Courts Must Ensure That Criminal Law Does Not Become A Weapon For Selective Harassment Of Citizens: SC In Arnab Goswami Judgment

first_imgTop StoriesCourts Must Ensure That Criminal Law Does Not Become A Weapon For Selective Harassment Of Citizens: SC In Arnab Goswami Judgment Sanya Talwar26 Nov 2020 11:06 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court while pronounsing a detailed reasoning behind the grant of release of Arnab Goswami has observed that that “criminal law should not become a tool for selective harassment of citizens”.The judgment was pronounced by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee today and the court remarked,”Deprivation of Liberty for a single day is a day too many.. “- Supreme…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court while pronounsing a detailed reasoning behind the grant of release of Arnab Goswami has observed that that “criminal law should not become a tool for selective harassment of citizens”.The judgment was pronounced by a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee today and the court remarked,”Deprivation of Liberty for a single day is a day too many.. “- Supreme CourtThe bench noted that the interim orders shall remain in operation till further proceedings and it will be open to the parties to peruse further remedy. The bench, while elaborating on the importance of human liberty and the role of courts therein added that the case of Goswami was that he had been targeted because his opinions on television are palatable to the authority.In this context, court said that whether the appellant has established a case for quashing the FIR is something on which the High Court will take a final view when the proceedings are listed before it, but we are clearly of the view that in failing to make even a prima facie evaluation of the FIR, the High Court abdicated its constitutional duty and function as a protector of liberty.Highlighting that the High Court did have the power to protect the citizen by interim order in the petition invoking Article 226, the bench added,”Courts must be alive to the need to safeguard the public interest in ensuring that the due enforcement of criminal law is not obstructed. The fair investigation of crime is an aid to it. Equally it is the duty of courts across the spectrum – the district judiciary, the High Courts and the Supreme Court – to ensure that the criminal law does not become a weapon for the selective harassment of citizens. Courts should be alive to both ends of the spectrum – the need to ensure the proper enforcement of criminal law on the one hand and the need, on the other, of ensuring that the law does not become a ruse for targeted harassment”Further justifying the role of courts in guaranteeing fundamental rights to its citizens, the bench stated that our courts must ensure that they continue to remain the first line of defense against the deprivation of the liberty of citizens.The Justice Chandrachud led bench relied on celebrated judgment in State of Rajasthan, Jaipur vs Balchand, and added that in the case, Justice Krishna Iyer pithily reminded us that the basic rule of our criminal justice system is bail, not jail.”The High Courts and Courts in the district judiciary of India must enforce this principle in practice, and not forego that duty, leaving this Court to intervene at all times. We must in particular also emphasise the role of the district judiciary, which provides the first point of interface to the citizen, the bench said.”The consequence for those who suffer incarceration are serious. Common citizens without the means or resources to move the High Courts or this Court languish as undertrials. Courts must be alive to the situation as it prevails on the ground – in the jails and police stations where human dignity has no protector…. The remedy of bail is a solemn expression of humaneness in the justice system. We have given expression to our anguish in the case where the citizen has approached the Court”- Supreme CourtCourt also elaborated on the “Bail is Rule and Jail is the exception” established by Justice Krishna Iyer and noted that High Courts get burdened. Chances of incarceration is huge and the accused languishes as undertrial. On November 11, the top court granted interim bail to Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami,who was arrested on November 4 and has been under judicial custody since then in a criminal case relating to abetment to suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik in 2018.The top court also allowed the interim release of the co-accused Neetish Sarda and Firoze Mohammed Sheikh in the case.A vacation bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee passed the order after an urgent hearing given to the petitions challenging the November 9 order of the Bombay High Court which denied the accused interim bail in the habeas corpus petitions filed by them challenging their custody.During the hearing, Justice Chandrachud had expressed disappointment that the High Court failed to exercise its jurisdiction to protect the personal liberty of a citizen.”If this court does not interfere today, we are travelling on the path of destruction. Forget this man (Goswami). You may not like his ideology. Left to myself, I will not watch his channel. Keep aside everything. If this is what our state governments are going to do to people who are to be nailed, then the Supreme Court has to intervene. There has to be a message to HCs- Please exercise your jurisdiction to uphold personal liberty. We are seeing case after case. HCs are failing to exercise jurisdiction. People are in jail for tweets!”, he had remarked.Click Here To Download JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Promote Affordable Housing in Western Pennsylvania

