The Indian Express – Elevation to Supreme Court: If Government returns Justice Joseph’s file, Collegium is likely to send it back

Sources said that if the government neither returns the file nor clears it, the Collegium is of the view that it will “not send any other names for elevation to the Supreme Court, at least until as long as this Collegium is in place”.

Seema Chishti

New Delhi – India, 8 February 2018. With indications that the government may consider returning the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court, sources have told The Indian Express that if this happens the Collegium proposes to send the name right back for the issuance of the Presidential warrant.

Justice Joseph’s name was the only one of a judge, forwarded by the Collegium for elevation to the Supreme Court, with the other being that of Indu Malhotra who was elevated directly from the Bar, the first woman to be so recommended.

Sources say that there was a consensus in the Collegium over proposing Justice Joseph’s elevation. In April 2016, Justice Joseph had quashed the Centre’s orders on Presidential rule in the state, deeply embarrassing the NDA government.

Sources said that if the government neither returns the file nor clears it or if it returns it and then sits on it despite the Collegium sending it back, the Collegium is of the view that it will “not send any other names for elevation to the Supreme Court, at least until as long as this Collegium is in place”.

The Collegium consists of the Chief Justice and four seniormost Judges Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph. Its composition will change only in June when Justice Chelameswar retires.

Early in the tenure of this government, the name of senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who was being elevated, was returned. As The Indian Express reported today, the government’s argument is that elevating Justice Joseph would mean giving “seniority and regional representation a go-by”.

For, as many as 44 High Court judges are senior to Justice Joseph, 12 of them are Chief Justices of different High Courts.

Some sources say that’s not a convincing argument.

For one, the Collegium system brought into play after the Second Judges ruling of 1993 was meant to be a selection and not a bureaucratic deference to just seniority.

Seniority, sources say, is used “conveniently and inter-changeably, either cited as per initial appointment as a Judge or as a Chief Justice”, as an argument to push or nix names of judges.

But after Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, other than Chief Justice M L Dattu, none of the Chief Justices were Judges who were Chief Justices in their Courts or seniormost by that yardstick when elevated.

As far as “regional diversity” goes, sources cite the simultaneous elevation of Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice A M Khanwilkar (both from Maharashtra) and of Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice M M Shantanagoudar simultaneously (both from Karnataka) during the current dispensation and do not recall the government red-flagging “regional diversity” then.

Incidentally, it was shortly after the last meeting of the Collegium on January 10 that the four senior-most judges went public with their grievances against the way the roster of the Supreme Court was being managed and made their letter to the Chief Justice public.

Elevation to Supreme Court: If Govt returns Justice Joseph’s file, Collegium is likely to send it back


The Tribune – ‘Racist’ attack on US gas station owned by Sikh

Washington DC-USA, 7 February 2018. A gas station owned by a Sikh in the US state of Kentucky has been vandalised by a masked man with racist slurs and vulgar phrases, according to media reports.

The station in Greenup County was hit by vandals last week, sending shock waves among community members.

The vandals spray-painted vulgar phrases and symbols such as “white power, swastikas, and language too vulgar to air”, the local WSAZ TV said.

The TV channel said security footage showed a person wearing a ski mask approaching the store just after 11:30 pm.

Store owner Gary Singh, who came to America in the early 1990s, said he was shocked by the incident. “I was really nervous about that. It happened to me for the first time in this store in four years. I’ve never done wrong to the community here. I try to help the community all the time,” he said.

According to local Daily Mail, there were obscenities and other crudely lettered markings on the store that appear to say “leave”.

The Kentucky State Police said they were investigating the case as criminal mischief but they do plan on working with county prosecutors to discuss a hate crime charge on those responsible. (PTI)

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Asian Image – Critically acclaimed documentary ‘1984: When the Sun Didn’t Rise’ to be shown across the UK

London-UK, 7 February 2018. A critically acclaimed documentary on the 1984 Sikh genocide will be shown across the UK in a month long tour.

The tour of ‘1984: When the Sun Didn’t Rise’ is being facilitated by Nishaan, a University Sikh student network. Twenty universities and 12 Gurdwaras will show the film.

Created by Teenaa Kaur over a five-year period, the documentary follows the lives of women of the infamous ‘widow’s colony’, an area on the outskirts of Delhi given the name for the amount of women left without husbands following the 1984 Sikh genocide.

Teenaa Kaur is an independent director/producer and screenwriter with a wide range of experience in documentary genres.

Teenaa Kaur said, ‘I am delighted to be able to take my film to the UK, where the issue of the Sikh genocide of 1984 is important to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike.

“I hope to be able to provide audiences with a deeper understanding of those living with the lasting traumas of the genocide and to challenge racial discrimination in any form.”

Jaspinder Singh said of the tour, ‘It is an honour to be able to help people watch such an important film for anyone who values human rights and social justice.

“We thank all the University Sikh Societies and Sikh organisations involved for making this happen.’

The Hindu – Punjab farmers demand total loan waiver

Vikas Vasudeva

Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 8 February 2018. Hundreds of farmers belonging to seven unions in Punjab on Wednesday staged a State-wide protest blocking national and state highways demanding a complete loan waiver.

Annoyed with the debt waiver scheme announced last month by the Congress government, the farmers accused the  Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder Singh of going back on his poll promise of a complete loan waiver. The blockade lasted for about two hours.

“State farmers are committing suicide because of debt. What government has announced is only a partial waiver, which will not serve the purpose,” Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta, said.