CBI to investigate Sushant Singh Rajput case – SC
The Supreme Court has approved the CBI ongoing investigation, recommended by the Bihar government, into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The court invoked its extraordinary powers under article 142 of the Constitution to order that any future FIRs registered in connection with the case, including those of the Mumbai Police, be investigated by the central agency.
- Claiming that “an impartial investigation is the need of the moment,” the court also asked the Mumbai police to hand over to the CBI all the evidence they have gathered so far.
“Sushant Singh Rajput was a talented actor in the Mumbai film world and died long before his full potential could be realized. His family, friends and fans are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the investigation so that all the speculation that is circulating will be dispelled”observed a single judge Hrishikesh Roy.
- The court confirmed the validity of the FIR registered by the Bihar police on the complaint lodged by Sushant’s father. At the same time, Judge Roy also said that the Mumbai police have jurisdiction over the case because certain incidents, including the death of the actor, have occurred in that city.
Prashant Bhushan calls on SC to postpone sentencing
Attorney Prashant Bhushan today asked the Supreme Court to postpone the sentencing hearing in a suo motu criminal contempt case in which he was sentenced on August 14. The sentencing hearing is scheduled before a court by Judge Arun Mishra on August 20.
- Bhushan, represented by lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, said that he intends to file a petition for review against the August 14 ruling within the 30-day period established by Order 47 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Justice 2013.
- He said that his petition for review, once filed, should be treated as a first appeal against a conviction. It held that a Supreme Court conviction in a suo motu contempt proceeding had no appeal.
- Therefore, a review filed against the conviction should be considered the first appeal and heard accordingly.
Priyanka Was Ready to Work Under the Direction of a Non-Gandhi Congress Leader, New Book Reveals
If there was another party chairman, he would be my boss … If he tells me tomorrow that he doesn’t want me in Uttar Pradesh, but wants me to be in Andaman and Nicobar (islands), then happily I would go to Andaman and Nicobar.Priyanka reportedly said
- The revelations in this interview come at a time when Sonia Gandhi has held the interim leadership of Congress for more than a year and calls for the appointment of a permanent party leader are gaining urgency.
- By the way, the book also contains interviews with young leaders of all political backgrounds, from Union Minister Smriti Irani to Aaditya Thackeray, Assaduddin Owaisi Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jignesh Mevani and Sachin Pilot, among others.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 28,31,341 at the time of this bulletin, with a balance of 53,979. India reported 64,531 new cases on Tuesday. Andhra Pradesh is emerging as India’s last troubled state, recording 9,742 new coronavirus cases and 86 deaths today. With this, the state count rose to 3.16,003 and the toll rose to 2,906.
- Meanwhile, the health of former President Pranab Mukherjee deteriorated as he developed a lung infection, the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi said.
- He was admitted to hospital on August 10 for an operation to remove a clot in his brain. He had also tested positive for coronavirus the same day.
- In addition, on Wednesday the World Bank said it could lower its growth projections for India further and said critical reforms were needed in areas such as health, labor, land, skills and finances if the country wants to emerge stronger from the Covid-19 crisis.
The Union Cabinet approves the National Public Procurement Agency
- At a cabinet meeting today, the central government approved the creation of a National Recruitment Agency (NRA), proposed for the first time in the 2020 Union budget.
- The NRA will conduct a test Common Eligibility (CET) for the selection of Non-Gazetted positions in central government and public sector banks.
- There will be one Entrance Exam or CET for all unpublished positions; Group B and C positions.
- Applicants who qualify through this Common Entrance Test (CET) can apply to one of the recruitment for a higher level exam.
- The score will be valid for three years, during which the candidate will be able to apply for jobs in different sectors according to his aptitudes and preferences.
- Explaining the role of the NRA, DoPT Secretary C. Chandramouli said reviews of railways, banks and SSC will be included in the newly created agency.
Millions of women lost access to contraception and safe abortion due to Covid-19: Marie Stopes study
- A multi-country study by the NGO Marie Stopes International (MSI) found that millions of women have lost access to contraception and safe abortions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- In its study, MSI indicates that in January-June 2020, due to restrictions and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, its programs served 1.9 million fewer women, which could lead to 1.5 million more unsafe abortions, 900,000 more unintended pregnancies and 3,100 additional maternal deaths.
- The report further states that in India alone, lockdown restrictions have led to 1.3 million fewer women accessing MSI services.