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News of the Day 1 July 2019 : Amarnathyatra begins today under multi-tiered security
- July 1, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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Rafale to Sabarimala, SC to hear key cases as it reopens after 6 weeks today
As the Supreme Court reopens on Monday after a six-week summer vacation, there is a likelihood that verdicts reserved in crucial cases such as the Rafale case, the Sabarimala case and bringing the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) under right to information act, would be pronounced soon.
The most keenly awaited one is the Rafale case. A bench led by Chief Justice RanjanGogoi on May 10 had concluded it’s hearing on petitions asking for a review of the Court’s December 14 verdict, declining a probe into the corruption allegations in the Rafale deal.
The review petitions were filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan and former union ministers ArunShourie and Yashwant Sinha who relied upon documents leaked by the media to assert that the government had suppressed crucial material information regarding the deal during the earlier round of litigation. The three had also pressed a perjury application against the government for allegedly misleading the court.
Review petitions in the Sabarimala case also await the final decision of the court. It had reserved it’s verdict on the pleas on February 6 .
A constitution bench led by the CJI had heard the arguments for one full day on the bunch of petitions that challenged Court’s September 28, 2018 judgement , which declared that women of all age groups had the right to enter the temple, striking down decades-old practice that barred women devotees in the menstrual age from offering prayers at the shrine dedicated to Lord Ayappa.
The top court is also expected to deliver a verdict on the crucial question of whether the right to information act is applicable to the office of the CJI’s.
A constitution bench led by the CJI had on April 4 reserved it’s order on the matter after hearing an appeal filed by the secretary general of the Supreme Court against the January 2010 verdict of the Delhi high court, which said the office of the CJI was within the ambit of the RTI .
Besides, the court will also take up some crucial matters for hearing, including the one related to sexual harassment allegations against the CJI.
The Justice AK Patnaik panel, constituted to probe the conspiracy angle into the sexual harassment allegations, is likely submit its report to the court. The probe panel was set up by a special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra after a petition was filed by an advocate claiming he was approached by disgruntled former employees of the top court and corporate lobbyists to frame the CJI.
The top court will so take up a batch of petitions on the constitutional validity of article 370 granting special status to Jammu and kashmir. Petitioners want the “controversial” provision to be held invalid as it restricts parliament’s powers to frame laws for the state.
Amarnathyatra begins today under multi-tiered security
The annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas would begin on Monday under tight security amid an escalation of militant violence.
Officials said the first batch of 2,234 pilgrims arrived in Baltal and Pahalgam, the base camps for the pilgrimage in Ganderbal and Anantnag districts, on Sunday. They would begin a trek to the shrine located 3,888 metres above sea level on Monday.
Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a militant attack along the main route to Pahalgam on June 12.
“The yatris [pilgrims] have started arriving at the base camps. We have every facility in place for them,” said Ganderbal’s additional district development commissioner, Shafaqat Iqbal. “The food and accommodation at the base camps are provided for free. We have also kept provisions of free rice, flour, sugar, and gas in case someone wants to prepare food on his own,” he said.
Officials said over 1.5 lakh pilgrims from across the country have registered for the 46-day pilgrimage. The pilgrims trek 32 km to reach the shrine from Pahalgam. The route to the shrine from Baltal is just 14-km-long.
Officials said special arrangements have been made along the trekking tracks. “Railings have been installed along the tracks. They have also been illuminated,” said Anantnag deputy commissioner, Khalid Jahangir.
Wires have been fixed at places along Baltal to deal with shooting stones. “There will be special teams, including from Disaster Response Force, to help the pilgrims throughout the track.”
Officials said 40,000 personnel have been deployed to provide multi-tiered security. Pilgrims’ vehicles have been fitted with radio-frequency identification chips to track movement. The convoys are being provided with CRPF escorts. Closed-circuit television cameras have been installed at vulnerable points and pilgrims have been provided barcoded identity cards.
“All the security agencies have coordinated to draw out a security plan…We have made a comprehensive plan based on our experience,” said CRPF inspector general Ravideep Singh Sahi.
Source –Hindustan Times