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Parliament panel suggests integration of CVC, CBI with Lokpal
A parliamentary panel on Monday recommended integration of the CVC and the CBI with the institution of Lokpal.
 
"Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be fully integrated with the Lokpal and the institution of anti-corruption watchdog be architecturally created vertically with the Lokpal at the apex level and CVC and anti- corruption wing of CBI fully integrated with it and working under its control," the recommendation said.
 
The suggestion was made by the parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice in its 77th report on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
 
The committee, which submitted its report to parliament, was of the view that the post of director of enquiry in the CVC can be utilised by the Lokpal.
 
"Director of Enquiry available in the CVC would serve as the director of enquiry of Lokpal and there is no need for the creation of a separate post of director of enquiry in the Lokpal," the panel headed by E.M.S. Natchiappan said in one of its recommendations.
 
The committee also recommended that the post of director of prosecution should be upgraded to the level of a secretary with a fixed tenure.
 
It favoured the existing provisions for the declaration of assets and liabilities by public servants, recommending that a public servant should furnish declaration of assets and liabilities of his or her dependents, including spouse, children, father and mother.
 
The committee recommended that the secretary to the Lokpal should be of the rank and status of the secretary to the government of India so that he is not influenced by his seniors or colleagues from the civil services and is able to function independently.
 
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SC declines to hear PIL for uniform civil code, warns petitioner
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to entertain a public interest petition seeking direction to parliament for enacting a uniform civil code to end alleged discrimination being faced by Muslim women, telling the petitioner to approach parliament and not waste the court's time.
 
A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice R. Banumathi said that it is for parliament to take a call on the issue and it was not in the realm of the apex court to issue a direction (to parliament) on this.
 
Chief Justice Thakur, in a disapproving note, told senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for the petitioner, that if such petitions were filed without regard to the law, the court will come down very heavily.
 
Pointing out that the legal position on the issue was "very well settled", the court told the petitioner advocate he was "wasting the court's time".
 
"You are wasting our time", the bench said..
 
The petitioner was advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who is also the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit.
 
The court asked why none of those who are being allegedly discriminated against have come forward for redressal. "Why it is that none of the people from the community have not come," asked Chief Justice Thakur.
 
If an aggrieved woman comes to the court, we may still consider examining it, the court said questioning the locus of the petitioner to raise the issue.
 
Asking Upadhyay to approach parliament for such a legislation, the bench said: "What you cannot do directly you are trying to do it indirectly?"
 
The petitioner had sought direction to the government take steps for the enactment of the Uniform Civil Code in fulfilment of its obligation under the Directive Principles of the State Policy in the constitution. Article 44, under the principles says "The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India." 
 
The petition had contended that a uniform civil code was a sign of modern progressive nation, which will show that India has moved away from religion, race, caste and sex discrimination.
 
Contending that at present "what we have right now in India is selective secularism, which means that in some areas, we are secular and in others", the petitioner said: "While our economic growth has been the highest in the world, our social growth has not happened at all. In fact it might be right to say that socially and culturally we have degraded to a point where we are neither modern nor traditional."
 
Upadhyay in his PIL said that the uniform civil code meant that all the citizens have to follow the same civil laws irrespective whether they are Hindus, Muslims, Christians, or Sikhs.
 
It said that uniform civil code did not limit the freedom to follow their respective religions but it just mean that every person shall be treated equally, which Upadhyay described "as real secularism".
 
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Simple Indian

1 year ago

The SC is right in refusing to intervene in an area which ought to be addressed by the political executive (GoI) and the parliament. But, it is also true that the Uniform Civil Code ought to have been prepared and adopted alongside the Constitution of India in 1950 or earlier. It is impossible to have political consensus on the UCC with secularism having different connotations for different political parties.

Two killed in Mumbai slum blaze
Two people, including a child, were burnt to death and 11 others, including three women, suffered injuries in a fire that led to several gas cylinders exploding in a northwest Mumbai slum on Monday, officials said.
 
An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's disaster control cell said the fire erupted around 12.30 p.m. in the sprawling and densely populated Damunagar slum.
 
Within minutes, several gas cylinders in a nearby warehouse also caught fire and started exploding.
 
Witnesses said there were at least half a dozen deafening explosions and a thick smoke billowing from the flames was visible from several kilometres.
 
Additional Commissioner of Police (North) Fatehsingh Patil confirmed that a charred body was recovered while several other unidentified victims were rushed to BMC's Ambedkar Hospital.
 
A Disaster Control Cell official said around 2,000 hutments were reduced to ashes and the impact of the exploding cylinders led to a power failure in the entire locality that comprises posh skyscrapers of Thakur village.
 

 
Over 15 fire tenders, 10 water tankers and five ambulances were engaged in the relief operations and the fire was brought under control after nearly three hours.
 
The cause of the massive blaze, that engulfed an area spread over over 5,000 square metres, was being investigated.
 
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