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SC seeks fresh report on child rights violation in J&K

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought another report from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court’s Juvenile Justice Committee on a fresh petition filed by child rights activists Shantha Sinha and Enakshi Ganguly alleging rights violation of children in Jammu and Kashmir post the revocation of Article 370.

A bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana asked the four-member Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court to examine allegations of detention of minors by security forces in the region and submit a report as soon as possible. It has scheduled the next hearing on December 3.

The apex court had on September 20 sought a report from the Committee on similar allegations made in a plea. The High Court submitted the report on September 26.

However, the petitioners raised objections to this report and also criticised the process adopted to arrive at the conclusions. Commenting on the report, they said: “It merely forwards the contents and conclusions of the report submitted to it by the Director General of Police without any findings of its own.”

The petitioner’s counsel told the apex court that the report does not indicate any judicial review or any application of mind or independent examination or verification of the allegations.

The court observed that the judges on the committee, due to paucity of time, could not examine the allegations in detail, and it should not be held against them.

“Let us have some faith in the four judges of the High Court on the Committee,” it said replying to the volley of allegations on the report.

The petitioners contended that the local police made submissions in its report taking things at the face value, without actually investigating the allegations.

“It could not have delegated the whole exercise to the DGP without giving its own independent findings. Thus the mandate given by the Supreme Court is not met and the Juvenile Justice Committee has abdicated its jurisdiction,” said the petitioner.

The bench observed there were some loopholes in the report and more facts should have been examined. “Let them (Committee) do that and submit a fresh report,” it said.

Solicitor General, representing the Centre, said no appeal should be allowed after the report has been submitted in the court.

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Dubey killing: Congress demands time-bound inquiry by SC judge

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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The Congress on Friday demanded a time-bound inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court Judge into the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey near Kanpur earlier in the day “to expose those who gave protection to the criminal”.

“To expose the people behind Vikas Dubey will be the only justice to eight martyred policemen. It is a litmus test for Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told a press conference and raised a number of questions over the alleged encounter.

Surjewala claimed that the state was witnessing an unholy nexus between police and criminals. “When Dubey had surrendered (in Ujjain on Thursday), why would he try to run away? Who stopped the media vehicles just a few km from the spot of the encounter?” the Congress leader questioned.

The party alleged that Dubey was “just a pawn in the organised crime syndicate in Uttar Pradesh and the Chief Minister should tell the public who the head of this syndicate was.

The Congress leader further asked how the criminal reached Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh without any hindrance, and what all secrets he knew which could reveal the nexus of criminals and politicians.

“Why was Dubey”s name was missing from the list of top 25 criminals in UP?”

The Congress leader said that even though a chartered plane was sent to Madhya Pradesh, he was brought back by road by police and how could he end up in a TUV when he was last seen seated in a Tata Safari SUV.

Surjewala further asked how could the gangster be hit in the chest if he was trying to flee. “Also, there were no skid marks on the road at the spot where the vehicle overturned. All these circumstances raise questions,” he added.

–IANS

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ICSE X, ISC XII results declared

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The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) on Friday declared the most-awaited results for ICSE Class X and ISC Class XII.

The results are now available on the website cisce.org. It can also be checked via SMS, for which the students need to send their seven digit roll numbers to 09248082883.

The pass percentage for Class X is 99.33 per cent, while for Class XII, it is 96.84 per cent, the council said.

–IANS

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Tamil Nadu Minister tests positive for Covid-19

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Chennai, July 10 (IANS) Tamil Nadu”s Minister for Co-operation Sellur K. Raju on Friday tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

DMK President M. K.Stalin said he had spoken to Raju over the phone and wished him a speedy recovery.

Raju is the third Tamil Nadu Minister to be infected by coronavirus.

He is also the 11th lawmaker in the state and seventh from the ruling AIADMK party to test positive for the coronavirus infection.

Earlier, six lawmakers, including Electricity Minister P. Thangamani and Higher Education Minister K. P. Anbalagan tested positive for the virus.

The other lawmakers affected by Covid-19 are K. Palani (Sriperumbudur), Amman K. Arjunan (Coimbatore South), N. Sathan Prabhakar (Paramakudi) and Kumaraguru (Ulundurpet).

Former Minister and Senior AIADMK leader B. Valarmathi also tested positive for the coronavirus infection on Monday and has been admitted to a private hospital here for treatment.

Four lawmakers of the DMK too have tested positive in the state. They are K. S.Masthan (Gingee), R. T.Arasu (Cheyyur), Vasantham K. Karthikeyan (Rishivandhiyam), and J. Anbazhagan (Tiruvallikeni-Chepauk).

Anbazhagan succumbed to the infection last month.

–IANS

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