The Hindustan Times – From today, Gujarat students to answer roll call with Jai Hind, Jai Bharat

The objective of the new practice is to “foster patriotism among students right from childhood,”said a notification issued by the Directorate of Primary Education and Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board

Ahmedabad – Gujarat – India, 010 January 2019. Students of Gujarat schools will answer roll calls with ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Bharat’ instead of the current ‘yes sir’ and ‘present sir’ from January 1 in order to foster patriotism, a notification issued Monday stated.

The notification, issued by the Directorate of Primary Education and Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), lays down that students of Class 1-12 in government, grant-in-aid and self-financed schools will have to respond to the attendance call with “Jai Hind” or “Jai Bharat,” starting January 1.

The objective of the new practice is to “foster patriotism among students right from childhood,” it said.

As per the notification, the decision was taken by the state Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in a review meeting held Monday. Copies of the notification were sent to the district education officials with instructions to implement it from January 1.

Minister Chudasama could not be contacted for comment despite repeated attempts. – Sukhbir Badal honours Bibi Jagdish Kaur

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 January 2019. The SAD president Sukhbir Badal on December 31 honored the key witness of 1984 Sikh genocide Bibi Jagdish Kaur with a “Siropao” at her residence in Amritsar Sahib.

He thanked Bibi Jagdish Kaur for fighting a 34 year long legal battle to bring Sajjan Kumar to justice and vowed to offer every help to continue fight against the other perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh genocide.

Interacting with media on this occasion, Sukhbir Badal said that it’s a historic moment for the Sikh community when the key perpetrator of 1984 Sikh genocide Sajjan Kumar has been brought to justice.

He added that the Shiromani Akali Dal will support the 1984 Sikh genocide in every way to bring the other perpetrators to justice.

Highly hailing Bibi Jagdish Kaur on this occasion, Sukhbir Badal said that Bibi Jagdish Kaur has infused a new high spirit in the Sikh community by successfully fighting a three decade long legal battle against the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh genocide.

He held the Gandhi family responsible for the 1984 Sikh genocide and said that the Gandhi family tried to suppress the investigation of these cases five times during its tenure.

“Without the support of life partner, despite losing a young son, fighting for justice not only for one’s own self but for the entire Kaum is not a child’s play. I felt emotional after seeing the pictures of Bibi Jagdish Kaur’s husband and her son.

I felt so moved to see how this warrior, with the blessings of Waheguru, had maintained the zeal and courage till this age. I pray to Waheguru Ji to bless her with good health and long life” he wrote later from his Facebook wall.

Bibi Jagdish Kaur said on this occasion that she will continue her legal battle against the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh genocide till her last breathe.

Den Haag: Holland Spoor – Oranjelaan

Holland Spoor – Oranjelaan
21 December 2018

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Oranjelaan – Tram 11 to Scheveningen Harbour

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NDTV News – Sajjan Kumar to be kept away from Sikh inmates in prison: Report

Sajjan Kumar, sentenced to life for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, was brought to the Mandoli jail after he surrendered before the Karkardooma court in Delhi on Monday.

New Delhi – India, 31 December 2018. Sikh inmates will be kept away from former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s ward in the Mandoli Jail complex in Delhi as a precautionary measure, sources said.

Kumar, sentenced to life for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, was brought to the Mandoli jail after he surrendered before the Karkardooma court in Delhi on Monday.

The former Congress leader, who was brought to the jail by the police following his medical examination at a Delhi government hospital, would be lodged in prison number 14, the sources said.

They added that Kumar’s medical examination by a jail doctor was also carried out. He was brought to the jail complex in a separate prison bus with two escort vehicles, following the court’s directions.

The sources said it was yet to be decided which ward the former Congress leader will be kept in but security had been increased in jail number 14 and the personnel asked to ensure that the two-three Sikh prisoners lodged in the jail were kept away from Kumar as a precautionary measure.

Kumar, 73, surrendered before Metropolitan Magistrate Aditi Garg, who directed that he be lodged in the Mandoli jail in northeast Delhi. The Delhi High Court had set a deadline of December 31 for the former Congress leader to surrender and on December 21, declined his plea to extend the time by a month.

The high court had, on December 17, convicted Kumar and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life”. Subsequently, Kumar resigned from the Congress party.

The case in which he was convicted relates to the killing of five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar Part-I area in the Palam Colony of southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984 and the burning down of a Gurdwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.

The riots broke out following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards.

The Hindu – Sabarimala review finds an echo in a historic case

Reminiscent of historic Kesavananda Bharati verdict in November 1975

Krishnadas Rajagopal

New Delhi – India, 31 December 2018. The decision of a five-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to have an open court hearing of the review petitions filed against another five-judge Constitution Bench’s Sabarimala judgment is “exceptional”, legal experts say.

The turn of events is quite extraordinary that an echo can be found 43 years ago in the open court review of the historic Kesavananda Bharati verdict in November 1975.

That review, however, was short-lived. On the third day of the court hearing, then Chief Justice of India A N Ray abruptly dissolved the Review Bench.

Again, the Sabarimala judgment, which struck down a ban on women of menstruating age from undertaking the pilgrimage, was delivered by a Constitution Bench of five judges. The Review Bench formed by Chief Justice Gogoi is also a five-judge Bench.

The Supreme Court decision in the Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community holds that a Bench of co-equal strength on its own cannot overrule a judgment of a Bench of co-ordinate number of judges.

So, a five-judge Bench cannot overrule another five-judge Bench’s verdict. In case the Sabarimala verdict has to be overruled, the Supreme Court would have to form a larger Bench of seven judges.

Interestingly, the Kesavananda Bharati judgment was also delivered by a 13-judge Bench, the largest Constitution Bench in the history of the Supreme Court, on April 24, 1973. Through a wafer-thin majority of 7:6, the 13-judge Bench formulated that the Basic Structure of the Indian Constitution cannot be altered by the Parliament through amendments.

The Review Bench with Chief Justice Ray had also composed of 13 judges. If at all, the Kesavananda Bharati judgment had to be set aside, it would have been necessary to set up a Review Bench of 15 judges.

In his biography of Nani Palkhivala called The Courtroom Genius, senior advocate Arvind Datar described the 1975 attempt to review the Kesavananda Bharati verdict as a “clumsy attempt”. Palkhivala had argued for the petitioners in the Kesavananda Bharati case and against its review.

Finally, the 49 review petitions challenging the Sabarimala judgment question the very content of the Sabarimala verdict. This again is quite similar to how the Kesavananda Bharati review had questioned the core of the 1973 landmark verdict.

The question framed in the review was “whether or not the basic structure doctrine restricted Parliament’s power to amend the Constitution”.

Review of any Supreme Court decision is rare. It is rarer still to examine review petitions filed against a Constitution Bench judgment. That too, in the open court. Review petitions are usually decided by circulation in judges’ chambers.

The philosophy behind a review is explained in the A.R. Antulay judgment of the Supreme Court wherein the court admitted that it can be fallible. “To err is human. Courts including the apex one are no exception,” the court had acknowledged.

Advocate Kaleeswaram Raj said the situation was rare as a Constitution Bench is itself formed to finally settle the law. “When there is a difference among smaller Benches on what law is, the question of law is referred to a Constitution Bench for a final opinion… to review a Constitution Bench judgment is rare,” he said.