Press Note Against Devangana Kalita Was A Proportional Response to the Allegations of Communalisation of Police: Delhi Police Informs Delhi HC

first_imgNews UpdatesPress Note Against Devangana Kalita Was A Proportional Response to the Allegations of Communalisation of Police: Delhi Police Informs Delhi HC Karan Tripathi15 July 2020 11:02 PMShare This – xDelhi Police has informed the Delhi High Court that the press note released by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, highlighting the allegations of conspiracy of instigating Delhi riots against Devangana Kalita, was a proportional response to the allegations made by Pinjra Tod members on their Twitter account. The Single Bench was further informed that the said press note was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi Police has informed the Delhi High Court that the press note released by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, highlighting the allegations of conspiracy of instigating Delhi riots against Devangana Kalita, was a proportional response to the allegations made by Pinjra Tod members on their Twitter account. The Single Bench was further informed that the said press note was intended to restore the public faith in the police and was a proportional response to the allegations of communalisation of police. These submissions were made in a writ petition moved by Devangana Kalita seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Police refraining it from leaking information regarding FIRs registered against her to the media. Appearing for the Delhi Police, Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi submitted that the Press Note of the DCP, which the Petitioner has cited as derogatory and prejudicial to her right to fair trial, was a response to the allegations made by the Pinjra Tod members on their Twitter account. Mr Lekhi submitted that the Pinjra Tod members had accused the Delhi Police of ‘massive Hindutva conspiracy’ and ‘political witch hunt to stifle dissent’, which undermined the public faith in police and subsequently threatened social order. Mr Lekhi further submitted that since Kalita made no efforts to disassociate herself from the tweets made by Pinjra Tod, the prevailing context warranted a response from the police. ‘The intention of the press note was not to conduct a media trial or to malign the reputation of the accused or to prejudice her case. The intention was to address the issue of damage caused to the public faith in police due to the allegations made by the Petitioner’s association.’ Mr Lekhi further went on to argue that the press note did not reveal any information which was not already part of the public knowledge. He said: ‘The nature of the case against Kalita was revealed by the members of the Pinjra Tod themselves by giving all the details about the offences invoked against her.’ At this point, the court interjected Mr Lekhi and highlighted that: ‘Presumption of innocence is not destroyed when the accused person runs a campaign saying that he’s innocent. Rather, it is destroyed when the prejudicial statements are released in the media by the police.’ Mr Lekhi responded to that observation by submitting the presumption of institutional integrity is equally important as presumption of innocence and the balance between both the presumptions of disturbed by the tweets made by the Pinjra Tod members. Therefore, this balance had to be restored by the police. While relying upon judgments of the Supreme Court in the Romila Thapar case and Sahara v. SEBI, Mr Lekhi argued that the press note did not violate any of the tests laid down by the apex court on what makes a statement qualify as prejudicial to the case of the accused. Mr Lekhi pointed out that the press note was sent through WhatsApp to 480 persons from across the media and news agencies. Therefore, it rules out the allegation of ‘selective leaking of the information’. He said: ‘The press note was not a celebratory leak for touting the achievements of the police or taking credits for the imaginary investigation. It was a proportional response, restricted itself to the allegations made in the charge sheet and was circulated to media houses from across the spectrum.’ While asking Mr Lekhi to explain as what parts of the Pinjra Tod tweets did he find offensive, the court observed that: ‘Social media is an unruly horse. There are absurd comments made which have no connection to reality.’ The court added: ‘You (police) could’ve kept your ammunition dry till the chargesheet is filed. It becomes pivotal for the court to ensure that the matters which are yet to be heard do not become prejudicial.’ Mr Lekhi responded to this by arguing that the Pinjra Tod members can’t go on to communalise the police’s actions and then expect the police to stay quiet. These are the consequences that were invited by their conduct. The court reiterated that the accused’s statement claiming innocence or challenging her arrest can’t be a ground to release information to the media. The court said: ‘This is how protests work. Agencies are given an opportunity to defend their actions in the court.’ At this stage, the court adjourned the matter till tomorrow for further hearing. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Huge concern for farmers after Donegal Animal Hospital closure

