Greenbay Properties Limited (GFB.mu) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgLighthouse Capital Limited (GFB.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lighthouse Capital Limited (GFB.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lighthouse Capital Limited (GFB.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lighthouse Capital Limited (GFB.mu)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLighthouse Capital Limited formerly (Greenbay Properties Limited) invests in real estate assets and listed companies which are involved in the retail sector of Mauritius. The company targets investment in developing diversified global real estate and infrastructure assets. Greenbay Properties Ltd is a predominant investor in Europe and the United Kingdom, targeting properties with strong sustainable income from high quality tenants with a strong likelihood of renewal of leases on expiry. Lighthouse Capital Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Clinton attends Irish fundraising events

first_img Former US president Bill Clinton was the star guest at two Irish fundraising events last week. The events were run by disability charity RehabCare and AIDS charity, The Rose Project.RehabCare hosted a ‚€500 a head gala dinner with Clinton while The Rose Project organised a breakfast. Some sections of the Irish media focussed on the cost of securing Clinton’s presence but charity organisers said Clinton’s costs were covered by contributions from corporate sources, including support from one of Ireland’s wealthiest men, Denis O’Brien. Press reports said that former President Clinton’s fee for speaking at an event was in the region of ‚€150,000. Advertisement Howard Lake | 28 May 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Clinton attends Irish fundraising events Tagged with: Events Ireland Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

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Prostate Cancer UK’s charity poker night returns

first_img Advertisement  123 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Tagged with: Cancer Fundraising corporate Events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Prostate Cancer UK’s charity poker night returns ‘Lads Night In’, the one-night poker event for friends and family at home, returns on 21 October to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, with support from international poker site PokerStars.The partners are inviting men and women to organise an evening in, play cards and have fun while raising money.Last year’s inaugural one-day event saw 5,400 people take part and a total of £114,000 being raised.The charity is offering a Lads Night In pack to help with the organisation. It includes a deck of cards, a dealer button and the rules of poker for anyone unfamiliar with them. Supporters simply need to register for Lads Night In to request one.Lads Night In raised £114,000 in its first year.James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK said:“We’re proud to be partnering with PokerStars for the second year running. Our campaign is all about reaching men and inspiring them to be aware of their health. Through working with PokerStars, and encouraging as many people as possible to host a ‘Lads Night In’, we can together help stop prostate cancer being a killer once and for all.”Prostate Cancer UK has developed a 10-year strategy in which, “through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support, we can make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7  122 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 20 September 2016 | Newslast_img read more

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TheGivingMachine opens GivingLottery to UK charities

first_img Tagged with: Fundraising Lotteries Lotteries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis30 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. TheGivingMachine opens GivingLottery to UK charities We are delighted to announce that our GivingLottery is now open for UK based good causes to register. Register your cause today! https://t.co/hZY3ETqC4F #Play4Change #Charity pic.twitter.com/egGJsDTiQ6— TheGivingMachine (@GivingMachineUK) May 16, 2019 Advertisement TheGivingMachine has opened up the GivingLottery to UK charities.The GivingLottery is a weekly lottery that enables good causes to raise funds for no cost.To participate, charities fill in an online form and Giving Lottery will set them up with their own lottery page that they can customise with their own branding. The Giving Lottery also provides bespoke leaflets, posters, Facebook links, tips, and guides. The charity then promotes the lottery, selling tickets at a pound each. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000. Charities keep 40% of every ticket sold on their page with funds sent direct to their account every month.Draws take place every Saturday night with results posted on the Giving Lottery website, Facebook and Twitter, and winners are advised directly. Participating charities also receive fortnightly email updates, and can login and view ticket and supporter data in real time.In total, 60% of ticket sales go to good causes: 40% to the charity that sold the tickets, and 20% to a fund supporting all good causes in the UK.  374 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 22 May 2019 | News  375 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis30last_img read more

