State’s blurring of line between dissent and “terrorism” endangers democracy, High Court says in Delhi riots case
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-06-2021; The Delhi High Court, while granting bail to Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha on Tuesday, reprimanded Delhi police for “casually” invoking the provisions of the anti-terrorism laws against the three students who had protested against the promulgation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
- Kalita and Narwal, students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as Tanha, a student of Jamia Millia Islamia, were arrested in connection with the unrest in northeast Delhi last year.
“We are forced to say that it appears that in its concern to suppress dissent and in its morbid fear that things will get out of hand, the state has blurred the line between the constitutionally guaranteed ‘right to protest’ and ‘terrorist activity’.Said a court Siddharth Mridul and judge Anup Jairam Bhambhani.
“If such confusion escalates, democracy would be in danger,”court said.
- The High Court ruled that no crime under the anti-terrorism law – Illicit Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) – is committed against any of the three students.
- The term ‘terrorist act’ cannot be arrogantly applied to criminal acts or omissions which fall directly under the definition of treaty offenses as defined, inter alia, in the IPC [Indian Penal Code]”, declared the court.
- Having taken into consideration this aspect of the ‘probability’ of threat and terror, we are of the opinion that the foundations of our nation are more secure than those likely to be shaken by a demonstration.
- However cruel, organized by a tribe of university or other students, functioning as a coordinating committee from the boundaries of a university located in the heart of Delhi, observed the High Court.
- Noting that protests against government and parliamentary actions were legitimate, the Bench said while such protests were to be peaceful and non-violent, it was not uncommon for protesters to push the limits allowed by law.
- Quoting the Kalita case, the High Court observed: “Even if we assume, for the sake of argument, without expressing an opinion on the matter, that in this case the inflammatory speeches.
- The ‘chakka jaam ”, instigated by demonstrators and other actions, so that the appellant (Mrs. Kalita) was allegedly a party, she crossed the line of peaceful demonstrations authorized by our constitutional guarantee.
- Which however would not amount to the commission of a “terrorist act” or of a “conspiracy” or of a “preparatory act act” for the commission of a terrorist act within the meaning of the UAPA ”.
First death confirmed by anaphylaxis after vaccination with Covid-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-06-2021; A government panel studying the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine has confirmed the first death, due to anaphylaxis, following the Covid-19 vaccination here on Tuesday.
- According to a report presented by the National Adverse Events Following Vaccination (AEFI) Committee, a 68-year-old man died of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) after being vaccinated on March 8. The death is reported as a “vaccine product reaction” in the report.
- The panel performed a causal assessment of 31 post-vaccination adverse events (AEFI).
- N.K. Arora, adviser to the national AEFI committee said: “This is the first death linked to vaccination against Covid-19 due to anaphylaxis.
- But compared to the overall numbers, only a small number have had a serious reaction. Those who receive the vaccine should wait 30 minutes at the inoculation center after vaccination, as most anaphylactic reactions occur during this time and prompt treatment prevents death.
- Responding to the NITI Aayog report, Member (Health), VK Paul said, This incident should not create fear in the minds of people and there should be no fear about the safety of vaccines approved for use Indian population.
- Whenever public health decisions are made, we discuss the benefits and risks involved, and in this case, the risk involved is tiny compared to the benefits.
Two doses of Covishield provide 92% protection against hospitalization for those infected with the delta variant
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-06-2021; A real-world study by Public Health England of 14,019 people infected with the delta variant (B.1.617.2) in England found that vaccination with two doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines provided high protection against hospitalization.
- Of the 14,019 people infected with the delta variant, only 166 had to be hospitalized. The study was conducted between April 12 and June 4.
- In the case of AstraZeneca, whose vaccine is marketed in India under the name Covishield, the efficacy against hospitalization after full vaccination was 92%, while in the case of Pfizer it was 96%. Results were published as preprint. The preprints have not yet been peer reviewed.
- Public Health England had previously found that despite modest reductions in efficacy, vaccines were still potent against the delta variant.
