Supreme Court upholds High Court order on quantum oxygen supply in Karnataka
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-05-2021; The Supreme Court upheld a May 5 Karnataka High Court order on Friday ordering the Center to deliver 1,200 tonnes of oxygen per day to the state.
- A bench by D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah described the High Court’s interim order as “a prudent, calibrated and judicious exercise”.
- The High Court noted that even the government of Karnataka had projected the need for 1,800 tons of oxygen if the cases amounted to 3.95 lakh.
- The cases, the bench noted, had risen to 4.95 lakh by May 5, and the minimum requirement was 1,100 tonnes.
“Therefore, the SC order shows an extraordinarily well calibrated approach … At first glance, the government has an obligation [to provide oxygen],”Justice Chandrachud addressed Attorney General Tushar Mehta.
- Mehta, who represents the Center that challenged HC’s order, said the issue was not related to Karnataka’s oxygen supply.
- Judge Chandrachud said that the amount of oxygen required for Karnataka (1,200 tons) was not determined by HC alone, but on the basis of mutual discussion between the state and the Center.
- In addition, the HC did not prevent a resolution on the issue of the distribution of oxygen between the state and the Center.
- Judge Shah said the minimum requirement of 1,162 MT was set in accordance with standards set by the government itself.
- Judge Chandrachud said the judges, including Karnataka Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Judge Aravind Kumar, who approved the order in question, were human beings sensitive to what was going on around them.
Election Commission legal adviser resigns due to conflict of values
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-05-2021; A lawyer for the Supreme Court’s advisory group of the Indian Election Commission (ECI), Mohit D. Ram, resigned Thursday, citing a difference in values with the current functioning of the Commission.
- Ram wrote to ECI, saying he had been one of their advisers since 2013, but was unable to continue. He added that he would ensure a smooth transition on unfinished business with his office.
- Ram’s letter follows the ICE which moved the Supreme Court against comments from the Madras High Court that it was responsible for the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
- Where the Assembly elections ended on May 2, and ECI officials are expected to be charged with murder.
- On Thursday, the Supreme Court refused to prevent the media from reporting on the sightings.
SC refuses to listen to plea to shut down Central Vista substation amid COVID surge
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-05-2021; While acknowledging the “extremely urgent” concerns raised by two Delhi residents over transporting workers to and from the Central Vista redevelopment site amid a devastating public health crisis, the Supreme Court ordered them to return to the tribunal of Delhi High Court on Monday with a request to hear his case as soon as possible.
- The petitioners, Anya Malhotra and Sohail Hashmi, had been transferred to the Supreme Court after the Delhi Supreme Court postponed the hearing of their case to May 17, apparently to “review” a Supreme Court ruling issued on January 5 , enabling the Central Vista project.
- However, a bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari said the case was already pending in the High Court, they did not want to go into its merits.
- He added that the mention of an urgent hearing before the Chief Justice of Delhi could even be made jointly by the petitioners’ lawyer, Senior Counsel Siddharth Luthra, and Central Attorney General Tushar Mehta.
- Luthra said the workers were transported by bus from Karol Bagh, Kirti Nagar and Sarai Kale Khan. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the Union government on Friday over the Central Vista project, calling it a “criminal waste” and called for the exemption to focus on people’s lives.
- “Central Vista is a criminal waste. Put people’s lives at the center, not your blind arrogance to get a new home, ”he said on Twitter.
- Gandhi and his party in Congress have called on the government to put aside its plans on the Central Vista Project and prioritize the improvement of medical infrastructure during the Covid-19 pandemic to save lives.
- He also criticized the government for giving construction work the “essential services” label of the Vista Central project and accused it of having the wrong priorities.
- Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri defended the government’s plans. “The rhetoric of Congress on Central Vista is strange.
- The cost of Central Vista is around Rs 20 billion over several years.
- The Government of India allocated almost double that amount for immunization! India’s health budget for this year alone was over 3 million lakh rupees. We know our priorities, ”he tweeted.
700 tons of oxygen delivered to Delhi every day We are serious: SC tells the Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-05-2021; Supreme Court highlighted the obligation of the Center to comply with the order to deliver 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi “every day”, saying that “we are serious”.
- A bench of D.Y. Chandrachud and MR Shah warned the Center to force the court to take “coercive action” against him by waiving his guarantee in court to provide 700 tons of oxygen to Delhi, which is battling a devastating second wave of the pandemic.
- The court’s comments came after reviewing a chart published in the Center’s “comprehensive plan” for the assignment, delivery and distribution of oxygen to the nation’s capital.
“It starts by saying 700 MT and then as it goes, it assigns warnings to incoming containers and so on. We have 700 tons a day and we are serious, ”Judge Chandrachud told Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing at the Center.
- Judge Chandrachud said that he and Judge Shah had a pre-hearing discussion on the matter and agreed that the court, in its previous orders, expected Delhi to get 700 MT per day.
CPJ sends a letter asking the EU to raise the issue of press freedom at the summit with India on May 8
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-05-2021; The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent non-governmental organization that defends press freedom around the world, wrote to the European Union (EU) urging it to underline the importance of media freedom and demand release. of all jailed journalists. in India at the next EU-India summit on May 8.
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 2,16,40,335 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,35,189.
Karnataka has announced a two-week lockdown amid a spike in cases. In an order published today, the BS Yeddyurappa government said the shutdown would take place from 6 a.m. from May 10 to 6 a.m. May 25. The government had previously imposed similar standards at the 9 p.m. close. April 27 at 6 a.m. May 12.
Veteran music composer Vanraj Bhatia died in Mumbai on Friday after a brief illness, a former colleague said. The 94-year-old virtuoso, who composed the music for Shyam Benegal classics such as Ankur and Bhumika and the television series Yatra and Bharat Ek Khoj (Discovery of India) lived alone in his apartment in the Rungta settlement in Napean Sea Road.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, N.V. Ramana on Friday appointed four separate Supreme Court seats to sit consecutively in May, during the first part of the summer recess, to hear extremely urgent cases.
- Other benches would be formed for the second and third parties until the court reopens on June 28. Vacation banks will practically listen to business.
Three Indian-American CEOs, Sunder Pichai of Google, Punit Renjen of Deloitte and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe have joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, which oversees an unprecedented initiative from the business sector to help India fight successfully against Covid-19.
- The names of the three CEOs were added to the steering committee’s list on May 6. Other additions to the May 6 list include Mark Suzman, executive director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Suzanne Clark, president and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
- WhatsApp had faced a severe backlash due to the over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook.