In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the Allahabad high court has directed the state government to consider framing of guidelines regarding holding of statutory meetings of local bodies, including those for the consideration of no confidence motions, within three weeks. … [Read more...] about Make rules for statutory meetings including trust vote amid Covid-19: HC
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Hate speechThe court rulings in these two cases are different, but there are similarities in the goals and unscrupulous methods used by the Uttar Pradesh government in the case of Dr. Khan and the Delhi Police, directed by the Union Home Ministry, in the case of Ms. Kalita. In my interpretation of the two judgments, among the important issues dealt with, there are at least three which need to be highlighted. The first is hate speech and incitement to violence. In both cases, the accused were charged for commitment of such crimes under the relevant sections of the law linked to the anti-CAA/NRC protests. The Allahabad order reproduces the entire speech made by Dr. Khan and says: “It does not disclose any effort to promote hatred or violence. It also nowhere threatens peace and tranquility of the city of Aligarh.” The Delhi High Court stated in its ruling that the Delhi Police “failed to produce any material that she in her speech instigated women of [a] particular … [Read more...] about The demonisation of dissent
A division bench of the Allahabad High Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file a counter affidavit in a PIL, seeking necessary changes/amendments in the UP Kshetra Panchayat and Zila Panchayat (Election and Members) Rule 1994 for free and fair elections in the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls. … [Read more...] about HC seeks reply on PIL seeking online nominations for upcoming UP panchayat elections
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe alleged anomalies in the purchase of equipment related to COVID-19 treatment. There were reports from some districts that certain items were bought at a cost higher than the market price. … [Read more...] about SIT to probe ‘expensive’ COVID kit purchases in U.P.
Mr. Adityanath had always stressed about having a “zero tolerance policy” against corruption, the government spokesperson said. Mr. Adityanath had asked officials to take necessary action in case of irregularities regardless of the level where it occured, he added. … [Read more...] about SIT to probe ‘expensive’ COVID-19 kit purchases in Uttar Pradesh districts