Kerala High Court Reserves Orders On KT Jaleel’s Challenge Against Lok Ayukta Report Holding Him Unfit To Continue As Minister

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Reserves Orders On KT Jaleel’s Challenge Against Lok Ayukta Report Holding Him Unfit To Continue As Minister Lydia Suzanne Thomas13 April 2021 2:15 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court today refused to stay the Lok Ayukta Report charging Kerala education and Minority Welfare Minister KT Jaleel with nepotism, abuse of power and favouritism in giving government appointment to his second cousin by altering norms.The Kerala High Court through a Bench of Justices PB Suresh Kumar and K Babu, took up up a petition filed by KT Jaleel challenging…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 Kerala High Court today refused to stay the Lok Ayukta Report charging Kerala education and Minority Welfare Minister KT Jaleel with nepotism, abuse of power and favouritism in giving government appointment to his second cousin by altering norms.The Kerala High Court through a Bench of Justices PB Suresh Kumar and K Babu, took up up a petition filed by KT Jaleel challenging the legality of the Lok Ayukta Report.Pursuant to a hearing, the Court announced that it would pronounce orders in the matter.Appearing for Jaleel, Advocate PC Sasidharan iterated arguments advanced in his petition and asserted that the lok ayukta did not not have power to consider the matter as the same relates to appointment and there is a specific bar for considering the same. It was also contended that the Lok Ayukta’s Report was issued without following the procedure stipulated under the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act. Jaleel’s counsel additionally posited that no investigation as contemplated under the Act was conducted. Representing the State, State Attorney KV Sohan also made similar arguments.The complainant Muhammad Shafi, through his counsel Senior Advocate George Poonthottam pointed that there is no specific procedure is contemplated under the act for conducting investigation. Arguing that the lok ayukta proceeded with complete satisfaction that the complaint needed to be proceeded upon, it was averred that the Report under challenged ‘comprehensive’  and accordingly the complaint was admitted. The order was passed after perusing all the documents related to the issue and a impugned order is a comprehensive one considering all aspects, the Senior Counsel argued.After these submissions, the Court asked Jaleel’s counsel whether the Minister was still in office, to which the Counsel responded that the minister had already resigned.Refusing a stay on the operation of the Lok Ayukta Report, the Court proceeded to reserved the case for orders.Significantly, while the hearing was in progress, Jaleel tendered his resignation as State Minister to the Kerala Governor. Jaleel’s appeal primarily challenges Paragraph 54 of the said Report, wherein the Lok Ayukta comprising Justices Cyriac Joseph (former Supreme Court judge) and Harun-Ul-Rashid (former High Court judge) concluded that that Jaleel should not continue as a Member of the Council of Ministers on account of the charges against him. Charging the final report as one having been made without following any procedure mandated under law to arrive at a finding, Jaleel’s plea asserts that the same is violative of natural justice as well as the statutory provisions of the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, and therefore one liable to be interfered with by the Court. Additionally, the plea argued that the subject matter of the proceedings, specifically, the prescription of qualification and appointment to the State Minority Development Finance Corporation, is excluded from the purview of the investigation under the Lok Ayukta Act.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

Kristof to receive Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

first_img Read Full Story Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, will address an audience of students, faculty, journalists and members of the public on Tuesday, March 5, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, and is sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.“Nick Kristof is one of the most inspiring journalists of our time,” said Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center. “His work’s great power is that it awakens passion and concern in others.”Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. Kristof won the Pulitzer Prize two times, in 1990 and 2006. In 2012, he was a Pulitzer finalist in Commentary for his 2011 columns that often focused on the disenfranchised in many parts of the world.Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Alan Rusbridger, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr. The Goldsmith Awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and two book prizes.last_img read more

Talking TILA-RESPA, rock stars, and the NFL with CUNA’s Jim Nussle

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Before we all head off to enjoy our 4th of July weekend celebrations, here’s a short chat we recently had with CUNA’s President/CEO Jim Nussle on a myriad of topics his organization is juggling at the moment. A quick run down on our candid conversation’s topics for you…Banks comparing NFL tax status to that of credit unions (really?)CFPB’s TRID extended grace periodCUNA name change?CUNA’s Member Activation ProgramCUNA’s Rock Star programRecord attendance set for ACUC/WOCCU Conference in Denver (July 11-15)Enjoy the show and have a safe and happy 4th of July! continue reading »last_img

