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Jabalpur High Court quashes the Government order to stay the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries

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Competent authority asked to conduct the election expeditiously

Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday 8 October 2021 quashed the 25 August order of of the SDO Bhopal staying the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) and ordered the competent authority to conduct the election “expeditiously strictly following Covid-19 protocol”.

The order has been isued by Justice Vishal Dhagat in response to a writ petition by Krishna Gopal Gattani and othres. The Madhya Pradesh Government, Bhopal district collector, Lalit Jain, President Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries and Mukesh Sen, Secretary Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry were respondents in this case.

Through the petition, the High Court was informed that some people were active and they were trying to delay, defer and cancel the election process of BCCI. Further, the petition said that 99-100 persons filed W.P. No. 16436/2021 before the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur which was dismissed on 26 August 2021. The Election Officer and office bearers of BCCI had assured the authorities that all the guidelines and protocols of Covid-19 shall be followed and that there would be no flouting or violation of the protocols in any manner at the election site. However at the instance of some persons who wanted to defer the elections, the District Collector stayed the of voting schedued on 29 August 2021.

The case was heard hrough video conferencing. Senior advocate Ajay Gupta was the petitioner’s counsel in this case.

The Petitioner had filed the petition for quashing the order of 25 August 2021 issued by the respondent No.2 District Collector, Bhopal staying the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries.

The Counsel appearing for the petitioners submitted that election was to be conducted on 29 August 2021 and it was stayed by order of S.D.O. on ground that a lot of people will congregate at place of election for voting, which will be against Covid-19 protocol and thus, Secretary/Election Officer
was directed to maintain status quo.

The Counsel appearing for the petitioners submitted that election of other institutions are taking place, schools and colleges are open, Courts are functioning by hybrid mode and physical appearances are being allowed in Courts, markets are also open and there is no lockdown. It was submitted that petitioners will take care of Covid protocol and they will not violate any of the guidelines issued in respect of Covid-19 protocol. It was also submitted that respondent No.4 (Mukesh Sen, Secretary/election officer, Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industry) be directed to conduct the elections strictly following Covid-19 protocol.

Panel Lawyer appearing for the State opposed the writ petition. He submitted that there were possibilities of violation of protocol of Covid 19, therefore, S.D.O. had passed the order staying the election.

Considering the facts and circumstances of the case and also the Covid-19 situation in the State, the High Court issued the order quashing the Bhopal district order staying the election process of Bhopal Chambers of Commerce and Industries.

Madhya Pradesh is pride of India: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the beneficiaries of SVAMITVA scheme in Madhya Pradesh, through video conferencing on October 06, 2021.

New Delhi/Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday 6 October said Madhya Pradesh is pride of India when it comes to implementation of schemes and development.

Madhya Pradesh is a pioneer in digital records and the State has taken rapid strides in the development spehere, the Prime Minister said. He was launching the SVAMITVA Scheme in Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing from New Delhi.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister electronically distributed 1.71 lakh e-property cards to residents of about 3,000 villages in 19 districts.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said availing loans from the banks have become easier with the launch of the PM SVAMITVA scheme. He lauded Madhya Pradesh for the speed with which it has implemented the scheme. Today 1.70 lakh families received cards in 3000 villages of the state. He said that this card will become a vehicle of prosperity for them.

The Prime Minister said though it is often said that the soul of India resides in villages, even decades after the independence, the villages are still in shackles. The power of the villages, the land and the houses of the people of the village could not be fully utilized for their development. On the contrary, the energy, time and money of the people of the village were wasted in disputes, fights, illegal occupations over village land and houses.

The Prime Minister complimented the villages for their performance during the corona period. He noted how the villages of India worked together and tackled the pandemic.

The Prime Minister stated that the SVAMITVA Scheme is not just a scheme to provide property documents, but it is also a new mantra for development and improving trust in the villages of the country with the help of modern technology. “The Udan Khatola (drone) that is flying in villages and localities for the survey is giving a new flight to the villages of India,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the efforts of the government for the last 6-7 years is to make the poor free from dependence on anyone. Now, money is being sent directly to the bank accounts of farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Reconstituted Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board: High Court allows revision of petition challenging nominations as violative of the Wild Life (Protection) Act

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Photo © Lalit Shastri

Jabalpur/Bhopal: A two-Judge Bench of Jabalpur High Court presided by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and comprising Justice Anil Verma has allowed petitioner Ajay Dubey to file an application to amend the original petition challenging the formation of the Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board by the previous state Government headed by Kamal Nath since the present BJP Government has disbanded that Board and constituted a new one. 

