Hathras Kerala journalist arrest: Supreme Court adjourns plea by 4 weeks
On Monday the Supreme Court adjourned a habeas corpus plea from the Kerala Union for Working Journalists to release Siddique Kappao who is the Secretary of their Delhi unit. The KUWJ also added that Siddique has been illegally detained by Uttar Pradesh Police for 4 weeks. The Court asked Kapil Sibal, a senior lawyer who appeared for the KUWJ, to seek bail at the correct court.
After the journalist’s arrest on October 6, the KUWJ moved the Supreme Court. The petitioners argued that Kappan’s detention violated Articles 14, 19, and 21 of the Constitution. The detention violated fundamental rights. The petitioners claimed that the detention had been in breach of the Supreme Court rules in DK Basu vs State of West Bengal and some other court judgments.
The complainant noted that the arrest has been carried out to hinder the journalist’s discharge of duty. Asking about the journalist’s detention, the petition said that none had been told of the arrest or detention either of the family members or Kappan colleagues.
Patna High Court tests a new system: Lawyers, judges sit in separate rooms
The Patna High Court has designed a new framework for the testing of hearing cases. Chief Justice Sanjay Karol was in his chamber along with Justice S Kumar. During the trial, the lawyers appeared in the courtroom and participated in a video conference.
This scheme was introduced by the Chief Justice as an experiment. The judge will sit in one court and through video conferencing arguments will be done by lawyers from the other court. This is an arrangement for lawyers who want to come to the courtroom to argue rather than from home. This arrangement currently only applies to two or three courts.
NHRC Foundation Day: Chairperson Justice Dattu narrates a tough journey through pandemic challenges
Twenty-seven years have now been completed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). On the occasion of its founding day, H.L. Dattu, Chairman of the NHRC, released a press report in which he spoke regarding introspection and actively working on the organization’s survey of abuses of human rights.
“Since it was established on 12 October 1993, NHRC India has consistently endeavoured to expand human rights with challenges of changing times, including safeguarding its economic, social, and cultural rights, for the protection of civil and political rights of citizens.
“The Commission reported 73,729 complaints from 01.10.2019 until 30.09.2020. This included 32,876 complaints, recorded in the period from 01.04.2020 to 30.09.2020, while COVID-19 affected different parts of the country.
“The Commission has also succeeded in launching its Twitter management program and gained official status to extend its scope to the public. The commission
has also moved into the e-Office to ensure that various issues like complaint disposal are safe, clear, and timely.
“Amongst the members of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) Governance Committee, NHRC, India has maintained its ‘A’ accreditation with UN-built Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).