(New Delhi)Prashant Bhushan Sentenced To Pay ₹ 1 in Contempt Case
Supreme Court on Monday imposed a token fine of Re 1 on activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan in a contempt case, which will have to be paid by September 15.
Chronology of events is as under
Jun 27: Bhushan tweets about undeclared emergency in the country and the role of the Supreme Court and last four chief justices of India.
Jun 29: Bhushan tweets about Chief Justice S A Bobde trying a Harley Davidson super-bike in his hometown Nagpur during the coronavirus outbreak.
Jul 22: SC initiates contempt proceedings against Bhushan after taking note of a complaint filed by a lawyer in this regard; issues notice to him.
Aug 14: SC holds Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for his both tweets ‘against the judiciary’.
Aug 24: Bhushan files a response refusing to apologise to the SC while hearing argument of point of quantum of sentence.
Aug 25: Attorney General K K Venugopal urges SC to let Bhushan off the hook.
SC once again asks Bhushan to apologies. He refuses.
SC reserves judgment on Bhushan’s sentencing.
Aug 31: SC imposes fine of Re 1 on Bhushan, to be paid by September 15; default to lead to 3-month-jail term, debarment from practice in the apex court for 3 years.
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(Chd,Pb) Punjab Govt to Knock High Court Against School Fee During Lockdown
The Punjab Government will file a Letters Patent Appeal (LPA) in the High Court this week against the decision of a single judge in the matter of payment of school fee during the lockdown period.
A single judge of the High Court had, on June 30, ruled that all the schools were entitled to collect tuition fee irrespective of offering online classes during the lockdown.
In her ruling, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur had said all schools, whether they offer online classes during the lockdown period or not, are entitled to collect the tuition fee. However, the court ruled, the schools will continue to endeavour and impart online/ distance learning so education is not adversely impacted due to the present or future lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic.
(Mumbai)Bombay High Court suspends two FIRs against Arnab Goswami
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday suspended two FIRs lodged against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for his alleged provocative and inflammatory comments on the Palghar mob lynching and gathering of migrant workers outside Bandra railway station amid lockdown.
In an interim order, a division bench of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Riyaz Chagla noted that prima facie, no offence was disclosed against Goswami and he had not intended to cause public disharmony or incite violence.
Goswamis counsel Harish Salve argued that the Congress party orchestrated multiple FIRs against Goswami across the country and told the court that such cases require balancing of free speech and criminal law.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal and Raja Thakare, appearing for the Maharashtra government, had opposed the petition and said a journalist has the right to freedom of expression, but does not have the right to declare that a person was killed only because he was of a particular religion.
Sibal and Thakare had read out transcripts of the two news shows and said there was a clear attempt to incite communal violence.
Vijay Shanker to Serve as Associate Judge on the Columbia (Appeals)
Vijay Shanker serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section. Before joining the Department of Justice in 2012, Mr. Shanker was in private practice with the Washington, D.C., offices of Mayer Brown, LLP, and Covington & Burling, LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Shanker served as a law clerk to Judge Chester J. Straub on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Shanker earned his B.A., cum laude, from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
109 Undertrials Released from Naga Jails:Covid Boon
As per Supreme Court’s directions 109
undertrial prisoners were released from 11 jails across the state decongesting the jails in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak
The jails in the state have a capacity to accommodate 1,450 prisoners and housed 537 people before the undertrials were released