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Canning/Sreerampur (West Bengal), April 26 : Describing the Centre’s ruling BJP and West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress as “two faces of the same coin”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the “Modi-Mamata collusion” was a grave danger to the state as well as democracy.

Addressing successive rallies in the state attended by several Marxist leaders, Gandhi batted for the Congress-Left Front alliance and ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for their “tall claims of development”.

“Much like Modi says Congress did nothing in 60 years and all the development work has been done by the BJP government, Mamata too says there was nothing in Bengal before she came to power.

“This Mamata-Modi collusion is a big danger for Bengal. These twin arrogant forces are a danger to democracy.

“The Modi government’s functioning is endangering our country’s basic structure, our secular values, our democracy and our age-old tradition and values,” Gandhi said in Canning of South 24 Parganas district.

Using the example of Hilsa, the exquisite gourmet fish of Bengal, Gandhi questioned Modi’s assertions of securing the country’s border.

“Once Bengal’s pride, such is the condition that now Hilsa has to be imported. And this is all because of Modi and Mamata.

“The BJP and Trinamool collectively have put prohibition on Indian fishing trawlers but trawlers from our neighbouring countries are being allowed to catch our fish,” she alleged.

“Modi who talks big about border security, when he couldn’t save the fish, how will he secure our borders? The Pathankot attack is a big example of that,” said Gandhi, referring to the January terror attack at the Pathankot air force station in Punjab.

Targeting Banerjee, Gandhi questioned “why are farmers committing suicide, why is there unemployment?”

“The industries are closing, there is no sign of law and order, there is rampant crime against women and there is so much of corruption that even new bridges are collapsing,” she said, referring to the Vivekananda Road flyover collapse in Kolkata in which 26 people were killed.

“The Trinamool and the BJP have put up separate masks but they are two faces of the same coin. Both of them don’t believe in democracy,” she said in Sreerampur of Hooghly district, while sharing the dais with Left leaders including CPI-M’s Rabin Deb.

She accused the BJP and Trinamool of being hand-in-glove in parliament, wondering “why the Trinamool comes running to the rescue of the BJP when it tries to pass anti-poor bills?”

“If both of them (BJP and Trinamool) are not together, why did the central government not take action against those who looted the poor in the Saradha chit fund scam?” she asked.

Urging people not to fall into the trap of the BJP and Trinamool’s fake promises, Gandhi called upon people to vote for the Congress and the CPI-M led Left Front which have entered into an alliance.

“Five years back, the Trinamool fooled you with its tall promises and two years back Modi did the same. This time don’t get entrapped by the BJP and Trinamool’s tall promises, but vote for the Congress and Left Front nominees,” she added.


All you need to know about the shutdown in Delhi



Janata Curfew

New Delhi, March 25 : The Delhi government’s Health Department has issued a detailed standard operating procedure in the wake of the statewide lockdown, followed by nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Government employees engaged in providing essential services or activities will be allowed “unhindered movement in and out of Delhi”, on production of their official Identity Card, said the order.

“Those employees of Government/Autonomous Bodies/PSUs of GNCTD, who are requisitioned for providing essential services shall be allowed unhindered movement in and out of Delhi on production of a pass to be issued by the offices of the DMs concerned/ Divisional Commissioner/HoDs or any gazetted officer authorized by the HoDs in the prescribed format as per Annexure -II,” it read.

Outsourced and contractual employees engaged by Government Departments will be allowed to move in providing essential services on production of a pass to be issued, by the offices of District Magistrates, Divisional Commissioner or their department head.

Meanwhile, all the health care personnel who are private employees (private doctors/para-medical staff/lab technicians etc.) will also be allowed free movement on production of their employer ID cards. Self-employed doctors/healthcare personnel will be allowed movement in and out of Delhi on production of official I-Card issued by their regulatory body or a related government organisation.

But what about the private sector employees involved in providing essential services?

“Private personnel who are engaged in providing essential services shall be allowed to move in and out of Delhi on production of a pass to be issued, by the offices of District Magistrates concerned /Divisional Commissioner/ District Deputy Commissioners of Police concerned/ HoDs concerned or any Gazetted Officer(s) authorised by HoDs, in the prescribed format as per Annexure-II,” reads the government order.

Private vehicles for the persons involved in all above mentioned categories have to obtain passes issued by the District Magistrates or Divisional Commissioner or their HoDs.

But does that men general public of Delhi can’t move at all? They are advised not to move out of their homes unless absolutely essential and use of vehicles should be curtailed to bare minimum, insists the government. However, movement out of homes should only be made for procurement of essential services or commodities or medical emergency only.

Meanwhile, what should bring some cheer, those Delhi residents stranded outside Delhi for some reason, will be allowed to enter Delhi on production of any valid ID or residence proof showing their residential address in Delhi.

Those coming from outside can apply for an e-pass through WhatsApp to authorized mobile numbers or email ID ddma,[email protected] giving their particulars along with relevant documents. “Such an e-pass shall also be received on the same WhatsApp number or email of the applicant,” says the Delhi government order.