first_img Human Services,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of two grants totaling more than $2.2 million in funding to promote affordable housing in western Pennsylvania. The funding comes from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).“Access to affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing individuals and families with low incomes,” Governor Wolf said. “These grants will make 38 quality homes available to the people in Western Pennsylvania who need it most. It’s an important step to ensure our residents have a high quality of life.”The first grant in the amount of $2 million was approved for the City of Pittsburgh. In collaboration with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the city will acquire, rehabilitate, and resell 35 abandoned or foreclosed homes, specifically focusing on the areas of greatest need in the city. After the homes are rehabilitated, they will be sold to buyers with less than 120 percent of the area median income. 25 percent of the properties will be reserved to be sold to buyers with less than 50 percent of the median area income.The second grant in the amount of $238,000 was approved for Washington County. In coordination with the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington, the county will acquire, rehabilitate, and resell three single-family homes to income-eligible homebuyers. Like the Pittsburgh grant, the homes will be sold to buyers with less than 120 percent of the area median income. One of the homes will be sold to a buyer with less than 50 percent of the median area income. All homebuyers must also complete a minimum of eight hours of required homebuyer counseling.NSP provides grants to communities to address the housing foreclosure crisis created by subprime and other problematic mortgage lending. This program is authorized under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In addition to promoting affordable housing, the grants also help address blight issues resulting from these abandoned or foreclosed homes.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to community revitalization, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. December 14, 2018 Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Promote Affordable Housing in Western Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 2 West Brom 0

first_imgDiego Costa scored his 11th goal of the season and Eden Hazard was also on target as Chelsea cruised towards victory against 10-man West Brom.Costa’s neatly taken volleyed opener rewarded early Blues dominance in front of a noisy home crowd and Hazard’s deflected strike made it 2-0 from a quickly taken short corner.And the away side’s slim chances of a comeback looked to be over when Claudio Yacob was sent off for jumping into a challenge on Costa.But by that stage, the unbeaten Premier League leaders were already in total control – they were 2-0 up and it could have been five.John Terry almost opened the scoring from a well-worked short corner, but his close-range shot was turned just past the post by goalkeeper Ben Foster.Costa soon set Chelsea on course for a sixth home league win from six, controlling Oscar’s left-wing cross and instantly firing in.Oscar nearly made it 2-0 with a swerving effort after great work by the excellent Hazard and Costa missed a glorious chance, slicing wide from a Branislav Ivanovic cross.Hazard did double the lead when quick thinking from Cesc Fabregas, who started despite hamstring concerns, teed up the Belgian from a short corner.Hazard and Costa threatened a third home goal but the Baggies managed to hang on at 2-0 at the break.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA telescope captures giant star flares

