3 Dec
2019

Disgruntled legislators give PDP the jitters

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday may have attempted to put to rest the speculation on government formation in J&K, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) accused the BJP “of making bids to split local parties”.NC vice-president Omar Abdullah alleged that the State unit of the BJP had admitted to being party to efforts to break the PDP. “Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy [of the BJP],” the former Chief Minister said.Turning against partyMr. Abdullah’s remarks come days after at least five PDP legislators — Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abbas Wani, Yasir Reshi and Javaid Beigh — hinted at quitting the party and expressed “disillusionment with Ms. Mufti’s leadership.” Mr. Ansari hinted at many leaders from the Congress and the NC “ready to quit their parties.” “J&K is set to witness a political tsunami,” he said.However, no MLA has put in papers. The anti-defection law in J&K is stringent.What compounds worries for PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is the growing number of disgruntled members, like Rajpora Haseeb Drabu and Lolab Abdul Haq Khan, MLAs, who are maintaining a “meaningful distance from the party’s central leadership”.Delhi meetingsMr. Drabu’s meeting in New Delhi with Peoples Conference (PC) chief Sajjad Lone, considered close to the BJP and Mr. Madhav, fuelled speculation of a third front being formulated ahead of the Assembly polls. Mr. Ansari is also considered close to Mr. Drabu and Mr. Lone, who is emerging as a point-man to cobble a third front ahead of the elections.last_img read more

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1 Dec
2019

Rajasthan HC seeks to dispense with ‘My Lord’

first_imgIn a first for any High Court, the Rajasthan High Court has asked lawyers to abandon the colonial practice of addressing its judges as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’, saying they are comfortable with simply being called ‘Sir’.The High Court took the decision to dispense with the archaic address for its judges on Sunday in a full court meeting of all its judges from its two benches in Jodhpur and Jaipur.Unanimous decisionTo honour the mandate of equality enshrined in the Constitution of India, the Full Court, in its meeting dated July 14, 2019, has unanimously resolved to request the counsel and those, who appear before the court, to desist from addressing Honourable judges as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’, said a notification issued on Monday by the Registrar General of the High Court.The notification requested lawyers and litigants to address judges simply as “Sir” or “Srimanji”.The resolution to abandon the practice of judges being addressed as ‘My Lord’ was passed in the first Full Court meeting chaired by new Chief Justice S. Ravindra Bhatt.  More than a decade ago, the Supreme Court too had ruled that addressing judges as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’ was not mandatory and that the judges could simply be addressed as ‘Sir’ as a mark of respect to them.Following a lively debate between the bench and the bar over 15 years ago as to whether lawyers should abandon the colonial form of address like ‘My Lord’, judges had opined that they were comfortable with being called ‘Sir’.As a culmination of this debate, the Bar Council of India had passed a resolution in April 2006, doing away with the practice of addressing judges as ‘My Lord’ or ‘Your Lordship’.The council had notified a new rule, calling upon lawyers to address judges in the Supreme Court and High Courts as ‘Your Honour’ or ‘Hon’ble Court’ or plainly as ‘Sir’.But it is for the first time that any High Court has taken a decision and passed a resolution, advising lawyers to abandon colonial practice of addressing higher courts’ judges as ‘My Lord’.In fact, the use of archaic and colonial terms and expression characterises the language of the lawsuits and petitions to court as well. For example, any petition filed in the apex court or High Courts opens with words like: “The applicant most humbly showeth that…”The Rajasthan High Court Advocates’ Association president Ranjeet Joshi has hailed the resolution.last_img read more

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