J&K will regain statehood at the right time, says Amit Shah
Interior Minister Amit Shah told Lok Sabha on Saturday that the government will restore full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir at the appropriate time, and asserted that the Narendra Modi government has done more for the territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
- ‘Union since reading Article 370 in August 2019 than those who have ruled it for generations. Shah was responding to a discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill (Amendment), 2021 in Lok Sabha.
- He also criticized some members of the opposition for claiming that the bill denies the region’s hopes of regaining statehood. The J&K Reorganization (Amendment) Bill aims to merge all of J&K services in India with executives from Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT).
- National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi, during the debate, argued for the restoration of the state and advised the Center to wait for the Supreme Court to deliver its verdict on the legal validity of the abolition of the special status of J&K before to make massive administrative changes.
Farmer unions demand high-level judicial inquiry into R-Day violence and cases against farmers
Farmers’ unions demonstrating on Saturday demanded a high-level judicial inquiry into the violence that took place at the tractor rally in Delhi on January 26 and the alleged cases of “fake” slapping of farmers.
- At a press conference at the Singhu border, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leaders called on farmers receiving warnings from police not to report directly to the force and to address the cell instead. legal body formed by unions to ask for help.
- SKM’s legal cell member Kuldeep Singh argued that a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge should investigate the incidents to unravel the “conspiracy” behind the January 26 violence and ” bogus “alleged” business against farmers. According to SKM executives, 16 farmers who participated in the tractor parade cannot yet be located.
- Another leader, Ravinder Singh, said 122 farmers had been arrested by Delhi police under 14 of the 44 FIRs, adding that SKM would provide legal and financial assistance to all arrested farmers. Morcha leaders claimed that “bogus” cases were imposed on farmers, accusing them of serious crimes such as attempted murder to “harass” them. Singh said Morcha will provide Rs. 2,000 to every farmer arrested for going into the prison dining hall.
- Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, camped at three Delhi border posts, demanding the repeal of the three agricultural laws and a legal price guarantee minimum subsistence (MSP).
Supreme Court refuses to review Shaheen Bagh protests ordinance
The Supreme Court refused to reconsider its ruling that Shaheen Bagh’s protests, by a collective of mothers, children and the elderly, against the citizenship amendment law were impractical for travelers. The review hearing held in the judges’ office was made public on Saturday.
- The original ruling on October 7 last year declared the protests and roadblocks in the Shaheen Bagh area of the nation’s capital “unacceptable”.
- The Review Court, which was made up of the same judges who made the original decision, said it found no “apparent error warranting reconsideration” in its verdict.
- On October 7, the court ruled that protesters should only voice their disagreement in designated areas chosen by the administration. In the petition for review, Kazi Fatima and 11 others said the protesters were not even heard in court.
- The petitioners asked how the court could restrict expressions of dissent to certain designated areas. “Restricting demonstrations to designated areas changes the very concept of dissent and protests … Protests are the only way for citizens of a democracy to show their dissent.
- Limiting this freedom leaves citizens unrelated to voice their concerns, ”the petition said for consideration. The petitioners of the review had referred to how the “police in the recent past acted arbitrarily by beating students and protesters”.
- The court’s observation on the ruling “gives the police arbitrary discretion to attack any peaceful protester.”
SC will consider a declaration of contempt against the CEC and political parties
The Supreme Court has decided to consider a contempt petition filed by a lawyer against the chief electoral commissioner, Sunil Arora, and leaders of the main political parties for failing to fully comply with a Supreme Court order prohibiting “feared criminals” from running for the Bihar Assembly elections. The bench led by Judge Rohinton F. Líder, RS Surjewala and BL Santosh of BJP.
- On February 11, the court allowed petitioner and attorney Brajesh Singh to present his case in person. He has scheduled the next hearing for March 9. The court said that Arora and other political leaders, questioned as defendants, did not need to be present at the hearing.
- Singh said that on February 13, 2020, the Supreme Court ordered political parties to publish the criminal records of their candidates in “newspapers with wide circulation”, which was deliberately disobeyed by political parties in the elections.
- The lawyer said the court ordered the parties to post on their websites the reasons for selecting these candidates and why those without a criminal record were not in the best position to run for office.
- Singh said the parties published the details of their candidates in a single Hindi newspaper and gave similar reasons for their choice of candidates.
- These reasons, the lawyer pointed out, were invariably “the popularity of the person, the social work, the training, which were denounced against them for political revenge by rival political parties, after showing good efforts to handle the Covid crisis -19 “. . The petitioner said that none of these “compelling reasons” justified the presentation of candidates charged with crimes.
- He said that 164 of the 353 candidates who contested in the first phase for 71 seats have “a tarnished image.” Some of them have criminal cases ranging from murder to rape to kidnapping. The petition urged the court to order the Electoral Commission to take action against political parties under the Electoral Symbols (Reservation and Assignment) Ordinance of 1968.
Nodeep Kaur “Illegal Detention”: Punjab and Haryana HC Notify Haryana Government
The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued an opinion to the Haryana government, asking it to explain the lawsuit against 23-year-old Dalit labor activist Nodeep Kaur.
- The court heard complaints about the alleged illegal detention of Kaur, who was arrested on 12 January. There have been reports that she was sexually assaulted while she was detained by the Haryana police.
- Kaur was released on bail Thursday in one of three cases against her. Another case is due to be heard on Monday. Kaur’s arrest sparked international censorship, including that of US Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris and British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, among others.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1.08.98,743 at the time of this writing, with a death toll of 1,57,028.