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              Heated exchanges between Jaitley and Jethmalani in HC

 

New Delhi, May 17: Heated exchanges were witnessed between Union Minister Arun Jaitley and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani in the Delhi High Court today during the former's cross-examination in a defamation case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The recording of Jaitley's statement in a civil defamation suit of R10 crore filed by him against Kejriwal and other AAP functionaries could not continue as the Minister objected to the use of a word against him by the veteran lawyer representing the Chief Minister.
The Finance Minister, who appeared before Joint Registrar Deepali Sharma, lost his cool and asked Jethmalani whether the word was used as per instructions from Kejriwal.
"If this is so, I would aggravate the charges against the defendant (Kejriwal)," Jaitley said, adding that there was a limit to personal malice.
Senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi, who were representing Jaitley, also said that Jethmalani was putting scandalous questions and should restrain himself from asking irrelevant ones "as this matter is Arun Jaitley versus Arvind Kejriwal and not Ram Jethmalani versus Arun Jaitley".
To this, Jethmalani said he used the word on the instruction of Kejriwal.
However, Anupam Srivastav, advocate on record for Kejriwal since the beginning of the suit, submitted that he had no instruction on the use of the word.
 

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             SC suggests government bring law to address triple talaq issue
 

New Delhii, May 17: The Cupreme Court on Wednesday suggested that the Central government put in place a law addressing the question of marriage and divorce, including triple talaq, in the Muslim community instead of waiting for the court to decide the issue judicially.
"We may or may not (decide the issue), but you do," the constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi as he urged the court to step in a situation where there is no legislation.
Noting the government's insistence that the court should first rule against instant triple talaq and then it would bring a law, the bench asked why the government seemed to be shunning its responsibility.
At this, Rohatgi said: "I will do what I have to do. The question is what you (court) will do."
As he referred to the Vishakha guidelines that were framed by the top court to protect women at workplace in the absence of any law, Justice Kurian Joseph said that it was in the domain of a statute and not the constitution.
When Rohatgi cited the steps taken to reform Hindu practices, including the banning of sati, infanticide and the devadasi system, Justice Joseph said that all those were legislatively decided.
Chief Justice Khehar said: "Did court do it? No, legislation got rid of it." (Agencies)

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             Indian Navy foils piracy attempt, rescues Liberian ship in the Gulf of Aden 

 

KOLKATA, May 17: The Indian Navy has thwarted a piracy attempt on the 17,025-tonne bulk-carrier MV Lord Mountbatten in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy's warship INS Sharda, deployed in Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy mission, swung into action after it received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten around 4:45 pm on Tuesday. After reaching out to the vessel, the Navy's 'Marcos' commandos with support from the helicopter on board the ship, carried out a 'board and search' operation on two dhows and five skiffs which had shown "malicious intent". Three skiffs fled the area at high speeds on sighting the Indian warship. "The ship received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten, in position 230 nm South-West in the Gulf of Aden.
"The vessel had reported an incident of attempted piracy by two suspicious mother vessels along with 7-8 skiffs. Sharda, which was at that time 30 Nm East of the reported position, immediately responded to the distress call and proceeded at best speed to investigate the incident," Navy Spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said. Agencies

 

               Victory for Rewari schoolgirls, Govt upgrades school
 

Chandigarh, May 17: The Haryana government on Wednesday announced their decision to upgrade the Government High School in Rewari to the level of Senior Secondary School, eight days after the Gandhian protest by a group of 86 village girls. Talking to media, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that a principal has been appointed who will take care of admissions. "We have upgraded the school. We have also deputed a principal there who will commence the admission procedure from tomorrow," said Sharma. The announcement came eight days after 86 girls studying in classes IX and X in the village school went on an indefinite protest. Thirteen of them were on a hunger strike, according to village head Suresh Chauhan. Rewari District Collector Yash Garg said that the state government has officially upgraded the school in wake of the hunger strike called by the students. Agencies

 

          Kolkatas controversial claric Barkati sacked, refuses to quit


Kolkata, May 17: The controversial Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque, Noor-ur Rahman Barkati, who once threatened to ostracise and beat up Muslims if they joined RSS and BJP, was today sacked for allegedly making anti-national statements and "misusing" his position.
Barkati, however, refused to step down, asserting, "Nobody has the right to remove me".
"We have sent him the notice of termination and he has been asked to vacate the office room allotted to him. We have asked his deputy to conduct prayers and we will appoint a new imam very soon," Prince Ghulam Ahmed Wakf Estate trustee Arif Ahmed told reporters.
"We have removed him as the imam of the mosque for his anti-national statements. We never expect an imam, who is a religious person, to cross his line and misuse his post," he said.
Ahmed said, "Barkati had shown disrespect to our national leaders and he was using the mosque for political purpose, and for his own financial gains." (Agencies)

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