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the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) stated that it has taken action against 30 entities for not having a Sewage Treatment Plant, December 31). "Their (BJP) MPs do not speak in the Lok Sabha, In another tweet,China conceals its aggrandisement at Russia? “They build expertise in a particular type of crime and then stick to it,passed away at the Max Hospital in Mohali at 1 pm on Friday. union Taushif Alam and barred his entry on the university campus and its maintained institutions pending disciplinary proceedings. PTIBatting for the coal bearing states,Odishagovernment today asked the Centre to revise the coal royalty without further delay besides share in the Clean Environment Cess "You would appreciate that these issues are of critical importance to socio-economic development of the state I am hopeful that you will personally intervene for an early resolution of these issues" Chief MinisterNaveen Patnaikwrote to Prime MinisterNarendraModi Representational image Reuters Stating that the coal bearing states contribute to the country’s requirement of power and power-intensive industrial sectors Patnaik said these states have to face the adverse effect of mining such as displacement of people particularly tribals reduction in forest area greater risks of environmental pollution and strain on water resources and infrastructures Therefore the coal bearing states have reasonable expectations of adequate revenue contribution from the coal mining sectors Patnaik said adding that the rate of royalty for coal fixed at 14 per cent ad valorem has not been revised for more than four years now even though the Ministry of Coal has constituted a study group to consider revision of rates of royalty on coal on July 21 2014 He added that this cess is not shared with the coal bearing states nor do the coal bearing states get benefits from the funds collected as cess in proportion of their contribution to the cess "I have earlier suggested that this cess should be renamed as ‘Environment and Rehabilitation Cess’ and at least 60 per cent of such funds should be shared with the coal bearing states to deal with negative externalities" Patnaik mentioned in the letter When Tamil superstar Rajinikanth compared Jayalalithaa (her name is sometimes spelt as Jayalalitha) with Kohinoor diamond on Sunday and paid tributes to her it appeared to be a befitting and long-pending closure for the actor because 20 years ago it was the actor who had fuelled the undercurrent that swept her away Jaya’s 1991-1996 regime which despite its progressive initiatives aimed at women and children and the health sector was notorious for its recklessness and the fear that it evoked in common people It was her first ever term after her humiliating experiences with the original All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and after the demise of MGR It was all about power and authority Rajinikanth Image from IBNlive Sasikala who by then had moved in with her to the Poes Garden and her family were the source of most of this fear Stories and allegations of indiscriminate land-grabs rampant corruption and assaults on opponents critics and the media were so common that it became part of the state’s folklore It was then that a completely miffed Rajinikanth appeared to take on her — at least as a symbol of public anger — finally tipping the balance against her That’s precisely why Rajinikanth was apologetic at the condolence meeting of the South Indian Artistes’ Association in Chennai where he regretted that he was one of the main reasons why she lost in 1996 Twenty years ago he had famously said that even gods couldn’t save Tamil Nadu if she came back to power; but on Sunday he referred to her as "diamond" "Despite the pressure from a patriarchal society she shone like one (diamond) and now she rests like a Kohinoor diamond besides Puratchi Thalaivar MGR’s memorial" Rajini reportedly said In 1996 although the odds were heavily against Jayalalithaa Tamil Nadu still lacked a catalyst that would unite the streams of dislike fear and anger against her and Sasikala and her family The Congress in the state then led by GK Moopanar had almost entirely become a new entity called the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) because Narasimha Rao had asked them to go with Jayalalithaa something they didn’t agree with and was quite stretched in terms of resources And all that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-TMC alliance had on its side was anti-incumbency against Jaya They needed a unifying force that would make the chemistry of coalition work And the man that everybody — not just the DMK and the TMC — looked for was Rajinikanth Rajini as his practice was those days escaped from Chennai and went to the US leaving the people the DMK and TMC with no chance but to speculate on his support and interpret his loaded movie dialogues Probably they would have won without his support had he stayed neutral; but there was no room for risks This was a victory everybody desperately needed and they wanted Rajini to make it foolproof In fact the critical question those days was hardly political but if or not Rajini would return before the election and play ball And he did return to Chennai a few days before the election to an unprecedented welcome at the airport But he didn’t say anything Some journalists from Chennai went all the way to Mumbai to travel back with him to see if he would commit but he didn’t However at