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New facility where Fort Worth residents can dine, drink and workout to open soon

first_imgSierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ printThe people of Fort Worth can expect a new area where they can get fit, dine and have fun at The Trailhead.The Cassco Development Company came up with the idea of having a hub for locals to gather and access the trails. This is usually referred to as a trailhead, so Cassco decided to establish The Trailhead, according to marketing director Angelica Plasencia.The new facility, located on Clearfork Main Street about 2 miles down the trail from Woodshed Smokehouse, is a 13,000-square-foot building that has three different uses.The first use is Mellow Johnny’s bike shop. The shop will offer bike sales, a full-service shop and bike rentals. It will serve a variety of customers.“It’s not just for the avid cyclists, it’s for a range of cycling enthusiasts to people who have never been on a bike before,” Plasencia said.The building will also include the Press Cafe. Local chef Felipe Armada, who owns Taverna and Pacific Table in Fort Worth, will operate the cafe.“Press Cafe is going to match that health and wellness theme that the Trailhead is aiming for,” Plasencia said.Press Cafe will be an urban restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items will include juices, coffees, fresh salads, sandwiches and other health-conscious entrees for dinner.Weekday nights and weekends, Press Cafe will have a full-service, rooftop bar that will serve local beers, wines and mixed drinks.“I think it’s great because we are super active and into fitness, but at the same time we are really social and love to eat,” TCU junior Christen Lockett said.Mellow Johnny’s bike shop will host its grand opening on Oct. 3, and Press Cafe and the rooftop bar will open later this fall. Who’s your (Frog) Daddy? Fort Worth moms host The Best Friend Bazaar Linkedin Facebook Previous articleVideo: Patterson talks Tuaua arrest at presserNext articleLive Blog: SGA Meeting 9/22 Sierra Tuthill RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Twitter Linkedin Creepy clown sighting reported to Fort Worth police, no clowns foundcenter_img + posts Sierra Tuthill Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Facebook Child abuse prevention month aims to raise awareness and create change Twitter ReddIt Sierra Tuthillhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sierra-tuthill/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Sierra Tuthill is a junior journalism major and film, television & digital media minor. She is the staff writer for the109.org. Sierra is the co-captain of the TCU Showgirls and loves country music, diet coke and the TCU Horned Frogs! Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature last_img read more

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Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes

first_imgThe three visitors spent two hours on the premises searching computer files for the original recordings of Parra’s programmes, meanwhile preventing the station from broadcasting. The mayor made his intentions clear when he said later: “I have to silence them one way or another.” Goye, a member of the Front for Victory (FpV) party, has a reputation for clashing with the news media in Río Negro province. Three weeks earlier, he did the same thing to another station, Radio KMFM. On that occasion his representatives, armed with a warrant signed by Carlos Cuellar, visited the Radio KMFM studios twice, carrying out searches and seizing recordings of programmes by Santiago Rey, who also runs the online news portal Agencia de Noticias de Bariloche (ANB). Goye previously took legal action against ANB for “psychological distress” after the publication of an article criticizing the way the city council managed advertising billboards. Letters were also sent to Mensajero Digital and El Cordillerano, who had reprinted the article. The mayor recently lost an appeal against the province’s biggest newspaper, Río Negro, which published a story by the journalist Daniel Marzal on 16 June this year questioning his financial practices. His attacker, identified as Nicolás Ayuso, was immediately arrested by the police and sacked by his employer. The attack followed an altercation a few minutes earlier between a group of protesters and C5N staff. Finally, Argentina still has one journalist in prison — Néstor Pasquini who was jailed six years ago in Cordoba province and has been the victim of all-out judicial persecution. An open letter sent by Reporters Without Borders to the federal justice ministry has as yet had no response. Fedorischak, who works as a photographer for the newspaper Primera Edición and as a commentator for the TV station Misiones Cuatro, was taking pictures from the top of a gate outside the police station when three police offers came over and pulled him down. He was dragged along the ground for about 15 metres then into the station where several officers beat him and tried to suffocate him. His life was threatened and he was forced to strip and hand over his photographic equipment. A complaint was made against Fedorischak for verbally assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. For his part, he filed a complaint about his treatment at the hands of the officers. Unfortunately such violence is not confined to this province. Attacks on journalists took place during a day of demonstrations against the President Cristina Kirchner’s government on 8 November, the most dramatic and shocking of which involved Néstor Dib from the TV station Canal 5 Noticias (C5N), who was struck from behind while he was live on air: The journalist received no prior notice from the judge. “It was a clear breach of freedom of information and meant to intimidate us because we had been critical of the mayor’s administration. Such an unannounced search of a news organization is unheard of.” ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders notes with concern and regret that there has been an upsurge in assaults on journalists and breaches of freedom of information in Argentina, in its provinces especially. This has occurred against the backdrop of growing polarization in the media in the run-up to 7 December, the deadline for the Clarín media group, which is in dispute with the federal government, to appeal against the country’s new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA). Reporters Without Borders, which supports the law in principle, will return to the issue before that date. “At the end of last year, Argentina had a pretty good track record in freedom of information and journalists’ safety compared with many other countries in the region,” the press freedom organization said. “However, safety has deteriorated this year, particularly in the provinces, thanks to the failure of the public authorities to take action against all-too-frequent assaults carried out by local elected officials.“Such impunity must end, as must attacks on journalists from national news organizations who are associated with the editorial line taken by their employers as a result of growing polarization. It is the responsibility of those on all sides of the political spectrum and the justice authorities to work together on behalf of constitutional freedoms, including the freedom to report the news and hold peaceful debate.” In the city of Bariloche in Rio Negro province, just as the station Radio Horizonte (AM 94.5) was about to start a news broadcast at 9 a.m. on 23 November, the journalist Marcelo Parra saw three people enter the studio. They were a court official, a lawyer and a police officer and had been sent by the city’s mayor, Omar Goye. “They arrived with a search warrant signed by judge Jorge Serra to carry out a precautionary seizure of our archives,” Parra told Reporters Without Borders.“They wanted to see if they could find anything prejudicial to Omar Goye that might enable them to launch legal proceedings against us.” On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 4, 2019 Find out more News November 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Argentina Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Station closes after threats on airThree days earlier, on 20 November, the journalist Javier Rivarola, a commentator on the station FM Radio 21 was insulted and threatened on air by the member of parliament and FpV leader Ruben Contreras. The politician telephoned the station in mid-programme and accused the journalist of “inciting violence” and accused him of being responsible for an act of vandalism carried out at his home by a group of neighbours angry at water shortages in the town. The MP said: “You are all sons of whores. You are the son of a whore. This will not go on. What would you do if something happened at your house tomorrow? You just wait …” The journalist reported the MP for making criminal threats. Contreras played down the incident and said he would make a public apology. In the town of Aristobulo del Valle in the northeastern province of Misiones, Daniel Polaczinski, the owner of Radio U was forced to close the station and take time off from journalism after receiving threats from the chairman of the town council, Luis David Kochen. The journalist had reported a car accident involving the councillor, who appeared to be intoxicated. He got out of his car and threatened the other driver with a machete.“Kochen has a reputation for violence,” Polaczinski told Reporters Without Borders. “But I started to come under pressure after I broadcast the story of a road rage incident in which he was involved. He went to hit a guy with a machete. We broadcast the story, then I started getting abusive and threatening text messages on my cell phone, although I didn’t think they were important.” The threats intensified, and on 18 November the journalist received the following text: “You will be killed unless you drop the story about the accident.” Most of the messages were anonymous but were identified as coming from Kochen’s cell phone. Polaczinski immediately went to the police and lodged a complaint about the threats. On the same day, Kochen visited him at his home. “He asked me to withdraw the complaint, which would damage him politically, but I didn’t do it,” Polaczinski added. An investigation is under way but meanwhile the journalist and father of two fears for his family and has closed the radio, which he has owned for six years. These cases are the latest in a long list of recent attacks on journalists and media outlets. Also in Misiones province, the journalist Mario Fedorischak was assaulted by the local police on 10 November as he covered the arrival of a group of prisoners at a police station. Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Organisation News Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News ArgentinaAmericas to go further Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Highland Radio News special budget reaction report

first_img WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCar used in Speenogue robbery found at BurnfootNext articleTwo jobs saved in Letterkenny following AVIVA deal News Highland Pinterest Discussions in the Dail and elsewhere today have been dominated by Budget 2013, with opposition parties criticising the harsh measures in it, and the government countering that they had no choice.Donal Kavanagh has this special report…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/donbudgt.mp3[/podcast] Twittercenter_img News Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Highland Radio News special budget reaction report By News Highland – December 6, 2012 Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Voting for Donegal Youth Council gets underway today

first_img Previous articleCharity drive from Malin to Cape Town in aid of Donegal Hospice beginsNext articleGAA – Donegal And Antrim To Clash In Ulster 2011 News Highland Google+ Voting to elect the fifth term of the Donegal Youth Council gets underway today, with 12,000 12-18 year-old’s heading to the polls.56 candidates will fight it out, with 36 to be elected by next Friday.With an increased number of 12-15 year olds putting their names forward, this years Youth Councillors are expected to be the youngest ever.Youth Council Co-ordinator Kellie Gallgher wants everybody to get the opportunity to vote:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/kell1pm.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Newscenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Voting for Donegal Youth Council gets underway today By News Highland – October 8, 2010 Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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The Legality Of FIRs Filed U/s 188 IPC During Lockdown: What Is The Legal Ammunition Of The Police To Control COVID 19