first_img16 May 2013 In a significant milestone for South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the first scientific paper based on observations using the KAT-7 demonstrator radio telescope has been accepted for publication by the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society. The seven-dish KAT-7 is paving the way for the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope, due to be commissioned in 2014/15 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right. “This is a significant milestone for South Africa’s SKA project, proving that our engineers are able to deliver a cutting-edge scientific instrument, and that our scientists are able to use it for frontier science,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement on Thursday. “It bodes well for the delivery of our 64-dish MeerKAT telescope, currently under construction in the Karoo, and for our ability to play a key role in building and commissioning thousands of SKA antennas over the next 10 years.” Giant outbursts from binary star system According to SKA South Africa, local and international astronomers using the KAT-7 telescope in the Karoo along the existing 26-metre radio telescope at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg, have observed “a neutron star system known as Circinus X-1 as it fires energetic matter from its core in extensive, compact jets that flare brightly”. The details of the flares are visible only in radio waves. Circinus X-1 is a two-star system in which one of the companion stars is a high-density neutron star – an extremely dense and compact remnant of an exploded star, only about 20 kilometres in diameter. When the two stars are at their closest in their elliptical orbit, the gravity of the dense neutron star pulls material from the companion star, causing a powerful jet of material to blast out from the system. When KAT-7 observed Circinus X-1 between December 2011 and January 2012, the system flared twice at levels among the highest observed in recent years. KAT-7 was able to catch both these flares and follow them as they progressed – the first time that the system has been observed in such detail during multiple flare cycles. “One way of explaining what is happening is that the compact neutron star gobbles up part of its companion star and then fires much of this matter back out again,” said Dr Richard Armstrong, a SKA Fellow at the University of Cape Town and lead author of the paper reporting these results. “The dramatic radio flares happen when the matter Circinus X-1 has violently ejected slows down as it smashes into the surrounding gas.” At the same time, Circinus X-1 was being observed at HartRAO at two higher frequencies as part of a long-term study of this object. HartRAO Emeritus Astronomer Dr George Nicolson, a pioneer of radio astronomy in South Africa, said the flares were much stronger at the higher frequencies, “and by combining the three sets of measurements, we could study how each flare evolved as time progressed and investigate details of the turbulent interactions of the jet. “These types of observations help us to understand how matter is accreted onto extremely dense systems, such as neutron stars and black holes,” Armstrong said. “They also shed light on how neutron stars are able to generate these powerful outflows and associated radio bursts.”Development of the ThunderKAT project According to Professor Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at SKA South Africa, the KAT-7 telescope was built as an engineering test bed to refine the design and systems for the MeerKAT telescope, “but we are absolutely delighted that it has turned out to be a top quality science instrument, capable of producing significant science. “We plan to continue using KAT-7 to do science until at least 2015, when part of the 64-dish MeerKAT telescope will become available to researchers,” Jonas said. The observations and analysis that went into the paper accepted for publication involved collaborative work by scientists from SKA South Africa along with local and international universities. This work forms part of the development of the ThunderKAT project on MeerKAT, which aims to find many more of these types of systems in the galaxy, and to search for new types of radio systems that change rapidly with time. According to the two leaders of the ThunderKAT project, Professor Rob Fender of the University of Southampton in the UK and Professor Patrick Woudt of the University of Cape Town, the project will search for all types of radio bursts and flashes in KAT-7 and MeerKAT data on timescales from seconds to years. Finding and studying the systems that produce these outbursts will allow scientists to test the extremes of physics, and are beyond anything achievable in any laboratory on Earth. “These systems provide a unique glimpse of the laws of physics operating in extraordinary regimes”, Woudt says, “and nearly all such events are associated with transient radio emissions.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

RootsTech Challenges Developers to Mashup Family History

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The RootsTech conference has challenged developers to mashup social media and family history APIs in the hopes that developers will recognize genealogy as rich area for exploitation. Here’s the challenge: use any open social media API, like from Flickr or Facebook, mash it up with any of the APIs from the five genealogy companies that offer them to create something which “demonstrates increased value to family historians.” Although professional genealogists are up on the online offerings that can help them do their jobs, developers are not nearly as up on the challenges facing everyone from PhDs to grandma when they trace the long chain of family relations. So although the immediate goal is to to produce a tool of value to genealogists, the real point of the exercise is to capture the imagination of developers. Fast and DirtyRootsTech itself is pretty much the first of its kind, quickly arranged and feeling its way along. So its sponsors, Family Search, put the word out with only 48 hours to spare, a sort of bar camp or hackathon approach.Unfortunately, the developers who did attend did not seem comfortable with that quick-fire development approach. One dev in the audience stated in no uncertain terms that 48 hours was not enough time to produce anything functional. However, as Jim Ericson, the Family Search marketing manager in charge of the challenge, said they “didn’t want to pull developers out of the sessions.” It showed.Out of the 45 or so developers who came to the initial challenge session, only six or seven individuals or teams signed up and today, only three came to the session. Of those three, only two had functional mashups and, frankly, neither were worth covering in any detail. One was a mashup that pulled down genealogical information onto your desktop from Twitter, but the hashtag gymnastics were pretty awkward and the question stuck out: why pull information onto your desktop at all given the increasing primacy of the cloud. Even if you did want to do so, wouldn’t an RSS feed and right-click save-as be easier? The other presentation felt like a commercial for the developer’s software company. If there was a mashup in there somewhere, I couldn’t find it. The Take Away For me, the take-away from this challenge was a renewed realization that if you want developers to take an interest in your industry, in your conference, in your passion, especially if it is one that is under the normal developer radar, you need to court the community. You need to get out in the community and make yourself known. You need to invite and entice. You need to vet the participants. You need thought leaders to act as attractants for other developers. You need to get the word out. And you need to sacrifice session attendance if you want a lot of quality developers to jump in headfirst. The baby boomer generation is growing by the day and its members are moving into genealogical activities. Developers who are already in the genealogy space, or who get in soon, and who create appealing applications that make family historian’s work easier or more efficient, will see their users grow. But next time, RootsTech will need to make them a priority. Programmer photo by Cory Doctorow | BarCamp photo via Wikimedia CommonsEditor’s disclosure: RootsTech covered Mr. Hopkins’ airfare and hotel. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#conferences#Mashups#web curt hopkinscenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Why Fender’s Apple-Compatible Guitar Is Brilliant