- He found that in the case of the delta variant, full vaccination offered good protection against symptomatic disease. The vaccine efficacy against symptomatic disease was 67% with AstraZeneca and 88% with Pfizer.
- Efficacy against hospitalization was high even with a single dose of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine.
- In the case of the delta variant, one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine provided 71% protection against hospitalization, while two doses provided 92% protection. In the case of the Pfizer vaccine, protection against hospitalization was 94% after one dose and 96% after two doses.
SC gives IUML 2 weeks to respond to the MHA citizenship affidavit
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-06-2021; On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) two weeks to respond to an affidavit from the Interior Ministry (MHA) that its May 28 order, delegating power to collectors in 13 districts in five states.
- It granted citizenship to non-Muslims in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, “not related” to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) of 2019.
- Appearing before a vacation room by Judges Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian, lead attorney Kapil Sibal and attorney Haris Beeran, of IUML, requested time to present their response to the government’s response to their petition challenging the legality of May ordinance.
- The petitions, including one filed by the PFI (Popular Front of India) and an individual, have drawn parallels between the CAA and the May 28 notification.
- Which facilitates non-Muslims from the three countries residing in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for citizenship.
- The IUML said the May 28 order was a deliberate tactic to implement the CAA’s “clumsy designs.”
- In its response, the MHA said the May ordinance “only delegates the power [to grant citizenship by registration and naturalization] to local authorities in specific cases.”
- The central government has used its authority under Article 16 of the Citizenship Law… It is simply a process of decentralization of decision-making that aims to quickly respond to the citizenship requests of these foreigners… It has nothing to do with the CAA, Says the MHA sworn declaration.
No prior sanction is necessary to prosecute Anil Deshmukh, CBI told Mumbai High Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-06-2021; The CBI told the Bombay High Court that it did not need a prior sanction to prosecute former Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh.
- Deshmukh had asked the court to annul the FIR registered against him by the Central Agency. He said that the CBI needed a sanction to prosecute him because he was a public servant. He also argued that the case against him was dubious.
- The affidavit presented by the CBI stated: “The crime of attempting to obtain an undue advantage by improper and dishonest performance of public office is not covered by the jurisdiction of the recommendation made or the decision made by said official in the performance of his official duties or functions “.
- The FIR was searched against him after the court ordered him to conduct a preliminary investigation on corruption charges. “The petition is an abuse of the legal process and therefore must be dismissed,” the agency said.
- On April 5, a divisional court consisting of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Judge GS Kulkarni ordered the CBI director to open an investigation within 15 days into the allegations made by former police commissioner Param Bir Singh against Deshmukh, who subsequently resigned from office. the Cabinet of State. The case will be known on June 18.
Local leaders condemn arrest of Kashmiri trader for his comments at meeting
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-06-2021; The Peoples’ Conference and the CPI (M) on Tuesday called for the intervention of the deputy governor of J&K and demanded the release of a resident of Ganderbal, detained since June 10 for his comments according to which “he was not waiting much from non-local officers ”During a public meeting chaired by LG adviser Baseer Ahmad Khan.
- Police registered Sajad Ahmad Sofi, 50, a local trader in the Safapora area of Ganderbal, under Section 153-A (fostering enmity) for his remarks before Deputy Commissioner Krittika Jyotsna, an officer of the IAS.
- Jyotsna, an officer from Uttar Pradesh, was assigned to J&K on February 8, 2021 with her husband Rahul Pandey, also from IAS, who works in the L-G office.
- Police learned from comments in which Sofi said she had expectations of Khan “because he was a Kashmiri.
- I can grab him (Mr. Khan) by the neck for answers. However, what expectations can I have from officers who are foreigners? Sofi reportedly said during the ‘public darbar’ aimed at instantly addressing public complaints.
- Sofi’s family alleged that he was returned to custody despite being released on bail on June 12 and was sentenced under Articles 107 and 105 of the IPC. In the continuation of his pre-trial detention, the police told the court that Sofi had engaged in “cowardly words” and “injured” the non-local senior official.
- There was a reasonable fear that this would create a situation of public order, said a senior police officer.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,960,10,336 at the time of this report, with a death toll of 3,777,783.