first_imgColumnsThe Legality Of FIRs Filed U/s 188 IPC During Lockdown: What Is The Legal Ammunition Of The Police To Control COVID 19 Aishwarya Pratap Singh20 April 2020 9:23 PMShare This – xIt is often the case that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. The global pandemic called COVID 19 which has taken almost the entire world in its grip in one such extraordinary time for the entire world including our nation, which certainly calls for extraordinary measures. It is a testing time for every individual, especially those who are leading the fight against…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIt is often the case that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. The global pandemic called COVID 19 which has taken almost the entire world in its grip in one such extraordinary time for the entire world including our nation, which certainly calls for extraordinary measures. It is a testing time for every individual, especially those who are leading the fight against corona, the corona warriors like the doctors, medical staff, police, healthcare workers, Asha, Anganwadi, other self-help group workers who are working as foot soldiers in this fight against corona. The issue pertaining to the legality of FIRs lodged u/s 188 IPC has cropped up due to the recent PIL filled in the Hon’ble Apex Court seeking the quashing of all the FIRs u/s 188 IPC due to a procedural irregularity. The PIL has been filed mainly on the ground that under the provisions of S. 195 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 as well as many judgments of the Hon’ble Apex Court and Hon’ble High Courts, no FIR can be registered u/s 188 IPC. The petitioner has submitted that S. 188 of the IPC must be read with S. 195 of the CrPC, which mandates that only a Magistrate can take cognizance of an offence under Section 188 IPC, and that too on a complaint submitted by a public servant. The Relevant Legal Provisions in the Era of Pandemic THE EPIDEMIC DISEASES ACT, 1897 ACT NO. 3 OF 1897 is a colonial era legislation which is an Act to provide for the better prevention of the spread of dangerous epidemic diseases. Section 2 of the Act provides that when at any time the State Government is satisfied that the entire State or any part thereof is visited by, or threatened with, an outbreak of any dangerous epidemic disease, then if it thinks that the ordinary provisions of the law for the time being in force are insufficient for the purpose, may take, or require or empower any person to take, such measures and, by public notice, prescribe such temporary regulations to be observed by the public or by any person or class of persons as it shall deem necessary to prevent the outbreak of such disease or the spread thereof, and may determine in what manner and by whom any expenses incurred shall be defrayed. Section 3 of the Act provides that any person disobeying any regulation or order made under this Act shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860). It is clear that the Act is not self-sufficient as the penal section of the Act makes the violation punishable under S. 188 of the IPC, and the Act also does not provide the procedure for cognizance of the offence. S. 195 of the CrPC provides that no Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under Sections (172 to 188) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 except on the complaint in writing of the public servant concerned or some other public servant to whom he is administratively subordinate. From the perusal of the above is clear and that the provision is mandatory and directs that if any offence punishable under sections (172 to 188) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 are committed then no Court shall take cognizance unless a complaint in writing has been filed by the concerned public servant. The Hon’ble Apex Court in C Muniappan V. State of TN (2010) 9 SCC 567 has held that the provisions of S. 195 CrPC are mandatory and that non-compliance of it would vitiate the prosecution and all other consequential orders. It has been further held in this case that the Court cannot assume cognizance of the case without such complaint, and that in the absence of such complaint the trial and conviction will be void ab initio being without jurisdiction. It is clear from the analysis of the above provision and the judicial pronouncement that in the absence of complaint for an offence under Section 188 of the IPC all the other consequential orders will be vitiated. What is the Way Out? The question that arises is that what would be the fate of the FIRs that have been registered all over the country u/s 188 IPC especially during the period of lockdown. The cases can be broadly divided into two categories, which are as under: Cases in which FIR has been registered under S.188 IPC and also under certain other sections like: S 269 IPC ( Negligent act are likely to spread infection or disease dangerous to life); S. 270 IPC (Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life); S. 271 IPC ( Disobedience to quarantine rule); Cases in which FIR has been registered only under S. 188 IPC So far as the first category of cases are concerned, the police can omit the offence under S. 188 IPC during investigation, prior to filing the charge sheet in the competent Court, and the charge sheet can be filed under the remaining sections, if they are made out. It is a well settled law that the courts are not bound to take cognizance of all the offences under which the charge sheet has been filed by the police, and have to apply their judicial mind and take cognizance of the offences made out. Further S. 195 of the CrPC enacts a bar on the taking of cognizance of the offences specified and not the registration of FIRs, and so the Courts are not bound to take cognizance u/s 188 IPC if a charge sheet has been filed by the police. However, so far as the second category of cases are concerned where FIR has been registered only u/s 188 IPC, the police is left with no option but to drop the cases and file a fresh complaint in the competent Court. But a practical difficulty before the administrative authorities is the fact that when most of the Courts have been shut during the lockdown how will the law be set in motion if there is any violation punishable u/s S. 3 THE EPIDEMIC DISEASES ACT, 1897 read with S. 188 of the IPC during lockdown?Views Are Personal Only. (written by Aishwarya Pratap Singh, Addl. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kanpur Nagar) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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“Has Become A Trend Now”: SC Stays Disciplinary Proceedings Against Madhya Pradesh District Judge On Account Of Sexual Harassment Allegations

