Breaking: Calcutta HC Stays Special CBI Court’s Order Granting Bail To TMC Leaders Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee & Sovan Chatterjee

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Calcutta HC Stays Special CBI Court’s Order Granting Bail To TMC Leaders Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee & Sovan Chatterjee Sparsh Upadhyay17 May 2021 10:24 AMShare This – xIn a significant development, hearing the matter on Monday night, the Calcutta High Court stayed the order of Special CBI court, which granted bail to two TMC Ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee in the infamous Narada case.A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajnish Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee passed the stay order on an application filed by the CBI seeking transfer of trial citing the dharna staged by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee against the arrest of TMC ministers.Advertisement The High Court noted the submissions made by Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta that the law minister of the State went to the court where the accused were to be presented, along with a crowd of 2000-3000 supporters, who remained in the court throughout the proceedings.The Solicitor General said, “It is a case in which there is total failure of rule of law”.Taking note of these submissions, the High Court observed :Advertisement “The Law Minister remained in the court complex throughout the day till the arguments were heard. In these facts and circumstances if any order is passed by the Court the same will not have faith and confidence of the people in the system of administration of justice”.The High Court added :”Confidence of the people in the justice system will be eroded in case such types of incidents are allowed to happen in the matters where political leaders are arrested and are to be produced in the court. People may have a feeling that it is not rule of law which prevails but it is a mob which has an upper hand and especially in a case where it is led by the Chief Minister of the State in the office of CBI and by the Law Minister of the State in the Court Complex”.Advertisement Advertisement It, therefore, stayed the order of special CBI court and ordered that the arrested leaders be kept in judicial custody. Advocate General for the State of WB submitted that CBI officers were provided full protection by the local police for discharge of their duty. There is no official complaint filed by the CBI with the police about any incident. The AG also said that a proper application for transfer in terms of Section 407 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has not been filed by the CBI.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The High Court however said that the situation prevailing in the trial court, as pointed out by the Solicitor General, was sufficient to take cognizance of the matter for consideration of issue regarding transfer of trial.”We are not touching the merits of the controversy but the manner in which pressure was sought to be put will not inspire confidence of the people in the rule of law. As during the period when the arguments were heard, the order was passed by the Court below, we deem it appropriate to stay thatorder and direct that the accused person shall be treated to be in judicial custody till further orders. The authority in whose custody they are kept shall ensure that they have all medical facilities available as are required and they are treated in terms of the provisions of the Jail Manual”, the HC said in its order.The matter will be considered for further hearing tomorrow, May 19.The Court began its order by referring to the “extra-ordinary situation” of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak leading a large mob of supporters to protest the CBI’s arrest of four TMC leaders.”This court has been called upon to deal with an extra-ordinary situation where Chief Minister of the State can sit on a dharna outside the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (for short, ‘CBI’)along with her supporters,which had investigated the case and was to present a charge-sheet in court against the accused who are senior party leaders of the party in power in the State, some of them being Ministers. Not only this, the Law Minister of the State was present in Court where the accused were to be presented along with mob of 2000 to 3000 supporters”, the Court said in the order. #JustIn”This court has been called upon to deal with an extraordinary situation where Chief Minister of the State can sit on a dharna outside the office”: #CalcuttaHighCourt while staying bail given to West Bengal ministers and leaders arrested by CBI#NaradaScam pic.twitter.com/KLKpqs2nN9— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 17, 2021 Earlier today,a Special CBI court [City Sessions Court, Bichar Bhawan, Calcutta] on Monday (May 17) granted interim bail two ministers of Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, a TMC MLA and a former Kolkata mayor in the infamous Narada scam case. Judge Anupam Mukherjee granted bail to All India Trinamool Congress leaders and Ministers, Firhad Hakim @ Bobby Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee.Earlier today, they were arrested in connection with the Narada sting operation, which allegedly exposed cash for favors scam involving some of the top leaders of the Trinamool Congress. They were taken into custody and remanded to Judicial Custody till May 31, 2021. CBI Court’s OrderThe Court noted that as against the accused Madan Mitra, Firhad Hakim @ Bobby Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee, the investigation had been completed.Though there is a prayer for further investigation as against other FIR named accused persons but on behalf of the I.O. there is no prayer for CBI custody of the arrested persons noted the Court.On the other hand, the Court also took into account the judgment of the Apex Court, in which the Court had opined that the overcrowding of the accused in the prison might have an effect of the infection of the COVID-19 which should not be encouraged. Accordingly, the Court said that the Apex Court had directed the authorities concerned to decongest the prison for avoiding the infection in between the inmates.”Over and above when the purpose of investigation has already been completed as against the arrested persons Sir Madan Mitra, Firhad Hakim @ Bobby Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee and where there is no prayer for C.B.I custody for further interrogation, mere prayer for judicial custody can not be the ground for detention of the arrest persons”, ruled the Court.Considering all these aspects, the accused persons namely Madan Mitra, Firhad Hakim @ Bobby Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee were granted interim bail of Rs. 50000/- each with two sureties of Rs. 25000/- each.Click here to read/download the High Court orderTags#Narada Scam #CBI #Special CBI Court #Trinamool Congress Calcutta High Court CBI Court TMC Leaders Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Jim James Announces Free Webcast For Wednesday Night’s Show At The Cap [Watch]

