Santander pulls out of Merlin deal

first_img whatsapp Read This Next’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe WrapHow HGTV’s ‘Renovation Island’ Changed Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’sThe Wrap’Bridgerton’ Stars Phoebe Dynevor and Nicola Coughlan on Daphne andThe WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife’ Earns $17 Million 5-Day Opening as Box OfficeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The WrapEverything We Know, or Think We Know, About the Time-Keepers on ‘Loki’The Wrap’The Crown’: What Went Into Finding Princess Diana and Margaret ThatcherThe Wrap KCS-content Santander pulls out of Merlin deal Thursday 13 January 2011 9:08 pm SANTANDER UK last night pulled out of collective banking industry talks with the government designed to secure specific lending targets, instead entering into direct negotiations with the Treasury. The industry initiative, known as “Project Merlin”, centres around a truce whereby banks will commit to lend more to small and medium-sized businesses in return for no further crackdown on bonuses from the Treasury.But Santander UK, which is predominantly a retail bank, has little to gain from cutting a deal on bonuses, since it does not award huge pay-outs to its UK-based executives.In a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans for a “big society bank”, funded from unclaimed bank assets but topped up with a planned £1bn contribution from each bank in the talks, Santander is now unlikely to make a direct contribution to its set up. “Santander favours direct investment programmes – such as our work with universities in the UK and around the world – rather than aggregated funds solutions,” said a source close to Santander. The bank’s withdrawal cuts the number of participants in the talks down to just four of Britain’s major banks: HSBC, Barclays and semi-nationalised banks RBS and Lloyds. HSBC’s full participation is also believed to be in doubt due to its main focus being outside the UK. Sharecenter_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldlast_img read more

Pay settlements creep upwards

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Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) 2010 Abridged Report

first_imgLaw Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (LAWUNI.ng)  2010 abridged results.Company ProfileLaw Union & Rock Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite all classes of insurance business. The company provides non-life insurance policies which includes cover for motor, fire, burglary, general household and home owners comprehensive, group personal accident, all risks, workmen’s compensation, general third party liability, marine, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, money, fidelity guarantee, engineering, oil and gas, cargo, onshore property, legal liability, construction erection, business interruption, and bonds insurance policies. The company was founded in 1951. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Guinness Premiership Tries – Round 1

first_imgThursday Sep 10, 2009 Guinness Premiership Tries – Round 1 The Guinness Premiership kicked off this past weekend and despite all the controversy of the last few months, record crowds turned out across the country to witness some of the great rugby on display.As we saw with the clip of Nicky Robinson scoring a few days ago, Gloucester comfortably won their West Country derby with Bath. Both sides scored some nice tries, with James Simpson-Daniels scoring twice. Shontayne Hape claimed a consolation try for Bath though, following some neat handling.Harlequins were in the headlines again for the wrong reasons, as their hopes of righting the wrongs of the bloodgate scandal were diminished within the first minute against Wasps, as George Robson was sent of for headbutting Joe Simpson.Quins showed character to stay in the match in front of a huge crowd at Twickenham, but were undone 26-15 in the end, with Wasps new signing Tom Varndell picking up two valuable tries.Northampton picked up a 20-17 win against Worcester in an entertaining match at Franklins Gardens. Paul Diggin scored the match winning try with two minutes left in the contest.Elsewhere, the newly restructured Saracens got their season off to a good start as they beat last seasons runners-up, London Irish, 18-14. 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Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. Guinness Premiership Tries – Round 1 | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