first_imgLocal farmers are facing serious challenges following the closure of the Donegal Animal Hospital.The hospital in Letterkenny has been permanently closed by Independent Vetcare (IVC), it was confirmed yesterday.The facility employed six vets and twelve staff, with two other clinics in Ballybofey and Gweedore. The premises was temporarily closed on August 22nd by executives from IVC UK, who cited “staffing difficulties and other regulatory issues.”But the now-permanent closure has left over 1,000 farmers without access to vital services and inspections.The Donegal Animal Hospital opened in 2000 and the practice has been covering one of the biggest territories in Ireland, ranging from the Bluestacks to Fanad Head and from the Border to Carrickfinn with 1500 farm clients and 5000 pet owners.The Tirconnaill Tribune reports that plans are already at an advanced stage by an independent source to open a practice near the Dry Arch Roundabout in the coming ten days. Huge concern for farmers after Donegal Animal Hospital closure was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Raiders offensive line on 2019 turnaround: ‘Gelling well and communicating’

first_imgALAMEDA — The Raiders were intent on strengthening their offensive line.At the season’s onset, handing 26-year-old Trent Brown the most lucrative contract ever granted to an offensive lineman in NFL’s history — four years, $66 million with $36 million guaranteed — certainly emphasized the front office’s priority to give quarterback Derek Carr some room to breathe.Some offensive linemen donned sweaters that read “Carr Insurance” after practice on Friday. They’re on the same page — the hefty …last_img

‘Green’ energy opportunities for women

first_img26 August 2011Numerous jobs and business opportunities will arise as the government designs programmes favouring renewable energy and energy efficiency.This was the key message of a workshop for women entrepreneurs hosted by the Department of Energy in Durban on Thursday.Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thompson told workshop delegates that initiatives such as the drive to instal solar water geysers would give South African women an opportunity to participate in the installation and maintenance processes.China has committed to training women in the installation of solar water geysers. “Once trained, these women will return to start their own enterprises or join other entrepreneurs in this area while training more women,” Thompson said.Funding, judging from the workshop, is one of the biggest problems facing women trying to break into the energy industry. Numberous delegates told stories of not being able to access finance to buy petrol stations or engage in other energy projects.Integrated Resources PlanThompson said the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), approved by Cabinet in March this year, pays close attention to South Africa’s changing energy needs.“It talks to the importance of access to energy and an energy mix benefiting the designated groups, especially women.”The plan also seeks to stimulate local manufacturing capacity for the “green” economy, and Thompson encouraged the women also to consider opportunities in the manufacturing of energy products.Thoko Gulube, a representative from Women in Oil and Energy South Africa (WOESA), told BuaNews that skills shortages and finance rank among the most significant challenges that women face when they approach WOESA.“It’s important to get young females to acquire hard skills and study manufacturing and project management,” Gulube said.WOESA, an NGO, helps women who are in the oil, gas and renewable energy businesses, providing training and networking opportunities.Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment InitiativeThe department also wants to ensure that women start connecting to promote the use of clean energy. Earlier this week, the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E).C3E, said Thompson, aims to inspire young women to purse clean energy-related studies, and to provide real-life, hands-on experience through team research opportunities in partnership with academic institutions.“The participation of women at this event was excellent and I am confident it has laid a solid basis that will increase the footprint of women in the energy sector.”The government’s Integrated National Electrification programme had been yielding positive results, Thompson said. In 2010, 5 000 jobs were created nationwide and women benefitted from this programme, said Thompson.“Through this programme, we are focusing on access for rural areas,” she said, adding that the department was looking into establishing Integrated Energy Centres in rural areas.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Remembering Nelson Mandela’s first steps of freedom

