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Unnao case: CJI Gogoi to take up rape victim’s letter tomorrow; Supreme Court registry under lens again



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By Rajesh Sinha

The role of Supreme Court registry is under a lens again for failing to put up to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi a letter from Unnao rape victim apprehending threat to her life.

Learning of the letter from reports, CJI Gogoi, taking suo motu cognisance, said he will hear the matter tomorrow, Thursday, Aug 1. The CJI assured that a judicial order would be passed to ensure the safety and better conditions for the rape survivor, said media reports. 

Calling it a “highly volatile situation”, CJI Gogoi said he was informed about the letter only on Tuesday (July 30). The CJI asked why the court registry had not brought the letter to his attention.

 “The letter has not been placed before me and newspapers flashed that CJI did not act,” Justice Gogoi said.

The letter written on July 12 came to light almost two days after a truck collided with their car on July 28. The collision, which happened near Rae Bareli, claimed the lives of two of the aunts of the victim. One of them was a key witness in the rape case in which the prime accused is a four-time BJP MLA from UP’s Bangermau, Kuldeep Singh Sengar. He was arrested last year in April.

In the letter, the rape survivor’s family complained that they were facing threats and intimidation from henchmen engaged by the accused and pleaded for providing adequate security. The letter stated that it was annexing a video-recording of the criminal intimidation and the photographs of the aggressors.

On Sunday, July 28, a truck rammed into the car in which the rape survivor was travelling near Rae Bareilly, killing her two aunts and leaving her and her lawyer critically injured.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is understood to have sought a report from the Supreme Court registry regarding the delay in forwarding the letter sent by family of Unnao rape survivor seeking protection from threat. 

This is not the first instance of the questions arising about Supreme Court registry’s role. Several other instances were reported this year itself.

Delay in issuing notice on petition by rape survivor’s mother

A report in The Telegraph said that the SC registry had also delayed issuing notice to Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the petition filed by the rape survivor’s mother seeking transfer of trial of the case from Unnao to Delhi citing intimidation from the accused.

The bench of Justices SA Bobde and Abdul Nazeer had issued notices to the CBI and 14 respondents, including the BJP MLA on April 16. In the normal course, the matter ought to have been listed after four or six weeks. But in this case, it had not come up for hearing till date, The Telegraph reported.

The Supreme Court registry staff had not sent copies of the notice issued by the bench in April until June 28, the Telegraph report suggested.

Ideally, the copies should have reached all the respondents by registered post within a week or 10 days.

A report in The Hindustan Times said the notices were sent by the Supreme Court registry only on June 26, over two months after the court order. The report said that according to the mother’s lawyer, RK Reddy, the matter has not been listed since then.

According to an office report of the Supreme Court registry prepared on July 26, four suspects are yet to receive the court notice as the addresses given in the petition are “insufficient,” the HT reported,

None of the respondents, including the CBI, has so far filed any response to the plea to transfer the case, said The Telegraph. Notices could not be served by the registry on two of the accused apparently because their addresses could not be tracked by the postal department.

In the transfer petition, the mother had detailed how her husband died in custody and the relentless threats the family was facing to pressure them to withdraw the allegations against the BJP legislator.

SC decides to depute CBI, police officers to keep tab on wrongdoings in registry

Earlier this month, on July 8, CJI Gogoi, in his administrative capacity as head of the judiciary, taking note of allegations of listing of cases out of turn before various benches of the apex court, decided to appoint senior superintendents of police and superintendents of police from the CBI and Delhi Police to keep a tab on suspect listing of cases and other activities of employees and lawyers.

Also Read: Unnao rape: Murder case against BJP MLA Sengar and others after rape victim’s car crash

Recently, two members of the court staff were dismissed by the chief justice on the allegation of changing an order in a case related to an industrialist.

The apex court has also appointed a one-man enquiry panel after lawyer Utsav Bains made a sensational allegation that middlemen were active in getting cases listed as per their own wishes. The panel is headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Patnaik.

However, just a week after this, another instance cropped up on July 15 and the CJI came down heavily on the Registrar (Listing) over the deletion of a matter against specific directions.

In the morning, an Advocate pointed out that her matter which had been listed for Tuesday after being ‘mentioned’ on Friday happens to have been omitted from the causelist.

Dates for hearing Rafale deal review plea and contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

In May, a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had deferred a plea seeking review of its December 2018 judgment in the Rafale deal case to May 10 – because the Supreme Court registry had not tagged it along with the hearing on the contempt case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, as specifically ordered by the court. 

Also Read: Unnao case: CBI books BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, 10 others for attempt to murder

The Supreme Court registry had on its own listed it for a separate hearing instead.

On April 30, CJI Gogoi-led bench had dictated its order in open court that the two cases be listed for hearing on Monday, May 6. But in the copy of the order uploaded on the website of the Supreme Court, the two cases were to be listed separately: review petition on May 6 and contempt case on May 10, a day before the court recesses for summer vacation.

Tampering with order to exempt Anil Ambani from personal appearance in Ericsson contempt plea

On January 7, the apex court had turned down a request from industrialist Anil Ambani lawyers seeking exemption from his personal appearance in a contempt plea moved by Ericsson India against him. 

Justice Nariman’s order was: “…personal appearance of the alleged contemnor(s) not dispensed with”.

However, when the order was uploaded on the website it read: “personal appearance of the alleged contemnor(s) dispensed with”.

This had been brought to the Court’s notice by Ericsson counsel and a corrected order was uploaded on the website on January 10.

