Can’t stop media from reporting on court filings, SC says
Daily NEWS Summary | 03-05-2021; The media cannot be prevented from reporting oral comments made by judges during a hearing.
- Honest and comprehensive reporting of those comments gives the public an idea of whether the judges are really applying their wits to resolve a crisis, the Supreme Court told Indian Election Commission (ECI) today.
- ECI complained to the Supreme Court about certain oral comments made by a divisional court of the Madras High Court. HC judges accused ECI of being solely responsible for the over-dissemination of Covid-19 through rallies and uncontrolled electoral campaigns.
- Rather than pat the EC officials on the back, the CH judges said that ICE should be charged with “murder.”
- Shortly thereafter, a concerned ECI approached the HC to echo his words and prevent the media from reporting the comments, as FIRs were being registered for murder against polling station officials. But the CH, on April 30, refused to give in, saying there were more pressing problems to solve.
“We cannot expect the media not to report on the talks. Oral observations are as important as orders … The conduct of the judicial reflection process is also in the public interest, ”said Judge D.Y. Chandrachud addressed ECI, represented by lead attorney Rakesh Dwivedi.
- Judge Chandrachud, with Judge M.R. Shah on the stand, described to the media as a “powerful watchdog.”
“The public interest is not limited to the sentences, but also to the raising of questions during a hearing, to the dialogue between the bar association and the judiciary … All this shows the public if there has been a real application of spirit on the part of the judges … If I had been in the Bar, I would be very concerned if the judges did not ask questions, ”said Judge Chandrachud.
The bench said ECI sentence to prevent the media from reporting the bank’s comments was simply “implausible.”
“We cannot say that the media cannot report on the content of the discussions in court. Discussions in court are in the same public interest, and I would place it on the same pedestal as the final order. The discussion in court is a dialogue between the bar association and the judiciary … We want the media to fully report what is happening in court. Brings a sense of responsibility, Media reports would also show that we are doing our job fully, ”said Judge Chandrachud.
- When Mr. Dwivedi complained that the HC should not have charged another constitutional authority like ICE with “murder,” Judge Chandrachud said that the judges were also human.
- His comments may be borne out with frustration, but they were certainly made in the cause of the broader public interest. Judge Shah said ECI should take the judges’ oral presentations in the right spirit.
23 Covid-19 patients die in Karnataka hospital, increasing fears of oxygen shortage
Daily NEWS Summary | 03-05-2021; A wave of deaths of patients with Covid-19 in Chamarajanagar in Karnataka has caused panic among the population due to the shortage of oxygen. Against a daily average of eight to 10 deaths, 23 Covid-19 patients died Sunday night.
- Although he clarified that the deaths were not related to a lack of oxygen, Ravi said it was difficult to get oxygen in Mysuru. Suppliers, who were under pressure to meet Mysuru’s needs, were struggling to ensure a steady supply to Chamarajanagar.
- Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar, who is in charge of the Chamarajanagar district, announced that he had ordered an audit of the death of the tragedy.
- At a hastily called press conference, he said: “Not all deaths, which occurred within 24 hours, were due to oxygen shortages.
- A death audit will reveal the exact cause, ”he said. However, he admitted that there was a shortage of oxygen in the district and that there was a seizure two hours after midnight on Sunday.
- The district, classified as one of the most backward in Karnataka, relies on neighboring Mysore for its oxygen supply. The minister said that he had asked the chief secretary to ensure a regular supply of oxygen to the district.
EC official threatened and will go to court over Nandigram investigation results, says Mamata
Daily NEWS Summary | 03-05-2021; Trinamool (TMC) Congresswoman Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that her party would approach the tribunal over the results of the Nandigram election.
- Speaking to reporters outside his residence, Mr Banerjee said Nandigram’s counting officer had been threatened with death if he ordered a vote recount for the constituency.
- Although he lost to Nandigram, his party won 213 of the 292 seats that went to the polls in West Bengal.
- Banerjee also referred to a message the scrutineer (RO) allegedly sent to an acquaintance.
- In the message, the DS reportedly said his life would be in danger if he ordered a recount. Assembly headquarters Nandigram had kept the TMC and BJP on their toes until Sunday evening.
- After the 17 count rounds were over, the ECI website showed that BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari had beaten Banerjee by a margin of 1,956 votes.
- Meanwhile, TMC supporters continued to demonstrate in front of the counting center in Purba Medinipur neighborhood. Banerjee said the EC must ensure that EVMs used to vote in Nandigram are properly preserved.
Election Commission should be dissolved: Anand Sharma
Daily NEWS Summary | 03-05-2021; On Monday, Deputy Congress Leader in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, criticized the Indian Election Commission (EC) for being “ partisan ” and claimed that the current electoral body should be dissolved because it had “ betrayed trust voters ”.
- He also suggested that the Supreme Court decide the criteria for a person to qualify for the post of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Commissioner of Elections (EC).
- The Congress leader said the EC’s conduct in the recent elections raised serious concerns and accused the Commission of violating its constitutional mandate under Article 324 to hold free and fair elections.
- Sharma said the EC must be responsible “for fueling” the increase in Covid-19 cases and increasing the suffering of people by allowing unrestricted mass protests and violations of COVID protocols.
Daily NEWS Summary | 03-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,00,86,109 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,20,184.
- As the second wave of the coronavirus continues to engulf various parts of the country, the Center said on Monday that some states were showing very early signs of stagnating new daily cases, while some remained of concern.
- At a press conference, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal said 13 states, including Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Punjab, were showing early signs of a plateau, while states like Bihar, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal show signs of stagnation. showing an increasing trend in daily cases.
- Amid the shortage of medical oxygen in the country, he said the government was exploring the feasibility of converting existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen.
- Chhattisgarh, where 15,583 cases were reported on April 29, recorded 14,087 new cases on May 2. It was the same in Delhi, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
- He said 12 states had active cases of more than 1 lakh each. These were Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
The Center has set a new adjusted deadline for the Central View project of ₹ 20,000 crore, according to which the new Prime Minister’s residence will be completed in December 2022. The Central View project has been declared “essential service” for this construction work may continue uninterrupted even as the nation’s capital remains closed and continues to suffer from oxygen shortages amid an alarming increase in new cases of Covid-19.
The Union government on Monday ordered all institutions funded by the center to postpone all offline exams scheduled for May. “In the context of the current situation, I urge all principals of centrally funded institutions to postpone the offline exams scheduled for me.