home to a handful of reporters that could sneak in with him when the gates were opened for his car he made his intention clear for the first time That’s when he said the famous words that sealed the fate of Jayalalithaa: “Even gods and saints will not be able to save this state if she comes back to power” He said this in English and was captured by the lone ANI TV cameraman The Sun TV run by Karunanidhi’s nephew would broadcast the video a million times In the evening he attended a keenly awaited public function that also became a magnet for reporters waiting for more from him He didn’t say much but recounted a story of his haircut in the US (he returned from the US with a near-tonsured head) and how he fell asleep during the expensive "hairdo" This story was used by Jaya’s supporters such as the late actor Manorama to project him in a bad light (Manorama patched things with Rajini later) The days to the election were numbered and Rajini finally did throw in his lot with the TMC or rather the DMK-TMC alliance It appeared that his supported the alliance because he liked the TMC which had some fine national and local leaders Rajini’s support was not restricted to mere words His network of fan clubs immediately swung into action and everywhere they augmented the cadre support for the DMK-TMC candidates They were omnipresent and TMC’s cycle symbol was easy for them because that was their idol’s vehicle in a superhit movie titled Annamalai Posters of Rajini with the cycle appeared side by side with the posters of the TMC candidates Rajini was the medium and the message And Jaya was trounced Atter the election there was absolutely no regret in Rajini about him being the main cause for Jaya’s debacle He also appeared justified when loathsome stories of Jaya’s alleged gross misrule surfaced in quick succession However later on as his affinity for the BJP reported by some Delhi-based journalists citing his closeness to LK Advani and actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha became more evident his political relevance in Tamil Nadu died a natural death As he himself recounted in his apologetic condolence meeting on Sunday all that happened subsequently were personal — Jaya treated him well when he invited her to his daughter’s wedding and that changed him Between good manners and politics he chose the former He never spoke ill of her again The rest of the story is about a happy ending Probably what eluded Rajini till now was a proper closure because 1996 was a watershed in Jaya’s career and all these years of good manners by Jaya may have made him repent it Besides Karunanidhi who replaced her was also not free from alleged family-led misrule particularly during 2006-11 By openly admitting regret Rajini seems to have found his peace As of now the DMK doesn’t need to worry because Rajini in his 60s is not the Rajini of his 40s; but his 20 the magnum opus in the making might make him relevant again The person who should be cautious is Sasikala because Rajini owes her nothing Written by S Y Quraishi | Updated: September 10 2014 8:08 am According to some the court has no business giving advice to the political executive Related News Many felt that the Supreme Court judgment of August 27 which advised that persons chargesheeted in criminal cases should not be appointed as ministers lobbed the ball back into the prime minister’s court Now that it has brought the “criminalisation” of politics back to centrestage the response of the prime minister and chief ministers will be watched with great interest Was the SC’s advice judicial overreach According to some the court has no business giving advice to the political executive For others the SC actually exercised judicial restraint by not prohibiting such appointments outright and stayed clear of possible overreach while drawing attention to the constitutional concern for probity in public institutions It referred to several SC judgments that had emphasised democracy as a cornerstone of the Constitution and drew the attention of the prime minister and chief ministers to constitutional expectations There is also a view that the SC should not have “shirked” its responsibility and adjudicated on this critical issue instead of merely advising Protecting the parliamentary system from criminalisation has been the intention of the law from the beginning The election law (Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act 1951) disqualifies a person convicted with a sentence of two years or more from contesting elections But those under trial continue to be eligible to contest elections The situation would have been acceptable if the trial were completed and the verdict given within a reasonable period of time What is the way out There are three possible options One political parties should refuse tickets to the tainted Two the act should be amended to debar such persons from contesting elections Three fast-track courts should decide the cases of tainted legislators quickly The SC has repeatedly expressed concern about the purity of the legislatures In 2002 it made it obligatory for all candidates to file an affidavit before the returning officer disclosing criminal cases pending against them Civil society organisations like the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) analyse and publish such information The concern of the apex court has been increasingly clear from a series of judgments The famous order to introduce NOTA was intended to make political parties think before giving tickets