Citizens' Issues
SC seeks suggestion to sensitise people against Sikh jokes
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to suggest the ways to sensitise people on the adverse impact of jokes poking fun at the Sikh community.
 
A bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit asked for the suggestion from the DSGMC which had urged the court to have orientation course at school level to curb such jokes demeaning or hurting the community.
 
Before seeking the suggestions, Chief Justice Thakur pointed out that the country had a Sikh president Giani Zail Singh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the army and air force were at different points of time were headed by Sikhs and "very soon the country will have a Sikh Chief Justice of India" citing the appointment of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar to the post when he demits office in January 2017.
 
Seeking suggestion from senior counsel R.S.Suri and A.P.S. Ahluwalia, it said that if it passes an order to curb such jokes, then "how will we enforce it".
 
"We will not say something that can't be enforced" as it damages judiciary, said Chief Justice Thakur.
 
"I don't want any order to be passed that can't be enforced. We should have guidelines that court has issued in many cases," Suri told the court suggesting that there should be orientation of the children at school level to sensitise them against making jokes poking at the Sikhs, making unappreciable comments on Biharis or people from the northeast.
 
He told the court that jokes should not become malicious, dirty, demeaning or hurting the sentiments of the people.
 
Pressing for the orientation courses, Suri said that 68 years after becoming republic, what we are witnessing in India is an anarchy. Referring to the way a judge of the Madras High Court has passed an order staying his transfer order issued by Chief Justice of India, Suri said that there was "judicial anarchy.. lawyers in black robes were beating journalist in Patiala House courts".
 
The "court must address the large picture. It requires consideration", he said.
 
The court asked the DSGMC to give suggestion in the course of the hesaring of a PIL by a lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury seeking a ban on websites carrying jokes on Sikhs projecting the community in dim light. 
 
The petitioner has urged the court to direct the government to clamp down on the more than 5,000 websites like www.jokesduniya.com/category/sardar-jokes.htm, as they were "criticising one community and it should stop".
 
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SC declines to stop Arunachal governor from installing new government
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to pass any order on former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki's plea seeking to restrain Governor J.P.Rajkhowa from swearing in dissident leader Kalikho Pul or any other person as chief minister.
 
"Now we have heard you. We propose not to pass any order on that," Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who heads the constitution bench, told senior counsel Kapil Sibal who appeared for Tuki.
 
The court order came as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that it could not pre-empt the constitutional authority from exercising his powers and if some action is taken by the governor, the court has every power to examine it. 
 
Even as Rohatgi urged the court not to restrict the governor from exercising his constitutional authority, senior counsel T.R.Andhyarijnua, appearing for Rajkhowa, told the court that no report has been sent by him to the president recommending the revocation of president's rule. 
 
The court order came in the course of the hearing of the petitions by the constitution bench which also had Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice N.V. Ramana questioning the role of the governor in the ongoing political crisis in the border state. 
 
Sibal told the court that governor could not swear in a person who enjoyed the support of legislators disqualified by then speaker Nabam Rebia.
 
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e-toll at all 360 plazas by April: Gadkari
Mumbai : All the 360 toll plazas in India will change over to e-toll system by April, Union Minister for Shipping and Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.
 
"We have already put this project on fast-track and expect the system to become operational before April," Gadkari told the media during the ongoing 'Make In India Week' here.
 
Gadkari said a Special Purpose Vehicle will be formed to implement the project and the introduction of e-toll will drastically reduce waiting time at the toll plazas, which will lead to huge savings in fuel cost.
 
About the status of national highways in the country, he said the total length had increased from 96,000 km to 152,000 km and would hit the key milestone of 200,000 km by April-May. In Maharashtra, road length has increased from 7,000 km to 22,000 km.
 
"Stalled road projects entailing expenditure of Rs.380,000 crore have been revived and a Rs.100,000 crore contract order for roads in the north-east region has been issued," the minister added.
 
He said the central government planned to promote inland water transport in a big way.
 
"On the river Ganga, the ministry is building three multi-modal hubs at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Sahibganj in Jharkhand and Haldia in West Bengal, with plans to create 30 ports on that stretch and another overall 500 water ports around India," Gadkari said.
 
The government also planned to invest Rs.80,000 crore to modernise major ports, besides building new major ports at Colachal in Tamil Nadu, Sagar in West Bengal and Dahanu in Maharashtra.
 
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