RSF’s decries journalist’s expulsion from Indonesia’s Papua region

first_img Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflicts to go further News News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more An Australian journalist based in Jakarta since 2006, the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke got a special permit to visit Papua with a crew to cover a military aid operation, but was arrested and expelled, shortly after arriving, on the grounds that she had “hurt the feelings” of soldiers in a tweet.Accompanied by a photo of foodstuffs, the offending tweet said: “This is the aid coming in for severely malnourished children in Papua – instant noodles, super sweet soft drinks and biscuits.”Henschke was one of several foreign journalists allowed to go to Papua to cover the military operation, aimed at relieving a malnutrition crisis exacerbated by a measles epidemic that has killed more than 70 children. Foreign journalists are not usually let into Papua, an impoverished region where separatist movements are active.“It is intolerable that foreign reporters are still banned from Papua,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “All Rebecca Henschke did was send a photo taken in the field. This arbitrary decision by the Indonesian military gives the impression that they are acting as a state within the state, especially with regard to Papua. August 21, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia After the BBC’s Indonesia editor was expelled from the country’s easternmost Papua region last weekend over a tweet, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) again urges the Indonesian authorities to allow journalists to report freely in the troubled region, which continues to be an information black hole. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentArmed conflicts center_img News News Follow the news on Indonesia “Must we remind President Joko Widodo of his promise to open up the region to the media? If he wants to maintain a minimum of credibility, he must give some clear evidence that he is doing this.”In his search for a strategy for restoring peace in Papua, the president (also known as “Jokowi”) said in 2015 that he would review the restrictions that in practice prevent journalists from visiting Papua. But, three years later, the media’s ability to work there seems to depend as much as ever on military approval.Defending Henschke’s expulsion, a military spokesman in Papua said her photo showed commercial food products, not the supplies brought by the military. Henschke later deleted her original tweet and posted another saying: “Adding important NOTE: Other sources say this is NOT aid but normal supplies. Huge relief effort underway here.” Help by sharing this information An Indonesian soldier feeds a malnourished child in Papua. Henschke was one of several journalists allowed to go to Papua to cover the military operation (photos : Bay Ismoyo / AFP). August 12, 2020 Find out more Because of the serious media freedom violations in its two easternmost provinces, Papua and West Papua, Indonesia is still ranked no higher than 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en February 6, 2018 RSF’s decries journalist’s expulsion from Indonesia’s Papua region Organisation last_img read more

Government drags opposition journalists through the courts

first_img January 22, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution to go further Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Organisation Samir al-Sheshtawi is also behind a law suit filed for “publication of false rumours about the state of health of President Hosni Mubarak” against Ibrahim Issa, editor of the daily al-Dostur. This trial will open before the State Security court on 1st October 2007. News Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the hounding of opposition journalists by the Egyptian courts, in collusion with members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).Three journalists on the daily al-Wafd were sentenced, on 24 September 2007, to two years in prison for “harming the reputation of the justice system” while a “defamation” suit was taken out by a party member against the editor of the daily al-Badeel.“The state of human rights and freedom of expression is becoming more and more critical in Egypt,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “There has been a flurry of trials of opposition journalists without them ever having any chance of defending themselves against a justice system which clearly leans towards the government. In just one month, no fewer than seven journalists have been dragged before the courts,” it added.The Cairo correctional court on 24 September 2007, sentenced in absentia Anwar al-Hawari, editor of the daily al-Wafd, along with two journalists, Mahmud Ghallab and Amir Othman to two years in prison for “harming the reputation of the justice system” and to a fine of 200 Egyptian pounds (25 euros). The three men also have to pay 5,000 pounds (630 euros) bail. Eleven lawyers, members of the NDP, laid complaints against the journalists after publication in January 2007 of an article, quoting controversial comments by the Justice Minister, Mamduh Marii, who said that 90% of Egyptian judges were not up to the job. The lawyers said the article damaged the standing of the judicial system of which they are a part.Moreover, the comments made by the judge hearing the case, Medhat Fawakeh, as he announced his verdict, are revealing of the closeness that exists between the judicial authorities and the government. “The court recognises that the press has never known such a degree of freedom as that which it enjoys under the authority of President Hosni Mubarak”, said Medhat Fawakeh. Elsewhere, on the eve of the case, the judges’ supreme council released a statement threatening legal proceedings against anyone daring to comment on the courts’ decisions. Several judges said that this warning was above all directed at the press. The three journalists have all decided to lodge appeals. In a similar case, lawyer Samir al-Sheshtawi, also a member of the NDP, made a complaint against the editor of the independent daily al-Badeel, Mohamed al-Sayed Sa’eed, for “defamation”. This followed publication, on 5 September 2007, of an editorial describing al-Sheshtawi as “a Mubarak-loving lawyer”. The first hearing in the case has been set for 17 October. RSF_en Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Follow the news on Egypt News September 27, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government drags opposition journalists through the courts last_img read more

