Investigation at Gyanvapi mosque near Kashi Vishwanath temple
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; A local court in Varanasi on Thursday ordered the Archaeological Service of India (ASI) to investigate the grounds of the Gyanvapi mosque adjacent to the temple of Kashi Vishwanath to find out if it was “an overlap, modification or addition or is there a structural overlap of any kind, with or on top of any other religious structure.”
- Further court also ordered ASI‘s CEO to form a five-member expert committee, two of whom should preferably be from the minority community.
- The committee “would determine whether a Hindu temple ever existed before the mosque in question was built, superimposed or added to the disputed site,” Ashutosh Tiwari, a senior civil judge, said in his order.
- Secondly, the court said the committee would have the right to enter each part of the religious structure at the disputed site, but would only use ground-penetrating radar or geo-radiology system first, or both to convince each other if they were to perform excavation or mining work.
- This order came in a petition calling for the restoration of the land on which the mosque is located for Hindus, arguing that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb had demolished parts of the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple to build the mosque.
SC denies reparation in petition challenging detention of Rohingya refugees in Jammu and deportation to Myanmar
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; On Thursday, the Supreme Court refused to order the release of the Rohingya detained in Jammu and also refused to prevent them from being returned to their home country. However, it decided that the deportation should be carried out in accordance with the appropriate procedure.
- A bench run by Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde said it was “not possible” to accept the request of Mohammad Salimullah, a member of the Rohingya community represented by lawyers Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl d’Souza.
- Request related to release Rohingya detainees and immediately order the government of the Union Territory and the Ministry of the Interior to issue refugee identification cards through the FRRO without delay to Rohingya in informal camps .
- However, the CJI, which issued the order, told authorities that “the Rohingya from Jammu will not be expelled until the procedure has been followed.”
- The directive follows a request by Salimullah to order the Center to refrain from executing any deportation order for the refugees held in the Jammu sub-prison.
- At the previous hearing, before the court reserved the case for warrants, the court maintained a tone of non-compromise when Bhushan called for his judicial conscience on the atrocities that the Rohingya may face during their deportation to Myanmar.
- In India, no law has been passed that specifically refers to refugees.
- Therefore, Rohingya refugees are often beaten with the class of illegal immigrants expelled by the government under the Aliens Act of 1946 and the Aliens Ordinance of 1948.
- This is associated with discrimination against the Rohingya, who are largely Muslim refugees. However, legally a refugee is a special category of immigrant and cannot be beaten with an illegal immigrant.
SC Rejects Maharashtra and Anil Deshmukh’s Allegations Against CBI Investigation
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; Today, the Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government’s decision in Maharashtra and former state interior minister Anil Deshmukh by declining their calls to quash a CBI investigation into corruption allegations against Deshmukh by the transferred Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.
- A court of judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta upheld the Bombay High Court order for a CBI investigation, saying that the dramatis personae – Deshmukh and Singh – involved and the “seriousness of the allegations” requires an investigation by a independent agency.
- Maharashtra governments had appealed to the Supreme Court against the Bombay HC order requesting a preliminary investigation by CBI into the content of Singh’s accusations against Deshmukh.
Rename night curfew to “corona curfew,” says Modi
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a virtual meeting with high-level ministers from various states and EU territories on Thursday to discuss the development of the Covid-19 situation in the country. He suggested that April 11 and 14 could be observed as “Tika (vaccination) Utsav” for the Covid-19 vaccine.
“We need to focus on the micro-containment areas. In places where the nighttime curfew has been enforced, I highly recommend using the word ‘Corona curfew‘ to stay vigilant about the coronavirus. It will be better to start the curfew hours from 9pm or 10pm until 5am or 6am, ”Modi said.
- Noting that the people and the administration seem to have become flippant, he called on everyone to resume the fight against the coronavirus on a war footing.
Delhi High Court issues notice to Center, CE on petition for compulsory masking during election campaigns
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued an opinion to the Center and the Election Commission (EC) on a petition of action against leaders, activists and candidates who fail to respect the compulsory wearing of masks during the current elections in Assembly in several states and Union territories.
- A bench of Supreme Court President DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued the order following a request by Vikram Singh, chairman of the Study Center for Accountability and Systemic Change (CCAC) and former head of the Uttar Pradesh police. The Tribunal delivered the case for an additional hearing on April 30.
- Assembly elections in Kerala, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry are expected to take place in stages between March 27 and April 29.
- Lawyer Virag Gupta, who appeared for Singh, said that despite various orders and directives, the election campaign is in full swing regardless of Covid-19 regulations.
- Further he said the biggest victim of the pandemic was the rule of law itself, as strict action was taken against commoners but almost no action against politicians.
- Incidentally, this statement comes a day after the Delhi High Court ruled that it is mandatory to wear a mask even if a person is driving alone in a private vehicle.
New Zealand bans travelers from India
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; New Zealand on Thursday suspended entry for all travelers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks following a high number of positive coronavirus cases from the country of South Asia.
- The move comes after New Zealand registered 23 new cases of Covid-19 among the new arrivals, 17 of which were from India. India is grappling with a deadly second wave of Covid-19 with daily infections this week after the peak of the first wave seen last September.
- This suspension will begin at 4:00 p.m. local time on April 11 and will be in effect until April 28. Meanwhile, the government will study risk management measures to resume travel.
- New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days.
Daily NEWS Summary | 08-04-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,30,42,847 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,68,941.
Tamil Nadu government will reintroduce multiple restrictions from April 10 to deal with the steady rise in cases statewide, according to a government decree released on Thursday.
- The restrictions were picked up as an election campaign for the National Assembly elections and voting was completed in the state.
- Tamilnadu state has registered 27,743 active cases as of April 7.
- The main restrictions include the ban on international flights (except those authorized by the Home Office), temple festivals and religious events, small merchants in the Koyambedu wholesale market, and small traders retail in all districts.
- There will be no relaxation in the containment areas and they will be under total lockdown.
The CRPF commando which was kidnapped by the Maoists after the April 3 meeting in Tarrem in Chhattisgarh Sukma was released on today.
- The kidnapped commando, identified as Rakeshwar Singh Minhas, was handed over to the local villagers.
- A group of journalists acted as mediators to secure his release, said a senior Chhattisgarh police official.
- The commando arrived at a security camp near Basaguda in South Bastar on Thursday night.
India and China are scheduled to hold the 11th round of talks with the corps commander on Friday to discuss the second phase of disengagement in eastern Ladakh.
- The talks will take place in Chushul and begin at 10:30 a.m., a defense source said Thursday.
- There could be some movement on the issue of the disconnection of the Patrol Points (PP) in Gogra and Hot Springs during the talks, a second source said.
Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. His daughter Veena Vijayan tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.
- Subsequently, Vijayan’s samples were collected and analyzed at Kannur Government Medical College hospital.
- Interestingly, the Chief Minister took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine a month ago.
- He campaigned across the state in the assembly elections, which ended on April 6.
- So far he has not shown any symptoms.