SC Finds Prashant Bhushan in Contempt of Court for Tweets Against CJI
A three-judge Supreme Court tribunal today found prominent civil rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan in criminal contempt by “shocking the court”. The court found his tweet on a photograph of India’s Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde riding a bicycle and another on the court’s role over the past six years “scandalized” the Supreme Court as an institution.
- The tweets had the effect of attempting to destabilize Indian democracy. Such wickedness must be dealt with with an iron fist in the wider public interest. The magnanimity of the courts must not extend to weakness, the court, led by Judge Arun Mishra, said in a 108-page judgment.
- The sentence will be pronounced on August 20. Bhushan’s defense that the criticism was not contempt was dismissed by the court. Under the Contempt of Court Act, the 1971 sentence could be up to six months in prison or a fine of Rs. 2000, or both.
What was the rush, asks former CJI Lodha
Former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha asked why the Supreme Court moved so quickly to hear the case against Bhushan through a virtual hearing at the in the middle of a pandemic. “Heavens Were Not Falling”, “It is truly amazing that an issue like this has been addressed during a pandemic and when the tribunal does not have physical hearings. This case could have started as soon as the court resumed the physical hearings. It bothers me a bit,” said the former senior judge.
Congress wins vote of confidence in Rajasthan
With the help of Sachin Pilot, the congress government led by Ashok Gehlot won the vote of confidence in the Assembly of Rajasthan on Friday. The confidence motion in the Council of Ministers was approved in the Assembly by voice vote after a three-hour debate.
- The confidence motion was moved by the state’s parliamentary affairs minister, Shanti Dhariwal. In initiating debate on the motion, Dhariwal accused the Center of attempting to “overthrow” the governments of Madhya Pradesh, Manipur and Goa using money and power, and said an attempt similar to Rajasthan would not succeed.
Nagaland would ‘coexist’ with India, but not merge with it – NSCN-IM
On the eve of Independence Day, the head of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-IM (NSCN-IM) Thuingaleng Muivah said today that the Center recognized the sovereignty of the Naga when signing the 2015 Framework Agreement and that the Naga will coexist but not merge with India.
- Muivah (86) said they are not asking the Indian government for a Naga national flag and a separate constitution because “whether we recognize them or not, we have our own flag and our own constitution”.
- He said in a speech that “the Naga will coexist with India sharing sovereign powers as agreed in the Framework Agreement and defined in powers … But they will not merge with India.”
- The speech, delivered on the eve of Independence Day, comes at a time when talks between the Center and the Naga Group have hit bad weather, the latter demanding the impeachment of the interlocutor and governor of Nagaland, RN Delighted.
- Earlier this week, the NSCN-IM first released details of the 2015 Framework Agreement, stating that the Center had agreed to “share sovereign power” and provide “a lasting and inclusive new relationship of coexistence. peaceful of the two entities ”.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 2,511,788 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 49,001. India recorded 64,553 new cases on Friday.
- Twenty-two officials who responded to the plane crash in Kerala last week tested positive for the coronavirus, media reported. The Air India Express plane had landed with 184 passengers from Dubai as part of the center’s Vande Bharat mission.
- In even more disappointing news from the state, Health Minister KK Shailaja said today that Kerala could report 10,000 to 20,000 cases of coronavirus per day between August and September if more people do not join the fight against the pandemic.
President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’s eligibility to be vice president, fuelling an online misinformation campaign. Asked about it at the White House, Trump told reporters he had “heard” rumours that Harris, a Black woman and U.S.-born citizen whose parents were immigrants, does not meet the requirements to serve in the White House. He added that he considered the rumours “very serious.”
Over 4,000 people, including diplomats, officials, and media personnel have been invited for the Independence Day ceremony at the Red Fort.
- The event is being organised keeping in mind Covid-19 protocols, the Defence Ministry said today.
- It said seating arrangements have been made under the guiding principle of Do Gaz ki Doori (maintaining distance of two yards) between any two guests.