first_imgOn 11 February 1990, millions watched as Nelson Mandela took his first steps of freedom.Frederik Willem de Klerk and Nelson Mandela at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos in 1992. (Image: World Economic Forum, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterNelson Mandela walked through the gates of Victor Verster Prison because he insisted on doing so.If he didn’t have his way he would have been dropped off at his small house in Soweto, 1 400 kilometres away.Just two days before, President FW de Klerk told him he would be flown to Johannesburg and released in Soweto. Mandela refused.He also asked for another week in prison to allow his comrades outside to prepare properly. De Klerk refused.So on Sunday, 11 February 1990, millions of people around the world watched as Mandela took his first steps of freedom in 10 050 days through the gates of the last prison he was detained in.It was nine days after De Klerk legalised the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress and announced that Mandela would soon be freed.It was 27 years, six months and four days since South Africa’s most wanted man had been arrested at a roadblock outside the eastern town of Howick. The father of five young children from two marriages walked to freedom as a 71-year-old grandfather.NewspapersOne would have expected some jubilation from the man who had endured two criminal trials, two prison sentences and time in four prisons. But all who encountered Mandela in the days leading up to his release were struck by his calmness.Trevor Manuel visited him in prison soon after De Klerk had announced that he would leave the prison the next day. When he arrived at the house where Mandela had been held for the last 14 months of his imprisonment, he found him already in his pyjamas.On the day of his release Mandela was up early as usual, read the newspapers over breakfast and even had his daily nap as thousands of supporters and journalists gathered outside the prison.Children had been born since his capture and had grown into adults; many became freedom fighters themselves, inspired by the sacrifice of Mandela and his comrades. They had been detained, tortured, forced into exile and killed. Some encountered him as fellow political prisoners.DignityWhile some young firebrands grew frustrated with his manner, he impressed them in jail with his dignity. He made a conscious decision to hold on to it at all costs.“I believe the way in which you will be treated by the prison authorities depends on your demeanour and you must fight that battle and win it on the very first day,” he said to journalists some years after his release.While some prison authorities were brutes, there were some with whom he formed friendships. One was Jack Swart, who was Mandela’s last warder. Even Swart, who spent every day of 14 months with him, did not notice him as anything but calm as he prepared for freedom.In the searing summer heat of 11 February 1990 Mandela and his wife Winnie walked a few metres towards the crowd lining the road outside the prison. Freshly-sewn flags in the colours of the African National Congress were held aloft. Just ten days earlier, merely having one could have earned them a vicious beating from police and even time in prison.NegotiationsFor the last three years of his imprisonment Mandela was involved in secret discussions with the apartheid regime with a view to setting up eventual multiparty negotiations to end apartheid.Ironically this is what he was calling for before he was jailed. His letters in1961 to Prime Minister HF Verwoerd were ignored, so he called for a strike against South Africa becoming a republic, away from the Commonwealth Group of Nations.A peaceful solution out of the question, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a partner in South Africa’s first black law firm became the first Commander-in-Chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC.Passive resistanceMandela and Gandhi were often named in the same sentence when extolling the virtues of passive resistance.Mandela put the matter to rest after his release when he said:“If the conditions demanded, as they were, that we should avoid any form of action which would lead to bloodshed, I would avoid that. But if the conditions were such that one could depart from a non-violent struggle I would do so. That’s why we resorted to violence, for example. Because the conditions demanded that we should take up arms. The government had banned our organisation, it had sent people to exile, thrown others to jail, gagged those who were inside and imposed ruthless repression. In that situation it was proper to take up arms. Gandhi would never have agreed.”Mandela went on a seven-month tour through Africa and to London in 1962 to raise support for the armed struggle and to undergo military training. He was captured soon after his return to South Africa. He was tried and sentenced on 7 November 1962 to five years in prison. His crime? Leaving the country without a passport and inciting a strike.SabotageTen months into his sentence he was brought to court on charges of sabotage relating to the ANC’s attacks on strategic installations in which no-one but a fellow freedom fighter was killed. Facing the death penalty, Mandela and Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were sentenced to life imprisonment on 12 June 1964.During his imprisonment Mandela fought to improve prison conditions; demanded in vain for anti-apartheid fighters to be recognised as political prisoners; brought his legal skills to the aid of fellow inmates and urged unity between political organisations. Slowly, as the campaigns grew outside the prison walls, so did Nelson Mandela’s stature in the imagination of those opposed to apartheid.Expectations“Rolihlahla Mandela, freedom is in your hands; show us the way to freedom in this land of Africa,” are some of the words of just one of many songs highlighting him as a saviour. Each refrain placed firmly on his shoulders, the expectations of millions.He rejected several offers of conditional release, the last made on 31 January 1985. This time President PW Botha insisted that abandoning violence would be the only way to secure one’s freedom.In his reply to Botha, Mandela wrote: “The coming confrontation will only be averted if the following steps are taken without delay.The government must renounce violence firstIt must dismantle apartheidIt must unban the ANCIt must free all who have been imprisoned, banished or exited for their opposition to apartheidIt must guarantee free political activity.”As the struggle within and outside South Africa intensified, successive states of emergency were imposed, giving security forces a free hand in detaining opponents of the state indefinitely.By the end of 1985, when many parts of South Africa were literally in flames, Nelson Mandela was taken from his Pollsmoor prison cell to hospital. He needed prostate surgery and surgeons of his own choice were seconded onto the medical team.ConversationWhile en route from Johannesburg to visit him, his wife encountered Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee on the flight. She engaged him in conversation and encouraged him to visit her husband in hospital.The hospital meeting on 17 November 1985 was the moment Nelson Mandela needed. On his discharge he reached out to Coetsee and the first in a series of meetings took place the following year.In August 1988, Mandela was admitted to another hospital where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He was treated at two different hospitals until 7 December when he was transferred to Victor Verster Prison.By then Goldberg and Mbeki had already been released and Mandela used his contacts with the government to call for the release of the remaining Rivonia trialists.On 15 October 1989 Sisulu, Kathrada, Mhlaba, Motsoaledi and Mlangeni were freed with Oscar Mpetha, Wilton Mkwayi and Jeff Masemola.UnbannedSouth Africa was still under a state of emergency when the regime released Mandela, but it had unbanned the organisations, allowed exiles to return and begun to free political prisoners.Mandela had not been expected to renounce violence.Within months of his release, the ANC delegation, which included returned exiles, sat down with the government team. These bilateral talks led to multi-party negotiations beginning in December 1991 and ending in November 1993 with the setting of an election date for 27 April 1994.As President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela – prisoner number 19476/62, 11657/63, 466/64, 220/82 and 1335/88 – laid the first bricks in the building of a new foundation to hold his motherland for future generations. Nelson Mandela and his comrades pulled South Africa back from the precipice, but the country faced a long and arduous battle ahead.Reviewed 25 April 2017Source: Nelson Mandela FoundationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

