Tabith submits nomination to BNP

Tabith submits nomination to BNP

He submitted his nomination at the party’s Nayapaltan central office around 10:45am this morning along with four other aspirants, which will be decided upon tonight.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed, BNP’s senior joint secretary general, accepted the nomination from last year’s North City Corporation contender.

According to pre-declaration, to leaders of the BNP will sit over the nomination applications tonight and decide on endorsing one suitable candidate to contest the polls.

The four other BNP aspirants are: Dhaka city (North) unit president MA Quayum and its assistant publication secretary Shakil Wahed, the party’s central leader Asaduzzaman Ripon and expelled BNP leader Major (retd) Akhtaruzzaman.

Election Commission’s election schedule says January 18 is the last date for filing nomination. It will be scrutinised through January 21 and 22. Deadline for nomination withdrawal is January 29.

February 26 is the date that has been set to hold the by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation, to fill a vacancy following the death of its previous mayor Annisul Huq.


Man arrested for chopping wife's body parts and burning them

A man was arrested in Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh on Friday for allegedly strangling his wife, chopping her body parts and burning them over dowry, the police said on Saturday.

According to the police complaint, filed by the woman’s father, Dharmendra Kumar, 30, was with his mother when he allegedly killed Kirti Singh, 22. The police said he buried some pieces outside the village in Usehat and burnt some inside his house. On December 11, he and his mother left the house sneakily.

The police said Dharmendra’s neighbours informed the victim’s father, Mahendra Singh, about the missing family. ngh first tried to trace them, but later, on December 19, he lodged a police complaint.

On January 12, the police arrested Dharmendra and his mother near a temple in Usehat.

The accused killed his wife Kirti Singh, 22, on December 10, 2017. He has accepted his crime,” said senior superintendent of police (Badaun), Chandra Parakash. We have also recovered some burnt remains from his house in Usehat village and sent them for DNA analysis,” Parakash added.

While Dharmendra was charged with dowry death (Section 304B), his mother was detained for questioning. No charges have been pressed against her. He was sent to judicial custody on Saturday.

Dharmendra said he had killed Kirti for dowry and on the suspicion that she had committed adultery, the police said.

The victim’s father had also complained to the police about dowry harassment. Dharmendra and Kirti got married in June 2016. He harassed her for dowry and killed her because we failed to arrange it,” Singh told HT on Saturday.

The couple have a six-month-old daughter who is with a relative in Uttarakhand, according to Dharmendra. A team is out to find her,” said a police officer.


No move by CJI, work as usual

When the Supreme Court reopens after its weekend break on Monday, the four senior judges who addressed a dramatic press conference questioning the conduct of the Chief Justice of India will be attending to work as usual. The Indian Express has learnt that CJI Dipak Misra has not made any move to reach out to the four judges since their Friday press meeting.

There had been reports that the CJI could hold talks with the four judges — Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph — who together with him comprise the Collegium, the highest decision-making body of the judiciary. wever, sources close to the judges said that till late Sunday evening, there had been no overture in this regard on Justice Misra’s part.

However, the sources said, irrespective of the roster for Monday, the four judges would go to the Supreme Court and “do their job”. ey would hear whatever is assigned to them, as scheduled, sources said.

a bird flying in the sky: The Supreme Court. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) The Supreme Court.

One of the key points raised by the Justices was the “selective” allocation of cases by the CJI. lling out the impropriety of the rostering by the Chief Justice didn’t amount to going on a strike, the sources said.

The listing of a petition on the sudden death of Special CBI Judge Brijmohan Loya, hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah had been named and cleared, is said to have precipitated matters. A petition seeking an inquiry into Judge Loya’s death was heard by Justice Arun Mishra on Friday, and its next hearing was scheduled on Monday.

Sources said that what set off the chain of events, culminating in the public airing of issues by the four Justices, though, was the manner in which a case involving former Orissa High Court judge I M Quddusi and others, accused of trying to influence court proceedings over an application to grant admission rights to a medical college barred by the Medical Council of India (MCI), is being dealt with. The manner in which an ‘in-house inquiry’ in the MCI matter has been handled by the Chief Justice has been a source of anxiety and grave concern,” sources said.

In the MCI matter, Justice Chelameswar, the senior-most judge after the CJI, who performed the role for some time as master of the roster — when Justice Misra was busy in other matters — was first handed a written note by the Chief Justice and asked not to assign the matter. ter, the CJI broke the hearing of a Constitution Bench and explicity overruled Justice Chelameswar’s rostering. The matter was then assigned to be heard by a bench which included the Chief Justice himself.

It was after this that it was reiterated that the CJI was the ‘master of the roster’, and the exclusion of the four senior-most judges from several cases was alleged to have become the norm.

Internal inquiries are preferred in case there is a charge against a judge of the High Court or the Supreme Court. But the fate of the in-house inquiry in the MCI case remains unknown.


CJI, judges feud sorted out: AG

The four senior-most Supreme Court judges, who had on Friday held an unprecedented press conference and attacked Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra over the allocation of cases, today attended the court and took up their routine work.

The four judges - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - have taken up their respective business on the first working day of the Supreme Court after the unprecedented and "extraordinary" January 12 press conference.

In a related and significant development, Attorney General KK Venugopal today claimed the Supreme Court crisis has been resolved. Everything has been sorted out. Now it's over," he said.

1. In the Friday presser, which had sent shockwaves across the nation, these judges had flagged serious administrative problems in the Supreme Court, including the assigning of cases by CJI Misra.

2. On Sunday, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra met a seven-member delegation of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association President Vikas Singh, and had assured them that the crisis would be sorted out soon and congeniality would prevail.

3. CJI Misra, however, is yet to reach out to the four rebel judges. In his meeting with a Bar Council of India delegation on Sunday, CJI Misra had assuerd that the crisis in the Supreme Court resulting from a virtual revolt against him by four colleagues will be sorted out soon.

4. All 25 Supreme Court judges are expected to meet soon to resolve the crisis. Sources said a Full Court meeting of the Supreme Court judges will take place at the earliest to take a call on the issue and deliberate over the complaints highlighted in public by the four judges.

5. As the crisis lingered, four retired judges wrote to Justice Misra on Sunday, throwing their weight behind the four rebel judges who "have brought to light a serious issue regarding the manner of allocation of cases, particularly sensitive cases, to various benches of the Supreme Court".

6. The retired judges appreciated the "grave concern" raised by the four Supreme Court judges that cases were not being allocated in a proper manner and "arbitrarily" allocated to "particular designated benches, often headed by junior judges". This is having a very deleterious effect on the administration of justice and the rule of law," read the letter by the four former judges.

7. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Anuj Loya, son of special CBI judge BH Loya, said in Mumbai that his father died of natural causes and not in suspicious circumstances. Anuj said his family was "pained" by the recent developments surrounding his father's death. He claimed NGOs and politicians should stop "harassing" his family members over the issue.

8. My father died of natural causes. Our family is convinced that it was a natural death," 21-year-old Anuj told reporters, adding that although he and his family had earlier been suspicious about his father's sudden death three years ago, they no longer harboured doubts. I had an emotional turmoil, hence I had suspicions about his death. But now we don't have any doubts about the way he died," Anuj said. Earlier, my grandfather and aunt had some doubts about his death, which they shared. But now neither of them has any doubts," he said.

9. Loya's death, while he was hearing the politically sensitive Shohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, is the subject of a PIL in the Supreme Court that was one of the triggers for the revolt against Misra. The deceased judge's father and Anuj's aunt had alleged foul play in his death.

10. Judge Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh "fake encounter" case, had allegedly died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused in the enccounter case, but has been discharged.

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