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Apex court firm on night cracker ban

New Delhi: A month before the Dussehra and Diwali festivals, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to relax its ban on bursting of crackers at night, saying it would impinge upon the fundamental rights of the citizens, reports our legal correspondent.

A division bench of Justices R.C. Lahoti and Ashok Bhan directed the Centre to monitor and control noise pollution caused by crackers. The bench said cultural and religious consideration would not warrant a variation in the apex court’s earlier order banning bursting of crackers between 10 pm and 6 am. The direction came on an appeal by the All India Federation of Fire Cracker Association, which sought relaxation of the apex court’s ban at least during the festival season.

The association, claiming to represent over 1,000 cracker manufacturing units, also sought relaxation in the apex court’s orders fixing norms and guidelines for crackers on the ground that the existing orders pose serious threat to the Rs 500-crore industry as small units would face closure. Rejecting the arguments, the bench said “these considerations cannot come in the way of the enforcement of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution for the citizens and people of India”.

However, it said that parties aggrieved by the order of the apex court and seeking relaxation of the deadline set by it could make a representation to the concerned state government. If the state government considered the grievance genuine, it could “invite the attention of the Union government to the suggestions made”, the apex court said.

Video conference in Saha case

New Delhi: The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has permitted cross-examination of Kunal Saha, a US-based Bengali doctor, through video conferencing in a case of medical negligence.

The decision was based on a Supreme Court judgment that allowed cross-examination and recording of evidence through video conferencing.

This is the first time in the country, after the apex court ruling, that a judicial body has permitted the same.

Saha’s cross-examination is to take place on November 5, 6 and 7 and he could also get American experts during these three days to record evidence through video conferencing.

Saha’s wife Anuradha, who was also a doctor based in the US, died due to medical negligence at a Calcutta medical centre four years back.

Saha has claimed a compensation of Rs 77.77 crore, the highest in the history of Indian medical jurisprudence. His cross-examination, however, continued to be put off despite his presence before the commission.

IA manager in scam net

New Delhi: A senior manager of Indian Airlines has been booked by the CBI for accumulating Rs 1 crore through illegal means while he was posted in Kuwait.

After registering an FIR against Rohit Sehgal, the CBI conducted raids at his residence in Delhi. One of his associate’s house was also searched. Some documents pertaining to Sehgal’s bank accounts and other financial deals, apart from Rs 50,000 in cash, were recovered during the search operation.

Children rescued

Darbhanga (PTI): Eighteen child labourers allegedly being taken to Mumbai were rescued by railway police on Tuesday night at Darbhanga railway station in Bihar, sources said. Five persons were arrested and they told the police that the boys were being taken to Mumbai to work in an embroidery factory.

Salman case

Mumbai (PTI): Nearly a year after Salman Khan rammed his vehicle into a bakery in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four, the trial is slated to begin on September 26 with a sessions court transferring the case to a magistrate in keeping with a high court order. The actor appeared before principal sessions judge A.J. Dholakia on Wednesday.

Air-India trial

Vancouver (PTI): An expert on Sikhism in his testimony at the Air-India trial has said terrorism in Punjab increased after Operation Bluestar in 1984. Dr Paul Wallace of the University of Missouri said the operation in the Golden Temple “accelerated” terrorism and led to the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Jail term for bribe

Salem (PTI): A former chief education officer was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for three years in a bribery case. Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption sleuths had arrested the officer, Chakrapani, in 1992 for taking bribe from a teacher to grant a transfer request.

Dowry defiance

Coimbatore (PTI): A 21-year-old girl from Udumalpet called off her marriage when the adamant groom insisted on full settlement of dowry before tying the knot.


A group of Alexandrine parakeet, a parrot species, has been sighted in Jodhpur’s Paota area. The presence of the birds in the desert town is surprising because they are generally found only in hilly and dense forest regions, about 4,000 feet above sea level.

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