first_imgTop Stories”Has Become A Trend Now”: SC Stays Disciplinary Proceedings Against Madhya Pradesh District Judge On Account Of Sexual Harassment Allegations Sanya Talwar4 Sep 2020 2:27 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice & also stayed disciplinary proceedings against a Senior District Judge from Madhya Pradesh on account of sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman judicial officer in 2018.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun while issuing notice on the petition remarked that filing complaints…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice & also stayed disciplinary proceedings against a Senior District Judge from Madhya Pradesh on account of sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman judicial officer in 2018.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun while issuing notice on the petition remarked that filing complaints against judges had become a “trend” and that it was a deplorable practice.Senior Advocate R Balasubramanium appearing on behalf of the district judge, pointed out that the judge against whom alleged allegations were made actually had an unblemished service of 32 years and that he was about to considered for his elevation to the High Court. “What happened is so unfortunate. Then suddenly, the complaint surfaced in 2018, he is set to retire this year and is having to undergo embarrassment” he added.At this juncture, CJI SA Bobde remarked:CJI : “This is such a regular phenomena in our system now. When something is on the verge of happening, all kinds of things start. People remember what a bad person he is. What to do? This has become a trend now. It has become a practice now.”The plea has been filed through Advocate on Record Sachin Sharma by a senior Madhya Pradesh district judge seeking quashing of sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman judicial officer had filed the complaint of sexual harassment before the Gender Sensitisation Internal Complaint Committee against the judge in March 2018.It contends that the report which has come forth finds no mandate in law as a conciliation had been reached between the parties in terms of the Sexual Harassment At Workplace Act, 2013. “there is no power vested with the GSICC to conduct the inquiry in the present case once a conciliation application is submitted by the complainant and the GSICC has recorded a categorical finding that the allegations are not proved and that it would be just and proper to close the enquiry. The GSICC has also no power to form its own opinion once the allegations are not proved. The dismissal of Conciliation application and submission of final report, by the GSICC itself both are simply void in view of Secs 10, 11 and 13 (2) of the Act of 2013 read with Rules made thereunder especially Rule 7 thereof.In light of this, the principal district judge was transferred pending the disciplinary proceedings against him,” the petition reads.The averments stipulate that the allegations levelled against the judge were made at a time when the petitioner was about to be considered for elevation,”All these actions have been done at a time when the petitioner is in the zone of consideration for being considered for elevation. The action has apparently been kept pending for last more than two years by ordering one enquiry after the other by different agencies with a view to keep the ‘pot boiling’ in order to harm the career prospects of the petitioner and eschew him from consideration for extraneous reasons. Otherwise there is no explicable reason as to why as many as four enquiries were conducted by different agencies at different points of time finally culminating into a fifth enquiry viz., disciplinary enquiry”The plea goes on to question the procedure adopted by the Enquiry officer and states that it was thoroughly devoid of principles of Natural Justice,”Most importantly, the petitioner was not even examined as a witness and or given any opportunity to present himself to vindicate his stand leave alone cross-examining the complaint and two other witnesses whose statements were recorded by the Enquiry Officer. The Ld District Judge took ex-parte statement of three witnesses behind the back of the Petitioner, who is another District Judge of equivalent status and position as the Enquiry Officer herself, against all canons of principles of natural justice and submitted a report dated 20.03.2018 by collecting evidence/documents seriously indicting the petitioner without authority of law,” plea submits.The report submitted by the Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee called for further disciplinary actions against him, which was challenged by the district judge in the Supreme Court earlier. However, in June, the bench had asked the district judge to first move the High Court with a writ petition. After the High Court refused to give any relief to him, a fresh petition was moved in the top court again.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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