Daily Archive: August 21, 2018
New Delhi :
The Supreme Court’s idea for stopping criminals from contesting polls today provoked the government into warning of "serious consequences" if the court overstepped its jurisdiction and touched "area forbidden by the constitution".
"Can we give power to the Election Commission to deny symbol to political parties who field criminals as candidates" – this question from Supreme Court rattled the centre, which replied that "it was for elected representatives to decide, not the court".
The centre’s lawyer said "it will have serious consequences and it is unconstitutional".
Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said to the centre that it was a question of adding a point to the symbol order of the Election Commission, saying if criminals contested in polls, they would not be given the party symbol.
"Who is to decide this – elected representatives or five judges sitting in this Court," Attorney General KK Venugopal responded, adding, "the court is touching area forbidden by the constitution."
The centre’s top lawyer said a step like that meant imposing sanctions against members of the party and would open up a new arena to fight each other by filing more cases against opponents.
"The court must realise the reality in the country. The cap on election expenses is one of the biggest jokes in the country. Candidates spend around 30 crores in a constituency," Mr Venugopal argued.
Justice Indu Malhotra differed with the view of the Chief Justice and other fellow judges and said, "So many cases of political vendetta will be filed…it must be only after conviction."
Justice Rohinton F Nariman disagreed with the centre, asserting that the Supreme Court is not stepping into parliament’s territory. "Until parliament decides, we can direct the Election Commission to add one condition to the symbol order saying if a person has criminal charges, he will not get a symbol. We are not stepping into the Parliament arena," said the judge.
The centre replied that a parliamentary standing committee had debated and rejected the plan.
Justice DY Chandrachud pointed out that the election panel, while granting recognition to parties, defines a minimum number of votes a party must get. "But on its own, the Election Commission can add a condition of denying symbol to criminals contesting on behalf of political parties," said Justice Chandrachud.
In course of an argument, the Attorney General said: "Mere allegation cannot prevent a member from contesting and he can’t be deprived of the party symbol."
The case will resume on 28th August.
A five-judge constitution bench of the country’s senior most judges is hearing a batch of petitions asking for a ban on criminals from entering politics.
India will hold a series of state elections this year and the national polls early next year.
New Delhi, Aug 21 Five people were injured in a clash between two groups of transgenders outside a police station over the issue of money collection in South West Delhi’s Najafgarh area, the police said.
The transgender groups based in Uttam Nagar and Palam, respectively, clashed on August 16 outside the Najafgarh police station, they said.
The Palam-based group allegedly stopped the Uttam Nagar-based group from collecting ‘dakshina’ (donation) in Najafgarh area, leading to a brawl, a senior police officer said.
Both the groups lodged cross-complaints alleging that they were being threatened by the other, the officer said.
In the meantime, the Uttam Nagar-based transgenders group called the other group and soon after they entered into a brawl, leading to a clash outside the police station, he said.
The police pacified the members of both groups but by then, four transgenders of the Palam-based group and a driver were already injured in the scuffle, he said, adding that they were rushed to a nearby hospital and their statements recorded later.
Subsequently, the members of the Uttam Nagar-based group were detained, the officer said.
During investigation, it surfaced that the two groups had altercated with each other in Uttam Nagar over the issue of money collection on August 12.
They had quarrelled over the issue on earlier occasions too in Ranhola and Baba Hari Das Nagar, he said.
A case was registered in connection with the incident, he added.
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has detained two youth from Haryana for their murderous attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid, days after their self-confession video went viral, an officer said on Monday.
‘Special Cell teams detained Darvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal from Haryana on Sunday following a tip-off of their location,’ the senior police officer told IANS.
In the video that went viral on August 16, Shahpur and Dalal said that they will surrender to police at a gurdwara near the house of freedom fighter Kartar Singh Sarabha the next day.
‘We are responsible for the attack on Khalid (outside Constitution Club) that was meant to be a gift to our countrymen before the Independence Day. We appeal to the police to not punish any innocent youngster for our crime,’ they claimed in the video.
Khalid was attacked by an unknown assailant carrying a revolver on August 13 at a tea stall outside the Constitution Club. Accused of raising anti-national slogans in 2016. The student leader survived the attack.
‘We are presently interrogating them to establish the reality behind their claims or whether they created the video clip to only create a sensation on social media. We are investigating,’ the officer added.