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24 more test positive in J&K, tally mounts to 184

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Jammu, April 9 (IANS) Twenty-four more people tested positive for Covid-19 in J&K on Thursday, taking the total number of positive cases in the Union Territory to 184.

“24 more positive in Kashmir. Total 184. 32 in Jammu, 152 in Kashmir. All are contacts. A result of aggressive testing,” government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said.

All the 24 persons who tested positive on Thursday belong to the Kashmir division.

With this, the total number of Covid-19 patients in the UT has risen to 184, out of which 32 are from the Jammu division and 152 are from the Kashmir division.

Out of these, five persons have died while 10 have recovered completely.

Thus there are 169 active cases in J&K out of which 31 are in the Jammu division, and 138 are in the Kashmir division.


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Why justice combined with motorcycle, SC asks Prashant Bhushan

He also said that scores of people have tweeted the photograph of the Chief Justice (S.A. Bobde) on the bike. “Somebody said Justice is riding on a bike…. are you going to call all of them,” he argued before the bench also comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari.

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New Delhi, Aug 5 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday queried Prashant Bhushan’s counsel why “justice was combined with some motorcycle”, in reference to one of the tweets over which the apex court issued notice to the lawyer on his alleged contemptuous remarks against the judiciary.

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Bhushan, contended before a bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, that the judges should see tweets by others, as some of them are very amusing. He argued that the content in Bhushan’s tweet is criticism.

“Why don’t you take it objectively… a senior judge, who went to become the Chief Justice of this court, had also criticised.”

Dave also told the bench that tweets did not hamper the administration of justice, and that fair criticism is not wrong.

He also said that scores of people have tweeted the photograph of the Chief Justice (S.A. Bobde) on the bike. “Somebody said Justice is riding on a bike…. are you going to call all of them,” he argued before the bench also comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari.

The apex court then reserved the order in the suo motu contempt case initiated against Bhushan for allegedly bringing the administration of justice in disrepute through two of his tweets.

It also dismissed the plea filed by Bhushan against its Secretary General for procedural irregularities in accepting the contempt petition with the sanction of the Attorney General. The plea had sought that the contempt notice be recalled.

On July 22, the apex court had issued notice to Bhushan on the alleged contemptuous remarks on Twitter. The top court also asked Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to assist it in the matter. A bench of Justices Mishra, Gavai and Krishna Murari asked Bhushan and Twitter to file a reply by August 5.

“We are, prima facie, of the view that the aforesaid statements on Twitter have brought the administration of justice in disrepute and are capable of undermining the dignity and authority of the institution of the Supreme Court in general and the office of the Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of public at large,” said the court in its order.

The Supreme Court initiated suo motu contempt proceedings against Bhushan for allegedly making derogatory comments against the top court on Twitter, through his two tweets.

The first tweet, which was posted on June 27, alleged that the last four Chief Justices had played a role in the “destruction of democracy” during the “undeclared emergency” for the last six years. And the second tweet on June 29 allegedly said the present Chief Justice rode a stationary bike at Nagpur while keeping the apex court in lockdown and denying citizens their right to access justice.

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Delhi HC seeks police response on Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita’s bail plea

Initially, Kalita was arrested on March 23 in an anti-CAA protest case related to Jafrabad in North-East Delhi. She got bail in that case. But on March 24, she was arrested in another case, for which she is in the judicial custody.

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court, here on Wednesday, sought the Delhi Police’s response over Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita’s bail plea.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait issued the notice and asked the police to file the response by the next hearing in the case.

Earlier in July, Kalita and Natasha Narwal, another member of the Pinjra Tod group, were denied bail by a trial court. The trial court said from the charge-sheet it was clear that the investigation was pending.

The crime branch of the Delhi Police arrested Narwal and Kalita in May, accusing them of charges related to rioting, unlawful assembly and attempt to murder.

Initially, Kalita was arrested on March 23 in an anti-CAA protest case related to Jafrabad in North-East Delhi. She got bail in that case. But on March 24, she was arrested in another case, for which she is in the judicial custody.

Recently, a separate Bench of the high court restricted the Delhi Police from issuing any press note on Kalita or any other accused in connection with the Delhi riots case till the beginning of trial.

The police said Kalita and Narwal were actively involved in hatching the conspiracy to cause riots near Jafrabad Metro Station in Delhi.

“They were also part of a larger conspiracy and were found to be connected to the ‘India Against Hate’ group and Umar Khalid. The message, found in the phone of an accused, on Whatsapp chat, reveals the conspiracy and the extent of preparation for the riots,” the police said.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad moved to RIMS director’s bungalow amid Covid-19 fear, BJP cries foul

Prasad’s moving was being speculated ever since a dedicated Covid-19 ward started functioning in RIMS after the pandemic broke out.

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Incarcerated Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, Jharkhand, was moved to the hospital director’s bungalow on Wednesday in view of his clinical safety arising from the spurt in Covid-19 infection.

Ranchi senior superintendent of police (SSP) Surendra Kumar Jha confirmed that Prasad was moved to director’s bungalow. “RIMS and the jail administrations had decided to move Prasad from the paying ward and it was carried out today,” Jha said.

Prasad’s moving was being speculated ever since a dedicated Covid-19 ward started functioning in RIMS after the pandemic broke out. It gained momentum after one of his caretakers tested positive Covid-19 recently. However, the former Bihar chief minister underwent a Covid-19 test which came out negative on July 26.

Several rooms on the floor where Prasad was admitted were also occupied due to security reasons, which were now needed for the treatment of coronavirus patients, a RIMS official said requesting anonymity.

Jharkhand’s total Covid-19 tally crossed 14,000, of which Ranchi accounts for over 2,500 cases. The number of active cases was registered at 1,802 in Ranchi till Tuesday evening.

Superintendent of Birsa Munda Central Jail, where Prasad was imprisoned before he was admitted to RIMS, Hamid Akhtar said, “We had received a request from the RIMS administration regarding Prasad’s movement to the bungalow. They said as Covid-19 cases are rising, they wanted to use other rooms which were occupied due to security reasons for Prasad.”

Finally, it was decided that Prasad would be moved to the director’s bungalow, which is also a part of the RIMS campus, Akhtar added.

The official residence of the RIMS director has been vacant after former director Dr DK Singh left RIMS last month. The incumbent director, Dr Manju Gari, is yet to move in.

Earlier, the police administration carried out the security audit of the bungalow on receiving the request letter from the RIMS administration.

Lalu Prasad Yadav is serving a jail term after being convicted in the fodder scam cases and was admitted to the RIMS paying ward with stage-3 kidney problems in December 2018. Meanwhile, he applied for a regular bail in July.

The state BJP termed Prasad’s shifting to director’s bungalow as special treatment by the incumbent Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress-led government in Jharkhand in the view of upcoming Bihar election. “Now, the director’s bungalow would turn into an RJD headquarter where Bihar poll strategies would be chalked out,” said BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo.

The JMM, however, rubbished the allegation describing it as the BJP’s stunt to get political mileage. “Prasad is imprisoned. How can the director’s bungalow turn into RJD headquarter? Since BJP has no work, it is levelling baseless allegation,” JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said.

He said the jail and the RIMS administration took the decision in view of Prasad’s age and rising cases of Covid-19.

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