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Ayodhya mosque-Islam case: No seven-judge bench, says SC

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New Delhi, September 27: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam which had arisen during the hearing of Ayodhya land dispute.
In a majority verdict of 2:1, the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the civil suit had to be decided on the basis of evidence and the previous verdict had no relevance on it.
Justice Ashok Bhushan, who read out the judgment for himself and the CJI, said it had to find out the context in which the five-judge had delivered the 1994 judgment.
Justice S Abdul Nazeer disagreed with the two judges and said whether mosque is integral to Islam had to be decided considering belief of religion and it required detailed consideration.
He referred to the recent Supreme Court order on female genital mutilation and said the present matter be heard by a larger bench.
The apex court said now the civil suit on land dispute would be heard by a newly constituted three-judge bench on October 29 as Justice Misra would retire on October 2 as the CJI.
The issue whether mosque is integral to Islam had cropped up when the three-judge bench headed by CJI Misra was hearing a batch of appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 verdict by which the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area was divided in three parts.
A three-judge bench of the high court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had ordered that the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among three parties–the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.


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SC to hear PIL seeking protection of Kashmiri students today

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New Delhi, Feb 21: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to protect Kashmiri students who are allegedly being attacked across the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror strike.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice Rnajan Gogoi and Justices L N Rao and Sanjiv Khanna, on Thursday took note of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves’ submission that the plea needed to be heard urgently as it relates to the safety and security of students.The bench, which refused to list the plea for hearing on Thursday, however, assured Gonsalves that it will be listed for consideration on Friday.
The plea alleged that students from Kashmir Valley are being attacked at different educational institutions across the country after the Pulwama terror attack and authorities concerned should be directed to take actions to stop such assaults.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court in the backdrop of attack on Kashmiris after the Pulwama Terror attack. The petition filed by Tariq Adeeb, a practicing lawyers, was mentioned today by Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves before the Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi seeking urgent listing.
The matter might be listed today.
The petition has arraigned eight States and the Union government as respondents. The respondent States are Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal.
The petition gives details of attacks on people from Kashmir in different parts of the country. The petitioner has prayed for steps to be taken to prevent such attacks, threats, and social boycott against Kashmiris.
Specifically, the petition prays for directions to be issued to heads of institutions including educational institutions to take steps to protect the lives of Kashmiris. The petition also prays for prosecution of persons indulging in hate speech.
Further, the petitioner has also sought the appointment of a senior officer as a Nodal officer in every State and Union Territory and sensitive district to prevent acts of violence and vigilantism and to ensure prosecution of offenders.

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SC/ST reservation in Govt job promotion for J&K: Cabinet approves 10% EWS quota provision

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New Delhi, Feb 21: Union cabinet has given its nod to 10 per cent quota for poor among the general categories in Jammu and Kashmir and also approved the provision for SC/ST reservation in promotion in government jobs in the state.
Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said since Jammu and Kashmir is under the President’s Rule, the Cabinet on Tuesday in its meeting took these decisions.
Talking to reporters here at his official residence, Singh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said it will help a certain section of society which belongs to lower economic strata and will benefit equally Jammu and Kashmir like other states.
He said the government had introduced the provision of reservation in promotion for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“That too has been approved for Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“It will enable Jammu and Kashmir to be beneficiaries of the same public welfare measures for the benefit of the weaker sections that PM Modi initiated for the rest of the country,” he said.
Hailing the decision Singh said that these decisions show the Prime Minister’s extremely sensitive concern for the state.
“In the last 65 years, no earlier government had ever taken an initiative on these lines and even now these decisions have come forth in the interest of the state because of the Modi Governmentbeing at the helm at the Centre,” he said.
The Union Cabinet had in January this year took the decision to provide for 10 per cent quota for people belonging to ‘unreserved categories’, including Christians and Muslims, in jobs and education with an annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh and land-holding ceiling of about five acres, highly-placed sources said.

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Kashmir is simmering because of Nehru: Amit Shah

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Rajamahendravaram, Feb 21: Kashmir remained an unresolved issue only because former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru tackled it in the wrong way, leading to Pakistan indulging in militant acts, BJP President Amit Shah said here Thursday asking the Congress not to politicise the issue.
“Kashmir remained a problem only because of Jawaharlal Nehru. Sardar Patel tackled Hyderabad and it is now respectfully part of India but Jawaharlal Nehru tackled Kashmir and it continues to be a problem,” he said.
Addressing a large meeting of BJP workers here, Shah said Pakistan was indulging in militant acts because of Kashmir. “Kashmir is simmering because of Jawaharlal Nehru. Had Patel been the prime minister at the time, Kashmir would not have remained a problem,” he added.
Lashing out at the Congress for “politicising” the recent attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama, the BJP president said the opposition party was not to going to derive any benefit out of it.
“With what face is the Congress raising questions against the Prime Minister? Congress called the Army chief names, it raised doubts over the surgical strikes (on terror havens in Pakistan), it accused the Prime Minister of trading with the soldiers’ blood, Congress’ Sidhu embraced Pakistan Army chief, the previous Congress president cried when terrorists were killed,” Shah said
The Congress has not even left the issue of militancy in its futile bid to remove Modi. “For Narendra Modi, the nation’s security is the top-most priority. He is toiling 18 hours a day for that. Congress… don’t teach patriotism to us. We are the ones who are ready to lay down our lives for Bharat Mata,” Shah asserted.

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