[Breaking] SC Bench Headed by Justice Arun Mishra Refers 11 Year Old Contempt Case Against Prashant Bhushan To CJI To Post Before Appropriate Bench

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] SC Bench Headed by Justice Arun Mishra Refers 11 Year Old Contempt Case Against Prashant Bhushan To CJI To Post Before Appropriate Bench LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 Aug 2020 11:18 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Tuesday directed the listing of the 2009 contempt case against Prashant Bhushan before another bench on September 10 based on the orders of CJI.”I am short of time. I am demiting office”, J Mishra observed.Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Bhushan, submitted that he has raised some questions of law and that the matter ought to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Tuesday directed the listing of the 2009 contempt case against Prashant Bhushan before another bench on September 10 based on the orders of CJI.”I am short of time. I am demiting office”, J Mishra observed.Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Bhushan, submitted that he has raised some questions of law and that the matter ought to be referred to Constitution Bench. Dhavan also urged the bench to hear Attorney General as issues of constitutional importance are involved.”These questions must be resolved for “once and for all”. The Court’s free speech jurisprudence has expanded and its impact on contempt law must be considered”, Dhavan submitted(The questions framed by Bhushan may be read here).However, Justice Mishra observed that there was paucity of time, given the fact that he was retiring on September 3.Justice Mishra therefore said that it was appropriate that the matter was considered by another bench on September 10.The question whether notice should be issued to the Attorney General is also left to the other bench, Justice Mishra said.On August 17, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari stated that the following questions, having larger ramifications, arose in the case: (i) In case a public statement as to corruption by a particular Judge(s) is permissible, under what circumstances and on what basis, it can be made, and safeguards, if any, to be observed in that regard ?(ii) What procedure is to be adopted to make complaint in such cases when the allegation is about the conduct of a sitting Judge ?(iii) Whether against retired Judge(s), any allegation as to corruption can be made publicly, thereby shaking the confidence of general public in the judiciary; and whether the same would be punishable under the Contempt of Courts Act?On August 10, the Court had decided to hold a detailed hearing on whether to accept the explanation tendered by Advocate Prashant Bhushan in the contempt case and whether corruption allegations against judges, by themselves, would constitute contempt.The subject matter of the case is an interview given by Bhushan to Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka magazine in 2009, where he allegedly said that for his allegations, half of the last 16 Chief Justices were corrupt. As per the complaint, Bhushan also said in the interview that he had no proof for the allegations.On August 4, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved orders on whether to accept his explanation and said that it will proceed to hear the case in detail if his explanation was not found acceptable.”In case we do not accept the explanation/apology, we will hear the matter. We reserve the order”, the bench noted in the order.As per the press release issued by Prashant Bhushan’s office, he refused to tender an apology but agreed to issue the following explanation.”In my interview to Tehelka in 2009 I have used the word corruption in a wide sense meaning lack of propriety. I did not mean only financial corruption or deriving any pecuniary advantage. If what I have said caused hurt to any of them or to their families in any way, I regret the same. I unreservedly state that I support the institution of the judiciary and especially the Supreme Court of which I am a part, and had no intention to lower the prestige of the judiciary in which I have complete faith. I regret if my interview was misunderstood as doing so, that is, lower the reputation of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, which could never have been my intention at all.”The suo motu case was taken on the basis of a complaint made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve.The contempt proceedings pertain to allegations made by Salve towards Bhushan where Bhushan allegedly said that half of the last 16 Chief Justices were corrupt. As per the complaint, Bhushan also said in the interview that he had no proof for the allegations.On November 6, 2009, the complaint was placed before a bench comprising the then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S H Kapadia, which directed that the matter be listed before a 3-judge bench in which Justice Kapadia was not a member.On January 19, 2010, a bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir, Cyriac Joseph and H L Dattu issued notices to Bhushan and Tarun Tejpal, the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazineWith inputs from Akshita Saxena Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Canned soup linked to high levels of BPA

