CJI meets UP Chief Secy, DGP ahead of Ayodhya verdict
In an unprecedented step ahead of the crucial Ayodhya title dispute judgement, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Friday held a highly confidential meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), to apparently take stock of the law and order situation.
 
According to sources, three judges from the five-member Ayodhya bench - Chief Justice Gogoi, Chief Justice-designate S A Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan attended the meeting with the Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and the DGP.
 
It is learnt the discussion mainly focussed on the law and order situation in the state in view of the judgement, which is expected any time next week. "The meeting between the judges and the state officials began at 11.30 a.m. and ended at 1.00 p.m.," said a source familiar with the development.
 
Sources said the judges asked the state officials if they needed any assistance in the form of an order to strengthen the law and order situation.
 
The 40-day hearing in the 70-year-old dispute concluded on October 17 and the bench is expected to pronounce the judgement before November 17, the day of retirement of Chief Justice Gogoi.
 
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    Arvind Inamdar: An Officer & A Gentleman
    Maharashtra’s former director general of police (DGP) and one of the finest officers from the Indian Police Services (IPS), Arvind S Inamdar passed away at a private hospital on Friday morning. Mr Inamdar belonged to the rare breed of honest policemen. He was both an officer and a gentleman. 
     
    His control over any department assigned to him was total. He never sucked up to politicians and refused to implement illegal orders. Little wonder they were afraid to even approach him for favours. Even when he occupied high level posts, he insisted on meeting ordinary citizens and giving them a patient hearing.
     
    One of the first decisions he took after being appointed the DGP in Maharashtra, was to install a glass door to his cabin at the old Council Hall opposite Regal cinema, so that his staff and visitors could see what was happening inside. 
     
    He greeted everyone with a polite "Ram!! Ram!!" as they do in the villages even now.
     
    As the officer in-charge of the Mumbai crime branch, he unearthed the conspiracy to assassinate Nusli Wadia, way back in the 1980s. The case hogged media headlines for several months those days and the case that was subsequently filed continues even today. 
     
    Despite tremendous pressure from the Centre, especially from RK Dhawan (personal secretary to former prime minister Indira Gandhi) not to proceed against anyone from the Ambani family, Mr Inamdar went ahead and arrested Kirti Ambani, a close relative of Dhibubhai, who was accused of providing funds to gangsters Arjun Babaria and Shanu Sequeira. 
     
    Mr Inamdar wanted to arrest Dhirubhai as well, but was not allowed to do so. At that time, Shanu gave me a detailed account of the conspiracy and wanted to turn approver. But no one was interested in listening to him. Even after so many years, the case is still dragging...a rather poor reflection on our politicians and the notoriously slow criminal justice system. 
     
    In an ironic turn of events, many years later a khabri (informant) tipped me off about a conspiracy to gun down Anil Ambani when he was jogging at Marine Drive. The dry run had been done and the shooter belonging to D Company was to arrive from Dubai. I put the khabri in touch with the then commissioner Anami Roy who handled the matter with great discretion and thwarted the assassination conspiracy.
     
    Mr Inamdar will be remembered for a long time in police circles for his intense professionalism with a human touch. 
     
    Ram Ram, Mr Inamdar.
     
    (S Balakrishnan is a former news editor of the Times of India and now practices criminal law in the Bombay High Court.
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    Sudhir Mankodi

    2 weeks ago

    Great officer. there won\'t be any politician\'s statement on the demise of such a bold officer. Obviously, as he would have crossed swords with many.

    SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA

    2 weeks ago

    Sir, Now a days , it is difficult to believe that such types of Personality was there in IPS and that to reach to such high rank .Presently we find life full of compromises and difficult to sustain integrity and honestly and grow to the top of the ladder.

    “Pass an order which we can understand,” - SC to Bombay HC while remitting a case
    In a brief but embarrassing order, the Supreme Court has set aside an order of Bombay High Court after it failed to understand it and has asked the court to pass an order that is ‘comprehensible and can be understood’ by it. 
     
    “On perusal of the impugned order, we find it is unintelligible and we could not decipher what has been decided by the High Court. We, accordingly, set aside the order and remit the matter to the High Court. We request the High Court to pass an order which we can understand,” reads the order from the SC bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose.
     
    The SC bench was hearing a special leave petition (SLP) questioning the Bombay High Court’s two-page order in a criminal writ petition heard by the Aurangabad bench. 
     
    The two-page Bombay High Court order issued by Justices K.K. Sonawane and T.V. Nalawade, indeed seems incomprehensible. Here is what the order of 19th August 2019 says:
     
    “Learned A.P.P is to collect the information from the concerned regarding present stage of the Investigation which started in Crime Register No. 88 of 2016. The submissions made show that the investigating officer has formed opinion that as it is “B” summary case but his report is not approved by the superior officer. Directions are given to make more investigation on the points given by superior officer and that is going on”.
     
    “The submissions made show that the case filed against the present petitioner for the offence punishable under Section 324 read with Section 149 of the Indian Penal Code and it is at the stage of the final argument of the matter. As investigation in Crime Register No. 88 of 2016 is not completed, there is no question of taking cognizance of the offence allegedly committed against the present petitioner by other side. It was always open to the present petitioner to bring on record the relevant circumstances which can be said to be in favour of the petitioner. For that, the proceeding of Sessions case which is on the verge of the completion and decision cannot be stalled. As the present proceeding is premature in respect of Crime Register No. 88 of 2016. Present proceeding is also disposed of.”
     
    The decision has sparked a much discussion and amusement on social media, with someone tweeting - “loving the sense of humour” of the SC bench. Deepak Shenoy, founder of Capitalmind, was sympathetic with the SC bench tweeting, 
     
     
    Senior Advocate Menaka Guruswamy said, 
     
     
     
    Retd. Maj. Gen. S.G. Vombatkere asked, 
     
     
    One a sober note though, the order reflects yet another sad aspect of India’s justice system, where litigants needed to approach the apex court to ensure a comprehensive order. Now that the matter has been remanded back to the high court, it only means further delay until the issue is decided. 
     
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    P M Ravindran

    2 weeks ago

    Isn't this also not going to be the last straw that would break the judiciary's back?

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