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SC collegium reiterates recommendation on Justice Joseph’s elevation

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New Delhi, July 20: The Supreme Court collegium has reiterated its recommendation to elevate Justice K.M. Joseph, the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, to the Supreme Court.

The top court collegium reiterated its January 10 recommendation at its meeting on July 16, according to the decision that was uploaded on the top court’s website on Friday.

Reiterating its recommendation, the collegium noted that there was nothing adverse regarding suitability of Justice Joseph in the two communications sent by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while returning the recommendation for reconsideration.

Recommending Justice Joseph’s elevation to top court, the collegium had on January 10 said: “The collegium considers that at present Justice K.M. Joseph is more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of High Courts for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court.”

However, the Centre had invoked the principle of seniority saying that Justice Joseph stood at number 42 of the seniority of the High Court judges and there were 11 Chief Justices of various High Courts senior to him – a clear suggestion that any elevation of Justice Joseph to top court would be at their expense.

Besides this, the Centre had said that Kerala High Court being comparatively a small court with a sanctioned strength of 42 judges was a parent high court for Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Joseph, Chief Justices of three High Courts — Justice K.M. Joseph himself (Uttarakhand), Justice T.B. Radhakrishnan (Chhattisgarh) and Justice Antony Dominic (Kerala).

However, the top court collegium by its July 16 decision said: “We have carefully considered the observations made by the Law Minister in his letters dated April 26 and April 30 addressed to the Chief Justice of India referring back, for reconsideration, the recommendation made by us on January 10 for appointment of Justice K.M. Joseph, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, as Judge of the Supreme Court.

“The Collegium, on due consideration of all the aspects mentioned in the aforesaid two letters, resolves to reiterate the afore-mentioned recommendation, especially since nothing adverse regarding suitability of Mr. Justice K.M. Koseph has been pointed out in the aforesaid letters.”

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Simultaneous polls not possible, need legal framework : Chief Election Commissioner

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New Delhi , Aug 14 : Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Tuesday virtually ruled out holding simultaneous elections, a day after the BJP made a fresh push to hold Lok Sabha and assembly polls together.

Election Commissioner Rawat said,”simultaneous elections are not possible without a legal framework as any extension or curtailment of the term of assemblies will require a constitutional amendment.”

 “But if polls are to be held in installments, like in 11 states at once, possibilities are there if all respective houses agree to dissolve and conduct polls together,” he added.

“Extra polling personnel, security, & VVPATs will also be needed, logistics arrangements with regard to 100 per cent availability of VVPATs (paper trail machines) will be a constraint,” he told reporters to a question on whether simultaneous elections can be held anytime soon.

“On the issue of ‘one nation one poll’, the Election Commission had given inputs and suggestions in 2015 itself… Other requirements of additional police force, polling personnel would also be needed,” he said.

The CEC said the poll panel would continue to deliver its responsibility of conducting elections whenever term of the state assemblies come to an end.

For conducting 2019 Lok Sabha polls, EC  requires new EVMs — 13.95 lakh ballot units and 9.3 lakh control units -and 16.15 lakh VVPATsbefore the end of November.

If simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies are held in 2019, the EC will require nearly 24 lakh EVMs, double the number required to hold only the Parliamentary polls.

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Jharkhand to cancel licence of 7 children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity

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Ranchi, Aug 14 : The Jharkhand government will cancel the licence of seven children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity in Ranchi but state Arch Bishop Felisk Toppo had alleged that the state had adopted repressive measures against the Missionaries in the name of investigating the NGOs. The state CID is investigating the funding of 88 NGOs.

The state BJP has rejected the Arch Bishop’s charges. “The investigation is going on at the directive of the the Union Home Ministry. The Missionaries should cooperate in the probe,” said Pratul Sahdero, Jharkhand BJP spokesperson.

“The Social Welfare Department has accepted a proposal of the Ranchi Deputy Commissioner recommending cancellation of the licence of seven children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity,” an official of the Social Welfare Department told.

“A notification is likely to be issued after Independence Day,” said the official.

The Ranchi DC had ordered a probe into the children’s homes run by Missionaries of Charity. The district officials inspected the homes and recommended action as these homes did not follow the norms, the official said.

Two other institutions, Asha Sansthan and Kishori Niketan, have been given three months to improve their functioning.

“Of the seven children’s homes, one had no building, another was not following the guidelines prescribed under the Juvenile Justice Act. The third home kept 43 children in two rooms and the address of another was found wrong. The fifth home’s licence expired, while some discrepancies were detected in other two homes,” said the official.

The Missionaries of Charity came under the scanner after a controversy erupted in June over “selling” of four babies. A sister and an employee of the Missionaries of Charity were arrested on charges of selling the newborns to a childless couple.

 

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Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon passes away

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New Delhi : 14 August : Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon passes away at the age of 90. He was admitted to a hospital in Raipur yesterday.

Tandon was put on life support here early on Tuesday after his health condition turned critical, hospital sources said.

Tandon was admitted to the Raipur Medical College late on Monday. Earlier that day he had attended the dress rehearsal of the Independence Day parade. However, by evening he complained he was not feeling well.

On Tuesday, Tandon was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after his condition became critical.

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