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SC Issues Gag Order On NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela, Registrar General Sailesh

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has threatened to send the coordinator of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam PrateekHajela and Registrar General of India Sailesh to jail for contempt and restrained them from speaking on the politically charged issue to the media without its approval.

A bench of justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice RF Nariman said the statements made by Prateek Hajela and Sailesh on the issue of dealing with claims and objections of those who have been left out in the draft NRC were “most unfortunate”.

“We should be holding both of you guilty of contempt and sending both of you to jail. Whatever you say they all reflect on us,” the top court, which is monitoring the NRC, said.

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Justice K M Joseph Now A SC Judge But Junior To Justice Banerjee And Justice Saran

New Delhi: Amid controversy over his elevation and altered seniority by the government, Justice K M Joseph took the oath as the judge of the Supreme Court of India after justice Indira Banerjee and justice Vineet Saran. Justice Banerjee, Saran and Joseph were administered the oath of the office by Chief Justice of India DipakMisra in the Supreme Court in a sequence.

The government had last week cleared the names of justice Banerjee, justice Saran and justice Joseph to be appointed as judges of the Supreme Court.

But the move triggered another controversy as some senior judges of the Supreme Court felt that justice Joseph should be considered senior to the other two judges as his name was cleared by the collegium in January this year. The judges even raised the matter with the Chief Justice of India on Monday morning.

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Gazette Notification Issued To Make Antiguan Law Enforceable To Bring Back Choksi

New Delhi: India and Antigua do not have a bilateral extradition treaty so the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a gazette notification on August 3 to make the Antiguan law enforceable and bring back Mehul Choksi.

India is eyeing to bring back bank fraud accused Mehul Choksi from Antigua under the provision of a law of the island nation which provides for extradition of a fugitive to a designated Commonwealth country, official sources said.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a gazette notification on August 3 to make the Antiguan law enforceable and bring back Choksi. India and Antigua do not have a bilateral extradition pact.

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Government Claims To Have Followed Procedure Of Seniority In Appointment

New Delhi: Appointments of justices Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran and KM Joseph to the apex court were cleared by the government on August 3 considering their seniority.

A top government functionary said on the condition of anonymity that the Union government has gone by a “transparent seniority principle” in the elevation of three judges to the Supreme Court earlier this month, and it would have been “completely improper, unreasonable and unfair” to have made Justice KM Joseph senior to justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran because they are both two-and-a-half years his senior as high court judges.

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BJP Accuses Tharoor Of Insulting Northeast States Of The Country By Mocking PM

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has accused Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of insulting India’s northeast states by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wears “outlandish” headgear. Congress leader says Prime Minister refuses to wear Muslim skull cap.

”I ask you why does our Prime Minister wear all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap? Tharoorsaid on Sunday in Thiruvananthapuram, his LokSabha constituency.