Supreme Court Appoints Former Judge Madan Lokur As One-Man Group To Prevent Stubble-Burning Smog
Former Supreme Court Justice Madan B. Lokur is tasked with protecting Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) from pollution caused by stubble burning in neighboring Punjab, Haryana and the eastern Uttar Pradesh.
- In this endeavor, he will be assisted by student volunteers from the National Cadet Corps, the National Service, and Bharath Guides and Explorers.
- A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde on Friday appointed Justice Lokur as the one-man committee to monitor and prevent stubble-burning cases by farmers in the three state.
- Student forces will patrol the roads and fields in all three states and ensure that fires do not start in the fields.
- When Haryana’s lawyer protested that they were only school-age children, Chief Justice Bobde replied, “That doesn’t imply great knowledge of the fires … Why the NCC? You can’t see who is starting the fires ? “
- The chief secretaries of the three states will provide facilities for the committee and provide student volunteers with adequate transportation to assist with their vigil.
- Existing mobile teams and nodal state officials will report to the committee.
- The Supreme Court’s Environmental Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) will consult with the committee on issues related to stubble burning.
- The court clarified to Additional Attorney General Aishwarya Bhati that the formation of the one-man committee was not intended to be an adverse comment on the functioning of the EPCA.
- The committee will present its status reports to the court at least every fifteen days.
Brother of Hathras victim wants case to be heard in Delhi
The 19-year-old caste older brother, a victim of alleged gang rape and murder in Hathras, has called for the case and the family to be transferred to Delhi.
- Speaking to reporters in the village on Friday, he said: “We demand that the case be heard in a Delhi court. We would also like to seek employment opportunities in Delhi. It would be better if the government could help us provide protection and find a job in Delhi, ” he said.
- Subsequently, Subdivisional Magistrate (SDM) Anjali Gangwar, responsible for the security and daily needs of the family, met with the father of the victim.
- “We give rations to the family and fodder to the cattle. Her regular medical check-up is also underway, ”she said.
- She added that when the victim’s father asked if they could work in the fields, she said that they could start their normal life under police protection.
Floods in Hyderabad: Telangana Seeks Immediate Rs 1,350 million Help
- The Telangana government has asked the Center to provide Rs 1,350 million as immediate aid so that it can undertake relief and rehabilitation work in areas affected by the continued rains in recent days.
- Of this amount, Rs 600 million is offered as aid to farmers and Rs 750 million will be spent on relief and rehabilitation works in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area.
- According to preliminary estimates, the losses resulting from the floods amount to approximately Rs 5 billion.
- Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the immediate release of Rs 1,350 million.
- The letter followed a high-level meeting called by Rao to discuss the situation resulting from the recent rains. The rains and floods killed 50 people, including 11 in the GHMC area, and crops were submerged on more than 7.35 lakh acres.
Supreme Court requests AG’s opinion on bail conditions that ‘trivialize’ the trauma of sexual assault victims
- The Supreme Court decided on Friday to seek the opinion of Attorney General K.K. Venugopal about courts imposing problematic bail conditions for sex offenders, conditions that often end up harassing and targeting victims.
- A bench led by Judge AM Khanwilkar ruled “consider the position” of Venugopal, the government’s top legal expert and constitutional authority, after nine lawyers drew the court’s attention to a release order.
- Bail approved by Madhya Pradesh High Court in recent sexual assault case.
- The High Court, as a condition of granting bail, ordered the accused to visit his victim at his home in “Rakshabandhan” and “allow” him to tie a “rakhi” to him.
- The court has scheduled a hearing on November 2. The nine lawyers, led by human rights defender Aparna Bhat and represented by lead lawyer Sanjay Parikh, said the High Court order was “trivializing (victim’s) trauma.”
- Parikh said there were numerous cases of court orders targeting women who were already traumatized by crimes committed against them.
Department of Health delegates teams to states reporting increase in Covid-19 cases
- The Union Health Ministry on Friday dispatched teams to Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, all states that have reported an increase in new cases of Covid-19 in recent days.
- A ministry statement said the teams will support states’ efforts to strengthen containment, surveillance, screening, infection prevention and control, and effective clinical management of positive cases.
- They will also guide the effective management of challenges related to diagnosis and timely surveillance.
- In the past 24 hours, the country reported 895 fatal cases, of which nearly 82% were concentrated in Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha and Delhi. More than 37% of the new deaths have been reported in Maharashtra (337), the ministry noted.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 74,26,395 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 112,960.
The leader of the opposition to Rajya Sabha Ghulam, Nabi Azad, took to Twitter on Friday to announce that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he was in home quarantine.
- The 71-year-old congress leader, who had recently made headlines for being part of a group of 23 congressional leaders who questioned the party leadership, tweeted that anyone who comes in contact with him should follow the protocol.
Professor G.N. Saibaba has announced that she will go on a hunger strike from October 21 to demand basic rights of prisoners, such as access to medicine, letters from family and friends, clothing and books. Saibaba is 90% physically disabled and housed in the walking cell of Nagpur Central Prison under the Illicit Activities (Prevention) Act.
Wicket keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik stepped down as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders team on Friday, handing the reins to his England assistant Eoin Morgan hours before the IPL game against the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. Karthik told KKR management he wanted to “focus on his shots and contribute more to the cause of the team.” “We’re lucky to have leaders like DK who have always put the team first. It takes a lot of courage for someone like him to make a decision like this, ”team executive director Venky Mysore said in the statement.