first_imgJim James is currently on a unique, career-spanning solo acoustic concert tour. On Wednesday, November 14th, the My Morning Jacket frontman will perform at Port Chester, New York’s historic rock palace, The Capitol Theatre, with longtime touring drummer David Givan. Today, the venue has announced a free live stream of James’ show at The Cap for fans around the country to enjoy.Jim James Performs Solo On NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series [Watch]According to the webcast announcement, the bandmates will perform “a career-encompassing repertoire including songs from his new album, along with selections from his entire My Morning Jacket and solo catalog.” If you cannot make tomorrow’s concert, or if you wish to enjoy the sweet sounds of Jim James from the comfort of your own home, you can tune in for a free stream of the concert just after 9:05 pm ET below.Jim James – The Capitol Theatre – LIVE @ 9:05 pm ET on 11/14/18[Video: Jim James]Head to Jim James’ website for a complete list of upcoming tour dates.last_img read more

Does 49ers Jed York still sound committed to Kyle Shanahan?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Somewhat astonishingly, or somewhat as a neon sign depicting the NFL’s win-now mandate, only one NFL coach has a longer playoff drought with their current team than Kyle Shanahan.He is a mere two years into a 49ers tenure that remains promising, with pressure to win inevitably mounting, per NFL protocol.Only Washington’s Jay Gruden has missed the last three postseasons, and he’s gone just once in five years since replacing Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father.Failing to make the …last_img read more

George Kittle on his love of blocking, newfound stardom and wrestling

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video or photos on a mobile device In a season set up by big expectations, but marred by injury, there was at least one bright spot for the 2018 49ers: tight end George Kittle.The fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2017 broke out in his sophomore year, despite pairing with the Niners’ understudy quarterbacks for 13 games. Kittle’s 1,377 receiving yards set a new NFL record for tight ends, and with Jimmy Garoppolo now back under center, …last_img read more

Brace yourself: 49ers McKinnon practicing, but Street IR bound

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Much of this 49ers season will revolve around comebacks from anterior cruciate ligament surgeries. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s is obviously the most important. Tuesday brought news of two other ACL patients.First, the good news: running back Jerick McKinnon returned to practice, three weeks since his last cameo, and this time he donned a brace on his right knee that he initially declined to wear for mentality sake.Now, the bad news: defensive end Kentavius Street is likely …last_img read more

