The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice A. M. Khanwilkar on Thursday directed the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate not to proceed with the criminal defamation proceedings against The Wire filed by Jay Shah, son of BJP President Amit Shah in respect of an article published in Wire until the next hearing before the apex court on April 12. The Bench also issued notice on the SLP preferred by The Wire Journalist Rohini Singh and Founder Editors of the Wire against the January 8 judgment of the Gujarat High Court refusing to quash the defamation proceedings. During the hearing Chief Justice Dipak Misra has criticized the online medias and said; “We respect freedom of press but it has limits, many in electronic media think they can write any thing. How can they write on any one whatever they like”. It was alleged before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court in … [Read more...] about SC Directs Gujarat Court Not To Proceed With Jay Shah’s Defamation Case Against ‘The Wire’ Till April 12
The Delhi High Court on Monday took suo motu congnizance of “innuendo-laden tweets” posted by journalist Swaminathan Gurumurthy questioning the credibility of Justice S Muralidhar, who was on a division bench with Justice IS Mehta which granted interim protection to Karti Chidambaram from being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case. The bench of Justice Muralidhar and Justice Mehta on Monday took cognizance of the tweets made by S Gurumurthy, the editor of magazine ‘Tughlak’. The bench had, on March 9, granted Karti, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, interim protection after he withdrew his plea from the Supreme Court and moved the high court apprehending that he would be arrested by the ED as soon as his CBI’s custody comes to an end. On Monday, the bench noted, “Within a few hours of the order in the present writ petition on 9th March 2018, a twitter handle @sgurumurthy tweeted the following mischievous … [Read more...] about “I Was Never Chidambaram’s Junior”: Justice Muralidhar On S.Gurumurthy’s Tweet & Says ‘Let The ASG &Bar Consider Whether Such Tweets Call For Action’
“Sorry sir, you are made to suffer at the hands of our people too, as, unfortunately, this is how the bureaucratic dogmatism with wooden approach works, at times, in this country, for which you fought to get freedom”.The Madras High Court has apologised to an 89-year-old freedom fighter, V Gandhi, who waited “patiently” for freedom fighter pension for 37 long years before moving the court.Justice K Ravichandrabaabu extended apologies to Gandhi while directing the Secretary to the Government, Tamil Nadu Public (political pension – III) department and the District Collector to give him his due within two weeks along with arrears “at his door steps”.The court was exasperated at the fact that the government gave lame excuse of discrepancy in his age which was immaterial when noted freedom fighter Padma Bhushan Col Lakshmi Sahgal had vouched for his claim of having fought in the freedom struggle as part of the Indian National Army.The court was … [Read more...] about “Sorry Sir” Says Madras HC To 89-Yr-Old Freedom Fighter Made To Wait For Pension For 37 Years [Read Order]
Supreme Court of India today dismissed a plea filed by sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for making BJP President Amit Shah a party in his plea seeking probe into role of senior BJP and RSS functionaries in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.A bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra noted that the Special Investigation Team appointed by it had given a clean chit to senior BJP and RSS functionaries mentioned by Bhatt in his petitions after investigating similar charges made by Jakia Jafri, whose husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed by rioters.It was double setback for Bhatt as the bench not only rejected his plea for probe by a SC-monitored SIT into a slew of “motivated” FIRs against him, but also lifted the stay of his trial in two cases relating to coercing a witness and hacking the then BJP-led government’s email account. “Since there was interim stay, as charge-sheet has been filed , let trial court proceed further in accordance … [Read more...] about SC dismisses Ex- Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea for probing Amit Shah’s role in post-Godhra riots [Read Judgment]
Dismissed Gujarat Cadre IPS officer and known Modi-baiter Sanjiv Bhatt on Thursday averred in the Supreme Court that he would not get a fair trial in Gujarat if the State Police investigates the complaint against him as the justice delivery system in the State has collapsed. He alleged victimization for consistently maintaining and deposing before the SIT, the court amicus and the Nanavati Commission that the Modi government was complicit in the riots.Mr. Bhatt was represented by Senior Counsel Indira Jaising, who reportedly asserted that only a Special Investigation Team would carry out unbiased probe into the matter. With the change of situation at the Centre, Ms. Jaising also expressed unwillingness towards the prospect of a CBI investigation. She said, “You (the state) hang me (Mr. Bhatt), but hang after a proper trial.”Ms. Jaising brought to the Court’s notice that Mr. Bhatt was the sole witness to a meeting convened by the then CM, Mr. Modi, on February 27, … [Read more...] about “You hang me but after a proper trial”: Dismissed IPS Officer Sanjiv Bhatt alleges victimization by Gujarat Govt.
The Supreme Court today began hearing the pleas of dismissed Gujarat Cadre IPS officer and known Modi-baiter Sanjiv Bhatt seeking SIT probe into allegation of misuse of state machinery during 2002 post-Godhra riots and the alleged roles of top BJP and RSS functionaries and some senior bureaucrats.Appearing for Bhatt, senior advocate and former ASG Indira Jaising requested a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu for an SIT probe into two FIRs against Bhatt.The hearing will continue tomorrow.After keeping him under suspension for nearly five years, Bhatt was sacked on August 18.Bhatt had moved the SC four year ago accusing the then Modi government of attempting to blunt his untiring efforts to expose the state’s role in fanning the riots by lodging an inspired FIR against him in 2011 accusing him of forcing a government servant to give false evidence to establish his presence during a high-level meeting called by the then CM to discuss the riots.Bhatt moved the fresh … [Read more...] about SC begins hearing sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s plea for probing role of BJP, RSS leaders in post-Godhra riots
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar today put up a solid defence for the then Gujarat government trashing the claim of sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt that he was present at a meeting to discuss law and order situation during the 2002 communal violence at residence of the then Chief Minister.The SG also stiffly opposed the constitution of an SIT to probe lodging of FIRs against Bhatt as demanded by him“The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) had come to the conclusion that the petitioner (Bhatt) was not present at all in the February 27 meeting”, Kumar, appearing for the state, told the court which reserved its verdict on the pleas of the dismissed IPS officer.Senior advocate L Nageshwar Rao, appearing for then Additional Advocate General Tushar Mehta “who has been accused of trying to save several accused by handing over copies of the confidential SIT report”, alleged that Bhatt was trying to revive whatever happened since 2002. “The … [Read more...] about Defending Gujarat Govt, SG trashes Sanjiv Bhatt’s claims on post-godhra riots