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SC Appoints Women Judges Panel to Ensure Relief in Manipur Clashes

Supreme Court forms panel of three former women judges to oversee humanitarian measures in Manipur, aiming to restore peace & aid relief efforts.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has taken significant steps to address the ongoing clashes in Manipur, appointing two panels to oversee critical aspects of the situation. On Monday, the apex court named a panel headed by former Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Dattatray Padsalgikar to lead the probe into offences of rape in the region.

In addition to the investigative panel, the Supreme Court also constituted a separate group consisting of three women judges, namely, Justices Mittal, Shalini P Joshi, and Asha Menon. This panel’s mandate is to oversee measures of relief, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of houses and places of worship in Manipur.

“Our effort is to restore a sense of confidence and faith in the rule of law. We will constitute at one level a committee of three former HC judges. This committee will be looking at things apart from the investigation, including relief, rehabilitation of relief camps, remedial measures – remit will be a broad-based committee – who will be looking into diverse aspects of humanitarian nature,” Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud stated, indicating that a detailed order would be uploaded later.

During the court proceedings, Attorney General R Venkataramani proposed the appointment of Special Investigation Teams (SITs) to probe into the FIRs (First Information Reports) that have been registered from May to July. The Chief Justice asserted that officers not below the rank of Superintendents of Police (SPs) from outside the state would be deputed to supervise the investigation.

The decision to appoint external officers for the investigation came after the apex court expressed dissatisfaction with the state police’s handling of the situation. AG R Venkataramani informed the court about constituting SITs in districts to probe FIRs, headed by SP-level officers who would monitor the investigation on a weekly and fortnightly basis.

The court had previously summoned the Director-General of Police (DGP) to appear on August 7 at 2.00 PM, expressing concern over an absolute breakdown of law and order and constitutional machinery in Manipur during the two months from May till July.

The Chief Justice pointed out that only seven arrests had been made in connection with 11 FIRs involving offences against women and children, indicating that the state police’s performance in handling the cases had been inadequate. He raised concerns about the considerable delay between the occurrence of incidents and the registration of FIRs, recording of witness statements, and arrest of the accused.

The court particularly focused on a Manipur viral video case involving two Kuki Zo women, who “indicated” that they were handed over to a mob by the police. The Chief Justice questioned whether the DGP had taken the initiative to interrogate the police personnel involved.

The recent developments in the Supreme Court reflect a significant effort to address the crisis in Manipur and ensure that justice is served for the victims of rape and violence. The appointed panels are expected to play a crucial role in overseeing the investigations and implementing relief measures to restore peace and normalcy in the region.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast
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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

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The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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