RCOM puts on hold Free Basics launch
Industrialist Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCOM) on Wednesday said that following the Indian telecom regulator's directive, the commercial launch of Facebook's Free Basics has been put on hold till it gets clearance.
 
"As directed by TRAI, the commercial launch of Free Basics has been kept in abeyance, till they consider all details and convey a specific approval," a Reliance Communications spokesperson said.
 
RCOM is the only telecom service provider offering Free Basics in India.
 
According to advertisements in the media: "Free Basics by Facebook is a first step to connecting one billion Indians to jobs, education, and opportunities online, and ultimately a better future. But Free Basics is at risk of being banned, slowing progress towards digital equality in India."
 
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    Court rejects Saibaba's bail plea, issues contempt notice to Arundhati
    The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected Delhi University professor G.N Saibaba's bail plea, directing him to surrender within two days, and also ordered criminal contempt proceedings against author Arundhati Roy for an article on Saibaba's arrest published in a magazine in May.
     
    Maharashtra Police had arrested Saibaba over his alleged Maoist links in May 2014.
     
    The Nagpur bench dismissed Saibaba's interim bail order issued by the Bombay High Court on May 30, which granted him interim relief till December 31 to avail treatment for his serious medical condition. It directed Saibaba to surrender at the Nagpur Central Jail.
     
    The Bombay High Court had given him bail taking suo motu cognizance of a news report about his health and a letter by activist Purnima Upadhyay.
     
    The court had then observed that Saibaba's life could be in danger if he was not released for medical treatment.
     
    Rejecting the bail plea on Wednesday, Justice A.B. Chaudhari said: "There is a prima facie case against the applicant based on strong evidence and in fact, the applicant who is an intellectual has used his intelligentsia for anti-national activities for which there is strong evidence against him as discussed and, therefore, the case of the applicant cannot be considered on the ground of parity," he said.
     
    When contacted, Saibaba told IANS that he has not yet decided about his future course of action. "We received it only today. I don't know what to do next," he said.
     
    The court also refused to consider his plea based on his health condition citing a certificate from the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in Delhi's Vasant Kunj area.
     
    "Perusal of the above certificate clearly shows the present health condition of the applicant. It is perfectly normal and is in the same position as it was when he was in jail. There is no change therein from the date of his arrest," it said.
     
    The court also ordered proceedings for criminal contempt to be initiated against author Arundhati Roy for her article titled "Professor, POW" on Saibaba's arrest that was published in Outlook magazine on May 18, 2015.
     
    Observing that Roy made scandalous observations against the central, state governments and police in her article, the court issued notice to her for contempt of court, returnable on January 25, 2016.
     
    "Scandalous and scurrilous allegations are made by author Arundhati Roy in the said article against the judiciary," the court said.
     
    It said she "indirectly questioned the sanctity of the order" made by Justice S.B. Shukre for rejecting the bail application filed by Saibaba.
     
    It said that by making such allegations and remarks about the bail rejection order, Roy has interfered in the administration of justice.
     
    Meanwhile, in a statement condemning the court order, the Committee for the Defence and release of Dr.G.N. Saibaba said: "It is disturbing that while all the five other co-accused in the same case along with Saibaba have already been granted regular bail, a 90 percent-disabled professor is being denied the same.
     
    "We condemn this rejection of permanent bail of G.N. Saibaba and the quashing of his interim bail and appeal to all progressive and democratic people to stand up to such a travesty of justice," the group said.
     
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    Maharashtra to challenge Salman's acquittal in SC
    The Maharashtra government on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it will appeal in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Bollywood star Salman Khan in the 2002 accident case.
     
    A special leave petition (SLP) challenging the actor's acquittal will be filed soon before the apex court, said government pleader A. Vagyani during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by journalist-activist Nikhil Wagle seeking compensation for the accident victims.
     
    Vagyani said the state law and judiciary department had granted sanction to file the SLP in the Supreme Court against the high court verdict, which would be done in due course.
     
    In Nagpur, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that the state government will study the verdict and then take a decision to challenge it.
     
    Almost a decade ago, Salman had deposited the compensation amounts for the victims as per the high court's directions, and Wagle's PIL revolves around enhancement of punishment in drunken driving cases and related procedures to serve as an effective deterrent.
     
    The Bombay High Court had set aside a sessions court judgment and acquitted the 49-year-old actor of all charges including 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' on December 10.
     
    Justice A.R. Joshi also held that the prosecution failed to prove that Salman was either drunk or driving at the time of the accident in the early hours of September 28, 2002, which left one pavement dweller dead, and four others injured in Bandra area.
     
    The high court ruling came on an appeal filed by Salman, challenging the verdict of the sessions court last May which had found him guilty on various counts and awarded him a five-year jail term for the accident.
     
    Meanwhile, legal experts, social activists, former police officials and others welcomed the state government's decision to challenge the high court verdict acquitting the actor.
     
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    Param

    4 years ago

    how about a simple solution for judiciary - let the sessions judge be part of the court proceedings & he/she can be questioned by HC judge on why an incorrect decision was given. that would allow judiciary to settle the issue among themselves & reach to a logical conclusion instead of this overturning of judgments...

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