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SC ruling on Kashmir curbs shuns mechanical usage of laws

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New Delhi,Justice N.V. Ramana, in the recent verdict on the restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, has ruled on two crucial aspects – access to internet and imposition of Section 144 – having significance beyond the borders of the erstwhile state.

Justice Ramana, who was also a journalist for a brief period, introduced the verdict with few lines from the famous classic novel by Charles Dickens – ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ – and then delved into the crucial balance between liberty and security.

He was calm and composed while reading out the verdict, which had many eager to see the court’s stand on this government decision. Especially, in the backdrop, where petitioners claimed that the restrictions paralysed seven million lives in the region.

In the verdict, Justice Ramana, the seniormost judge after the Chief Justice, recognised in the context of contemporary perspective, where overwhelming majority of Indian citizens use the internet as a tool to exercise freedom of speech and expression and also to carry out business to support their families, the authorities concerned cannot impose indefinite restrictions.

Justice Ramana also digs a little deeper into the relationship of the internet with other basic services, and indicated the internet as a modern wonder deeply connected with globalisation.

Justice Ramana was born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957 in Ponnavaram Village, Krishna District. He enrolled as an advocate on February 10, 1983. He has practiced in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals.

He has vast experience in cases connected with civil, criminal, constitutional, labour, service and election matters. He specialized in constitutional, criminal, service and inter-state river laws.

Justice Ramana was elevated as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in September 2013, and then elevated as a Supreme Court judge in February 2014.

Justice Ramana also headed the bench which upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JDS MLAs in Karnataka, but allowed them to contest the bypolls on December 5. The bench observed that the political parties are indulging in horse trading and corrupt practices, due to which the citizens are denied stable governments.

And, in the backdrop of such corrupt practices, Parliament should reconsider “strengthening certain aspects of the Tenth Schedule, so that such undemocratic practices are discouraged.

Justice Ramana is also heading a five-judge bench examining the constitutional validity of the revocation of provisions of the Article 370. This is another crucial matter, as the opposition has vehemently criticised the Centre’s decision. This article gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Justice Ramana has also functioned as Panel Counsel for various government organisations. He has functioned as Additional Standing Counsel for Central Government and Standing Counsel for Railways in the Central Administrative Tribunal at Hyderabad.

He has also been Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000.

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Delhi violence pre-planned; Amit Shah must resign, says Sonia Gandhi

The Congress top leadership started deliberations on Delhi violence at a meeting of its working committee on Wednesday.

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New Delhi: Blaming both the Centre and the Delhi’s Kejriwal government for the violence in the Delhi, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister.

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  • There is a conspiracy behind the violence, country also saw this during Delhi elections. Many BJP leaders made inciting comments creating an atmosphere of fear and hatred.
  • The Centre and the Union Home Minister is responsible for the present situation in Delhi. The Union Home Minister should resign.
  • Delhi Police has remained paralysed in the last 72 hrs-around 18 lives have been lost so far, including a head constable,&hundreds are in hospital, many with gunshot injuries. Violence continues unabated on the streets of North East Delhi.
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and resign.

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Supreme Court to hear Shaheen Bagh matter on March 23

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to expand the scope of petitions in the Shaheen Bagh matter and look into the recent violence in Delhi.

Justice SK Kaul said the environment was not conducive for even hearing the Shaheen Bagh matter and adjourned it till March 23 after the Holi vacation. Let the situation cool down first, the Supreme Court bench said, disposing off applications relating to Delhi violence.

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Army should be called to curb Delhi violence: Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that police is “unable” to control violence in northeastern part of the national capital where horrific clashes between pro and anti-citizenship law protesters since Sunday have killed 20 people, including a policeman.

A day after Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the clashes and said that “police could not do anything” to prevent trouble, Kejriwal today suggested that “Army should be called in”.

“I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence. Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately. Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted this morning.

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