Mumbai :An individual’s privacy is supreme and should not be disturbed, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said .
He said he always believe that privacy is a constitutional concept and one area where there has been a surge in constitutional rights was human rights and their implementation.
“My house is my castle, how can you disturb me at my home? Even as a lawyer, you have to have some kind of appointment with me. My time is my time, my life is my life. My privacy is supreme to me,” he said while delivering M C Setalvad memorial lecture on the topic of ‘Dynamic Ascendance of Constitutional Rights-A Progressive Approach’.
Justice Misra also spoke on gender equality and mentioned a case from Madhya Pradesh on a proposal for 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayat elections.
He said that the argument that women cannot administer and will depend on their husbands was ‘preposterous’.
“Women are more superior to men in most occasions,” Misra added.
He said that constitutional rights are dynamic and for sake of democracy should not stop growing as it will contribute to strengthening the democratic set up.
Justice Misra said rights are ‘not ephemeral or transient’, but ‘eternal, sublime and constitute the soul and spirit of humanity’.
“Therefore, constitutional and human rights have to be honoured and enforced with a tenacious, indomitable and indefatigable spirit,” he said at the lecture organised by the Bar Association of India.
“It is this quintessential spirit that keeps the torch of justice burning bright. It is our strong allegiance and fidelity to this ethos that will lead us on the path of constitutional renaissance and constant awakening thereby ensuing protection of constitutional rights for all,” the CJI said.
“The Universal Declaration of Human rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights have served as an important stimulus for all the three wings of the state, the judiciary in particular, for implementation of human rights by raising their status to that of fundamental rights,” he said in his speech.
He said that constitutional rights have to be construed and developed in a manner that their real intent and existence percolates to the lowest rungs of the society and in this exercise an important role is played by the state which has to ensure effective implementation of the rights.
“The state action has to be concrete and not such that its effects leak into so many rivulets that they dissipate. Mere rhetoric and passivity by the state without reflection of serious commitment will only result in reducing the solemn duty of the State to that of a feigned act of affectation,” Justice Misra said.
According to the CJI, constitutional rights define and shape the life of citizens and societies in general.
“Their positive exposition and assertive and energetic appreciation constitute the lifeblood of progressive societies.
“These rights would become a dead letter without their dynamic, vibrant and pragmatic interpretation,” he said.
SC dismisses plea seeking ban on roadshows, bike rallies during polls
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea filed by a former DGP of Uttar Pradesh seeking a direction to the Election Commission of India to ban roadshows and bike rallies during polls.
“We are not inclined to entertain this,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepka Gupta told advocate Virag Gupta, who was appearing for petitioners Vikram Singh and Shaivika Agrawal.
Singh, a former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, said in his petition that the roadshows and bike rallies violate EC’s instructions and cause damage to the environment.
Will give PM Modi whistle, cap if he wants to be ‘chowkidar’: Owaisi
Hyderabad: Akbaruddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for adding ‘chowkidar’ as a prefix in his name on twitter and said that he would provide him with a whistle and a cap if the Prime Minister is interested in such a job.
Speaking at a rally here on Sunday, Owaisi said, “I have seen on Twitter where the names have become as ‘Chowkidar Narendra Modi’, ‘Chowkidar Amit Shah’. Why only one twitter? He should also mention ‘Chowkidar’ in his Aadhaar card, voter-id and passport.”
“We want a PM not a ‘Chaiwala’, ‘Pakodewala’…I am surprised at those who vote for Modi, what kind of person they vote for? If Modi is so interested in being a ‘Chowkidar’, he should come to me, I will offer him a Chowkidar’s cap and a whistle,” he said.
Akbaruddin had won from the Chandrayangutta Assembly seat in the last year’s assembly polls in Telangana.
In December 2018, Owaisi was elected as floor leader of AIMIM in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.
Delhi HC seeks ED’s reply on Vadra’s plea seeking quashing of PMLA case
New Delhi: Division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vinod Goel of Delhi High Court on Monday refused to grant interim relief to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora on their plea for quashing of FIR/ECIR by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
The Delhi HC said that it does not want to interfere since the anticipatory bail plea is being heard in the Patiala House Court.
Although, the Delhi HC Court has sought response of ED on their plea that challenges the Constitutional validity of certain sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It has also directed the ED to supply a copy of ECIR to Robert Vadra and Manoj Arora.
The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for May 2.
Robert Vadra had moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of FIR against him filed by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
The Directorate has questioned Vadra multiple times in connection with the case which pertains London-based properties bought between the years 2005 and 2010.
Meanwhile, the ED filed a reply in the lower court alleging that Robert Vadra is the beneficial owner of various properties under investigation in the case which has been acquired through the proceeds of crime.
The Enforcement Directorate, in its application, had said that investigation is still ongoing and is at a crucial stage. In its reply, it had also sought a ‘free’ hand to a thorough interrogation.