first_imgFender announced Monday that it is releasing a Squier Stratocaster with a mini-USB output. That’s an electric guitar, for those of you not into that sort of thing. Whether you realize it or not, this is a huge tech story. An entry level model of the most iconic guitar in the world can now plug straight into a PC or iOS device. That opens the world of recorded music to millions of people. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… You don’t even need an amplifier now. It even comes with a mini-USB to 30-pin connector for plugging into an iOS device. The latest generation of iOS devices have a different port, of course, but a Lightning cable would do the trick.As someone who wants the embarrassing era of robotic pop music to die in a fire, I’m overjoyed to see Fender building a real instrument that’s this easy for the next generation to use. There’s no hiding the soul of a real guitar, and I hope this starts a tidal wave of new, human-controlled instruments for the digital era. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#Fender#music The Mac has already lowered the barrier to entry for aspiring musicians almost to the floor by pioneering the beginner-friendly recording application, GarageBand. PC users have options as well. And with the release of GarageBand for iOS, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch have also become recording studios for the people. But there was still one hurdle Apple couldn’t do much about: It’s hard to get the signal from your instrument to the computer.There are two options for getting a guitar signal into a computer. You can either mic an amplifier, which takes expensive equipment and lots of experience to get a good sound, or you can use a USB interface. These vary widely in quality, and they’re often goofy to set up with your system’s audio settings. These obstacles can mean the difference between really making music and just dreaming about doing it.By releasing a Strat with USB connectivity, Fender has blown away the last obstacle. Once you have the guitar, which is available directly from Apple for $199.95, you can plug it straight into your computer and play. But it’s also a fully functional Strat you can play through an amp.center_img jon mitchell 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

JRU snaps two-game skid, downs Letran

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Gov’t nixes 2019 SEA Games hosting For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University turned back Letran, 65-62, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers survived a scare in the final minutes after their 11-point lead, 61-50, dwindled to just three in the final seven seconds of the game but Jed Mendoza was able to hold fort and stopped JP Calvo until the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Bong Quinto had a team-high 16 points to lead Letran while Rey Nambatac added 14. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim JRU improved to 2-2 to snap its two-game losing streak while Letran slipped to 1-2.“When we get to the end game, we cannot commit turnovers or passing mistakes,” said JRU head coach Vergel Meneses. “That’s why Letran was able to come back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Knights were able mount their 13-4 late-game run after pestering the Heavy Bombers for the full 94 feet but time wasn’t on their side.Mendoza led JRU with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists while Teytey Teodoro, who missed two crucial free throws with seconds remaining in the game, added 14 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoJuventus coach Max Allegri: Being Winter Champions important

first_imgJuventus coach Max Allegri: Being Winter Champions importantby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri was delighted with a crucial win over AS Roma.Mario Mandzukic struck the only goal of the game.“We’re Winter Champions, but we haven’t really won anything yet,” Allegri told DAZN.“We are doing some good things, we’re in the Champions League Round of 16, but the important thing is to have a good buffer from Napoli in second place.“It was a good game, we remained organised when under pressure, Robin Olsen made some fine saves and we played well.“We had to cause Roma problems and put the pressure on them straight away, as it’s a psychologically fragile side. We should’ve done more after going 1-0 up, as they were really struggling.“Roma had more possession in the second half, but we didn’t really allow them any chances. I’d say it was a deserved victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more