first_imgA new study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found that a group of volunteers who consumed a serving of canned soup each day for five days had a more than 1,000% increase in urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations compared with when the same individuals consumed fresh soup daily for five days. The study is one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods.The findings were published online November 22, 2011, in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and will appear in the November 23/30 print issue.“Previous studies have linked elevated BPA levels with adverse health effects. The next step was to figure out how people are getting exposed to BPA. We’ve known for a while that drinking beverages that have been stored in certain hard plastics can increase the amount of BPA in your body. This study suggests that canned foods may be an even greater concern, especially given their wide use,” said Jenny Carwile, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH and lead author of the study.Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical BPA, used in the lining of metal food and beverage cans, has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in humans. In addition to the lining of food and beverage cans, BPA is also found in polycarbonate bottles (identified by the recycling number 7) and dentistry composites and sealants.The researchers, led by Carwile and Karin Michels, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, set out to quantify whether canned-soup consumption would increase urinary BPA concentrations relative to eating fresh soup.They recruited student and staff volunteers from HSPH. One group consumed a 12-ounce serving of vegetarian canned soup each day for five days; another group consumed 12 ounces of vegetarian fresh soup (prepared without canned ingredients) daily for five days. After a two-day “washout” period, the groups reversed their assignments.Urine samples of the 75 volunteers taken during the testing showed that consumption of a serving of canned soup daily was associated with a 1,221% increase in BPA compared to levels in urine collected after consumption of fresh soup.The researchers note that the elevation in urinary BPA concentrations may be temporary and that further research is needed to quantify its duration.“The magnitude of the rise in urinary BPA we observed after just one serving of soup was unexpected and may be of concern among individuals who regularly consume foods from cans or drink several canned beverages daily. It may be advisable for manufacturers to consider eliminating BPA from can linings,” said Michels, senior author of the study.Support for this study was provided by an Allen Foundation grant and a Training Grant in Environmental Epidemiology from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.“Canned Soup Consumption and Urinary Bisphenol A: A Randomized Crossover Trial,” Jenny L. Carwile, Xiaoyun Ye, Xiaoliu Zhou, Anotonia M. Calafat, Karin B. Michels, JAMA, online Nov. 22, 2011; in Nov. 23/30 print issue.last_img read more

Leahy secures $1 million more for Vermont Drug Task Force

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that the Vermont Drug Task Force — which arrested 16 people Tuesday in a drug sweep in St. Albans — will receive $1 million in new federal grant funding through the Edward Byrne Discretionary Grant program.  Leahy secured the funding in the appropriations bill passed by the Congress signed into law last week by President Obama.The funding will allow the Task Force to increase efforts to combat the abuse, trafficking and violent crime associated with illegal drugs.  The trafficking and use of illegal drugs in Vermont is at an all-time high.  The Drug Task Force is a statewide initiative comprised of state, county, and local law enforcement officers focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs and anti-drug crime investigative work.  It is managed primarily by the Vermont Department of Public Safety.  Including these new funds, Leahy, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, now has secured $8.25 million for the Task Force since 2000. “Since my days as a prosecutor I have believed that ‘all hands on deck’ is an effective approach to solving some of the most difficult crime problems,” said Leahy.  “As we heard in the Judiciary Committee’s hearings in Vermont, State Police Troop Commanders, County Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, as well as mayors, town managers and select boards, routinely call upon the Task Force to help with investigations and prosecutions of drug-related crimes in their communities.  This new infusion of funds is a timely boost in countering drug crime in Vermont, and the Task Force’s operation in St. Albans is a timely reminder of how central this partnership approach is to these efforts.”Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Twice last year he brought the panel to Vermont for hearings in Rutland and St. Albans where local, state, and federal officials joined law enforcement leaders, educators, experts in prevention and treatment and concerned parents to testify about the persistent problem of drug-related violent crime in rural communities.  Vermont’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Tom Tremblay, and Rutland Chief of Police Anthony Bossi testified at the March 2007 hearing in Rutland.  St. Albans Chief of Police Gary Taylor testified at the hearing in St. Albans last December.  The hearings spotlighted the crucial role of the Vermont Drug Task Force in coordinating local, state and federal law enforcement resources in combating drug crime.Earlier this month Leahy announced that Vermont would receive nearly $5 million in additional federal grant funding through the Byrne Grant Program.  Leahy had led successful efforts in the Senate to include these and other anti-crime resources in the economic stimulus plan.  Grants awarded through the program allow state and local governments to support a range of programs to help prevent crime, and are used for law enforcement, prevention, education, drug treatment and crime victims programs, as well as for planning, training, evaluation and technology improvement programs.last_img read more

