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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Karnataka Speaker Ignores Supreme Court Directive

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Ignoring the Supreme Court directive to decide on the issue today, the Karnataka assembly Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar has said that he has to look into all issues and follow the Constitution. More particularly, he said he “cannot work at lightning speed” to accept or reject the resignations of the rebel MLAs.

This is astonishing. What is there to look into? The rebel MLAs were told by the Supreme Court to meet the Speaker in person by 6 pm today. They did so. Each one of them is reported to have personally told the Speaker that they have resigned. If their resignations were not in the correct format, following the apex court ruling, the Speaker should have asked them to resubmit the same immediately and should have taken the decision as per law. If he cannot work at lightning speed, he should not also work at bullock-cart speed.

There is nothing much the Speaker can do as per law. He has to accept the resignations. If the resigning MLAs are able to form a separate group as per the Anti-Defection Law (they do not have the numbers to do so in this case), the Speaker will have to allow that. If not, he has to accept the resignations and there will be by-elections in all the constituencies. But by sitting on the resignations and buying time by hiding behind legalities, Ramesh Kumar is trying to both frustrate the rebels and allow the alliance time to bring them around. If the BJP was guilty of allegedly engineering the defections and subverting democracy, the alliance, through the actions of the Speaker, is also guilty of delaying the due process of law.

It is clear that if all resignations are accepted and the count of MLAs shrinks in the assembly, the Congress-JD(S) government will not survive. The Speaker is allowing them time to try and get back as many MLAs as they can through his delaying tactics. One is sure that the Supreme Court is not going to overlook this. The Speaker’s actions are likely to invite adverse comments from the bench and they might even order him to do the needful, at lightning speed, tomorrow.