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First Lokpal of India। Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose




Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on Sunday recommended to be the first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman of India.

His name was finalised and recommended by the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and eminent jurist Mukul Rohatgi.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who is part of the committee, did not attend the meeting.

Justice Ghose, 67, who is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 2017, retired from the Supreme Court on May 27, 2017. He had assumed charge as Supreme Court judge on March 8, 2013. His was among the top 10 names shortlisted by the Lokpal Search Committee.

In July 2015, a Supreme Court bench of Justice Ghose issued notice to late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on a petition by the Karnataka government challenging the high court verdict acquitting her and three others in a disproportionate assets case.

He is a former judge of the Calcutta High Court and former Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Born in Kolkata, Justice Ghose is son of Late Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.

Graduating in Commerce from St.Xavier’s College, Calcutta, Justice Ghose completed graduation in law from University of Calcutta and obtained Attorney-at-Law at Calcutta High Court, and enrolled himself as an advocate on November 30, 1976 with Bar Council of West Bengal.

He practised in civil, commercial, arbitration, constitutional and company matters both in the original side and appellate side at Calcutta High Court.

On July 17, 1997, Justice Ghose was elevated as a permanent Judge of High Court at Calcutta. He held the post of Executive Chairman, Andaman and Nicobar State Legal Services Authority and Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, since January 2, 2007 and August 1, 2007 respectively.

Since January 14, 2005, he was associated with Indian Law Institute and acted as the Treasurer of the Indian Law Institute till May 22, 2012. He Was Chairman of Institutional Ethics Committee of National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata.

Jutice Ghose’s appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014.

The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to probe cases of corruption against public servants.

The Supreme Court, hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause, represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan, has been pushing the government to make the appointments. In its hearing on January 4, the apex court had asked the government to appoint a Lokpal at the earliest, saying “much time has elapsed, something needs to be done”.

On January 17, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre for repeatedly delaying the appointment of the Lokpal. On March 7, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had asked the Modi government to inform the court within a fortnight by when it would finalise the names.

Delayed for some reason or the other, the search committee was constituted on September 27, 2018, after the Supreme Court’s intervention and former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai was nominated to head it.


പി.എസ് ശ്രീധരൻ പിള്ള ഇനി മിസോറാം ഗവർണർ




ഡൽഹി: കേരളത്തിലെ അഞ്ച് നിയമസഭാ മണ്ഡലങ്ങളിലേക്ക് നടന്ന ഉപതെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിൽ ബി.ജെ.പിക്കേറ്റ കനത്ത തിരിച്ചടിയെ തുടർന്ന് സംസ്ഥാന അദ്ധ്യക്ഷൻ പി.എസ് ശ്രീധരൻ പിള്ളക്ക് സ്ഥാനചലനം. മിസോറാം ഗവര്‍ണറായാണ് പി.എസ് ശ്രീധരന്‍പിള്ളയെ ബി.ജെ.പി കേന്ദ്ര നേതൃത്വം നിയമിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. ഇതോടൊപ്പം കേന്ദ്ര ഭരണ പ്രദേശങ്ങളാക്കിയ ജമ്മു കശ്മീരിലും ലഡാക്കിലും ലഫ്റ്റണന്റ് ഗവര്‍ണര്‍മാരെ നിയമിച്ചു. ഗിരീഷ് ചന്ദ്ര മര്‍മു ജമ്മു കശ്മീരിലെയും രാധാകൃഷ്ണ മാതൂറിർ ലഡാക്കിലെയും ലഫ് ഗവര്‍ണർമാരാകും. ജമ്മു കശ്മീരിലെ നിലവിലെ ഗവര്‍ണറായിരുന്ന സത്യപാല്‍ മല്ലിക്കിന് ഗോവയുടെ ചുമതല നൽകി.

കേരളത്തിലെ ലോക്‌സഭ തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിലും ഉപതെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിലും പാർട്ടിക്കുണ്ടായ മോശം പ്രകടനത്തെ തുടർന്ന് സംസ്ഥാന അദ്ധ്യക്ഷനെ മാറ്റണമെന്ന ആവശ്യം പാർട്ടിക്കുള്ളിൽ അഭിപ്രായം ഉയര്‍ന്നിരുന്നു. അതേസമയം തനിക്ക് കിട്ടിയ അംഗീകാരം ജനസേവനത്തിനുള്ള ഉപാധിയായി കാണുന്നുവെന്നും പാര്‍ട്ടി എടുത്ത തീരുമാനം അംഗീകരിക്കുന്നുവെന്നും ശ്രീധരന്‍ പിള്ള പ്രതികരിച്ചു. ശ്രീധരന്‍ പിള്ളയെ കൂടാതെ കോൺഗ്രസ് നേതാവ് വക്കം പുരുഷോത്തമനും 2018-19-ൽ അന്നത്തെ ബി.ജെ.പി അദ്ധ്യക്ഷനായിരുന്ന കുമ്മനം രാജശേഖരനുമാണ് മുമ്പ് മിസോറാം ഗവര്‍ണര്‍മാരായിരുന്ന മലയാളികൾ.

അതേസമയം ശ്രീധരൻ പിള്ള സ്ഥാനം ഒഴിയുമ്പോൾ പുതിയ അദ്ധ്യക്ഷനെ കണ്ടെത്താനുള്ള ചർച്ചകളും പാർട്ടിയിൽ സജീവമായി. യുവനേതാക്കളായ കെ സുരേന്ദ്രന്‍, എം.ടി രമേശ് എന്നിവരെ കൂടാതെ കുമ്മനം രാജശേഖരനും സംസ്ഥാന പ്രസിഡന്റ് സ്ഥാനത്തേക്കുള്ള സാധ്യതാ പട്ടികയിലുണ്ട്. ശോഭാ സുരേന്ദ്രന്റെ പേരും സജീവമാണ്.

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Hindu Radicals Demand Death for Organizers of Christian Film Screening in India




Around 100 Christians were attacked by Hindu radicals on August 23 for watching the Christian film “He Will Come Again” in the home of a Christian woman in Jamalpur village, located in India’s Bihar state. The screening of the Christian film caused Hindu radicals to not only attack the local Christians, but also demand the deaths of the Christian leaders that organized the screening.

That with about 10 minutes left in the film, a man stood up in front and beginning shouting, “Who is the operator here? Who is the operator here?” The man then demanded the volume of the film be reduced to a level that it was no longer audible.

After being confronted by one of the organizers of the screening, the disruptive man left. However, he returned when the film concluded with at least 15 other Hindu villagers carrying swords, bamboo poles, and wooden sticks. Local Christians then locked the organizers of the film inside the Christian home for their own safety.

“The batch of Hindu villagers abused them with filthy language, scattered the congregation, and besieged the house,” Immanuel Tirkey, one of the organizers, “Soon a mob of 250 angry, upper-caste Hindus showed up with lathis and steel rods.”

The mob surrounded the Christian home and demanded that the organizers of the film screening be released to them. The mob said that they would kill the organizers because they were converting Hindus to a foreign faith.

As the siege of the Christian home continued, local authorities were called to the scene. Police officers were able to disperse the mob, but local Christians continue to report feeling under threat.

Across India, attacks on Christians and their places of worship continue to rise in frequency and severity. Many claim the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has encouraged the activities of Hindu radicals and increased levels of religious intolerance across India.

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