Judge rules against US women’s soccer team in equal pay case

first_imgThe stars of the US women’s soccer team have been dealt a crushing legal defeat in their bid for equal payLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  A federal judge dismissed the United States women’s soccer team’s bid for equal pay on Friday, rejecting claims the players had been underpaid in a crushing defeat for the reigning world champions.In a 32-page ruling, Judge Gary Klausner of the US District Court for Central California in Los Angeles tossed the women’s claim of pay discrimination, ruling in favour of the United States Soccer Federation.Klausner did allow the women’s case for unfair treatment in areas such as travel, housing and medical support to proceed to trial, set for June 16 in Los Angeles.But the judge said the equal pay claims — the central plank of the case — had been dismissed because there was evidence the women had turned down an offer to be paid along the lines of the US men’s team.“The history of negotiations between the parties demonstrates that the WNT rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure as the MNT, and the WNT was willing to forgo higher bonuses for benefits, such as greater base compensation and the guarantee of a higher number of contracted players,” Klausner wrote.“Accordingly, plaintiffs cannot now retroactively deem their CBA (collective bargaining agreement) worse than the MNT CBA by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT’s pay-to-play terms structure when they themselves rejected such a structure,” he said.– ‘Shock, disappointment’ –The US women were left stunned by their defeat on the pay issue. The women had been seeking back pay of $66 million under the Equal Pay Act.Prominent US women’s team star Megan Rapinoe said after learning of the court’s decision that the battle is not over.“We will never stop fighting for EQUALITY,” she wrote on Twitter.A spokeswoman for the players reacted with dismay following Friday’s ruling. “We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” spokeswoman Molly Levinson said.“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.“We have learned that there are tremendous obstacles to change; we know that it takes bravery and courage and perseverance to stand up to them.”The increasingly acrimonious lawsuit had taken a dramatic turn in March, when a filing by lawyers for the federation argued that US men’s team players required a “higher level of skill based on speed and strength” than the women.The filing triggered outrage amongst the women’s players while influential sponsors such as Coca-Cola voiced disgust at the remarks.USSF President Carlos Cordeiro later resigned following the uproar, with Rapinoe accusing the USSF of “blatant sexism” in its legal filings.The US women, who clinched back-to-back World Cup wins with victory at last year’s finals in France, had based their claim for back pay in the disparities between prize money distributed by FIFA at the men’s and women’s World Cups.Germany’s men won $35 million for their victory in the 2014 World Cup while France earned $38 million after triumphing in Russia in 2018.The United States women, victors in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, earned total prize money of $6 million over the two tournaments.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Terry Walgren Tournament kicks off play Friday

first_imgThe Lakeside Pitches will be filled with excitement as the Nelson Youth Soccer hosts the annual Terry Walgren Tournament beginning Friday. Teams from Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Cranbrook, Salmon Arm and Kelowna join the host Nelson Selects for three days of action.The tournament kicks off Friday with play in the U16 and U18 divisions.Saturday is a full slate of games before the tourney concludes Sunday with divisional finals.All action is set for the Lakeside playing fields.last_img

Oil refinery ‘will save SA billions’

first_img Source: BuaNews 18 October 2010 The proposed Mthombo crude oil refinery will help South Africa escape from the “dependency trap” of having to import refined automotive products, ultimately saving the country billions of rands, says President Jacob Zuma. At the same time, the refinery, to be built at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, would showcase South Africa’s competitive ability to its counterparts globally. Construction on the refinery, which will be the biggest in Africa, is expected to start in 2012, which would bring the refinery on stream by 2015. The US$11-billion refinery, which would have a 400 000 barrel a day capacity, is meant to ensure security of fuel supply in South Africa. The country is currently dependent on international oil companies to provide for its liquid fuel energy needs. “With Project Mthombo, this country stands to save an estimated R12.6-billion a year in energy costs once the refinery is running, and could export oil across Africa,” Zuma said last week. Zuma was speaking during a visit to PetroSA’s gas-to-liquid refinery in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The visit by Zuma and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters was to obtain a first-hand account of PetroSA’s operations, his office said. “We welcome the fact that PetroSA is making its impact, not only in job creation but in empowering the people as well. It employs close to 2 000 people, while 27 500 more will be absorbed within the crude oil refinery that is planned,” Zuma said. Zuma welcomed the impressive growth of PetroSA following its successful merger of Mossgas, Soekor and parts of the Strategic Fuel Fund in 2002. PetroSA is reaching markets in Europe, the United States, Caribbean, Middle East and Far East, which Zuma said was an important achievement. He also commended the National Oil Company for the role it was playing in reducing the country’s dependence on imported refined fuel. last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Player Profiles

first_imgTo view, please visit the following website and click on ‘2012 Player Profiles’ in the top menu: There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following Facebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube –

10 months agoNice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southampton

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nice chief Julien Fournier a target for Southamptonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNice chief Julien Fournier is a target for Southampton.The Daily Mail says Fournier, the general manager of French club Nice, is lined up to be the next director of football at Southampton.The vastly experienced 44-year-old who played a key role in persuading Patrick Vieira to become Nice’s manager, has worked previously as secretary general of Marseille and was the youngest president of Strasbourg.Southampton sacked Les Reed as vice-chairman in November and technical director Martin Hunter.The club’s Chinese owner, Gao Jisheng and his family, who took control in the summer of last year, have been working on a restructure of the club after appointing highly-rated Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager. last_img read more

St. James Municipal Corporation Plans for Early Flood Warning System

first_imgAs part of its disaster-preparedness strategy, the St. James Municipal Corporation is seeking to establish an early flood-warning system in Montego Bay, aimed at providing advanced information on flooding.In an interview with JIS News, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis, said the system “will alert citizens and business operators when a flood is imminent for Montego Bay”.The Mayor emphasised that the system is needed, as Montego Bay, being a coastal town, is easily inundated during heavy rains.Councillor Davis said the projected cost to implement the system is $10 million, and preliminary consultation has commenced with various stakeholders regarding the project.“It is a work in progress, and that is something we are hoping to get the necessary funding for, because it is an expensive system. We are probably looking at seven to 10 million dollars, but it will be money well spent,” he added.He pointed out that documents are being prepared in order to approach international funding agencies for grant assistance.“The Inter-American Development Bank is interested in climate change; the Canadian Government is interested in climate change. So we are presently putting that document together, so we can begin to pursue grant funding to do this project,” the Mayor outlined.In the meantime, the Mayor told JIS News that he welcomes plans by the Government to commission an engineering company to assess the city’s drains, with a view to improving them.last_img read more