Black Lives Matter Leader Found Guilty of ‘Lynching’

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community News A tearful Jasmine Richards, leader of Black Lives Matter Pasadena, was found guilty by a jury this morning of Attempting to Unlawfully Remove a Suspect from Police Custody, a felony. She is the first African-American to ever be convicted of the charge in the U.S.Richards was also convicted of violating probation by being charged with a misdemeanor in an unrelated case while out on bail, and was immediately taken into custody by Sheriffs’ deputies.Sentencing was set for Tuesday, June 7, at 8:30 a.m. Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week latest #1 Black Lives Matter Leader Found Guilty of ‘Lynching’ By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 11:35 am Top of the News center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

#BREAKING Swimmer rescued from River Shannon

first_imgWhatsApp Print Previous articleZach awaits State decision on third trial over alleged tiger kidnapNext articleCompetition winner Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSlimerickRiver Shannon Advertisement Twitter Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boatA SWIMMER who got in to difficulty has been rescued by emergency services in Limerick this Tuesday evening and is recovering in hospital.Shortly before 6pm, the alarm was raised after a man in his mid 20s was on the rocks under the Clayton Hotel at Steamboat Quay.Four units from the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service, along with Gardai and emergency paramedics from the National Emergency Service, attended the scene.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Members of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue were also alerted to the emergency.Firefighters launched FireSwift rescue boat from the adjacent pontoon and the man was rescued from the perch and brought to the slipway at St Michael’s Rowing Club on O’Callaghan’s Strand.The man was treated by emergency paramedics before he was brought to the University Hospital Limerick where his condition was described as stable.See more Limerick news here Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img News#BREAKING Swimmer rescued from River ShannonBy Staff Reporter – October 17, 2017 3712 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Gangster Bishnoi’s Plea- ‘Fearing Vikas Dubey Like Fake Encounter’: P&H High Court Orders Videography Of His Entire Transit