Meanwhile, a 24/7 Control Room has been set up at the Office of Divisional Commissioner in Delhi and also at all the offices of District Magistrates of Delhi. An ACP rank officer will be available at all Control Rooms at all times to ensure proper liaison with the offices of District Magistrates on real time basis.

Lastly, the order says, “An officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector of Police and a revenue official of appropriate seniority shall be available round the clock at the inter-state border check posts at all entry points of Delhi, who will facilitate the seamless movement of vehicles engaged in transportation of essential goods/services/commodities as well as personnel engaged in providing essential services.”

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Will explain everything about accepting RS offer: Gogoi

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned the government’s move, saying, “Justice Lokur rightly summarises it… ‘Has the last bastion fallen’?”




Ranjan Gogoi

Guwahati/Agartala, March 17: Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who was on Monday nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind, said on Tuesday that “his presence in the Parliament would be an opportunity to underscore the viewpoint of the judiciary before the legislature and vice-versa”.

Gogoi, who retired in November last year after presiding over the Supreme Court for around 13 months, told the media in Guwahati: “Probably I would go to Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday). Let me first take oath (in the Rajya Sabha), after that I would speak in detail why I accepted this offer.”

A resident of Guwahati’s Zoo Narengi Road, Gogoi said during his brief interaction with the media at his residence: “I (have) accepted it (the offer to be a member of the Upper House) since I am confident that the legislature and the judiciary must at some point of time work together for nation-building. My presence in the Parliament would be an opportunity to underline the views of the judiciary before the lawmakers and vice- versa.”

Gogoi, who headed the five-judge bench which delivered a landmark judgement in the 70-year-old Ayodhya title dispute case before he retired from the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), was among the four sitting top court judges who had held a first-of-its-kind press conference in January 2018 when Dipak Misra was the CJI.

These judges, then in office, had alleged “selective assignment of cases to preferred judges” and “sensitive cases were being allotted to junior judges” by Justice Dipak Misra.

Leaders of the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) separately reacted to the nomination of Gogoi as a Rajya Sabha member. Citing news reports, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned the government’s move, saying, “Justice Lokur rightly summarises it… ‘Has the last bastion fallen’?”

“Did Prime Minister Modi consider the advice of his former colleague and ex-Law Minister and Finance Minister, Late Sh. Arun Jaitley before recommending ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabham,” Surjewala tweeted.

“The recent development taking place involving the highest judiciary and the senior judicial officials is very unfortunate. We have to wait for a certain period of time to see when he (Gogoi) becomes a (Central) minister. The people of India are now expressing their doubts over the judgements passed by the courts. His (Gogoi’s) acts were condemned across the nation,” CPI-M politburo member and former Tripura Chief Minister Manik sarkar said in Agartala on Tuesday.

Gogoi became a judge in the Gauhati High Court in 2001 before being transferred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010. He was appointed Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2011 before being elevated to the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. He was appointed the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018.

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Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi nominated to Rajya Sabha




Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi, March 16 : In a span of six years, two former Chief Justices have been accorded plum posts after retirement. Former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who retired in November 2019, is the latest after he was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Former Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, who held the office for nine months from 2013 to 2014, after retirement was appointed the Governor of Kerala from September 2014 to September 2019.

The Home Ministry on Monday issued a notification announcing that President Ram Nath Kovind is nominating Gogoi to fill the vacancy originating due to retirement of one of the nominated members.

Gogoi headed the five-judge bench which delivered a landmark judgement in 70-year-old Ayodhya title dispute in November 2019. The apex court had ordered the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site by setting up a trust, while ordering five acres be given to Muslims in Ayodhya to construct a mosque.

The bench held that the “possessory claim of the Hindus to the composite whole of the disputed property stands on a better footing than the evidence from the Muslims,” while emphasising on tolerance and mutual co-existence, which played a crucial role to nourish the secular commitment of the country and its people.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India in October 2018. He was appointed for a 13-month stint, and he took over from Justice Dipak Mishra.

The bench also comprising CJI-designate Justice S.A. Bobde, and Justices S.A. Nazeer, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan also said: “The evidence indicates that despite the existence of a mosque at the site, Hindu worship at the place believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram was not restricted.”

A bench headed by Gogoi also ruled that Chief Justice Office falls under RTI but placed some riders. And, in another judgement, a bench headed by him in a majority judgement of 3:2 referred the Sabarimala temple judgement of 2018 to a larger bench. Justice Gogoi also pursued the Assam NRC, and tasked the authorities concerned to publish the final list before August 31, 2019.

In another politically sensitive judgment, a three-judge bench, headed by Gogoi, and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, on 14 November dismissed a review petition challenging the Rafale deal case. A bench headed by Gogoi also censured Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongfully attributing the “Chowkidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the top court.

On his last working day Gogoi had said the judicial system is facing new challenges, which emerge from within and outside of court complexes and judicial processes.

The Chief Justice, who demitted office on November 17, did not directly refer to the sexual harassment allegations against him by a court staffer, but instead said: “As an institution, we have tried to deliver much more than what is reasonably possible, yet, today each of us is required to deal with new challenges, which unfortunately arise from within and outside of our court complexes and our judicial processes.”

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