Monthly Archives: NOVEMBER 2016
Demonetisation: Govt not planning to extend Dec 30 cut-off for cash deposits
Government today said sufficient cash is available with RBI and banks, and it is not considering extending the deadline of December 30 for deposit of invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
The statement was made in the Rajya Sabhaeven as people queued up at banks to deposit old high value notes and withdraw new cash.
Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
"There is sufficient cash available with the Reserve Bank of India and banks. Circulation of notes in respect of Rs 100 has already been increased," said Meghwal in a written reply.
On whether the December 30 deadline will be extended, the Minister of State for Finance said, "No such proposal for extension of deadline beyond December 30, 2016, is presently under consideration of the government."
To cater to the requirements of rural areas, banks have been advised to supply notes of smaller denominations (Rs 100 and less), Meghwal added.
As on November 8, the day demonetisation was announced, there were 1,716.50 crore pieces of Rs 500 and 685.80 crore Rs 1,000 notes in circulation.
The exchange of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for new currency has been stopped at all banks from Thursday midnight, and will continue only at the Reserve Bank of India.
Son Has No Legal Right On Parents' House, But Can Stay At Their Mercy: Delhi High Court
,A son, whether married or unmarried, has no legal right over the house bought by his parents, and he can reside in the house only at the parents' 'mercy', said the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.
"Where the house is self-acquired house of the parents, son whether married or unmarried, has no legal right to live in that house and he can live in that house only at the mercy of his parents up to the time the parents allow," Justice Pratibha Rani said in an order.
"Merely because the parents have allowed him to live in the house so long as his relations with the parents were cordial does not mean that the parents have to bear his burden throughout his life," the court said.
The High court gave this judgement as it was dismissing an appeal made by a husband and wife who had challenged a trial court’s order that had gone in the favour of the parents who had filed a law suit seeking the court’s orders for their son and daughter-in-law to vacate the house in their possession. The concerned parents had filed complaints at the police station stating that their son and daughter-in-law had made their "life hell”. They had also issued public notices in 2007 and 2012 about debarring the son and his wife from their self-acquired property.
The sons and the daughters-in-law had then contested the lawsuit in front of the trial court said that they were the co-owners of the house and had contributions in its purchase and construction. The trial court had however ruled the decision in the favour of the parents, following which the son and his wife had moved to the High court.
The High Court Justice, Pratibha Rani on Tuesday noted that the son and his wife had failed to prove that they too had contributions in the purchase of the house, while the parents had established their contention by revealing the necessary documents.
AAP MP Bhagnwant Mann found guilty in Parliament security breach video case
The Lok Sabha panel probing Bhagwant Mann's Parliament House videography issue has found the AAP MP guilty. The panel headed by BJP MP Kirit Somaiya will submit its report to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday.
In July this year, Mann had live-streamed his trip to Parliament and posted it on Facebook, triggering outrage from other members of the House. Mann had defended the action, saying he was educating his supporters about parliamentary proceedings.
In August, panel chairman Kirit Somaiya had told reporters that the committee gave four opportunities to Mann to explain his stand, but there were contradictions.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan set up the panel on July 25 to probe the alleged breach of Parliament security by the Aam Aadmi Party leader, who on July 21 posted on Facebook a video footage of his journey from home to Parliament.
According to the report, Mann remained defiant when he appeared before the panel and insisted he did not breach Parliament's security.
However, on July 25 he told Speaker Mahajan that he was ready to tender an unconditional apology.
Somaiya had earlier said the committee would submit its report in two parts - one that is related to Mann's role in exposing the Parliament security and the other suggesting corrective measures.
The nine-member committee was set up to probe the incident termed by many as "serious breach" of security of the Parliament House complex.
In view of seriousness of the matter, the AAP MP was asked by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan not to attend the sittings of the House until a decision was taken.
Besides Somaiya, other members of the panel are Meenakshi Lekhi, Satyapal Singh, Anandrao Adsul, B Mahtab, Ratna De, Thota Narasimham, KC Venugopal and P Venugopal.
NIA arrests 3 suspected Al Qaeda operatives; were planning to attack PM Modi
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on on Sunday midnight picked up three youths from Madurai for their suspected terror links.
In raids in several places, three suspected Al Qaeda operatives were on Monday arrested by the National Investigation Agency.
Police said the three allegedly planned to attack 22 top leaders of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They were allegedly involved in threatening embassies of various countries in India, they said.
They have been identified as M Khareem, Asif Sultan Mohammed and Abbas Ali. While Khareem was arrested from Usmannagar, Asif Sultan Mohammed was picked up from GR Nagar and Abbas Ali from Ismailpuram, police said.
Police said NIA raided several places on specific information that suspected Al Qaeda activists were operating from South Tamil Nadu in and around Madurai.
"Explosive materials and arms have been seized from them," police said, declining to elaborate.
Certain digital devices like mobile phones and hard discs were also seized from the three suspects arrested by NIA.
The trio was allegedly running the Al Qaeda unit in South Tamil Nadu. They were also allegedly involved in the explosions that took place in various courts in the country over a period of time, police added.
Courts Lying Vacant: CJI TS Thakur Slams Modi Government, on appointment of HC judges
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has lambasted the Centre over the huge vacancies in the higher judiciary. Justice Thakur said, "Today 500 judges' posts are vacant in high courts. Today we have vacant court room but no judges."
"There are around 500 vacancies in High Courts today. 500 High Court judges should be working today, they are not working," Thakur said while addressing an All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) in New Delhi.
Justice Thakur also said there was a lack of infrastructure being provided to tribunals, due to which several of them are empty.
"Government is not ready to give proper facilities. Vacancy apart from infrastructure is a major concern for tribunals. Tribunals are not equipped and are lying empty. Today a situation has come that when no retired Supreme Court judge wants to head a tribunal," he said.
Thakur has often been critical of the government and has given statements in the past concerning issues plaguing the judiciary system in the country. Thakur claimed that Tribunals are not equipped and said, "Tribunals are not equipped and are lying empty. Today a situation has come that when no retired Supreme Court judge wants to head the Tribunal. I am pained to send my retired colleagues there. Government is not ready to give proper facilities. Vacancy apart from infrastructure is a major concern for the Tribunal."
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, disagreed and said the government has made 120 appointments this year.
"We respectfully disagree with him (Chief Justice). We have made 120 appointments this year. Since 1990 there have only been 80 appointments. 5,000 vacancies are there in lower judiciaries in which the government of India has no role to play. That is something for only to judiciary to take. As far as infrastructure is concerned, that is a continuous process," Mr Prasad said.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, the government's top lawyer, meanwhile stressed the need for "introspection" by the judiciary.
"Everyone must remain within the Lakshman rekha. The framers (of the Constitution) did not want a situation where someone acts above another. If we follow a path where the three spheres are in equilibrium, we will bring back equilibrium," said Mr Rohatgi.
On 18 November, the Supreme Court collegium had refused to accept the government's rejection of 43 of the 77 names that were recommended for the judicial appointments in the High Courts. The government had made appointments of 37 names. Regarding the issue, Thakur had said that "We (Collegium) have already met. We have reiterated all the 43 names sent to us."
In April, Justice Thakur broke down at a meeting in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while talking about the pressure on judges and the need to appoint more.