Madiba’s life captured in art

first_imgBeaded artwork by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. A photograph of Natalie Knight and Nelson Mandela at her art studio in 1993. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself. Susan Woolf’s conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Joachim Schonfeldt’s unusual circular paintings depict Mandela’s life in the townships. Collen Maswanganyi’s painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday. (Images: Natalie Knight) MEDIA CONTACTS • Natalie Knight   Curator  +27 11 485 3606 RELATED ARTICLES • ConCourt art tells South Africa’s story • “The excitement never left us” • World to serenade Madiba • African Guernica: life becomes art Wilma den HartighAhead of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, art is being used to celebrate the life of South Africa’s iconic former president and anti-apartheid activist in his 94th year, and tell the story of a life dedicated to the struggle for freedom. Unlike speeches, films or awards, the beauty of art is in the detail and individual artistic representations that have captured the story of Mandela, at all stages, over many years. Natalie Knight, art curator of the Mandela @ 94 _ z _a exhibition, now open to the public at the Origins Centre at Wits University in Johannesburg, says that the artworks on show do just this. They tell Mandela’s story from his rural beginnings, his life of poverty in Alexandra township and his home in Soweto, to his days as a lawyer and as an accused, his suffering in prison and his triumph of becoming the country’s first democratically-elected president.Sharing experiences of MadibaThe Mandela @ 94 _z _a exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, cartoons, beadwork and prints created by artists from various cultural backgrounds. The 20 participating artists are all South African, with the exception of Blanchard Magu from the Ivory Coast.Knight says one of the most remarkable aspects about artists’ representations of Mandela over the years is that they have been overwhelmingly positive.“The common denominator among the exhibiting artists is their admiration and respect for a leader who has made South Africans proud,“ she says.“Through their artworks they have captured the spirit of a man who embodies the desire for peace, justice and reconciliation.”She says this is why the exhibition is so captivating. “Everyone has a different experience of Mandela.” She recalls her own experience of meeting the renowned struggle icon.“My first interaction with Nelson Mandela was when he walked into the Natalie Knight Gallery in the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in 1993,” she says. “I was in the middle of a photo shoot.”She also remembers what he was wearing. “He was wearing his broad, friendly smile and a casual sweat shirt with the words – The Music Talks.”Knight showed Mandela a pastel drawing by artist Tommy Motswai, of the historic handshake between FW de Klerk and himself. The photographer asked if Mandela would shake hands with Knight in front of the drawing.“He obliged and then shook hands with the other 15 members of my staff as well,” she says. “His bodyguards were getting restless and possessive but Madiba brushed them aside.”Years later the photograph became the source material of a beaded artwork made by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. This is one of the works on show at the exhibition.The pair created artworks from photographs published in newspapers of important events in Mandela’s life – including the day of his release from Robben Island and his wedding to Graça Machel – using beads and safety pins on traditional Shangaan fabric. Mandela’s art also on showOne of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself.The lithograph is one of a collection of artworks by Madiba which appeared in The Robben Island series II. The series was sketched and completed by the Nobel laureate between March and June 2003. It consists of 21 charcoal sketches of images that he found meaningful during his incarceration on the island. The tennis court came into existence when prisoners asked officials if a courtyard at the prison could be converted so that they could get more exercise. Before this, prisoners were only marched round the courtyard for half an hour every day. “Our persistence paid off and we painted the cement courtyard surface to create a traditional tennis court layout,” Mandela explains in the book. “Strangely, Robben Island was the first opportunity for me to play tennis since university … it was a strange sensation enjoying such civilised hobbies in such an uncivilised place.”Knight says that this particular work’s simplicity is what makes it so striking. Various pieces by conceptual artist Susan Woolf are also on show. Woolf is an accomplished South African artist and one of her more recent projects depicting taxi hand signs were accepted for a national stamp series in 2010. Stampnews.com also chose Woolf’s taxi hand sign stamps as one of the top 10 most important stamps in the world in 2010.Her conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series were made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Woolf says she collected newspaper articles about Mandela for many years, and when she moved into her new studio she wasn’t sure what to do with them. “I thought that I just can’t let go of the clippings and I wanted to find a way to preserve them,” she explains.She decided to set the clippings in used rooibos teabags. The use of rooibos teabags is significant as it relates to Mandela’s years in prison. Before it became popular, rooibos was considered a cheap tea and was often only deemed suitable to serve in prisons.Every teabag, complete with tea grains, contains inscriptions by Woolf. “I just recorded my thoughts of the moment on them, often while waiting for my children when I was picking them up at school.”Knight also included unusual circular paintings by Joachim Schonfeldt. The round hand-painted scenes on hollowed-out sections of wooden doors depict Mandela’s life in the townships. “The artist bought ordinary doors, then carved circles in them and in each carving painted a site where Mandela lived,” she explains. Schonfeldt is also known as one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg, one of the first collective studio spaces for visual artists in the country. Sculptor Johannes Maswangnayi produced images in wood of Mandela at different times of his life. His son Collen exhibits a thought-provoking sculpture entitled Fruits of Freedom, which questions whether Mandela’s long walk to freedom has borne fruit. Cartoons by well known South African cartoonist Jonathan Zapiro and photographs by Jurgen Schadeburg, Debbie Yazbek, Michael Meyersfeld and Ivor Ginsberg are also part of the exhibition.References to social mediaKnight says that Collen Maswanganyi’s small painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes and sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday straddles the cultural divide. In the exhibition’s name Knight also tried to include elements of social media and the internet by using references to emails, Twitter and instant messages. But the abbreviation “ZA” signals that it is very much a local exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. It runs until the 31st of July 2012.last_img read more

