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Only provisional pension for retired All India Services officials facing probes, rules Kerala HC

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Kochi, May 16 (IANS) The Kerala High Court has ruled that only a provisional pension could be sanctioned to a retired member of the All India Services if they are facing departmental or judicial proceedings.

The decision came on an original petition filed by the state government before it after the Central Administrative Tribunal ordered the disbursement of Pension Commutation and DCRG (death-cum-retirement gratuity) on the finding that the rules governing pension and retirement benefits for members of All India Services lack provisions for withholding pension and gratuity of a retired official.

The court ruled: “Rule 6(2) deals with orders to be made with respect to Pension and DCRG during the pendency of departmental or judicial proceedings. The last limb of Rule 6(2) would disclose that no DCRG shall be paid to the employee until the conclusion of departmental or judicial proceedings and issuance of final orders thereon.”

“When Rule 6(2) says only Provisional Pension is permissible until the conclusion of departmental or judicial proceedings, by necessary implication, it prevents sanctioning of Full Pension. Though Rule 6(2) does not specifically refer to Commutation of Pension, the Commutation of Pension is also a part of Pension which could be sanctioned when Full Pension is sanctioned,” it held.

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The state government had contended that Rule 6 (2) specifies that in cases where a departmental or judicial proceeding is initiated or when a departmental proceeding is continued after retirement, only provisional pension is allowed after retirement until a final order is passed in the departmental proceedings.

Furthermore, it was submitted that the disbursement of DCRG and the Commutation of Pension is impermissible while the departmental proceedings are ongoing.

The court noted that departmental proceedings were ongoing and a criminal case was also pending against the officer as of the date of retirement.

–IANS

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Under fire, NCP (SP) leader publicly apologises for ripping B.R. Ambedkar's poster

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Raigad (Maharashtra), May 29 (IANS) Under attack from the ruling MahaYuti alliance and other parties, Nationalist Congress Party (SP) National General Secretary Jitendra Awhad on Wednesday tendered a public apology for ‘unintentionally’ tearing off a poster with a photograph of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

He ripped off the poster during a mass protest in Mahad town against the decision of the state government to include two verses of the Manusmriti (The Laws of Manu) in the school curriculum.

“The government is attempting to include Manusmriti teachings in the school curriculum. We were protesting against it by burning a copy of Manusmriti at the Kranti Pillar in Mahad. While doing this, I inadvertently made a big mistake,” said Awhad.

He said that some activists brought posters of Manusmriti printed on it and B.R Ambedkar’s picture was also on them, and he unintentionally tore it up, sparking huge protests.

“I apologise publicly for this. Everyone knows that I have been trying to follow the ideology of Dr. Ambedkar for many years. I have never apologised for any matter till now. I have always remained in my role and played it. However, today, I am tendering an apology as this was an insult to my Father. I hope all Ambedkar followers will also forgive me,” Awhad said in a social media post.

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He, along with hundreds of other supporters had carried out the protests at Mahad town, to torch symbolic copies of the Manusmriti, raising slogans against the government to oppose the move.

Incidentally, Mahad town went down in history 97 years ago, when B.R. Ambedkar had led a huge protest there on March 20, 1927, to allow the Dalits, untouchables and other lower castes equal access to the Chavdar Lake water, and in December that year, his followers had also burnt Manusmriti copies there.

Awhad’s action on Wednesday afternoon triggered strong protests, comments and police complaints from leaders of the ruling MahaYuti allies Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party-Nationalist Congress Party plus other Dalit organisations also gunning for him in Maharashtra and elsewhere.

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No one better qualified to represent Chandigarh than Manish Tewari, says Sibal

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Chandigarh, May 29 (IANS) Making a strong plea for the Congress candidate from Chandigarh Manish Tewari, eminent lawyer Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said no one was better qualified to represent the Union Territory in Lok Sabha than him.

Sibal, while describing Tewari as a brilliant lawyer and parliamentarian, told the media that the Congress leader commands respect from leaders across the political spectrum for his articulate and well-informed speeches in Parliament.

