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Bopaiah to remain Pro Team Speaker, Supreme Court orders Live Telecast of Floor Test

Earlier in the day, the party alleged Bopaiah’s appointment was made “with the sole intent of manufacturing a majority out of minority for Yeddyurappa”.



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New Delhi, May 19: The Supreme Court on Saturday said BJP MLA KG Bopaiah will remain the pro tem speaker and ordered the live telecast of the crucial floor test in Karnataka Assembly.

The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the Congress and the JD-S challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to appoint K.G. Bopaiah, a relatively junior MLA, as the pro-tem Speaker of the assembly.

Speaking to media after the Court order, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said “Most important objective was to establish transparency. Since the statement has come from ASG that live feed of proceedings would be given, we hope and trust there would be fairness. I have no doubt that the victory would be of Congress and JD(S)”.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal appeared for Congress & JD(S), Noted Lawyer Ram Jethmalani also present. While AG KK Venugopal & ASG Tushar Mehta along with Sr Advocate Mukul Rohatgi defended the appointment of Pro tem speaker.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan is hearing the plea.

Advocate Dev Dutt Kamat, who has filed the application, told media that the top court has passed scriptures against Bopaiah for acting in a partisan manner and disqualifying MLAs who had earlier revolted against then Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Bopaiah is to preside over the floor test on Saturday to ascertain whether newly-appointed Chief Minister Yeddyurappa enjoys a majority support in the house.

Yesterday, in the evening, a team of Congress leaders arrived at the Supreme Court to file the plea.

The Congress has contended that Bopaiah is not the senior-most member in the newly-elected House and according to the parliamentary convention, it is only the most senior MLA in terms of number of times he has been elected to the Assembly who can be a pro-tem Speaker.

The party had alleged Bopaiah’s appointment was made “with the sole intent of manufacturing a majority out of minority for Yeddyurappa”.


“Most important objective was to establish transparency. Since the statement has come from ASG that live feed of proceedings would be given, we hope & trust there would be fairness. I have no doubt that the victory would be of Congress & JD(S)”, he told reporters.

After the Court’s order, Speaking to media Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It’s for the first time I’m thankful that the court has taken decision during the time of holiday. The Apex Court allowed live videography of the floor test. This will solve our concerns.”

The Supreme Court said ” Live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings and it would address grievances of opposition parties”.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Governor, tells SC that live recording of floor test would do live broadcast to ensure transparency. Responding to this the top cpurt said “Let all channel be given access to broadcast live”

J. Sikri said the Convention of senior most is not the law

To this Tushar Mehta stated Floor test will be live telecast by local channels. What more transparency do they need?

Kapil Sibal: Let him take the oath. But as far as floor test is concerned you shud pass an order under Art. 142,  J. Sikri: If U want us to review our order and do not allow Boppaiah to oversee trust vote, then who will do the trust vote? Who will preside over the trust vote ?

J. Bobde to Sibal, You are in a zone of consideration. You want us to test the suitability of the PT Speaker but you do not want to postpone the test.

Upon hearing Kapil Sibal’s arguments, Justice Bobde said, If you want us to review the order, we should postpone the floor test. We declined to pass an order in that midnight hearing because we want to hear.” However, Sibal appealed that the trust vote be not delayed.

Sibal stated Bopaiah can be restrained from conducting the floor test, which can be done today.

Following this, Supreme Court said it will have to issue a notice to pro-tem Speaker and postpone floor test if Bopaiah’s appointment is to be examined.

K G Bopaiah was rapped for the malafide and the Apex Court came down heavily upon him for manipulating the majority in favour of BS Yeddyurappa, argued Sibal asking to dismiss Bopaiah as Pro-tem speaker.

Responding to this, Justice SA Bobde said ‘There’ve been instances where senior most MLA wasn’t appointed as Pro tem speaker. Kapil Sibal replied ‘KG Bopaiah has different history. His decision of disqualification was set aside by this Court earlier.’

He further stated, ‘Long-standing convention has been broken after the appointment of Bopaiah’, adding ‘Even SC has ratified this practice in two judgments’.

Sibal told the bench ‘The individual appointed must be the senior most member of the House which is a convention in the Parliament also.’

Kapil Sibal argues on behalf of Congress-JD(S), says  “I want to apologise for troubling you again,” Sibal says, to which Justice Sikri replies, “That’s okay. We have to honour job.”



India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute




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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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India reports 14K new Covid-19 cases, 152 deaths





 With 14,256 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Saturday continued with its low streak of single-day cases, increasing the overall tally to 1,06,39,684, the health officials said.

.For the past 16 days, the country has been recording less than 20,000 daily new infections even as the toll remained below 300-mark for just short of a month.

On January 19, India had reported 10,064 new coronavirus infections, the lowest single-day spike in seven months. The country had recorded over 10,000 cases on June 6 last year.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday said that with 152 fresh deaths, the overall toll in India stood at 1,53,184.

As per the Ministry’s data, 10,300,838 people have recovered so far and currently there are 1,85,662 active cases.

The recovery rate stands at 96.82 per cent, while the fatality rate at 1.44 per cent.

About 84 per cent of the daily new cases are reported from eight states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

The nationwide immunisation drive began across the country on January 16, with approval of two Covid vaccines in the country. As many as 12,72,097 beneficiaries have received the Covid vaccine jabs so far.

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SC comes to the rescue of DU law student, gives her shot at career in law




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The past two years have been tumultuous for law student Ankita Meena. Amid several legal adversities, she continued to put a brave face and cleared all the hurdles in finishing her law studies at Delhi University.

In second year, she was not allowed to write her exams, as she missed classes due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy. Her miseries were quadrupled after her results for fourth, fifth and sixth semesters were also withheld. Yet she did not give up and continued the battle in the top court, which reached its finality on Friday. The Supreme Court has now directed the Delhi University to declare the fifth semester results, which would allow her to have a shot at a career in law.

On Friday, a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said: “The IA (intervention application) and the SLP (special leave petition) are disposed of, directing the university to declare the fifth semester supplementary examination results of the petitioner and issue the provisional degree along with necessary certificates, provided she had passed the examinations, subject to the petitioner clearing the other formalities.”

Meena joined the three-year LLB course at Law Centre II, Faculty of Law, Delhi University, in August 2016. By the time she joined the course, she was already married for about five months. She completed the first three semesters without any hindrance. However, she fell short of the required attendance mark during the fourth semester, due to two difficulties: One, she gave birth to a baby in February 2018; and second, the teachers’ association went on strike in middle of March, hence classes were impacted.

In May 2018, when she was in second year, the top court declined to give her permission to write her exams as she had missed her classes due to her pregnancy. The court noted that it was “very uncomfortable” to pass an order at 1 pm on her plea to sit in the exam scheduled an hour later.

In October 2018, the top court permitted her to attend classes at her own risk on completion of the required formalities.

In February 2019, the court directed the university to permit her to attend the classes for sixth semester as per its October 2018 order. On July 5, 2019, the Supreme Court directed the university to permit her to appear in the fifth semester supplementary examination scheduled the next day.

In July 2020, the apex court directed that her results for fourth and sixth semesters be declared. Following these orders, Meena appeared for fourth, fifth and sixth semester exams.

The university had declared the results of the fourth and fifth semester examinations, but did not declare the results for the fifth semester supplementary examination. The top court noted that Meena has completed the course in entirety and the results of all the semester examinations except the fifth semester supplementary examination have already been declared.

Directing the university to declare the fifth semester results, the top court said: “This order is passed under the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case.”

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