Daily Briefing: Finding religious nature not prohibited by 1991 law, says SC on Gyanvapi dispute; PM Modi warns those who create language controversies
Highlighting the “complexity of the issues involved in the civil suit” pending before the Civil Judge (Main Division), Varanasi, over the Gyanvapi dispute “and their sensitivity”, the Supreme Court ordered transfer of the pending procedure to the Varanasi District Judge for “the trial and all interlocutory and incidental proceedings”. He said the suit “should be tried before a senior and experienced judicial officer of the senior judicial service of Uttar Pradesh”.
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Qasim Rasool Ilyas, executive member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, in a interview with The Indian Express, discusses the controversy surrounding the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi and the ongoing court case: “Once the Places of Worship Act came into effect in 1991, there is simply no room for controversy over a place of worship. It had been decided unanimously and passed in Parliament, even with the support of the BJP, that after Babri Masjid such matters would be settled…it is extremely disheartening that the lower court allowed the investigation…”
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Associate “the diversity of our cultures and languages with national pride”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that prioritizing local languages under the new national education policy “shows our commitment to each regional language” because the “BJP sees Indian languages as the soul of Bharatiyata (Indianness) and the link to a better future for the nation”.
The Justice VS Sirpurkar Commission, set up by the Supreme Court to investigate the murder in an alleged encounter of four defendants in the gang rape and murder of a veterinarian on the outskirts of Hyderabad in 2019, has submitted a report stating that she believes that the police deliberately shot the accused “with intent to cause their death” – and recommended action against ten police and staff on various charges, including murder.
An oversight board with no legal backing, using the Right to Information Act as a “weapon” to procure answer sheets and then boost candidates’ scores to manipulate ranks, issue fake letters of recommendation and nomination papers bearing false signatures, and physically destroy OMR Sheets (answers). These would be behind a alleged recruitment scam in the West Bengal School Services Commission, according to an inquiry committee headed by Judge (Retired) Ranjit Bag Committee which submitted its report to the High Court in Calcutta on May 12.
For someone who is not interested in football administration, Praful Patel did well. The career politician headed the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) for more than a decade, was appointed vice-president of the Asian Football Council in 2015 and, four years later, was promoted to the all -powerful FIFA. Board, enjoying benefits including net annual pay of $250,000, per diems of up to $250 on duty and access to top seats at any World Cup match. But on May 18, his tenure as AIFF President ended as abruptly as it began.
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This week, Reviews of Shalini Langer the latest Kangana Ranaut and Divya Dutta-starring ‘Dhakaad’: “Although much has been said about Dhaakad (a terrific name indeed) being India’s rare female-centric action film, there are actually two women who do most of the heavy lifting here, and quite easily at that – Kangana Ranaut as the protagonist Agent Agni, and Divya Dutta as Rohini, the mastermind, financial mind, emotional support and much more of a criminal network which deals with anthrax and trafficking in women.
Delhi Confidential: Justice L Nageswara Rao’s acting skills were all the rage in legal circles on Friday when it emerged that the Supreme Court Justice had a role in a 1989 Hindi film, ‘Kanoon Apna Apna’, starring Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Sanjay Dutt and Kadar Khan among others. This was revealed during a farewell hosted by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for Justice Rao, who is retiring on June 7.