Colleges partner for biotechnology degree

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wilmington College and Sinclair Community College have entered into a partnership agreement designed to enhance higher education opportunities in the biotechnology field for students of both institutions.Effective with the 2017-18 academic year, students who have completed Sinclair’s Associate of Applied Science degree in biotechnology can enroll at Wilmington College (WC) in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in biotechnology.While the agreement includes requirements such as a minimum 2.0 cumulative, grade point average, the goal is a seamless transfer for Sinclair graduates into WC’s baccalaureate degree program, according to Wilmington College’s Erika Goodwin, vice president for academic affairs.She said both institutions recognize biotechnology as a promising career option and added that the sciences represent an academic area in which both WC and Sinclair excel. Indeed, Wilmington College last year opened its new Center for the Sciences and Agriculture as the largest academic facility on campus.“Biotechnology is a 21st century career that offers numerous employment advantages,” Goodwin said. “Students at both institutions have the benefit of excellent science departments and, in the case of our articulation agreement, it represents literally a symbiotic relationship between WC and Sinclair that fosters student success.”Susan Luken, Sinclair associate professor of biology/biotechnology, said, Sinclair’s students are excited about “the opportunity to easily transition” to a four-year college to continue their education.“Our biotechnology program graduates currently enrolled at Wilmington College have expressed how much they have enjoyed the campus and the program,” she said.Goodwin noted that Wilmington College’s Transfer Advantage program will apply to Sinclair students. WC has instituted a policy, effective fall 2018, in which students who have been admitted to the College possessing either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution, like Sinclair, will have fulfilled their general education requirements at WC and likely be admitted with junior class status.This would allow most students to finish their bachelor’s degree in two years, and, with their general education requirements completed while attending a two-year school, have the opportunity to add a minor or second major while at WC.last_img read more

Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Canada!

first_imgIf you’re still not convinced, we’ll give you 10 reasons why we love Canada in hopes that you’ll be just as inspired to celebrate the land of the maple leaf. Canada has over 45 National Parks, many of which support geocaching! Psst in honor of Canada 150, admission to all National Parks are free in 2017, too! According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, Canada is the 7th happiest country in the world. Canada has the most doughnut shops in the world per capita. Maybe this is why they are so happy? There are over 230,000 active geocaches in Canada. That’s a lot of adventure! Canada is home to the only town in the world with not just one but two exclamation points in its name: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! Over 200,000 pancakes are served during the Calgary Stampede. Perfect to go with all of the pure Canadian maple syrup, after all, Quebec is the top producer of maple syrup in the world. License plates in the Northwest Territories of Canada are in the shape of a polar bear, and here at HQ, we support all things animal! The oldest cache in Canada was placed less than a month after geocaching began. GCBBA is in beautiful Nova Scotia and has over 500 Favorite points!  The world’s first UFO landing pad was built in 1967 in St. Paul, Alberta.  Canada has a physics lab located 2 kilometers underground! It is the world’s second-deepest underground lab facility—just think of all of the lab caches that could be made!Science, nature, doughnuts, happiness, and geocaching? There’s a lot to celebrate about Canada and we are excited to join the fun!What do you love about Canada? Share in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More As Signal continues to celebrate geocaching around the world, our favorite frog will be visiting Canada to cache like a Canadian and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.As part of the celebration, you can earn the Canada Day 2017 souvenir by hosting or attending an event on Saturday, July 1 or Sunday, July 2, 2017. We’re excited to join Canadians in celebrating their birthday this July, and we hope you’ll join us! SharePrint RelatedCanada Day celebrations from around the globeJuly 11, 2017In “News”Cool caches in Canada, according to Signal the Frog®May 30, 2017With 14 commentsEverything you need to host a great Canada Day eventJune 13, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

RailsBridge: Encouraging Women to Program with Free Ruby on Rails Workshops

first_imgTags:#hack#Services Why You Love Online Quizzes The RailsBridge Open Workshop project, which teaches web app development to programmers and non-programmers, has announced its 2011 schedule that’ll include eight more of its popular free workshops for women.RailsBridge’s workshops take place on a Friday evening and full-day Saturday, during which time participants learn how to develop a web app using the Ruby on Rails framework. Over the past year-and-a-half, the project has trained almost 600 people, nearly 500 of them women. RailsBridge hopes to expand further this year, with workshops in San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago.These workshops aren’t women-only. Nonetheless, the outreach has been aimed at women, in order to help foster more gender diversity in the Rails community. Those efforts have been pretty successful, “moving the needle” as project co-founder Sarah Mei puts it, from 2% of the San Francisco Ruby on Rails community in January of 2009 to 18% in January 2010.Mei says that she was initially concerned it might be difficult to convince women to participate in the workshops. “However, we soon learned that demand is not a problem.” The first workshop the project offered filled up with a waiting list in less than 24 hours. And the first event this year, February 4 and 5 at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, is full too. (There are still 7 workshops open for registration, but sign up or volunteer soon!)“The workshop project is a key part of the ecosystem that we are working to develop in open source, making it truly open to programmers and non-programmers of any background,” says RailsBridge’s president Sarah Allen. The mission of RailsBridge, says Allen, is to bridge the gap from aspiring developer to contributing open source community member through mentoring, teaching and writing.Moving the Needle: How SF Ruby Got to 18% How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img audrey watters Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Debating the Passivhaus Standard for North America

