Supreme Court Refuses to Interfere with Bombay HC Order Releasing Sudha Bharadwaj Bail
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-12-2021; The Supreme Court refused to interfere with an order from the Bombay High Court granting lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj bail in the case of Bhima Koregaon, paving the way for her release from prison after a period of two years.
A bench of U.U. Lalit, S. Ravindra Bhat, and Bela M. Trivedi rejected the NIA’s arguments that the High Court was wrong on December 1 in finding that the Pune court, which took note of his indictment and extended the period of his detention Under Section 43D (2) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) it was not competent in the matter. The Sessions Court was not notified as a special court under the NIA, the High Court noted.
Bharadwaj’s default bail order goes into effect on December 8. She is due to appear in Special Court on Wednesday for a hearing on the conditions of her release on bail.
“We found no reason to intervene,” Judge Lalit said in the order. During the hearing, Judge Lalit said the moot question was whether the court that extended the detention had jurisdiction or not.
“Within 90 days she must complete the investigation, unless she can show reasons for not completing it,” Judge Lalit said. The High Court, in its order, upheld Bhardwaj’s indisputable right to personal liberty.
He said that the guarantee of personal liberty under article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution could not be frustrated for technical reasons, as his request for bail was premature. It would be a “too technical and formalistic view of the matter.”
However, the High Court denied bail to Rona Wilson, Varavara Rao, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in this case. They are housed in the central prison of Taloja. Bharadwaj was arrested by the Pune police in August 2018. The charge was filed in February 2019.
Nagaland cancels ongoing major festival amid Monday’s shutdown
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-12-2021; Nagaland‘s Mon district closed Tuesday to protest the killing of 14 civilians by security forces as the state government canceled a large ongoing festival honoring those killed. The government also decided to write to the Center to immediately repeal the 1958 Law on the Armed Forces of the State (Special Powers). The law, considered draconian, would give the armed forces the right to kill.
Government spokesman and Planning Minister Neiba Kronu said the cabinet, at an emergency meeting in Kohima on Tuesday, discussed the failed ambush by an elite force in the village of Mon’s Oting on December 4. He said the Cabinet decided to cancel the ongoing Hornbill Festival due to the announced mourning for the deceased and to express solidarity with the bereaved families.
The annual 10-day festival that draws tourists from all over began on December 1, marking the day Nagaland achieved statehood in 1963. The tourism department was asked to close the festival, except for business activities, by a short solemn fence the ceremony.
Kronu said that two people injured in the Mon incident are still in critical condition at a hospital in Dibrugarh and another six are under treatment in Dimapur, while 22 people were discharged. The union also declared seven days of mourning across the district since Wednesday and called on the armed forces to refrain from patrolling the Konyak area during this time.
In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, the union requested the identification and registration of all military personnel involved in the incident. “The measures taken against the missing soldiers must be made public within a month,” he said. The union asked the president to recruit two members of the People’s Organization of East Nagaland (ENPO) into an independent team reporting to a competent investigative agency to investigate the incident.
Declaring the lack of cooperation against the armed forces, the union said all units of the 27 Assam rifles must leave Mon district in order not to ensure the safety of citizens. He accused the security forces of challenging the ENPO statement of December 18, 2007, which prohibited bloodshed in areas under the organization’s jurisdiction. ENPO areas are inhabited by six Naga communities.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha analyzes letter from Interior Ministry accepting most requests from farmers
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-12-2021; Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has received a letter from the Union Home Office, which accepts most of their pending requests. The Centre’s offer was discussed at the SKM leadership meeting at the Singhu border on Tuesday.
Some sticking points remain and the five-member SKM committee has been asked to clarify these details with the government before Wednesday afternoon. The SKM will meet again at 2:00 p.m., at which time a final decision on whether to withdraw the agitation will be announced.
Several leaders were confident that the upheaval will end at that point, as their main demands have been accepted. However, others objected to the Centre’s condition that lawsuits against protesting farmers would not be dropped until the agitation was lifted.
There is also a lack of clarity as to the mandate of the MSP committee proposed by the government and as to whether it will be empowered to discuss a legal guarantee. The letter specifically mentions that SKM leaders will be part of the committee, but there are fears that others who oppose the MSP will also be included, the sources said.
Another bone of contention is the fact that the Center did not remove the Minister of State for the Interior, Amit Mishra Teni, from his post. The principle guarantee that states will pay compensation to relatives of protesting farmers who died during the unrest has been hailed as a positive step.
Demonstrations: in the center, farmers demand the postponement of the hearing on the “road blockage” before the Supreme Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-12-2021; Citing “changing circumstances”, the Center and the Farmers’ Party joined the Supreme Court on Tuesday in postponing the hearing of a petition to remove farmers who “block” roads to the nation’s capital. Although the two sides did not clarify, the “change of circumstances” could be the repeal of the three controversial farm laws by Parliament. The court postponed the hearing until January.
Wednesday’s hearing was in stark contrast to previous ones which had seen verbal clashes between opposing parties. At the previous hearing, the farmers’ party criticized the state for deliberately blocking the roads to turn public opinion against them. They had requested permission to enter Ram Lila Maidan and Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital to continue their protests against the laws.
Mehta had reminded the court of the violence at the Red Fort in January, which left several hundred injured and other deaths. The court reiterated its position that the right to protest should not interfere with the public’s right of movement. The farmers had argued that the right to protest was a fundamental right and the police were blocking the roads.
CEO fired more than 900 employees in US webinar
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-12-2021; Vishal Garg, the Indian-born CEO of a US-based homeownership firm, brutally laid off more than 900 employees – around 9% of its workforce – via a webinar, citing the efficiency of the market, performance and productivity as the reasons for this decision.
The CEO informed more than 900 on-call workers that they were going to be made redundant just before the holidays. He then said employees can expect an email from the human resources department, detailing the benefits and severance packages.
Meanwhile, Fortune reported that Garg accused employees of “stealing” from co-workers and clients for being unproductive and working only two hours a day. Among those fired was the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recruiting team.
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