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Treat with urgency pleas against full wages in lockdown: Supreme Court to Centre

The top court’s response came on a bunch of petitions filed by industrial units, which moved the court claiming that they have no means to pay since there is no production.

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New Delhi, May 26 : The Supreme Court Tuesday told the Centre that many people are affected and asked it to treat with urgency pleas challenging the March 29 Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification asking private companies to pay full wages to workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices S K Kaul and M R Shah, hearing the matter through video conferencing, asked the Centre to file its response on the matter, and posted it for further hearing next week.

Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre, contended before the bench that the Centre has issued a new notification on May 17 which supersedes the March 29 MHA order.

Earlier, the apex court had observed that small industries have been badly affected due to the nationwide lockdown, and if they cannot earn, then through what means these industries could pay full salaries to the employees.

On May 15, the apex court ordered administrations across India not to take coercive action against employers who were unable to pay full wages to workers during the Covid-19-induced nationwide lockdown. This direction from the top court virtually stayed the operation of the March 29 circular of the MHA.

The top court’s response came on a bunch of petitions filed by industrial units, which moved the court claiming that they have no means to pay since there is no production.

The petitioners argued that the government of India has not taken any steps for the workforce and instead put the entire burden on the employers/owners to pay full wages. The petitioners submitted before the top court that organizations should be completely exempted from paying their workforce during the nationwide lockdown implemented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The petitions were filed by a Mumbai-based textile firm and a Punjab-based collective of 41 small scale organizations, urging the court to set aside the March 29 order of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directing private establishments to pay full wages to the workers during the period of the lockdown. The petitioners challenged the constitutional validity of Section 10(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Punjab-based Ludhiana Hand Tools Association claimed that the March 29 MHA order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, was violative of Articles 14, 19(1)(g), 265 and 300 of the Constitution and that it must be “struck down”. The petitioners maintained that Section 25M of the Industrial Disputes Act provided for the right to layoff workmen due to natural calamity.

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8 more doctors of Punjab medical college test Covid positive

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Six doctors at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Five of these doctors are from the orthopaedic department. A total of 9 doctors from the medical college have tested positive in the last six days.

Seven of the total doctors belong to the orthopaedic department. One doctor is from the anaesthesia department and another is an MBBS intern.

Besides the doctors, the mother of an IAS officer in Faridkot tested positive on Tuesday. The officer was staying in a guest house here with his mother.

All doctors were asymptomatic but tested positive. Two days back, the medical college had sent 15 other medical students and junior resident doctors suspected to quarantine after they were suspected of having come in contacts of three coronavirus cases. The samples of all these contacts were collected on Monday, said the sources in the medical college.

Authorities at the college believe that two doctors have got the virus through the contacts of a Junior Resident who had visited Jaipur to meet his wife.

In the last 10 days, the Microbiology Department of the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot has tested 21,657 samples for coronavirus from around 8 districts from Punjab and 459 of these have been tested positive.

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Supreme Court hints at panel to probe Vikas Dubey’s encounter killing

He informed the court that the state government would file its reply on the steps taken in the matter by Thursday. The top court fixed further hearing on Monday next

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday hinted at forming a committee to probe the encounter killing of Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey on July 10.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said it was something that the court would do very reluctantly.

“We will do something very similar to the Hyderabad gangrape-murder case, like forming a committee to probe the encounter,” he added.

The court observation came during hearing on petitions that sought a court-monitored probe through an Special Investigation Team, Central Bureau of Investigation or National Investigation Agency into the “encounter deaths of Vikas Dubey and his aides and the deep criminal-politician nexus in Uttar Pradesh”.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Uttar Pradesh, contended before the bench that the state should be allowed time to file an affidavit to make its stand clear.

“I am representing the state of UP. Allow us to place our view,” he said.

Mehta said that the Uttar Pradesh government wants to spell its stand since it had done much after taking the issue seriously.

He informed the court that the state government would file its reply on the steps taken in the matter by Thursday. The top court fixed further hearing on Monday next.

Dubey was accused of leading the ambush at his native village Bikru in Kanpur district wherein 8 police officials were shot dead by him and his gang members on July 3.

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Facts don’t change, I made no request: Priyanka to Puri

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday refuted the claims of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri that she sought extension for stay at the government bungalow in Delhi saying “facts don’t change as I have made no such request”.

She also asserted that she will vacate the house by August 1.

Her remarks came after Puri, who is Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs in a tweet said, “Facts speak for themselves! A powerful Congress leader with much clout in the Party called me on 4 July 2020 at 12.05 p.m. to request that 35, Lodhi Estate be allotted to another Congress MP so that Priyanka Vadra can stay on. Let’s not sensationalise everything please.”

Responding to Puri’s charge, Priyanka Gandhi took to Twitter and said, “If someone called you Mr Puri, I thank them for their concern, and thank you for your consideration as well but it still does not change the facts: I have made no such request, and I am making no such request.”

“As I said, I will be vacating the house by the 1st of August as required in the eviction letter,” she said in a series of tweets.

Her remarks came after an IANS story which claimed that in a remarkably statesman-like move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to a request to allow Priyanka Gandhi to retain the 35, Lodhi Estate Bungalow for some time.

On July 1, the government asked Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of party interim chief Sonia Gandhi, to vacate her government accommodation within a month as she is no longer in the list of Special Protection Group (SPG). Priyanka Gandhi was allotted bungalow No 35 in south Delhi’s Lodhi Estate on February 21, 1997 on security grounds as a SPG protectee.

According to a notice issued by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, she has to vacate the bungalow by August 1, failing which it will attract damage charges/penal rent as per rules.

Source: IANS

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