The High Court has given 4 weeks time to the petitioner to make the application for amendment in the petition. The original petition pointed to gross violation of the provisions for nomination of members in the State Wildlife Board under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. 

Aditya Sanghi, the counsel  for petitioner Ajay Dubey submitted during the hearing on Saturday through video conferencing that the respondent, i.e., State had passed a fresh order  re-constituting  the  Board on 20 November 2020. 

Another petition filed by senior journalist and eminent environmentalist Lalit Shastri in the same matter is also linked with the petition filed by Ajay Dubey. Shastri’s counsel in this case are Praveen Kumar Pandey and Suman Dubey.

Click links below to check background of this case:

Exclusion of some experts puts a question mark on the reconstituted MP State Wildlife Board

State Wildlife Board: Madhya Pradesh Government is in the dock and has a lot to answer

Petition challenging the reconstitution of Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board: Jabalpur High Court serves notice to MP Government

Jabalpur High Court admits petition against reconstitution of State Wildlife Board

If you have “special interest in wildlife” you could be a member of State Wildlife Board in Madhya Pradesh

Ghaziabad police registers FIR against Twitter, few journalists and Congress leaders for trying to spread communal unrest

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Ghaziabad: The Uttar Pradesh Police has filed an FIR against Twitter and a few journalists and Congress leaders in connection with an elderly Muslim man who was assaulted in Ghaziabad and whose video with a fake narrative aimed at creating communal divide was put in the public domain and it went viral on social media.

A Samajwadi Party leader, prominently figures in this controversial video.

The FIR was lodged at the Loni Border police station of Ghaziabad district on Tuesday forenoon on a complaint lodged by a police officer, who has alleged that the video was shared with the ulterior motive of inciting communal unrest.

The FIR has been filed by at the Loni Police station against The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr Shama Mohammed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Slaman Nizami. The allegation against them is that without verifying the video they gave a communal the fact, started giving communal colour to the incident on Twitter.

On investigation by the Ghaziabad Police into the video of assault and beating up of the elderly man that went viral on social media, it was found that the elderly man, Abdul Samad, had come to Behta, Loni border from Bulandshahr on 5 June. From there, along with another person, he went to the residence of the main accused Parvesh Gujar at Banthla, Loni. After some time other boys Kallu, Arif, Adil and Mushahid came to Parvesh’s house and started beating him along with Parvesh. According to the accused, Abdul Samad makes amulets, and their families were adversely affected by the amulets given by him. Because of this they had beaten him up. Abdul Samad was already known to Pravesh, Adil Kallu and others as amulets had been given by Abdul Samad to many people in the village. In this case, the main accused Parvesh Gujjar was the first to be arrested. On June 14, the other two accused Kallu and Adil also were arrested. Ghaziabad Police is investigating all angles and probing who all were behind concocting the fake video to create communal divide.

Even after the UP Police had ruled out any communal angle and had said Abdul Samad was attacked by six men – Hindus and Muslims – who were unhappy over the amulets he had sold them, NDTV quoted the UP police and at the same time gave communal colour to the incident by publishing the following:

“An elderly Muslim man was assaulted in Loni in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on June 5 while on his way to a mosque to offer prayers.The attackers allegedly abducted Abdul Samad from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut in a nearby forested area, where they reportedly shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, which they forced him to shout as well, as they punched and beat him with wooden sticks.”

Further the NDTV report said: “They reportedly also accused Mr Samad of being a Pakistani spy.One of the attackers – a young man wearing a white full-sleeve T-shirt and blue sweatpants – also threatened Mr Samad with a knife that he used to forcibly hack away at his beard.A video of the vile incident, in which Mr Samad can be seen pleading with his attackers, has been circulated online.The video shows at least two other young men attacking Mr Samad – one wearing a black shirt and red trousers, and another in a light-blue T-shirt and grey trousers.” I WAS ON MY WAY WHEN I WAS OFFERED A LIFT. TWO MORE MEN THEN GOT INSIDE (THE AUTO RICKSHAW) AND TOLD ME TO STAY. THEN THEY TOOK ME TO A ROOM AND LOCKED ME UP AND THRASHED ME. THEY FORCED ME TO CHANT SLOGANS… THEY TOOK MY MOBILE AWAY… THEY GOT A KNIFE AND CUT MY BEARD,” A VISIBLY TRAUMATISED MR SAMAD, WHO WAS REDUCED TO TEARS, SAID.” They even showed me a video of other Muslims being attacked,” he said, adding his attackers had boasted to him that they had killed many Muslims before.