteen cities; the technology will be available throughout the country within the next two years.
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune are among the thirteen cities. The four metros will be launched today: Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Cellular Operators Association of India jointly organise the Mobile Congress (COAI). On Tuesday, the exhibition will come to an end.
Yet to decide on mercy petition of balwant singh: Govt
The Central government on Friday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said, in view of the current circumstances and internal security reasons of the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs has yet not decided the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case, sources told the Daily Guardian.
According to sources, the intelligence agencies have told the Ministry of Home Affairs in their input that the decision should not be taken in view of the current circumstances.
On 28 September, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to spell out its stand within a day on the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case.
“We can’t force you to take what decision…but you have to take a decision,” said a bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, which had earlier asked the Centre to take a decision in two months on Rajoana’s mercy petition without being influenced by the pending appeals of other convicts in the case.
The petitioner’s counsel had submitted that the convict had been in jail for more than 26 years and on death row since 2007. Convicted of assassinating Beant Singh in 1995, Rajoana has been in jail for 26 years awaiting his execution. The former Punjab Chief Minister and 16 others were killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh in 1995. He was sentenced to death in 2007 by a special court. His mercy petition has been hanging for more than eight years.
Dilemma of elderly women: Contribution hardly recognized, rights widely violated
To coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2022, the Agewell Foundation has carried out a survey on the contribution of older women among 10,000 older persons with support from its volunteers spread across the country. Survey findings indicate that women have to face socio-cultural deprivations and gender discrimination throughout their lifetime. Low literacy, low participation in gainful jobs, poor access to services or assets, and poor healthcare or nutrition make older women more vulnerable.
In spite of all odds, women outlive men. As per the Census population projection report, life expectancy at birth in 2022 is 69.4 years for men and 72.7 years for women. When life expectancy at the age of 60 is calculated, elderly women find they live for 25–30 years in old age.
Women always play constructive and positive roles throughout their lives and contribute at all levels, be it family, society, or nation. In India, women, particularly older women, are known for their sacrifice, integrity, and commitment towards the wellbeing of their respective families and communities.
Over half of all older women face marginalization and discrimination on the basis of their gender. Traditional gender roles and norms are considered responsible for gender-based marginalization and discrimination.
Women, particularly older women, are stronger psychologically and socially and are healthier than their counterparts. It has been clearly seen during the Covid phenomenon that older women have more stamina than older men. In India, 73% of all reported mortalities were in men and 27% in women through May 2020.
Jagan has no right to talk about development of North Andhra: TDP leader
TDP leader Kimidi Nagarjuna on Friday said it is shameful that the ruling YSRCP leaders are talking about the development of the North Andhra region, particularly Visakhapatnam city, when they could not take any measures to save the Vizag Steel Plant.
The YSRCP leaders are neglecting the steel plant that was achieved after a series of fights and a prolonged agitation, he said and asked, “why the YSRCP did not take up the railway zone demand for Visakhapatnam in the past three years”. “Visakhapatnam city was developed with a vision by Chandrababu Naidu during his tenure as chief minister, and he worked hard to set up information technology and finance companies there,” the TDP leader said.
He further stated that Vizag is now a cosmopolitan city and Chandrababu has made every effort to make it a fitness valley. Millennium Towers were constructed in Vizag during Chandrababu’s tenure and employment was created for thousands of jobless youth, thus converting the city into a hub for the software industry, Nagarjuna observed. However, all these IT companies are moving out of the city since they are fed up with the style of functioning of the Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Kimidi Nagarjuna said.
The state remained where it was three and a half years ago, and not even a single industry nor an IT company has set up shop here, resulting in no employment generation, he noted.
“Since the people are now feeling vexed with the YSRCP government, the ruling party leaders are now talking about three capital issues only to divert the public attention from its failures”, the TDP leader said.
He further slammed CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and said, “Reddy has not done anything for Andhra Pradesh except loot the state and create a rift and deep differences among the people, raking up unnecessary issues. Can any ruling party leader explain what exactly is done for either Vizianagaram or Visakhapatnam, he asked, emphasising that the ruling party has done nothing for the port city of Visakhapatnam despite claiming that it will be made the “executive capital”?
There are numerous opportunities to develop the entire region, including Araku, Bheemli, and Srikakulam, according to Kimidi Nagarjuna, who also stated that the YSRCP is always more concerned with how to criticise Chandrababu than with moving the state forward.The Totapalli canal, which was launched by Chandrababu in 2015, is very crucial for the progress of Vizianagaram, and the Cabinet Minister from this district, Botsa Satyanarayana, did not talk even a single word about the canal, he observed.
Once the North Andhra region, particularly Visakhapatnam city, was known for peace, but after the YSRCP came to power, the whole area turned into land for growing ganja and for illegal land grabbing, Kimidi added.
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