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Supreme Court’s administration is not in order: Top four SC judges

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In a first, Justice J. Chelameshwar & 3 other judges of the Supreme Court to hold a press conference on Friday.

An extraordinary event in the history of the institution said Justice Chemleshwar at the press conference.

With no pleasure we are compelled take the decision to call a press conference. The administration of the SC is not in order & many things which are less than desirable have happened in last few months: Justice J.Chelameswar

We met CJI with a specific request which unfortunately couldn’t convince him that we were right therefore, we were left with no choice except to communicate it to the nation that please take care of the institution: Justice J.Chelameswar

There is an issue of assignment of a case which is raised in that letter (to CJI): Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on being asked further if it is about CBI Judge BH Loya, he said, ‘yes.’

There are many wise men saying many wise things in this country. We don’t want wise men saying 20 years from now that Justice Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Kurian Joseph sold their souls and didn’t do the right thing by our constitution,” Justice Chelameswar said, concluding the press conference.

Let the nation decide that: Justice J.Chelameswar on if the CJI should be impeached.

We collectively tried to persuade CJI that certain things aren’t in order to take remedial measures but unfortunately, our efforts failed: Justice J.Chelameswar

It is with great anguish&concern that we thought it proper to highlight certain judicial orders passed by this Court that adversely affected functioning of justice delivery system & independence of HCs besides impacting administrative functioning of CJI’s office: SC Judges to CJI

It is too well settled in the jurisprudence of this country that the Chief Justice is only first amongst the equals- nothing more or nothing less: Supreme Court Judges in letter to Chief Justice of India.

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BJP leader Lal Singh threatens journalists,draws sharp rebuke from Congress, NC

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New Delhi, June 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Friday threatened journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’ over their reporting on the Kathua rape and murder case,, with an apparent reference to the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s controversial reference that if media persons won’t mend the ways they will meet the fate of journalist Shujaat Bukhari drew sharp rebuke from Congress party who asked if BJP leaders have some information off the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.

Singh’s outrageous remarks were condemned by both the Congress party and  former chief minister and National Congress leader Omar Abdullah.

Referring to Kathua case, Singh told a press conference in Jammu on Friday that Kashmiri journalists had created a “wrong atmosphere” there.

Shujaat’s death is now being used by BJP as a tool to threaten other journalists.

Singh was the forest minister in the previous PDP-BJP government and was asked to resign from the cabinet in April after he participated in a rally in support of the accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim tribal girl in Kathua.

“Now I will tell Kashmiri journalists to draw a line on the journalism you do and how you have to live. Do you have to live like what happened to Basharat, so that such a situation emerges?,” Singh said in an apparent reference to Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari who was assassinated by gunmen outside his office on June 14.

“So mend your ways and draw a line, so that this brotherhood remains intact and there is progress,” Singh said.

“Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a @BJP4India MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalists,” Omar tweeted.

 

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala questioned that it shows BJP leaders have some information  of the assassination of Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
“Shocking & reprehensible! BJP J&K MLA, Lal Singh openly threatens journalists to ‘fall in line & draw a line’. He horrifically says that otherwise they will meet the fate of Shujat Bukhari by naming his brother. Does BJP leaders have some special knowledge of the assassination?”, Surjewala tweeted.

 

 

 

Shujaat Bukhari’s brother Basharat Bukhari was law and parliamentary affairs minister in the PDP-BJP government before BJP withdrew from the alliance.

 

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Air India flights delayed at IGI Airport

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New Delhi, June 23: Several Air India flights on Saturday delayed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital after system failure of the airline server.

An airline spokesperson told news agency PTI that the departure timings of flights were affected and the delays due to the software malfunction stretched from 15-30 minutes.

“The software-related glitch affected operations from 1 PM to 2.30 PM during which period, check-in and other services were handled manually,” the spokesperson asserted.

System failure left hundreds of passengers stranded at the airport.

SITA, a global airlines IT services solution giant, which provides its check-in, boarding and baggage tracking technology, manages Air India’s software solution.

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BVR Subrahmanyam takes charge as Chief Secretary of J&K

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Srinagar, June 23: Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer BVR Subrahmanyam on Saturday took charge as the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet transferred Subrahmanyam to Jammu and Kashmir following the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the valley.

Earlier he served as Additional Chief Secretary (Home) in Chattisgarh.

Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s Rule on Wednesday after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the measure.

The development took place after Mehbooba Mufti stepped down as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) exit from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Subramanyam is an IAS Officer of 1987 batch.

He has served as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s personal secretary from 2002 to 2007.

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