QBullet: Criminal Case Against Ryan Int’l School; Rajnath in J&K

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Protesters gathered outside Ryan International School in Gurugram.

1. Haryana Govt Orders Criminal Case Against Ryan School

The Haryana government on 10 September ordered a criminal case against Ryan International School's management and owner under the Juvenile Justice Act, two days after Class 2 student Pradyumn Thakur was murdered in the washroom of the school in Gurgaon's Bhondsi.

Facing pressure for perceived inaction against the school and demands from the boy's parents for a CBI probe, the government also made public findings of its probe into glaring breaches of safety protocols at the school's Bhondsi campus that confirmed that the students' washroom was easily accessible to unauthorised entrants.

2. Rajnath Singh Reaches out to J&K Police, Says Have Come With 'Open Heart'

Following up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to people of Jammu and Kashmir in his Independence Day speech, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on 10 September that he had come to the Valley with “an open heart”.

“I want support of all the youth of Kashmir, of all the people. I have come here for three days. This is the first time a Home Minister has come to Kashmir four times in a year. I will come again and again,” Singh said addressing police personnel at Anantnag in South Kashmir, the epicentre of the resurgent militancy in the Valley, on the second day of his visit to Kashmir. “I appeal to everybody, if anybody has any complaint, he should talk directly to us. I am ready to talk with an open heart. I haven’t come to Kashmir with a closed heart and mind.”

3. Found at Dera's Sirsa HQ: Secret Tunnels, Empty Box of AK-47 Cartridges

No proper record of dead bodies being sent from the hospital running inside the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters was maintained while a skin bank was running without license, a senior official said as the mammoth “sanitisation” exercise of the complex was completed on Sunday.

Convicted Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Convicted Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
(Photo: The Quint)

Secret tunnels, including one which linked jailed sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s plush residence with female disciples’ hostel, an empty box of AK-47 cartridges, an illegal firecracker factory were among other shocking detections made, according to Haryana’s public relations department deputy director, Satish Mehra.

Irregularities in the implementation of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act by the Dera were also detected, he said.

4. Aadhaar Is Free, but Enrolment Centres Fleece Applicants

You need an Aadhaar number to buy a phone SIM and open a bank account, but as people rush to enroll, some registration centres in the capital are illegally charging them hundreds of rupees for the service that is meant to be free.

The Times of India found centres fleecing applicants in many places. In the Lal Kuan area of Badarpur, South Delhi, Laxmi, who earns Rs 150 to Rs 200 a day selling momos, was charged Rs 200 to update her address and date of birth when the prescribed fee is only Rs 25.

Mohan (name changed), who runs the cyber cafe-turned-registration centre where she applied, was unapologetic: "We are offering you services at your doorstep. Won't I need something to meet expenses of my shop?" Mohan subcontracts for Vishal, an authorised registrar for the area, who was present.

5. Over 100 Army Officers Move SC Claiming 'Discrimination' in Promotion

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman faces a new challenge as over 100 lieutenant colonels and majors of the Army have moved the Supreme Court over alleged "discrimination and injustice" in promotion of officers of the services corps.

"This act of Army and Union government (discrimination in promotion) has created tremendous injustice to the petitioners and others which is detrimental to the morale of the officers and, in turn, to the defence of the country," they said.

What should worry the government is the petitioners' plea not to deploy services corps in operational areas along with the combat arms if parity in promotion is not granted.

6. Scrutiny of Performance: Centre Begins Evaluation of Judges for HC

The Centre has “initiated” a “process” to “evaluate” the performance of those recommended by the High Court collegium for appointment as judges of the court. This was conveyed in a note sent by the Department of Justice to Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.

“Now the process of detailed scrutiny of proposals received for appointment of judges from High Court has been initiated,” said the note dated 9 August, adding, “in the case of advocates, their reported judgements and in case of judicial officers, their case disposal time and number of adjournments are being evaluated by an in house team having legal background”.

7. TN Farmers Protesting at Jantar Mantar 'Eat' Own Excreta, Say Human Flesh Next

A group of farmers from Tamil Nadu, who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for almost two months, have made a desperate attempt to draw attention of the authorities by allegedly eating their own excreta in protest.

Ten of their men, including their leader P Ayyakannu, took the drastic step on Sunday. “I feel like throwing up when I even think about it,” said Palanichamy, who was one of the 10 who allegedly ate their own excreta.

“We collected the excreta in the morning (in plastic bags) and then ate it... By not giving us revised drought packages, compensation for crops ruined by the bad weather conditions and refusing loan waivers, the central government has forced us into a position of having to eat our own waste,” said Ayyakannu, president of the national south Indian rivers linking farmers’ association.

The farmers said they would eat human flesh on Monday to add steam to their protest.

9. JNU Painted Red Again, Yet ABVP Celebrates Its Own Defeat

It’s a clean sweep for the Left in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union elections, with the alliance of the SFI, AISA and DSF winning all four seats.

The BJP-backed ABVP finished runners up in each of the races, but its presidential candidate Nidhi Tripathi claimed that the ABVP had clinched “the ideological, moral and numerical victory in the polls”. BAPSA was not far behind at third place.

Counting continued well past midnight and the final results only came in around 3 am on Sunday, 10 September. Yet despite the late hour, hundreds of JNU students were present outside the counting centre when the overall tally was announced. Waving red and white flags in the air, supporters of the Left unity alliance erupted in celebrations, dancing to the beats of the dhol (some used plastic bottles to drum away).

Read the full story on The Quint

9. AIMPLB Respects Triple Talaq Order

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on 10 September said it respected the Supreme Court judgment invaliding instant triple talaq and set up a panel to see how the apex court verdict should be implemented by local qazis.

"The AIMPLB, as a representative body, respects the judgment of the honourable Supreme Court," the board said after a meeting of its executive.

The executive asked the panel to submit its report within 10 days and also explore if a review petition could be filed in the Supreme Court on the 22 August verdict on the instant talaq.

The exploration of the possibility of a review petition – the success of which is extremely remote – is largely being seen as an attempt to reassure sections of the community that all decisions are being taken after long deliberations. A petition initiated by the board seeking to maintain the instant talaq had drawn lakhs of signatures, and the board feels it should not be seen as taking a U-turn in haste.

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