first_imgNews UpdatesGangster Bishnoi’s Plea- ‘Fearing Vikas Dubey Like Fake Encounter’: P&H High Court Orders Videography Of His Entire Transit Sparsh Upadhyay23 Dec 2020 7:30 PMShare This – x”This Court is of the firm opinion that the police cannot be deprived of its right to interrogate an accused and that video conferencing may not be as effective as physical interrogation”, observed the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Monday (21st December) while dismissing Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s plea to direct the Chandigarh and Haryana Police to interrogate him through…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?Login”This Court is of the firm opinion that the police cannot be deprived of its right to interrogate an accused and that video conferencing may not be as effective as physical interrogation”, observed the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Monday (21st December) while dismissing Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s plea to direct the Chandigarh and Haryana Police to interrogate him through video conference. The Bench of Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill was hearing the plea of Bishnoi who had expressed fears that he could be eliminated in a ‘fake police encounter,’ during transit to Chandigarh and Haryana for interrogation in various criminal cases. The Background of the matter Bishnoi, against whom a large number of FIRs have been registered in the States of Punjab and Haryana and who is also involved in a case registered in U.T. Chandigarh. is in custody since the year 2015 and is presently confined in Central Jail, Bharatpur, Rajasthan since the last about 2 years. It may be noted that following the encounter of Vikas Dubey by Uttar Pradesh Police, Bishnoi had moved a petition in the HC, fearing threat to his life and sought that directions be issued to Haryana to dispense his presence and production in a FIR filed at Sirsa. Plea of Bishnoi Bishnoi submitted before the Court that he remained actively associated with Students’ Organisation and that being a victim of circumstances, he has been falsely involved in a large number of FIRs in the State of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Further, he stated that the said involvement in cases is not based on any credible evidence but is rather based on confessions extracted from individuals in custody. It is further stated therein that infact when the occurrence in respect of the aforesaid FIRs had taken place, he was already behind bars and could not have participated in any manner and the commission of the offences alleged therein. The petitioner, thus, apprehended that since there is no credible evidence against him, he is likely to be eliminated by the police by involving him in some false encounter during the course of his transit, in case he is brought to Haryana or Chandigarh. He specifically stated that since the police in every likelihood would be unsuccessful to secure conviction, the petitioner apprehends that “the police is going to eliminate him by showing some kind of a false encounter as was done in the case of Vikas Dubey by the Uttar Pradesh Police.” He further prayed before the Court that his interrogation be conducted through Video Conferencing, and in case that is not possible, then a team of investigators/interrogators could be deputed to visit jail where he is confined rather than bringing him to Chandigarh and Dabwali. Court’s Order Noting that it is an indefeasible right of the police to interrogate an accused to unearth the truth, the Court observed that interrogation through video conference, will lose much of its effectiveness when the accused is sitting far far away from the investigator/interrogator. The Court remarked, “During the course of interrogation, an Investigator would put several questions one after another depending upon the answers given by the accused while watching his demeanour. Interrogation also involves reading the psyche of the accused so as to elicit truth which can effectively be possible by observing his immediate response and conduct to the queries put to him.” The Court also said, “A trained interrogator may even be able to assess the veracity of answers from the manner an accused blinks his eyes or sighs or moves his feet. Further, at times during interrogation, in case any disclosure is made by the accused which has to lead to some kind of recovery of some articles or some other evidence, the accused may be required to be taken to place of occurrence.” Consequently, the Court said that Investigator could not be deprived of an important means to elicit information pertaining to commission of an offence, in the absence of which the police may never be able to tie loose ends together. However, at the same time, keeping in view the apprehension of the petitioner, the Court observed, “It needs to be secured that no harm is caused to the accused and that he is safely brought from the jail where he is presently confined in Rajasthan to Chandigarh or to Haryana where he is involved in other cases.” For the said purpose, the following directions were hereby issued to U.T. Chandigarh as well as to the State of Haryana:- The petitioner shall first be brought from Rajasthan to Chandigarh by the Chandigarh police after obtaining requisite production warrants as per provisions of law and shall be produced before the Illaqa Magistrate concerned for the purpose of seeking remand. The entire operation shall be monitored and supervised by DIG, U.T. Chandigarh The accused shall be brought in a bullet-proof or armoured vehicle duly escorted by armed trained commandos, armed with sophisticated arms and ammunition. The petitioner shall be duly handcuffed and shackled during transit which would be helpful for the police as well as for the accused as the apprehension of the police that he may escape would be minimised and so also the apprehension of the petitioner as regards any false encounter. The police before proceeding to Rajasthan shall intimate the Rajasthan Police so that adequate arrangements are made by the Rajasthan police for a safe transitIt shall be ensured that all the vehicles are in perfect condition and are duly serviced beforehand and checked thoroughly to rule out any chance of breakdown. After the Chandigarh police has produced the petitioner before the Illaqa Magistrate, Chandigarh and has obtained the remand and has interrogated the petitioner, he shall be handed over to the Haryana Police, in case, the Haryana Police is able to get his production warrants. The entire exercise of production at the Court at Dabwali and thereafter taking him back to Rajasthan shall be monitored and supervised by I.G., Hisar Haryana. It is further ordered that the entire transit shall be videographed by the U.T. Police and the Haryana Police when the accused is in their custody. Importantly, the Court said, “It is made clear that in case of any default, the officials concerned shall be held personally liable and responsible.” The petition stood disposed of in the above mentioned terms. Case title – Lawrence Bishnoi v. State of Haryana and others along with a connected petition [CRWP-6427-2020 (O&M) & CRWP-10369-2020 (O&M)] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe 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