Sibal, who specially came to Chandigarh to join the campaign of Tewari in his capacity as a fellow lawyer, lamented that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has destroyed all robust and autonomous institutions in the country, except the judiciary.

“Our independence and democracy are in grave peril today,” he warned, while accusing PM Modi of lowering the prestige and dignity of the office of the Prime Minister.

Sibal was also critical of abuse of laws like Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for destroying dissent and difference of opinion.

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Polling for the lone Chandigarh seat is scheduled for June 1.

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Tearing Dr Ambedkar’s poster: BJP functionary files police complaint against Awhad

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) A BJP functionary has filed a complaint with the Raigad Superintendent of Police against NCP(SP) legislator Jitendra Awhad for allegedly tearing a poster of Dr BR Ambedkar.

BJP functionary Advocate Vivekanand Gupta in his complaint, has demanded Awhad’s immediate arrest, saying that it was an offence under Section 3 (t) (v) of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

“Awhad committed the atrocious and appalling act of tearing the poster of Dr Ambedkar who is a revered figure in the country. The said act was live on some electronic channels and this has hurt the feelings of a large number of people and particularly the people belonging to the Scheduled Castes.

“Nobody can ignore Dr Ambedkar for his vast contribution to Indian society. Dr Ambedkar’s photo being torn and thrown has hurt the people deeply both mentally and emotionally,’’ said Gupta in his complaint.

He has demanded that an FIR be registered against Awhad and action be taken in accordance with procedure duly established by law.

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Sex videos case: Fugitive JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna moves anticipatory bail plea

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Bengaluru, May 29 (IANS) The prime accused in the sex videos case, JD(S) MP Prajwal Revanna, moved an anticipatory bail petition in court on Wednesday. After hearing the plea, the court adjourned the matter to May 31.

Earlier, the fugitive MP, who is the grandson of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, had announced that he would return to India on May 31.

The videos in which Prajwal Revanna can be seen sexually assaulting and abusing various women have taken Karnataka by storm.

Prajwal Revanna’s anticipatory bail petition was filed before the Special Court for People’s Representatives.

Counsel Arun, who appeared for Prajwal Revanna pleaded with the court to admit the petition and hear it on May 30 and submitted that the MP would land in India on May 31.

The counsel said he had received communication in this regard from him via email.

The anticipatory bail petition had been submitted in three cases, of which, two cases are registered by the SIT of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

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The anticipatory bail petition was submitted for crime numbers 20/2024, 02/2024 registered in the CID and 107/2024 registered in the Holenarasipur Police Station.

Karnataka Home Minister, Dr. G Parameshwara stated on Wednesday that Prajwal Revanna’s arrest warrant had been issued.

SIT sources confirmed on Wednesday that Prajwal Revanna has booked a May 31 flight ticket for India with Lufthansa Airlines and was expected to reach Bengaluru at around 12.30 A.M. on Friday. The ticket has been booked from Munich, Germany.

Asked if the Hassan MP would be allowed to meet his grandfather after returning to India, the Karnataka Home Minister said that he would be arrested immediately upon arrival at the airport.

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2 killed, 3 injured during well cleaning in J&K's Kupwara

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Srinagar, May 29 (IANS) Two persons were killed and three others injured while they were cleaning a deep well in J&K’s Kupwara district on Wednesday, officials said.

Officials said that the five were cleaning the deep well in the Dardpora village of Kupwara when they fell unconscious due to the lack of oxygen.

“A rescue operation was immediately launched and they were shifted to a hospital in an unconscious state. Doctors at the hospital declared two of them were dead on arrival while three others are being treated at the hospital,” an official said.

The two deceased were identified as Farid Ahmad Khoja and Bashir Ahmad Khoja while the injured are Safeer Ahmad, Qasim-ud-Din and Abdul Hameed.

Earlier on Wednesday, three persons fell into a well in the Budgam district and an operation was launched to rescue them.

–IANS

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