The Supreme Court of India has once again proved its political impartiality by agreeing to look at government allegations against the two most senior officers in the Central Bureau of Investigation. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said petitions filed by the agency’s director Alok Verma and deputy Rakesh Asthana merited an urgent hearing. Both have been ordered by the government to take a leave of absence while it conducts an investigation into corruption allegations. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Verma and Asthana have accused each other of bribery and of interfering in police investigations at the CBI, which is India’s equivalent of the American Federal Bureau of Investigations. The court’s handing of the affair offers further proof that if there is one institution the government has been unable to influence, it is the independent judiciary. We have already seen this with the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court stands firm against politicians in CBI case
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Bollywood actress and former adult-film star Sunny Leone has yet again been targeted, and this time it’s for her birth name, Karenjit Kaur. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC), an organization that manages gurdwaras and Sikh places of worship, has issues with the usage of the word “Kaur” in the title of her biopic Web series Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone, alleging it would hurt Sikh sentiments. Notably, Leone has made no comment on the matter. And seriously, good for her! The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Even before the Indo-Canadian model, actress and former adult-film star debuted in Bollywood in 2012 with Pooja Bhatt’s Jism 2, Nationalist Congress Party legislator Vidya Chavan thought the movie posters were obscene and vulgar. Upon her complaint, then Mumbai mayor Sunil Prabhu ordered that the advertisements be removed from all BEST (Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and … [Read more...] about Why can’t we leave Sunny Leone alone?
A day after the Supreme Court judgment stated that the elected government in Delhi must get primacy, bureaucrats hit back by saying they would continue to report to the central government. A new dispute between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the Narendra Modi-led central government erupted even before the ink on the apex court’s order could dry. At the core of the issue is the question of whether the elected Delhi government, run by the maverick Aam Aadmi Party and led by Chief Minister Kejriwal, can appoint officials or must leave that to the central government’s prerogative. The bureaucrats have already made it clear that they will not follow the directions of the state government and sent a letter through the chief secretary to the chief minister hours after the Supreme Court judgment. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The central government rules Delhi through an official appointed as the lieutenant-governor. This is … [Read more...] about India’s federalism takes a hit as Delhi officials defy Supreme Court
More than 5,000 people have been protesting for about a month in the Indian state of Gujarat over the acquisition of land by the state power utility – saying they want permission from the authorities to die. Narendrasinh Gohil, the protest leader and a member of Gujarat Khedut Samaj, an organisation fighting for farmer’s rights, said: “A total of 5,259 people, comprising farmers and their family members from 12 affected villages, have sought “icchha mrityu” (the right to die) as the land they cultivate is being forcibly snatched by the state government and Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd or GPCL.” He said that letters, signed by the affected farmers and their kin, have been sent to the president, the prime minister, plus the chief minister of Gujarat. Indeed, Bhavnagar district collector Harshad Patel has confirmed that letters have been received from the farmers seeking ‘right to die’. 2013 law ‘annuls buy-up of land … [Read more...] about Farmers protest against acquisition of land, seek ‘right to die’
Indiamarital rape 'Marital rape is not a husband's privilege' but a violent act, a Gujarat High Court judge declared By Asia Times staff April 3, 2018 6:07 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 In an unprecedented move, the Gujarat High Court observed yesterday that by making marital rape a criminal offense, the “destructive attitudes” that promote it could be removed. The observation comes as debates are brewing in India on the criminalization of marital rape. Section 375 of the Penal Code, which defines the offense of rape, has an exception clause that excludes marital rape of women aged above 18. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Justice J B Pardiwala made the observation while hearing a petition filed by a doctor who was seeking to quash a First Information Report (FIR) filed against him by his wife, news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. “The total statutory … [Read more...] about Indian court speaks up about marital rape, says it should be criminalized