first_imgReaders of Environmental Building News have had about a month to contemplate some of the talking points raised in an EBN article and accompanying blog about the Passivhaus standard and, in a purely hypothetical discussion, the merits (or demerits) of slightly altering the standard to accommodate small homes and North America’s various climate zones.The author of the article, EBN Executive Editor Alex Wilson, summarizes Passivhaus history, highlights the standard’s considerable benefits and its technical underpinnings, and then introduces a few ideas intended to make the Passivhaus standard, which enjoys relatively wide adoption in Western Europe, more of a force on this side of the Atlantic. Wilson offers suggestions relevant to Passivhaus criteria in three areas:• Heating and cooling requirements, which allow a maximum of 15 kWh/m2/yr (4,755 Btu/ft2/yr) for heating or cooling. For total “primary” energy consumption, including heating, cooling, water heating, lighting, and appliances, the standard allows 120 kWh/m2/yr (38,000 Btu/ft2/yr). In very cold or very hot climates, Wilson says, he recommends relaxing the heating and cooling requirements but maintaining the total primary energy consumption limit. He adds that in very cold climates, where little or none of the 15 kWh/m2/yr for cooling will be needed, it might make sense to allow some of that energy to be used for heating. Similarly, for hot climates, where little or no space heating is needed, it would seem reasonable to allow some of that energy to be used for cooling.• Small houses, which, because Passivhaus energy-consumption limits are based on floor area, have a significantly harder time meeting the energy standard than do larger houses. Likewise, the Passivhaus airtightness standard – 0.6 air changes per hour with a 50 pascal pressure difference across the envelope (ACH50) – is tougher for small houses to meet because it is based on air changes per hour rather than cubic-feet-per-minute of air leakage per unit area of envelope. Wilson suggests relaxing the airtightness standard enough to offset that bias, and easing the energy consumption limit by allowing an additional 2 kWh/m2/yr for heating or cooling if the house is under a certain size (he suggests 100 m2 (1,076 ft2).• Existing buildings, where, because North America’s housing stock is so vast, there is enormous opportunity for energy savings (and increased occupant comfort) but also often daunting and expensive challenges to improving energy efficiency significantly, never mind to the Passivhaus standard. The recommendation: convening a panel of leading energy experts who are familiar with North America’s housing stock—and also committed to dramatic reductions in building-energy use—to come up with a reasonable “Passive House Retrofit Standard for North America.” (For example, energy consumption limits about double what the standard currently requires for new buildings – 30 kWh/m2/yr, say, for heating and the same for cooling, and an airtightness standard raised from 0.6 to 1.5 ACH50.)Reader responses to these suggestions show a striking level of commitment to the performance demands of the standard (many are not crazy about the idea of relaxing the airtightness requirement) and also to the standard’s overarching benefits, including extraordinary energy efficiency, interior comfort, durability. Naturally, though, there’s also a keen interest in increasing the affordability and market appeal of Passivhaus construction, as well as various combinations of energy efficient construction and renewable-energy systems that bring a building’s performance to net zero energy, or very near it.Paul Torcellini, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer who has worked actively on the Department of Energy’s zero-energy initiative, told EBN that net-zero-energy should be as good as Passive House. “I like the idea of a number, and zero is the best number,” he said. “The beauty of net-zero is that it’s really hard to game the system if you follow the established definitions.”“How can you tell me that a net-zero house is worse than a Passive House?” added building science engineer John Straube, who is both a Passivhaus admirer and critic.As homeowners and prospective homeowners catch on to green building concepts, it seems likely net-zero-energy homes and, eventually, homes that meet the Passivhaus standard will seem less exotic and more attainable. As Wilson points out, the development of Passivhaus buildings in the U.S. is slow, but manufacturers and suppliers are starting to pay attention. And that could be a very good thing as homeowners and builders try to find the sweet spot in calculations of cost, performance, and comfort.last_img read more