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Arbitrary or excessive tax is also social injustice: CJI

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Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde

New Delhi, Jan 24 Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde on Friday said tax evasion is an injustice to fellow Indian citizens but arbitrary or excessive tax also results in social injustice by the government

His observation gains significance as it comes against the backdrop of the Union Budget for 2020-21 set to be unveiled on February 1.

In his address at at an event held to mark the 79th Foundation ceremony of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Chief Justice Bobde said imposition of excessive tax is also a kind of social injustice on the people.

“While tax evasion is a social injustice to fellow citizens, arbitrary or excessive tax also results in social injustice by a government.”

He insisted that the tax judiciary plays a very important role in resource mobilisation for the country and a speedy dispute resolution is considered a tax incentive.

“To the tax collector, efficient tax judiciary ensures tax demands originating from legitimate assessments are not strangled in delayed litigation,” he added.

Although, the top judge did not make any comment on the health of the economy, especially when the country is facing an economic slowdown in the backdrop of high inflation and a weakening rupee, he insisted that delays in administration of justice are of paramount concern, and this has led to the creation of tribunals.

Chief Justice Bobde also stressed on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), saying it can play a significant role in tribunal’s docket management and decision-making.

He said AI can be used in only repetitive areas of decision-making, that is rate of taxation etc, or something, and something which is mechanical should be covered by AI.

“AI should not be allowed to substitute human discretion, which is necessary for decision making. The AI systems we are looking to employ in court possess reading speed of one million characters’ per second.”

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SC judge says opposing govt can’t be labelled as anti-national

“There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,”

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : Supreme Court judge Deepak Gupta on Monday said if attempts are made to quell dissent, then it will have a chilling effect on democracy, as “governments are not always right” and that opposing government can’t be labelled as anti-national.

Speaking at the lecture hosted by Supreme Court Bar Association on democracy and dissent, Justice Gupta emphasized the essence of democracy by stating that majoritarianism is antithesis to democracy. “There have been many recent incidents where people have been called anti-national because they dissented from the government,” he said.

“If some party gets 51% votes, does that mean the other 49% should not speak for 5 years…every citizen has a role to play in democracy….governments are not always right,” said Justice Gupta.

“Just because you take a contararian view, it does not mean disrespect to the country. Whenever there is a clash of ideas, there will be dissent. Right to question is an inherent part of democracy.”

He reiterated that the Opposition has the right to protest as long as peaceful means are adopted. Justice Gupta also cited excerpts from a lecture recently given by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, which said: “Blatant labelling if dissent as anti-national stops deliberative democracy.”

Citing vital components of democracy, Justice Gupta said democracy is considered successful, if it protects the civil rights of the citizens. “Dissent has an important role, it should be encouraged…it leads to finding better ways to run the country”, he added.

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Shots fired in Maujpur, vehicles vandalised

Pro, anti-CAA groups clash in northeast Delhi’s Maujpur

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Anti CAA and Pro CAA Protest in Delhi Pic : Credit @drpandey

The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

Situation continued to remain volatile in north-east Delhi, with fresh cases of stone pelting reported from near the Babarpur-Maujpur metro station on Monday.

Several rounds of stone pelting between pro- and anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protesters took place.

After the anti-CAA protesters set their cars on fire, the pro-CAA group retaliated by setting shops and a house on fire. Around four cars were damaged and as many shops were targetted.

Police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. A few policemen also attempted to pacify the groups. But the clashes were happening in several pockets due to which police force was taking time to reach the spots.

The Delhi Metro also closed entry and exit at Jaffrabad and Maujpur-Babarpur stations as an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

On Sunday, a clash broke out in the area between the two groups around 1 km from the Jaffarabad Metro Station, where one side of the carriageway had been blocked by anti-CAA protesters since morning. After slogan shouting from both sides, the groups started pelting stones at each other, leading to chaos in the area.

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The US will become India’s premier defence partner: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives US President Donald Trump with a bear hug. He also welcomes his wife Melania Trump. Namaste Trump event at Motera Stadium has started. Stay tuned for live updates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump’s roadshow and their addre

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New Delhi, Feb 24 : India and the United States will sign two defence deals worth $3 billion in Delhi on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said on Monday.

The defence deals pertain to the sale of 24 MH-60R helicopters for the Indian Navy and six AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Army.

“As we continue to build our defence cooperation, the US looks forward to providing India with some of the best and most-feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made. We make the best and we are dealing now with India,” the US President said while speaking at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad after landing in the Gujarat city earlier.

“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow, our representatives will sign deals to sell for over $3 billion the finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.”

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Ahead of Trump’s visit to India, the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 19 cleared the two deals to acquire 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ naval multi-mission helicopters for $2.12 billion and six AH-64E Apache attack choppers for $796 million from the US.

The first batch of six MH-60R helicopters, equipped with multi-mode radars and night-vision capabilities as well as Hellfire missiles, MK-54 torpedoes and precision-kill rockets for potent anti-submarine warfare, would be delivered within a year. The remaining 18 will be delivered within four years.

The six Apaches, armed with Stinger air-to-air missiles, Hellfire Longbow air-to-ground missiles, guns and rockets, would be delivered in three and a half years.

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