‘Pained To Note That A Minister Has Held Physical Ceremonies’ : Bombay High Court Bars Political Functions During Lockdown

first_imgNews Updates’Pained To Note That A Minister Has Held Physical Ceremonies’ : Bombay High Court Bars Political Functions During Lockdown Sharmeen Hakim12 May 2021 11:52 PMShare This – xDealing with a weird situation where ministers are repeatedly flouting lock-down norms and making farce appeals to people not to participate in their functions, the Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench) directed politicians to follow the State’s “Break the Chain” circular, which bans any political gathering.The Court has issued an order barring political gatherings, functions, agitations and morchas when lockdown restrictions are in force.Advertisement “We are, therefore, compelled by the circumstances created by the Hon’ble people’s representatives, to direct that these respected representatives of the citizens should not conduct physical ceremonies and functions like those which are mentioned in clause 10 and published in the newspapers, viz. inauguration of any constituency development program, bhoomipujan, felicitations, etc”, the Court ordered.Advertisement On Wednesday, the Amicus Curie pointed cited several newspaper reports to demonstrate how Employment Guarantee Scheme Minister, Shiv Sena’s Sandipan Bhumre was physically inaugurating certain development programmes in the presence of large gatherings in Paithan, Maharashtra.He further showed reports of MLAs and MPs pressurizing police officers to permit liquor shops to be kept open despite restrictions. Advertisement Advertisement The bench said that it was “pained” to see Minister Bhumer holding a function with physical gathering during the pandemic situation.”We are also pained to note that, an Hon’ble Minister Shri. Sandipan Bhumre(Cabinet Minister for EGS and Horticulture), Government of Maharashtra, has physically held ceremonies in his constituency. The newspaper also states that the Hon’ble Minister has violated diktats of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, who has pleaded to his own Ministers not to hold ceremonies and functions, physically”, the High Court said.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “When the Hon’ble Chief Minister has been working untiringly and has appealed to the entire State to maintain physical distancing, would his appeal not bind the Hon’ble Ministers. Would heavens fall if such programs are postponed…?” a division bench of Justices Ravindra Ghuge and BU Debadwar observed while hearing its suo motu PIL on Covid-19 management in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. They added, “The question that arises is, why did the Hon’ble Minister hold several functions by his physical attendance? Do we not realise that the citizens of our country gather in large numbers when people’s representatives make a physical presence for an inauguration ceremony or a bhumipujan ceremony?The court then asked if politicians are above the law and lock-down restrictions are only for the commoner to follow. “Is it that the lock-down restrictions and orders passed by the court in the interest of public health, bind only the common-man and Hon’ble politicians are above the law? Is it that the Hon’ble politicians have the right to neutralise the law and our orders?”, the bench asked.During the hearing, Advocate Yuvraj Kakade for an intervenor further cited the FIR registered against several people on May 9, after the minister’s gathering. The FIR does not name the minister. The bench observed that Assistant Police Inspector – Ganesh Shivajirao Surwase has shrewdly mentioned in the FIR that villagers had gathered for the ceremony despite the appeals from the minister against crowding.”We are surprised that the voters of an Hon’ble Minister in his own Paithan constituency do not listen to him and are not willing to follow the lock-down restrictions,” the court said. Gramsevak Vishal Wankhede, prima facie record the FIR, to give a clean chit to the Hon’ble Minister, the bench observed. “We would refrain from drawing any conclusions on this aspect, though we cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that the Hon’ble Minister gave his consent for these programmes and has physically attended these programmes,” the court said. The court recorded the ‘Break the Chain’ order issued by Government of Maharashtra, Department of Revenue and Forest, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mantralaya, Mumbai from April 13, last month. Clause 10 of the circular bars religious, social, political and cultural functions. “And if the Hon’ble Politicians are refusing to support the lock-down restrictions, the only solution would, therefore, be that, such functions should not be held in any form in the light of clause 10, until the lock-down restriction are eased by the Government of Maharashtra. Even agitations and morchas are prohibited. We order accordingly,” the bench observed. [The Registrar (Judicial) vs Union of India]Click here to read/download the orderTags#Bombay High Court Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench) Justice Ravindra Ghuge Justice BU Debadwar 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