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Centre to SC: Will decide on Justice Kureshi within a week

Disregarding the recommendation, the Centre notified the appointment of Ravi Shanker Jha as the acting Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court last month after Justice Sanjay Kumar Seth retired on June 9.

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New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court it will take a call within a week on the court’s Collegium recommendation of May 10 elevating the Justice Akil Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S.A. Bobde and S. Abdul Nazeer that he has instruction that within a week some decisions would be taken on the matter.

Mehta urged the court to consider the matter after a week, as the government is processing the documents shared by the Collegium on the judge concerned.

Earlier, the government had told the apex court it would decide on Kureshi’s elevation latest by August 14. The bench adjourned the hearing on the matter and informed the parties that the administrative side will fix the date of the next hearing.

On the last date of hearing, appearing for the Centre, Mehta had requested a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to give 10 days more for taking the decision as Parliament was still in session. At this, the bench had said whatever decision the government wanted to take, it should be placed before the court.

The court was hearing Gujarat High Court Advocates Association’s petition challenging the delay in the elevation of Justice Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. It said that the government had not cleared the file.

Senior Advocate F.S. Nariman, appearing for the association, had said the Union government should act as “distinguished communicator” on the recommendation made by the Collegium.

On May 10, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice Gogoi had recommended Justice Kureshi, currently the senior most judge in the Gujarat High Court, as the most suitable candidate to be appointed as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Disregarding the recommendation, the Centre notified the appointment of Ravi Shanker Jha as the acting Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court last month after Justice Sanjay Kumar Seth retired on June 9.

The association has requested the court to direct the Centre to implement the Collegium’s resolution of May 10.

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Govt must tell forward plan to the country: Congress

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

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New Delhi, May 31 : On the last day of the lockdown 4.0, the Congress has questioned the government on its strategy and plan to control the coronavirus infection, exit route out of the lockdown to revive the economy and a way forward.

Chief Spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala said, “Today, we witnessed biggest ‘Single Day Spike’ in #COVID19 infection of 8,380. Total Infection at 1,82,490.”

He asked, “The fifth Lockdown begins tomorrow and Congress posed 4 questions to the government — What is the Govt strategy? Have the Lockdowns failed? Is there a blueprint to fight Corona? Any plan out of economic havoc?”

The party has been questioning the persistent lockdown without any exit plan which was implemented on March 25.

The Centre on Saturday took an exit step from the 68-day nationwide lockdown, declaring that the restrictions will be limited to only containment zones up to June 30 and that the prohibited activities will be opened in a phased manner in areas outside these zones.

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 with the announcement of the restrictions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown was extended thrice earlier.

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Continue strict enforcement of measures in containment zones: Delhi LG

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New Delhi, May 31 : Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday directed the officials concerned to ensure continued strict enforcement of health and other measures in containment zones in the national capital as per central government guidelines.

In a series of tweets, he said that he had held a meeting on the ongoing coronavirus situation in Delhi with the Chief Secretary and other senior officials, including Municipal Commissioners, and reviewed steps taken to ramp up health infrastructure in Delhi keeping in mind various scenarios.

The total coronavirus cases in the city had crossed 18,000-mark on Saturday.

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Delhi Police ASI dies of COVID-19, second casualty in force

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

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New Delhi, May 31 : A 54-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police has succumbed to COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.

The death of Shesh Mani Pandey, deployed as the fingerprint expert in the Crime Branch, marks the second casualty in the force due to the deadly infection.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sanjay Bhatia, the officer tested positive on May 26 at the Lady Hardinge hospital after he complained of fever and cough.

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

Pandey was an ex-Army personnel and joined Delhi Police on November 1, 2014. He belonged to Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, a constable posted at Bharat Nagar Police Station in northwest Delhi passed away due to the viral infection.

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