Former Supreme Court judge justice PB Sawant passes away in Pune

Pune, Feb 15 : Eminent jurist  and former Judge of Supreme Court justice P B Sawant has passed away in his residence in Pune on Monday. He was 91. Justice Sawant is a former Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI). He was associated with several public causes. Justice Sawant and Justice Kolse-Patil were the co-convenors of the 2017 Elgar Parishad that was held in Shaniwarwada in Pune. In 1973, he was appointed Judge of the Bombay High Court. Among his notable acts was an inquiry on the Air-India…

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SC grants 5-day bail to journalist Siddique Kappan to visit ailing mother, bars him from speaking to media

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday granted 5-day bail to journalist Siddique Kappan, arrested on his way to Hathras where a young Dalit woman had died after being allegedly gang-raped, to visit his ailing mother. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, however, said that during his visit he shall not give any interview to the media, including social media. The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, said that Siddique will not meet members of the public except his relatives and doctors concerned. It said…

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Delhi Police said no communal angle in Rinku Sharma murder case, AAP says he was killed for saying Jai Sri Ram

New Delhi: The right-wing army including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is purportedly busy to provoke communal sentiments in connection with the murder of Rinku Sharma in Delhi’s Mangolpuri area. Recently, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha has alleged that Sharma was killed because of raising Jai Shri Ram slogan. “The family of Rinku Sharma is saying that he was killed because of raising Jai Shri Ram slogans. It should be thoroughly investigated and the culprits should be punished. Is raising the Jai Shri Ram slogans not safe now? In BJP’s rule, Hindus…

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Delhi HC issues notice to Modi govt over vacant posts in National Commission for Minorities

Positions of chairperson, other important functionaries not filled since October 2020 NEW DELHI — The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Ministry of Minorities Affairs as to why various posts at the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) are lying vacant and directed it to submit a status report. Justice Prathiba M. Singh was hearing a petition seeking filing up of vacancies. Petitioner Abhay Ratan Bauddh told the court that only the post of the Vice Chairman was functional, while six others are vacant since October 2020. “There cannot be so…

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Gujarat to introduce law against so-called love jihad

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday said that his government will soon introduce a law against religious conversion, PTI reported. Two other Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states – Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh – have already introduced ordinances that criminalise interfaith marriage under the fig leaf of the Hindutva conspiracy theory, “love jihad”. Rupani made the announcement at a rally for the municipal elections in Vadodara. “We are going to bring a law against love jihad in the Assembly,” he said. “Such activities being done in the name of…

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