QBullet: CJI Misra’s Farewell Speech; New Board Named for IL&FS
From CJI Dipak Misra’s farewell speech to govt naming new board for IL&FS – Here are the top stories of the day.
1. Justice Must Have Human Face, Says CJI Dipak Misra
The outgoing Chief Justice of India (CJI), Dipak Misra, said India’s judiciary is one of the most robust and strongest institutions in the world, even in the face of attacks and in troubled times. “Our judges are ahead of their counterparts in other parts of the world,” he added, referring to their ability to deal with complex issues.
Justice Misra, India’s 45th chief justice, has presided over several important cases , and been part of benches that have delivered important judgments – decriminalising homosexuality, ruling that privacy is a fundamental right, establishing the constitutional validity of Aadhaar even while protecting the rights of individuals, and allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala.
2. Government Steps In, Names a New Board for IL&FS
The government on Monday, 1 October, stepped in to take control of crisis-ridden Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) by moving the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to supersede and reconstitute the board of the firm which has defaulted on a series of its debt payments over the last one month. This was said to be an attempt to restore the confidence of financial markets in the credibility and solvency of the infrastructure financing and development group.
3. Central Information Commission Brings BCCI Under RTI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act and answerable to the people of the country under its mechanism, the Central Information Commission ruled Monday, 1 October.
The commission, the top appellate body in RTI matters, went through the law, orders of the Supreme Court, the Law Commission of India report, submissions of the Central Public Information Officer in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to conclude that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfil required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
4. Gita Gopinath Named IMF Chief Economist
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, 1 October, appointed Delhi School of Economics and Lady Shri Ram College alumna Gita Gopinath as its chief economist, a post once held by former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan.
Gopinath will succeed Maurice Obstfeld as economic counsellor and director of the IMF’s research department. A top-notch economist, she currently serves as the John Zwaanstra professor of international studies and economics at Harvard University.
5. Nirav Modi’s NY, London Flats Among ₹637 Crore Assets Seized by ED
In the first step towards taking possession of Nirav Modi’s foreign assets, the Enforcement Directorate has attached his properties in four countries worth over Rs 637 crore, including three flats worth Rs 273 crore and Rs 278 crore in bank deposits.
The attached properties include two flats in New York’s Central Park and one in London.
6. ‘Tariff King’ India Wants Trade Deal to Keep Me Happy, Says Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump on Monday, 1 October, escalated ongoing trade tensions with India, calling the country a “tariff king” for the first time and accusing it of slapping levies as high as 100 percent.
Insisting that he shared a good relationship with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump said New Delhi wanted to start trade talks with the US “immediately”. He added he was told no one had ever asked India to lower tariffs.
7. Bhima-Koregaon: Delhi HC Ends House Arrest of Activist Gautam Navlakha
The Delhi High Court on Monday, 1 October, freed activist Gautam Navlakha from house arrest, almost five weeks after he was arrested by the Pune Police with four other rights activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence in Maharashtra.
Ruling that there was “non-compliance” of the Constitution in granting the transit remand for Navlakha, the High Court said that his detention was “untenable” under the law.
8. Pakistan Goofs Again: Kashmir Stamps Show Victims of Its Own Terror
After last year’s goof-up when its envoy to the UN exhibited the picture of a Palestinian girl as a Kashmiri victim of Indian pellet guns, Pakistan has done it again.
In the recently issued 20,000 sheets of 20 propaganda postal stamps on “atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir”, the Imran Khan government, besides glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, unwittingly showcased Kashmiri Pandit and Sikh victims of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.
9. Nana Patekar Sends Legal Notice to Tanushree Dutta, Demands Apology
Actor Nana Patekar’s lawyer Rajendra Shirodhkar said on Monday that a legal notice has been sent to Tanushree Dutta, claiming that she has levelled false accusations of sexual harassment against the veteran actor. Tanushree has said in recent interviews that Patekar had harassed her during the shooting of their 2008 film, ‘Horn OK Please’ and also demanded to do an intimate dance step with her.
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