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Finally India Now Has Lokpal In Place As Anti-Graft Body

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It has been a long and gruelling wait for Lokpal to finally come in place as an anti-graft body. On March 19, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh who is a former Supreme Court Judge and former Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court who retired in May 2017 and a current member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was appointed as India’s first Lokpal after President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki as the country’s first Lokpal. Earlier we saw how President Kovind had nominated former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi as “eminent jurist” as member of the panel to select Lokpal against the vacancy arising following the death of senior advocate PP Rao. The Lokpal Selection Committee was headed by the Prime Minister and had as its members – Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of the Opposition in the Lower House, Chief Justice of India and an eminent jurist nominated by President. A Judge of the top court nominated by the Chief Justice of India or any o…

Adding Additional Accused: To Invoke Section 319 CrPC Stronger Evidence Than Mere Probability Of Complicity Of A Person Required: SC

It would be imperative to mention right at the outset that in a significant pronouncement, the Supreme Court just recently on March 15, 2019 in Sugreev Kumar v. State of Punjab & Ors in Criminal Appeal No. 509 of 2019 (Arising out of SLP (Cri.) No. 9687 of 2018  has unequivocally reiterated that to add a person as additional accused under Section 319 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, stronger evidence is required than mere probability of complicity of that person. This notable and commendable judgment authored by Justice Dinesh Maheshwari for himself and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre while setting aside an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court unambiguously observed that while invoking Section 319 CrPC should not proceed as if an infallible case is required to be shown by the prosecution in order to proceed against the proposed accused persons. Very rightly so!
                                         While leave is granted in para 1, we then see that para 2 brings out that, …

P&H HC Directs Protection Of Honest Officers While Setting Aside CM’s Remarks On Khemka

In a major development, the Punjab and Haryana High  Court in a latest, landmark and laudable judgment titled Dr. Ashok Khemka Versus State of Haryana and others  in CWP-317-2019 (O&M) delivered on March 18, 2019 has very clearly and convincingly not just upheld the integrity  of eminent IAS officer of 1991 batch –  Dr Ashok Khemka known all over India who because of his upright and impeccable credentials has emerged as an eyesore for politicians of all hues but also very rightly expunged Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar adverse remarks in his Personal Appraisal Report (PAR). Every honest and upright person will be most happy to learn about this! There can be no denying or disputing it!
                                                        Not just stopping here, the two  Judge Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Kuldip Singh also observed without mincing any words that, “Since number of such officers whose integrity is beyond …

Karol Bagh Hotel Blaze Kills 17 As Rules Flouted Openly

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No words can be adequate to condemn most strongly the complete and callous flouting of rules by hotels with impunity which is squarely and solely responsible for such hotel blaze as we saw just recently in Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh which ultimately resulted in the killing of 17 people for no fault of theirs! Their only fault was that they trusted the big name of the hotel in New Delhi’s Karol Bagh and paid for it with their invaluable lives! Time and again we see such innumerable incidents happening yet everything is soon forgotten only for another incident to revive those unpalatable memories again with a more bad taste perhaps in many such cases!
         Needless to say, the permanent and painful loss suffered by the near and dear ones of those killed is beyond words to describe and is irreparable! No money announced as compensation can ever be enough to compensate the lives of those who have died! But both Centre and State Government feel proud to announce quick compensation…