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Attack On Lawyers: Delhi HC Issues Notice To Delhi Govt And Police

Coming straight to the nub of the matter, the Delhi High Court on January 29 issued a notice to the Delhi Government and also to the Delhi Police on a plea of Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) seeking an SIT probe in the dastardly attack on lawyers of DHCBA in separate incidents in January. The Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed that the report should be filed under the signature of a senior police officer, which shall be shown to the Delhi Police Commissioner. It directed that the report should be filed in two days as the incidents warrants swift and necessary action.                                           As it turned out, a plea has been moved before the Delhi High Court seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into the attacks on the lawyers, besides guidelines for advocates security.                                              Truth be told, in a dastardly attack on three cars belonging to two senior lawyers were torched while cars a…

Khap Attacks On Couples Illegal: SC

As my pen starts running, I must note right now with great satisfaction that the Supreme Court on January 16 warned strongly in no uncertain terms that it would step in if the government didn’t bring a law to ban illegal activities of khap panchayats, saying no one had the right to question an adult’s choice of a marriage partner. Why government is always quick to label judiciary as crossing its Laxman Rekha and trying to tread in the territory which belongs exclusively to the executive but does nothing on its part even when the writing on the wall is clear? Why government displays complete inaction for decades but when judiciary tries to step in then spares no time in terming it as “judicial activism”?                                     While craving for the exclusive indulgence of my esteemed readers, let me inform them that the Apex Court said explicitly that, “Attacks on those opting for inter-caste marriage were absolutely illegal and khap panchayats cannot threaten adult women a…

Strike By Delhi High Court Bar Association On 25 January

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Let me say this most categorically: If there is one High Court which is reputed for seldom going to strike, it is none other than Delhi High Court. It is only when something very serious happens that Delhi High Court Bar Association decides to go on complete strike. One such rare occasion was on 25 January, 2018. That is why even I was awestruck on reading in the news that the Delhi High Court Bar Association has called for strike on 25 January.                                 Sure enough, there were compelling reasons for the lawyers of Delhi High Court to go on a complete strike on 25 January. The Delhi High Court Bar Association resolved to abstain from work on Thursday, i.e. 25 January, as a mark of solidarity against a recent  dastardly attack on two senior and eminent advocates of the Delhi High Court – Kirti Uppal and Vikas Pahwa. As per a resolution passed by the Executive Committee of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, another attack had been staged against advocate Ravi Sh…

How Can Karni Sena Be Above The Law Of The Land?

How can Karni Sena made up of few totally orthodox self-styled Rajputs no matter what the provocations are indulge in ordering its members to forcibly stop showing of film Padmaavat? How can they decide that which film is to be shown and which film is not to be shown? How can they decide that what should be shown in a film and what should not be shown in a film?                                             How can members of Karni Sena or any other member of any other group issue a reward of Rs 5 crore or 10 crore on the nose of Deepika Padukone as has been done actually? How can they still continue to roam free and be at large without being arrested by police or anyone else? How can they attack buses of children going to schools threatening the very safety of innocent children and scare them to the extent that we can’t even dream of and vandalize the buses in which the children are travelling as has happened actually at many places and still be at large?                                 …

President Upholds AAP MLAs Disqualification By EC

Let me begin at the very beginning by first and foremost pointing out cogently that in a big blow to Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), President Ram Nath Kovind approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 party MLAs for violating the law against holding the office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries. This was disclosed in a government notification. This is certainly by all parameters a very big jolt for the AAP which it has been candid enough to admit also and has revealed that it would take legal recourse.                                           While craving for the exclusive indulgence of my esteemed readers, let me inform them that this landmark step by the President comes two days after the Election Commission submitted its report deeming the AAP lawmakers as “unfit” to continue as MLAs. So the President was left with no option but to disqualify these 20 AAP lawmakers. There can be no denying or disputing this!                                      Fo…

States Can’t Ban Padmaavat Must Provide Security: SC

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Let me start flowing ink from my pen by first and foremost stating that while clearing the way for the nationwide release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat, the Supreme Court on January 18 stayed the notification issued by Gujarat and Rajasthan prohibiting the screening of the film and restraining other states from issuing such notifications. This film which is starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor is scheduled for nationwide release on January 25. The producers of the movie, Viacom 18, approached the Apex Court for the second time challenging respective orders issued by the States to stall the screening of the movie citing law and order situation. Those opposing the film are upset over a rumoured romantic scene, presumably a dream sequence between Padukone acting as Queen Padmavati and Ranveer Singh acting as Alauddin Khilji and this charge is denied by the director Bhansali!                                     While craving for the exclusive indulgence of…