News Feed 22-July ‘2016

Private Citizens can seek sanction to prosecute IAS officers

  • Central government has approved to permit private persons seek sanction for prosecution of State and central IAS officers under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
  • According to the existing rules, requests for sanction for prosecution of All India Services Officers (IAS/IPS/IFS etc) can be initiated by the investigative agencies only. The conclusion to grant or deny the permission can be made only by a “competent authority” designated by the Centre.
  • A notification as been sent to all the States and Ministries/Departments that to entertain proposals/requests from private persons for permit of public servants in agreement of a Supreme Court verdict of 2012 and intimated the procedures has to be followed. All the stake holders have been asked to give their comments by August 12.
  • Supreme Court in its verdict on January 30, 2012 in Civil Appeal No.1193 of 2012 (in SLP (C) No.27535 of 2010) in Dr. Subramanian Swamy versus Dr. Manmohan Singh and another observed that “there is no provision either in the (Prevention of Corruption Act), 1988 Act or the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Cr.PC) which prevents a citizen from filing a complaint for trial of a public servant who is alleged to have committed an offence.”
  • The top court further observed that if the Competent Authority is satisfied that the material placed before it is enough for prosecution of the public servant, then it is required to award sanction or refuse sanction if the evidence is not sufficient.

Panel to be formed on use of alternatives to pellet guns

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced that an expert committee will be formed for providing recommendations on non-lethal alternatives of crowd control after concerns expressed over the loss of lives and injuries in Jammu and Kashmir due to the use of pellet guns.
  • Keeping in mind the unrest in Kashmir which led to heated debate in the Lok Sabha, Singh has asked the committee to submit their report in two months time.
  • Singh cited lines from former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speech on Kashmir, saying that the answer to issues in the Valley should be within the scaffold of ‘Kashmiriyat’, ‘Jamhooriyat’ (democracy) and ‘Insaaniyat’ (humane concerns) but ‘haivaniyat’ or ‘barbarism’ have no place in society and also talked about incidents where some people had celebrated when security personnel were killed.
  • One person had died due to injuries caused by these weapons, while 53 had suffered eye injuries.
  • Singh has called out other political parties asking them to help as the government alone cannot solve problems in Kashmir and all parties would have to work together.

 

Pune woman runs Golden Quadrilateral by foot in fastest time, enters Guinness

  • Pune’s Michelle Kakade has a rare feat of completing 5968.4 km of the four metros in 193 days, one hour and nine minutes.
  • Kakade has made her way into theGuinness Book of World Records as the first person to complete the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot.
  • The certificate highlights “the fastest time to travel the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot by a female in 193 days, one hour and nine minutes and was achieved by Michelle Kakade (India) between 21 October 2015 and 1 May 2016.”
  • Her name would be featured in the Guinness World Records for covering 5968.4 km of the Golden Quadrilateral that connects the four major metros of the country.
  • The breakdown of distances is: Mumbai to Delhi — 1514.2 km; Delhi to Kolkata — 1542.18 km, Kolkata to Chennai — 1554.49 km and Chennai to Mumbai — 1357.53 km.
  • Michelle is also a triple record holder of theLimca Book of Indian Records.

Lodha clarifies on nine-year tenure

  • Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee has clarified to the State associations that office-bearers, who have cumulatively or separately completed nine years in office before July 18, were not exempt from the order and they will also be barred from contesting elections.
  • The committee has also sent a mail regarding the same to BCCI president Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke, asking them to intimate the associations in this regard.
  • A list of State associations had asked for clarification on whether individuals who have cumulatively completed nine years will be disqualified from becoming office-bearers again and whether the nine-year disqualification period commences from the date of judgment (18.07.2016) or includes tenures as office-bearers prior to that date.
  • The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has cancelled its forthcoming annual general meeting (AGM) and elections, scheduled for July 31, in the wake of the Supreme Court order.
  • Former Indian captain and current CAB president Sourav Ganguly announced that they had to take the call now as only a handful of days were left before the last date of filing nominations for the AGM. He also added they have not decided on the next step yet.

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