to the tainted The Lily Thomas case (2013) ended the unfair advantage that legislators enjoyed even after conviction According to the ADR 187 MPs in the current Lok Sabha face criminal charges (that is 344 per cent) Of them 113 face serious criminal charges The number has gone up from 162 (76 serious) charges in 2009 and 128 (58 serious) in 2004 This obviously shows the political class and legislature in a poor light In a rare instance of unanimity all political parties have come together to oppose the proposal to debar perpetrators of even heinous offences during pendency of the trial on the grounds that false criminal cases may be filed by opponents This concern is valid However the proposal itself has three safeguards First all criminal cases would not invite the ban only heinous offences like murder dacoity rape kidnapping or moral turpitude Second the case should have been registered at least a year before the elections Third the court should have framed the charges The opponents of the proposal also argue that the jurisprudence followed in the country holds that a person is innocent until proven guilty But the presumption of innocence until conviction is legally ignored in the case of those under trial About two-thirds of the nearly 4 lakh persons lodged in jails are undertrials and are therefore “innocent” Yet they are locked up denied their fundamental rights of liberty freedom of movement freedom of occupation and dignity Does this not violate the fundamental right of equality If the rights of an undertrial can be suspended within the ambit of the law what is the fuss about temporarily suspending the right to contest an election which incidentally is only a statutory right The debate over the issue raises several questions Does the framing of charges involve the application of judicial mind Though legal opinion is divided many jurists including senior high court judges say several cases are thrown out at the stage when charges are framed This shows application of mind even at that stage The Law Commission in its report in March 2014 accepted this contention after consulting constitutional experts Does debarring the chargesheeted before conviction go against the Constitution The conditions for disqualifying a person from contesting an election to the Lok Sabha or a vidhan sabha are laid down in the Constitution (Articles 102 and 191) But it also provides for disqualification “under any law made by Parliament” The Election Commission the Law Commission and citizens have been demanding a law debarring tainted candidates from contesting polls What if the minister is found innocent after a long trial He would have been denied a position that he was legitimately entitled to But then how many young persons found innocent of terror charges have got their lives/ jobs back And what if a legislator is found guilty of rape after a decade Another argument is that there can be no discrimination against anyone on the grounds of pendency of a case If so why was the CVC PJ Thomas removed by the SC just because there was a case pending against him The principle enunciated by the court was maintaining “institutional integrity” But then isn’t the institutional integrity of the legislature a more important constitutional body than the CVC which is just a statutory body even more vital Do fast-track courts discriminate against the lakhs of other cases awaiting a decision for years and are they therefore illegal No Fast tracking has been the accepted norm The RP Act requires the high court to decide on election petitions within six months The fact that courts have been taking years to decide on election petitions makes it an issue of dereliction not legal infirmity Special CBI courts consumer courts special courts for economic offences and more recently fast-track courts for rape cases do create special categories for adjudication and nobody has dubbed them discriminatory In any case the issue of fast tracking has now been clinched by the landmark judgment of March 2014 by which the SC accepted the urgent need for cleansing politics of criminalisation and directed all subordinate courts to decide on cases involving legislators within a year or give reasons for not doing so to the chief justice of the high court That should put an end to the endless impasse With a positive judicial disposition and a strong political mandate for an avowedly corruption-free India the situation is ripe for resolution Let’s not miss the bus The writer is former chief election commissioner of India [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Published: July 23 2017 1:17 am Diego Maradona will now visit Kolkata in October (Source: Express Archive) Top News The much-awaited Diego Maradona’s city sojourn in September is rescheduled to October 2-4 organisers said in Kolkata on Saturday The Argentine legend in his second trip to the football-crazy city was to lock horns against former India captain Sourav Ganguly on September 19 as the exhibition match titled ‘Match for Unity’ will now be held on the Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 “To my fans who are eagerly awaiting me in Kolkata I wanted to let you know that I will now be coming on October 2” Maradona was quoted saying in a media release The exhibition match would be held at the Aditya School of Sports in Barasat where he would conduct a football workshop There will also be a host of other activities in the two-day visit including meeting Chief Minister 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