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SC to examine plea for banning websites with jokes mocking Sikhs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday said that it would give a "serious" consideration to the plea seeking a ban on websites carrying jokes on Sikhs and projecting the community in dim light.
 
"We may have to look into the issue seriously. We thought you alone have come. If your community too feels bad about it...." a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri and Justice R. Banumathi told PIL petitioner, lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury.
 
On being asked if the there was a "collective response" to the issue by the Sikh community and if they stood by her, she told the court that even Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had moved the court on the issue.
 
As she addressed the court on the issue, the court asked her: "Who will determine that a joke against a Sardar is to show him a stupid way."
 
When the court sought the views of Additional Solicitor General P.S.Patwalia on the issue, Chowdhury said his father (retired apex court judge) Justice Kuldip Singh had done a lot of work in the field which he (Patwalia) does not even know as he was very young.
 
Addressing the court, Patwalia said that the petitioner was "over-excited" and sought to dispel her apprehension on the issue being given serious consideration.
 
"We have taken it very seriously. My friend (Chowdhury) should not have any apprehensions," he said, assuing her that thje issue being agitated by her would be given serious consideration.
 
Seeking the issues of Vishaka like guidelines which the apex court had issued in 1997 to deal with the cases of sexual harassment of women at work place, Chowdhury told the court that Sikh children were being subjected to bullying and ridicule and their human rights should be protected.
 
Referring to the international covenants, she said that there should be human right courts to uphold the human rights of the Sikh community, and claimed that more than 15,000 suicides have been committed across the globe on account of such mocking. 
 
Trying to impress upon the court the seriousness of the issue being raised by her, she told the court that she had put in 30 years of research during which she undertook studies in a 100 societies, the court expressed its wonder, saying: "You have worked on the project for 30 years."
 
She 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"'
 
Naming a number of websites carrying Sikh-centric jokes, Chowdhury has sought directions to the telecom department to install filters to weed out jokes relating to the community and that such websites created public nuisance under Section 268 of Indian Penal Code and it was a crime under the cyber laws.
 
Adjourning the matter for further hearing, the court said that it would hear the pleas of Harvinder Chowdhury and DSGMC together.
 
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SEBI nod for L&T Infotech's IPO

The company will be issuing 1,75,00,000 shares of Re.1 each under the book building route

 

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd, a subsidiary of engineering company Larsen & Toubro Ltd, has got market regulator SEBI's nod for its initial public offer (IPO), said an company official.
 
"This is to confirm that we have received SEBI clearance for the L&T Infotech IPO. We will not comment on the size or date of the issue," the official told IANS. 
 
The company will be issuing 1,75,00,000 shares of Re.1 each under the book building route.
 
Parent company L&T that holds 100 percent equity will be selling its shares.
 
 
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VW faces penalties as US sues for environmental violations

Volkswagen could face penalties exceeding $90 billion, or as much as $37,500 per vehicle per violation of the law, Xinhua cited a senior Justice Department official as saying on Monday

 

German car maker Volkswagen may face billions of penalties as the US Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against it for violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in nearly 600,000 diesel cars.
 
Volkswagen could face penalties exceeding $90 billion, or as much as $37,500 per vehicle per violation of the law, Xinhua cited a senior Justice Department official as saying on Monday.
 
On behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice, filed the civil complaint on Monday in the federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against VW group, along with its Audi and Porsche units.
 
The complaint alleged that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles sold by Volkswagen in the US market had illegal defeat devices installed that impair their emission control systems and cause emissions to exceed EPA's standards, resulting in harmful air pollution.
 
"With today's (Monday) filing, we take an important step to protect public health by seeking to hold Volkswagen accountable for any unlawful air pollution, setting us on a path to resolution," said Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
 
The illegal devices installed by Volkswagen can detect whether the vehicle is being tested in a lab or running on the road.
 
During test process the device will activate a car's emission control system to pass the US emission test, but during normal daily driving it will not, which caused the car's real emission much higher than the US standard.
 
"The US will pursue all appropriate remedies against Volkswagen to redress the violations of our nation's clean air laws alleged in the complaint," said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division.
 
A civil complaint does not preclude the government from seeking other legal remedies, said the US Justice Department.
 
Volkswagen promised in a statement that it would continue to work cooperatively with the EPA on developing remedies to bring the TDI vehicles into full compliance with regulations as soon as possible.
 
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