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SC judge cautions against PIL abuse

Nagpur (PTI): Justice B.N. Srikrishna of the Supreme Court has asked judges to sternly turn away “vested interests abusing PILs to settle their personal scores”.

elivering a lecture on “PIL: A Boon or Bane” on Saturday, Justice Srikrishna said public interest litigations have been “grossly abused” by vested interests.

He cautioned judges to verify bonafides of petitioners seeking to espouse the cause of the downtrodden.

Rival industrial groups, jealous neighbours and social welfare organisations without credibility rush to court to settle scores and thus “undermine” the noble intentions of the judiciary, he said.

Justice Srikrishna said the instrument of PIL was devised by the Indian judiciary to help countrymen and ensure socio-economic equality enshrined in the Constitution.

Praising the judiciary, Justice Srikrishna said it had taken up cudgels for the marginalised sectors of society.

Describing law as a “social engineering apparatus”, he said it was a “means to wipe out tears of every citizen”.

Equating law with dharma, the apex court judge said it was intended to protect the weakest from the might of the mightiest.

Congress student leader killed

Jaipur (PTI): The city chief of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) was killed by unidentified assailants in Banswara in southern Rajasthan sparking tension in the town, police sources said.

NSUI is the students’ wing of the Congress.

Amjad Hussain was attacked with a knife on the main road of the town on Saturday afternoon, they said. He was rushed to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead, the sources added.

As soon as word spread about the incident, people began gathering in large numbers outside the hospital and traders downed shutters, they said.

Anticipating further tension, additional police force was deployed and prohibitory orders promulgated, the sources said, adding that the situation was now under control.

The law and order situation was reviewed by the district collector on Saturday evening along with senior administrative and police officials, the sources said.

No work, no pay for teachers

Jaipur (PTI): The vice-chancellor of Rajasthan University has decided to implement a “no work, no pay” rule to discipline teachers. A circular was issued by the registrar on the direction of vice-chancellor Shyam Lal on Saturday. All departmental heads and professors have been asked to ensure that all teachers mark their attendance daily and also take classes.

The teachers have been asked to take students’ attendance daily and send their reports to departmental heads.

Salman case ruling

Mumbai (PTI): A local court will on Monday give its ruling on Salman Khan’s plea for the return of his vehicle, which rammed into a bakery on September 28, killing one person and injuring four. Magistrate S.Y. Sishode had on December 31 reserved his orders till Monday, after hearing arguments of the prosecution and the defendant.

Children die in fire

New Delhi (PTI): Three children, who were trapped in a “major fire” at a shop in Ambedkar Nagar area on Saturday night, died in the incident, police said. The fire broke out in a steel furniture shop on the ground floor at 9.30 pm, police said. Three children — Reena, Muskan and Arzoo — were trapped in the shop. The three were rushed to Batra hospital, where they were declared brought dead.

George visitor held

new delhi (PTI): A man who came to meet defence minister George Fernandes was held by security guards for possessing 60 grams of marijuana, police said. Rajesh Kumar was frisked at the gate of the minister’s residence. A case has been registered against Kumar and further investigations are on, police said.

A-I Haj flights

Lucknow (PTI): Air- India has begun operating special flights to Jeddah from here for Haj pilgrims and will start bi-weekly flights to the Saudi Arabian city this summer. The first Air-India flight carrying Haj pilgrims to Jeddah took off from the Amausi airport on Saturday.

The e-governance programme in Kerala has taken a significant step with Vellanad village becoming the first fully computerised gram panchayat in the country. Computer facility for collection of taxes, issue of birth and death certificates have been completed.

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