4-Star LB Ellis Brooks Announces Decommitment From Duke On Twitter

first_imgEllis Brooks' decommitment from Duke.This past March, Duke football scored a huge get, landing the services of four-star linebacker Ellis Brooks. Friday, Brooks announced that he’s changed his mind. Brooks, a product of Richmond, Virginia, took to Twitter to decommit from the Blue Devils – thanking the team’s coaching staff in the process.Brooks is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound player for the class of 2017, according to 247 Sports. Hereby reopening my recruitment after careful consideration with my family— Ellis Brooks (@EllisBrooks35) May 20, 2016Brooks currently has offers from over a dozen schools, including Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.last_img

Beckham in talks with Zidane over coaching Inter Miami

first_imgDavid Beckham has not been linked with small choices concerning who will coach Inter Miami, claims Fox Sports.The former England captain is linked to talks that claim he has had conversations with his former Real Madrid teammate, Zinedine Zidane, overtaking the coaching position of his newly found club in the US.Beckham has great plans for his Inter Miami, he wishes for the team to be a strong force in every competition. Already, he has a wish-list that is attractive, heading for one of the world’s current best managers.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.The report states that according to Mirror, Beckham is already in talks with Zidane who added three consecutive Champions League titles to his name when he served as the manager of Real Madrid.Zidane is currently not appointed with any club and there is the possibility that if the inactive time stretches for him, the chances that he might strike a deal with his former teammate at Real Madrid increases.The twist in the incident is that Manchester United is also linked with Zidane should they no longer need the services of Jose Mourinho. This means Beckham may be facing a competition from another of his former club.last_img read more

Sterling reveals the secret behind prolific form

first_imgRaheem Sterling has revealed how he has evolved from trying to do fancy tricks and flicks into being a prolific goalscorer.Sterling, 23, has been in excellent form for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists.Sterling knows he needs to deliver in an England shirt as well but, at club level, he has lived up to the billing after bringing a new maturity and understanding to his game.Sterling told Daily Mirror: “The main thing now is to keep trying to be a goal threat.“When I was a bit younger, I wasn’t too interested in scoring goals, I was all about trying to look nice and show people I’ve got a lot of ability.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But now I’ve started to realise that no one remembers the fancy stuff you do on the pitch, it’s about the effectiveness and what you do for your team.“As I’m growing and developing, I understand that now, especially with the national team because I need to get these goals going.“I think I’m probably more driven now to be able to get on the end of things, being in the box a lot more.“Before, I was going wide, trying to beat a player and now I’m trying to get on the end of stuff, being around for scraps and trying to make goals for myself.“I’m much more confident when I’m in and around the penalty area now so I feel the goals will come for England as they have been doing for City.”last_img read more