After a preliminary inquiry, it was found that the omission of the word “not” in the order was not accidental. The two employees found responsible were sacked in an order passed by the CJI.

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Coding Ninjas faces social media criticism over prohibiting staff from leaving office without permission

According to the Indian labor law, the rights to safe working place with basic amenities, right to appropriate working hours, right to any assured incentive are protected under the law. There are many instances when companies have violated the Indian Labour Law



Coding Ninja

Computer training institute Coding Ninjas is facing a backlash after a video went viral in which a watchman can be seen locking doors of an office of Coding Ninjas so that employees could not exit without permission from the office.

Ed-tech entrepreneur Ravi Handa shared a video on Twitter saying Indian ed-tech founders are now literally locking their employees. He said that this company should to get out of this country. Nowhere else would anyone dare to pull off something like, they do in India.

Responding to the person, recording the video, the watchman informed that one of the managers has ordered to not let employees out of the office without permission. After the video went viral, several people on the internet reacted to it and demanded the strict action. People said such behaviour raises many serious concerns.

A Coding Ninjas spokesperson issued a statement, clarifying that the incident that occurred two days ago and was due to a regrettable action by an employee in one of their offices.  He added the same was immediately rectified within a few minutes. The employee acknowledged his mistake and apologized for such behaviour. Disciplinary action has been taken against the concerned employee as the company believes in their values and culture as an organization. As the incident caught everyone’s attention, the founders of the Coding Ninjas also expressed their regret and issued an apology to all their employees.

According to Indian labour law, the rights to safe working place with basic amenities, right to appropriate working hours, right to any assured incentive are protected under the law. There are many instances when companies have violated the Indian labour law. The authorities have to be more active in terms of labour law to check if they are being followed properly by companies.   

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Tollbooth staffer dies after being assaulted by four persons on Mysuru-Bengaluru expressway | Watch viral video

The deceased has been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Karikal Tandya in Bengaluru



Tollbooth staffer dies after being assaulted by four persons on Mysuru-Bengaluru expressway | Watch viral video

In a shocking incident, an employee of the Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway toll plaza was beaten to death in Karnataka’s Ramanagar district. A video of the incident is now viral on the Internet.

In the viral video, some people on a highway can be seen hitting a man, reportedly for a fight over paying the toll fee.

The deceased has been identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Karikal Tandya in Bengaluru Taluk. His colleague Manjunath was also injured in the attack.

The incident took place on June 4, Sunday night, when an argument broke out between the toll staff and a group of men over paying the toll fee. The accused allegedly had a heated argument with the staff over the delay, which lead to a fistfight.

The passers-by stopped and pacified. It seemed that the fight was over for the time being but the angry accused reportedly waited for Kumar, the victim.

At midnight, as Kumar stepped out of the plaza, the four people attacked him and Manjunath with hockey sticks. The whole incident was captured on CCTV. Both were taken to the hospital where Pawan Kumar died because of the injuries. The accused fled the scene after the incident.

The Police have registered a case of murder and an investigation is ongoing to catch the accused at the earliest. According to the police, the accused have been identified based on the CCTV camera footage of the incident and is said to be from Bengaluru.

Users filled the comments section, where one person wrote, the accused should join school again and learn the importance of peace. Another user wrote that toll plaza employees should be taught how to behave as they misbehave with the commuters. He added the situation was good when the female employees were deployed in the tollbooth.

A user wrote it was a total failure of the law and order implementation by the local police.

Reports said local commuters have been protesting against the toll collection in the expressway as similar incidents of heated arguments with the toll employees have been reported in the past.

The Mysuru-Bengaluru expressway was inaugurated on March 12 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The local commuters have complained, whenever they travel by the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway, there is a delay in opening the barrier despite a fast tag. The toll plaza employees said there had been a technical issue as there is a delay in the detection of vehicles near the toll plaza by the sensors.     

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Bride gets kidnapped by her brother over inter-caste marriage in Bihar’s Araria, video viral

After the incident Police reached the parent’s house and rescued her from them. The incidence took place in Shyamnagar village in Araria on June 3 which is going viral on social media. The woman is identified as Rupa Kumari who was in love with her boyfriend Chotu Kumar for a long time.



Bihar araria's bride kidnap

A video is doing a rounds on internet, a young girl is forcefully abducted by the two men happened to be her relatives. The distressing incident can be seen in the video, it is being claimed that the girl choose to marry someone from another caste. The young girl tied the knot with her lover a few days ago against the family decision since the groom had a different caste.

After the incident Police reached the parent’s house and rescued her from them. The incidence took place in Shyamnagar village in Araria on June 3 which is going viral on social media. The woman is identified as Rupa Kumari who was in love with her boyfriend Chotu Kumar for a long time. As her family members were against their marriage, they planned to escape on May 28 and went to adjoining Supaul district where they got married in a temple and also held a court marriage.

The family member of Chotu Kumar reached Supaul when they learned about their marriage and brought them back home. As the family member of the girl was against this marriage, a panchayat meeting was organized to resolve the issue.

The father of Chotu Surensh Kumar Thakur claimed that the family member of the girl attacked him while the panchayat meeting was underway. He said they were also looking for his son Chotu, doubting their intention he did not bring his son to the panchayat meeting. Taking the advantage of it, the girl’s brother dragged her to the bike and fled away from the spot.

SDPO, Forbesganj, Khusru Siraj said when the incident came to their notice, a team immediately rushed at the spot and managed to bring the girl from the captivity of her parents. The family members of the girl were involved in physical assault of Chotu’s father. The Police have registered an FIR in this connection on the statement of the girl and Chotu’s father.

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