Syracuse’s secondary weathers injuries in 52-33 win over Western Michigan

first_img Published on September 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ Eric Coley started breaking on the ball before it left Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink’s hand. Late in the fourth quarter of Syracuse’s win against WMU on Saturday, Coley, playing in the place of injured defensive backs Andre Cisco and Antwan Cordy, read the middle curl route perfectly and stepped in front of Wassink’s throw. ”It was really cool to see Eric get an interception,” Dino Babers said post game. “He’s going to take a ribbing for falling down like he did right there. I think he’d have had a touchdown if he’d have went to the left. Oh well, he’s going to have to live with that one.”Coley’s interception, the first of his career, extended SU’s streak of games with an interception — one that began with Cisco’s pick against WMU to open the 2018 season — to 17-straight games.On a day where the Orange’s (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) normally loaded secondary was down two starters and then lost one of the replacements midway through the third quarter, SU’s defense managed to hold Western Michigan’s (2-2) passing offense mostly in check in a 52-33 win. SU held Wassink to a 50% completion rate, only two touchdowns and Coley’s late pick. And despite allowing 356 passing yards, SU’s secondary always felt that it had the upper hand. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile it wasn’t always perfect on Saturday, the Orange played one of their best games of the season down two starters in the secondary. “It’s always fun when the other guys get an opportunity to play. And that was not mop-up time,” Babers said. “The game was still at hand when those guys were out there. And I thought they did a nice job”On Saturday morning, both cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu and Cisco, a safety, were ruled out for SU’s game against Western Michigan with lower-body injuries. They both left the game with injuries against Clemson; Cisco returned, Melifonwu did not. Both players, Babers and players said on Saturday, looked at times throughout the week like they might play, and that no decision was made until late in the process. Babers hopes to have the two back by next Saturday when SU’s hosts Holy Cross, but the two could sit that game and use SU’s ensuing idle week ahead of a Thursday game at North Carolina State. Cordy, a sixth-year senior who started in place of Cisco, was injured during the third quarter of Saturday’s game. WMU ran running back LeVante Bellamy on a wheel route to the left side. Bellamy beat his defender and with the ball in the air, Cordy came over from the middle of the field to make a hit, apparently making helmet-to-helmet contact with Bellamy. Both players required help on the field and neither returned to the game. Babers said he thinks Cordy looked “OK” after the game. “Now I’m not a doctor,” Babers said, “nor will I claim to be one — I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. But based on a couple things, how he’s moving, I think he’s OK.” In the two-plus quarters he played, Cordy looked like a vintage version of himself — he was a top tackler for loss in the ACC before losing 2016 and 2017 to injury — getting into the backfield to stop run plays, breaking up a pass in the endzone and forcing a fumble on Bellamy in the first quarter. As the WMU tailback hurtled to the endzone, he extended the ball to break the plane, but Cordy jarred it loose before the touchdown and SU recovered the fumble, scoring on the drive and riding the 14-point swing. Even on a forgettable 2nd and 9 middle handoff to Bellamy, Cordy worked his way into the hole to pick up and drop the bigger back after a one-yard gain. Two plays later, WMU punted. “He reminded me of my redshirt year,” Christopher Fredrick, SU’s No. 1 cornerback said. “He was like leading the conference in TFLs or something like that. Kind of like seeing that old Cordy out there.”Scoop Bradshaw, who started in place of Melifonwu also had a nice return to form, looking more like the cover corner he was at the beginning of 2018 and less like his struggling self at the end of 2019. He broke up an early third-down pass, diving around a receiver to paw away a slant while avoiding the defensive pass interference call for wrapping his backside hand on the receiver’s hip. He drove back ball carriers when tackling in space and even had a pass break up. But, he expectedly struggled at times. He was flagged for pass interference while SU was trying to pull away in the fourth quarter. On a third down, Bradshaw was targeted in one-on-one coverage against WMU receiver DaShon Bussell. On a go route down the left sideline, Bradshaw dove and extended his left arm, coming just short of deflecting the pass. Bussell made the catch for a first down. Landing directly in front of Babers, Bradshaw got an immediate lesson in technique. Babers could be seen mimicking punching the ball away with his right arm, appearing to show Bradshaw how he’d prefer it be done. Even against the run game, SU’s defensive backs — starters and replacements alike — looked better than the previous two weeks. Cordy looked comfortable in the box, safety Evan Foster said the whole unit played its keys and assignments much better than it had in weeks past. Trill Williams even registered a quarterback hit from the nickel back position. There were still glitches, like Bellamy’s long touchdown in the first half or a freak play where a pass intended for one receiver went through his hands to another, only for him to sprint behind the defense for a touchdown. All in all, Foster said, the Orange limited big plays better than they have this season and in general, looked the best they have against the run. That, coupled with a solid showing defending the pass — nine breakups, one interception and few breakdowns — is a good omen for a banged up Syracuse secondary. “Overall I think we did a solid job,” Fredrick said. “We stopped big plays for the most part and that’s our main objective.” Cisco and Melifonwu watched Saturday’s game from the sideline, their jersey’s fitting oddly without pads. Babers expects them back “really soon,” once they’ve had enough rest. The hope is Cordy is back soon with them. But even if they aren’t, SU proved Saturday its secondary is deep enough, and good enough, to make do.  Commentslast_img read more