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Lawyers bodies at loggerheads on issue of SC judge’s apology

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New Delhi, Dec 6 : Two top lawyers bodies — the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Bar Council of India (BCI) — have come to fault each other on the apology offered by senior Supreme Court judge Arun Mishra in the courtroom on Thursday for allegedly initiating contempt proceedings against a senior advocate.

The SCBA, in a statement, said the “derisive tone and tenor” of the press release issued by BCI on the matter was “unwarranted”.

“The Executive Committee of the SCBA not only takes a strong objection to it but also deplores the BCI for interfering with the functioning of it,” the SCBA said, terming the statements made by BCI “not only vague and incorrect, but also highly unbecoming of the statutory authority”.

The BCI on Thursday criticised the reaction of the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record Association (SCAORA) and the SCBA’s Executive Committee, where the former had requested the judge to be “little bit more patient in dealing with lawyers”. The BCI said the SCBA could have met the judge in his chamber.

Justice Mishra on Thursday apologized after he had warned senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan of contempt during the hearing of a case. “The derisive tone and tenor of the Press Release qua the Supreme Court Bar Association and its Executive Committee is unwarranted and the facts state therein are incorrect and far from truth. The Executive Committee condemns the same in the strongest words possible,” said the SCBA release.

The SCBA also said that the BCI should refrain itself from issuing such statements with “politically loaded motives”, and it should immediately issue a clarification and “also withdraw its unwarranted remarks and sarcastic insinuations made against the Executive Committee of the SCBA and its members.”

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TN Covid cases up by 5,835

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Chennai, Aug 13 Tamil Nadu logged 5,835 fresh Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours while a total of 5,146 people were cured of the disease and discharged from different hospitals in the state, said the Health Department on Thursday.

In a statement issued here, the department said 5,835 persons tested positive for coronavirus taking the tally to 320,355.

The total number of Covid-19-cured patients discharged from various hospitals in the state went up by 5,146 to 261,459.

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the state after taking into account the cured and dead stands at 53,499. The state recorded the deaths of 119 Covid-19 patients taking the death toll till date to 5,397.

The number of infected children in the state in the age group of 0-12 went up to 15,614.

The state capital Chennai continued to head the Covid-19 infection table with 989 persons testing positive for the virus and its total tally stands at 113,058.

( With inputs from IANS 

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Kolkata top cop tests Covid positive

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A senior Kolkata Police officer tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, police said.

City police Joint Commissioner (Headquarters) Subhankar Sinha Sarkar tested positive for Covid-19 at the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar. He was suffering from fever for the past three days and went for a corona test. The report came out on Thursday.

Police sources at Lalbazar said Sarkar has now gone into home isolation. His condition is stable as of now. Those who came in contact with him in the past one week will also have to undergo Covid tests at Lalbazar.

According to sources, all police stations have been advised to reduce the number of police personnel at barracks to avoid Covid-19 infections. Over 1,000 frontline Covid warriors of the Kolkata Police have already been infected by coronavirus. Many of them are still in home isolation.

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HC to Delhi Cantt board: No coercive action against DIA

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) to not take any coercive steps against the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the national capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport relating to the Rs 2,600 crore property tax demand by the authority for the 2016-19 period.

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