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Jokes on Sikh community: SC says Courts can't lay down moral guidelines
07.02.17 - TEAM PT
Jokes on Sikh community: SC says Courts can't lay down moral guidelines



The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to issue any direction on a petition seeking to ban jokes on Sikhs, saying it will be impossible to implement its order or guidelines.

The apex court said it can’t lay moral guidelines for the citizens over the issue. "We cannot issue guidelines to regulate individuals," the court said.

"Even if we issue guidelines who will control it,” the court said.
 
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi said courts cannot pass any regulations asking people to behave in a "particular manner in public" and even if they do, "who will enforce them on the streets?" 
 
"Sikhs are a highly respected community but you’re bringing it down by fighting litigation to ban these jokes,” said the court while hearing a petition filed by lawyer Harvinder Choudhary.
 
The bench, which indicated its opinion on the issue, said it would pass a formal order on a batch of petitions alleging commercial dissemination of "insulting" jokes about Sikhs through public modes of communication, like internet and SMS, on March 27. 

It did not agree with the submission that like the Vishakha judgement, in which the apex court had given a slew of directions on women safety at work places, directions can be passed in the instant matter also till the government comes out with a legislation. 

"In the Vishakha and the eve teasing judgements, the state was the party. Here, how can the court issue the writ of mandamus (directions) against individuals," it said. 
 
The bench said, "Certain things are collective and certain things are individual...Some people laugh when they hear jokes, some are reserved. How can we issue guidelines as to how people should conduct themselves?" 
 
Chowdhary pointed out that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have a "vigorous law" to protect them from any insult but the Sikh community doesn’t have one.

"Yes, that is a law. Parliament made it. It is in the domain of the legislature. We cannot issue guidelines. And to whom do we issue guidelines to?" Justice Misra responded.
 
The bench, earlier headed by the then CJI T S Thakur, had said it was willing to issue directions to curb dissemination of "insulting" jokes about Sikhs. 

It had said that the key concern was the enforcement of such directives. 

The bench had sought suggestions on enforceability of possible directions on the issue from lawyers concerned and Sikh bodies like Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Haryana, and Gurudwara Management Committee, Patna Sahib. 

"The comments or jokes may be humiliating and denigrating to the community, the issue is how to enforce any such direction," it had said. 

It said an order can be passed to stop commercial exploitation of such jokes and materials, but it would be difficult to curb such things in private arena. 

Advocate Harvinder Choudhary had filed a plea seeking ban on such jokes as they portray the Sikh community in negative light and wanted such websites, which disseminate such 'insensitive' jokes, to be prosecuted under laws that carry a prison term of six months to five years.




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Mass bunk? 59 CoBRA Commandos Go AWOL, CRPF orders inquiry
06.02.17 - TEAM PT
Mass bunk? 59 CoBRA Commandos Go AWOL, CRPF orders inquiry



Fifty-nine trainee commandos of the elite CoBRA - an anti-Naxal and jungle warfare unit - went missing from a train as they were going for their first assignment in Bihar. After an inquiry, the shocked Central Reserved Police Force, or CRPF, to which these men belonged, said they had gone home without permission for the weekend and departmental action will be taken against them.
 
The paramilitary force said the Cobra jawans, who have been accused of misconduct, will be penalised appropriately.
 
Senior officials of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and CRPF said the jawans were scheduled to report at the headquarters of the 205th CoBRA unit in Gaya in Bihar on Monday for their onward deployment for conducting special anti-Naxal operations in Bihar.
 
In a statement, the CRPF said members of its elite force were on their way to Bihar’s Gaya after a six-month training programme in Srinagar. Inclement weather in North India prompted authorities to rearrange their transportation arrangements, it said. The absconding staffers decided to visit their homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh without informing their immediate supervisor, which is in violation of their rules, since they were "ahead of their schedule”, the statement said.
 
"A full Inquiry has been ordered by the force headquarters in Delhi. The trainers and the havildar who was accompanying these commandos have got in touch with some of those who vanished from the train without informing seniors. Some have promised to report by tomorrow,” senior officials said.
 
The CoBRA was raised in 2009 by the Central government under CRPF to act as a special guerrilla combat wing for tackling Maoist violence and insurgency in the northeast with the aid of specific intelligence inputs.
 
Later CRPF issued clarification on same.
 




