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Supreme Court interlocutors urge Shaheen Bagh protesters to not escalate matters

The agitation at Shaheen Bagh began on December 15, 2019 after police action in Jamia Millia Islamia wherein police force was used against anti-CAA protesters, injuring many students.

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New Delhi, March 24 : Two interlocutors appointed by the Supreme Court to hold talks with the Shaheen Bagh protesters on Tuesday asked the latter as well as authorities not to do anything that escalated matters in view of the coronavirus scare in India.

The interlocutors appealed after Delhi police on Tuesday morning cleared the spot where the protesters had been holding their 101-day-long dharna in Shaheen Bagh in Jamia Nagar area, dubbed the ‘heart of anti-CAA protests in India’.

Police claimed the site had to be cleared of the protesters following the coronavirus outbreak and curfew imposed across Delhi to stop its spread.

On February 17, Senior advocate Sanjay Hedge and advocate Sadhana Ramachandran were appointed interlocutors by a bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph to urge the protesters to vacate the public road at Shaheen Bagh and find an alternative spot to continue their protest.

“A grave pandemic is threatening the country and it must receive priority in terms of everyone’s attention. We request the administration and the protestors to now not do anything that will exacerbate the underlying tensions that culminated in the street protests,” the two interlocutor said in statement.

“As Supreme Court appointed interlocutors, we had submitted two reports to the court, detailing our efforts and the situation prevailing then,” said the interlocutors while urging everybody to see the issue not as a question of win or lose.

They emphasized that the process of interlocution has reinforced many invaluable lessons, including the need for continued dialogue at all times.

“We believe that the Supreme Court-mandated interlocution kept Shaheen Bagh protests peaceful even while violence erupted in other parts of Delhi. Some rigours of the blockade were relaxed by the protesters, clearing some peripheral roads. Today, the few remaining Shaheen Bagh protestors have been finally dispersed peacefully with minimal force,” added the interlocutors.

According to the police, no force was used during the process; however, several protesters, who refused to leave the venue despite continuous persuasion, had to be taken into preventive detention.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R.P. Meena said: “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police said all protest sites in Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate have been cleared and some persons detained at these places.

The agitation at Shaheen Bagh began on December 15, 2019 after police action in Jamia Millia Islamia wherein police force was used against anti-CAA protesters, injuring many students.

According to Shaheen Bagh residents, police reached the protest site around 6.45 am on Tuesday and asked the protesters to vacate the site.

“We were following precautions for protection against COVID-19; only five of us were sitting on protest but they (Delhi police) did not allow us to protest. They have removed us forcibly,” one of the women protesters said.

Another area resident Shahrukh said: “They came out of nowhere and since it was early morning only a few protesters were present at the site. Now when the spot has been cleared they have deployed heavy force.”

Though heavy police force was deployed to stop protesters from reassembling, the road connecting Noida to Delhi is still not opened for public because of the ongoing curfew.

According to officials in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the civic body will now clean up the site and try to repair the damage there to public property. The Public Works Department will also take up the repair and cleaning process.

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Scribe suffering from Covid jumps off 4th floor of AIIMS, condition critical

The doctors at AIIMS claimed that the journalist was having hallucinations for the past one week. They also claimed that he was in depression.

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New Delhi, July 6 : A 37-year-old journalist, who had tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago, jumped from the fourth floor of the AIIMS trauma centre where he was receiving treatment, doctors said on Monday. His condition is stated to be critical.

The police said that the journalist has been admitted to the ICU in critical condition. The doctors said that he has received multiple fractures. The incident occurred at around 2 p.m.

“The 37-year-old man was admitted to the Covid-19 ward in the Taruma Centre on the fourth floor on June 24,” DCP (South West) Devender Arya said.

The journalist was kept in the isolation room of the Covid-19 ward on the fourth floor of the trauma centre building. The hospital staff informed that an iron grill that covered the window of the toilet was found removed. “We assume that he jumped off the window after removing its grill,” said a hospital staff.

The doctors at AIIMS claimed that the journalist was having hallucinations for the past one week. They also claimed that he was in depression.

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SC sets aside Delhi HC order for Gautam Navlakha transfer record

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Navlakha, contended that the High Court did not grant bail or any other relief, and instead, simply asked the officer concerned to file an affidavit.

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New Delhi, July 6 : The Supreme Court has set aside the Delhi High Court order, directing the NIA investigating officer to produce the entire set of records in connection with the production warrant and extension of social activist Gautam Navlakha’s judicial remand in the Bhima Koregaon case.

Allowing the NIA appeal, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee passed directions to expunge the remarks made by the Delhi High Court against the NIA during the hearing of Navlakha”s bail plea. The NIA had moved the top court, challenging the High Court”s May direction, which made a prima facie observation that the investigating agency acted in haste to move out him from the jurisdiction of the Delhi court.

The top court noted that the Delhi High Court should not have entertained the interim bail plea of Navlakha in the case, as the matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, contended before the top court that Navlakha”s surrender happened in pursuance with the top court order while Delhi was under lockdown. Later, the NIA moved the special court in Mumbai to request issuance of a production warrant as Navlakha was in judicial custody in Tihar jail, added Mehta.

He submitted that Navlakha was produced before the special court in Mumbai, based on the production warrant and the Delhi High Court was informed about it.

Navlakha was taken to Mumbai after lifting of the lockdown, added Mehta.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Navlakha, contended that the High Court did not grant bail or any other relief, and instead, simply asked the officer concerned to file an affidavit.

Reiterating that the Delhi High Court should not have entertained this matter, the bench told Sibal that he could have come to this court or moved the NIA court in Mumbai.

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Jamia case: SG Tushar Mehta turns ‘shaayar’, quotes Ghalib during HC hearing

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New Delhi, July 6 : A serious hearing before the Delhi High Court was punctuated by a rare instance of poetic brilliance when Solicitor General Tushar Mehta turned “shaayar” (poet) and took refuge in a couplet by famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib on Monday.

“Qasid ke aate aate khat ek aur likh rakhoon. Main janta hun jo woh likhenge jawab mein (I can write another letter before the arrival of the postman as I am aware of the response it will be fetching),” recited Mehta while the court was hearing a batch of matters relating to the violence that broke out in and around Jamia Millia Islamia last year.

A Division Bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan was hearing the matter through video conferencing.

Mehta quoted Ghalib after senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that the solicitor General is big fan of Urdu poetry and has an immense collection of the same. It was a rare a light moment when Khurshid made the gesture and Mehta obliged.

The Solicitor General also said: “Just like Ghalib, I will keep my issues for the consideration of this court concise and short.”

During the course of the hearing, Mehta also raised objections over some statements made in the petitions and told the Delhi High Court that such statements are “more of a political nature which are being made at a protest site” and “not a pleading before a court”.

The objections were raised over the allegations in one of the petitions which stated that “the Home minister directed that you (police) mercilessly beat the students and break their bones”.

“This is more of a political statement being made at a protest site and not a pleading before a court,” SG Tushar Mehta said while seeking deletion of certain language being used in the petition relating to the violence that broke out in and around the Jamia Millia Islamia in December last year.

The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on July 13.

In a violent confrontation between the police and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters on December 15 last year, petrol bombs were targeted at police personnel, ordinary citizens and the media as a raging mob seized parts of south Delhi nd refused to let go. .

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