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Sasikala set to become next Tamil Nadu CM as Panneerselvam resigns
05.02.17 - TEAM PT
Sasikala set to become next Tamil Nadu CM as Panneerselvam resigns



VK Sasikala - the longtime companion of J Jayalalithaa who became the party chief after her death - has been elected the chief of AIADMK's legislature party, clearing the decks for her takeover as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
 
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs on Sunday elected her to the position, while O Panneerselvam resigned as the chief minister. The developments came during a meeting of the MLAs of the ruling AIADMK.

Sasikala was elected as the legislative party leader during the meeting.
 
Panneerselvam proposed her name at the meeting of AIADMK legislators, party leaders said. "I resigned and we elected Sasikala unanimously as leader of the party in assembly. All MLAs are in support," said Panneerselvam.

Sasikala will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on February 9.

However, Sasikala will have to contest and win an election to become an MLA within a period of six months to continue being the chief minister of the state.
 
Earlier, Panneerselvam and other ministers met Sasikala at the Poes Garden residence of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa where Sasikala continues to live.
 
Commenting on Sunday's developments, Sasikala said, "Following the demise of our Honourable Amma, it was Thiru O Paneerselvam who urged me first to take charge as the general secretary of AIADMK. It was Paneerselvam who insisted first that I become the chief minister of the state."
 
The opposition DMK has protested, asking how Ms Sasikala, who has no political or administrative experience, can be picked to lead the government. "She has no experience. Was not even elected, don't know what her policies are. How can she be CM?" said a senior leader of the party.

Ms Sasikala, 61, is not an elected member of the assembly and had never held any post in the party. Chinamma (mother's younger sister) as she is fondly called by supporters, had taken charge of the party after a lot of coaxing from the partymen. After her acceptance, there have been calls for the 65-year-old Mr Panneerselvam - a Jayalalithaa loyalist who took over the top job after her death - to step down.
 
Earlier, Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa and AIADMK leader K C Palaniswamy complained to the Election Commission (EC) that Sasikala's appointment as the party's interim general secretary had been carried out in an undemocratic manner. 

The Election Commission issued a notice to the AIADMK, seeking clarifications in this regard.
 
Sasikala will be the third woman Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after Janaki Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa.




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Former CBI director Joginder Singh passes away at 77
03.02.17 - TEAM PT
Former CBI director Joginder Singh passes away at 77



Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Joginder Singh passed away earlier today after a prolonged illness.
 
Born on 12th October 1939 in Khajur Wala village (now in Pakistan), he did his Masters in 1961. He joined the Indian Police Service at the age of 20 in 1961.
 
Singh, who was the CBI director for between 1996-97 was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Before joining the CBI, Singh’s profile included top posts such as Superintendent of Police in Bihar, DIG and IG Police in Karnataka, Director of Youth Services in Karnataka, Special Home Secretary to the Government of Karnataka, Director, Ministry of Commerce, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau, Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, Special Secretary in the Union Home Ministry and many others.

During his 11-month stint as the CBI Director, Singh was under constant attack from politicians, judiciary, executives and the media. He was shunted as the Special Secretary in Home Ministry.
 
Known for his forthright views, in October, 2014, Joginder Singh had called the agency a puppet in the hands of the government. He told Hindustan Times, "The governments at the Centre actually guide the agency on how to work. The cases are opened and closed with change of guard at the Centre. The CBI receives written orders from influential politicians and ministers on what to do and what not to do. Not only the sanctioning of cases is planned, the interference and abnormal pressure disrupts the investigation against the accused as well.” However, he had rushed to the defence of former PM Manmohan Singh and said that he never interfered in any probe by the agency.
 
Singh, who was selected for the Indian Police Service at the age of 20, also authored various inspirational books including ‘Make a Way Where There is None’, ’50 Days to Top’, ‘Inside CBI’, ‘Police Ke Kahani Meri Zabani’, among various others. Singh was also known for his articles, features and columns, on the subjects of terrorism, corruption, good governance, that were carried in national dailies like The Pioneer, The Free Press Journal, Navbharat Times and others in different languages. He has also handled terrorism and security issues as IG CRP, both in Punjab and Kashmir for some five years. During this stint, he has served as a head of CBI both on ground level and for investigation.

Singh was been conferred the awards of Panth Rattan, Delhi Rattan and Punjabian DI Shan. His other awards included Millennium Sikh Gold Award and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sadbhavana Award.
 
His cremation will happen tomorrow at 1 pm at the Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi.




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