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Nagpur lawyers ask NMC to treat legal services as essential during lockdown

Two lawyers have approached NMC Nagpur Police requesting them to treat legal services as essential services during the lockdown
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Two lawyers have approached Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe and Nagpur City Police Commissioner Dr BK Upadhyay requesting them to treat legal services as essential services during the lockdown. Through a  letter, the lawyers have requested the two authorities to issue necessary instructions to the officials to not prevent lawyers from using their offices for their professional activities during lockdown.

The lawyers, Ashish Tarwani and Rahul Kishnani, in their letter to NMC Commissioner Mundhe and Nagpur Police Chief Dr Upadhyay, have stated that legal services are essential services and that even the courts are taking up urgent matters for hearing during the lockdown and therefore lawyers should be allowed to use their offices.

In their representation, the advocates wrote: In connections with the matters and providing legal services to the public at large, we the lawyers, are required to go to our offices for studying, drafting, etc. Further, nowadays filing in the High Court and the Supreme Court is mainly online i.e one has to draft the petitions/applications/appeals etc., get them scanned and send to the designated emails of the High Court/Supreme Court and thereafter the hearing of the matters is also taken up via video conferencing for which we have made our entire set up in our office, which includes high speed internet connection and laptop/desktop.”

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Citing an observation by The Supreme Court of India, Advocate Ashish Tarwani told Nation Next: ?When the apex court has itself said that lawyers’ offices were exempted from the lockdown, why are we being stopped from working from our offices Lawyers’ offices are not governed by shops and establishments act, and legal services cannot be tagged as commercial activities. When the courts are operational, why are they stopping us from working in our offices

Tarwani said that if their request was not paid heed to, they would take up the matter in the court. Senior advocate Anil Mardikar too citied the SC observation when we spoke to him.

Speaking about why legal services should be treated as essential services, senior advocate Anand Jaiswal told Nation Next: “Courts cannot function unless there are lawyers to go to the court and argue the matter. Now, a lawyer, unless he goes to his office to meet the client, cannot know whether the client’s matter is urgent or not. For every client, his/her matter is urgent. So, it is up to the lawyers to decide whether the said matter lies within the parameters, which the court has fixed for emergency hearings. For all these things, unless the lawyer’s office is open, he cannot function. The general public will not be able to protect themselves in legal matters unless the lawyers’ offices are operational.”

When Nation Next spoke to DCP Vikram Sali about the appeal by the lawyers to Dr Upadhyay, he said, “The powers to allow lawyers to operate from their offices rest with the NMC.”

When Nation Next reached out to Ram Joshi, Additional Municipal Commissioner, NMC, he said, “Courts, even though operational, are not working with full capacity. We certainly cannot give permission to offices of all the lawyers to open up. Either, we may seek a list of lawyers contesting emergency cases from the courts or we can request the government to form any regulations concerning the offices of lawyers in red zones.”

Contradicting Joshi on his statement, Advocate Jaiswal added, “It’s like saying that we will allow emergency services of doctors, we will allow patients to be treated in ICU but we won’t allow OPD to operate. Unless the OPD is operational, how is a person supposed to get examined and sent for treatment at the ICU? Unless a litigant goes to the lawyer’s office, his case cannot be prepared to be presented before the court.”

Senior Advocate Anand Parchure said, “Ours is a noble profession just like the doctors. If a person comes to us for legal help, how can we turn them away just because our offices are closed”

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoists national flag at Nagpur headquarters

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in the presence of several RSS volunteers and pracharaks.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat at RSS Headquarters in Nagpur

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on the 75th Independence Day in the presence of several RSS volunteers and pracharaks.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in the presence of several RSS volunteers and pracharaks.

The RSS had organised a programme on the occasion of Independence Day at Dr Hedgewar Smarak Samiti at Reshimbagh where Nagpur Mahanagar Sahsanghchalak Shridhar Gadge was the chief guest. 

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in the presence of several RSS volunteers and pracharaks.

On Saturday, Bhagwat hoisted the tricolour at the organisation’s headquarters as part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. 

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Big Bull of Dalal Street Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passes away at 62

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

India’s ace stock market investor and ‘Big Bull’ of Dalal Street Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passed away in Mumbai this morning. Both a trader and a chartered accountant, he was one of the richest men in the country.

Reportedly, he was brought to the Candy Breach Hospital in Mumbai at 6:45 am and was declared dead. He was suffering from multiple health issues including kidney ailments and had been discharged from the hospital a few weeks ago.

The 62-year-old’s one of the business ventures also included India’s newest budget carrier – Akasa Air – that was formed by teaming up with ex-Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube and former IndiGo head Aditya Ghosh. As per Forbes, Jhunjhunwala owned approx. $5.8 billion.

Son of an income tax official, ‘India’s Warren Buffett,’ began his journey in stock markets while he was in college with a capital of barely ₹5,000. 

Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said, “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world. He was also very passionate about India’s progress. His passing away is saddening. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

 

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OPINION: Questions that arise from ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign…

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Soniya Pohare Patil | Editor : Radhika Dhawad | France

OPINION: Har Ghar Tiranga is the new campaign that’s is keeping the country currently busy as India celebrates ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and the much-awaited campaign flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Political parties, leaders, celebrities across the country have been displaying the tricolour at their houses to mark the 75th year of Indian Independence with the latest (and finally) being Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and social media handle of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)!

The RSS on Friday replaced its traditional saffron flag with the tricolor picture on the profile pictures of its social media accounts, while Gadkari displayed the tricolour at his residence in Nagpur around the same time.

Speaking about the campaign, what should the government focus on is ‘har ghar roti’ and ‘har ghar naukri’ but instead what the government focuses is a gimmick that is keeping the countrymen busy. Why do I think the #harghartiranga campaign is just another scheme. A systematically planned dispersal of money campaign… 

I have been reading reports about organisations deducting money from the salaries of their employees without their permission for the #harghartiranga campaign.

This is not only illegal but is unethical as well. Why shouldn’t the employee have the choice to do this on their own?

First and foremost, we should know where this money is been deposited? Which government agency is responsible for the dispersal of these collected funds?

How much is the real cost of the flag provided and how much is the profit they are earning under the name of this forced campaign? 

I agree that the khadi industry alone could not provide these 20 crore flags but what we should know is who are providing these flags? We should know, which state received the most orders of these flags.

The official announcement of the campaign took place on the July 17th, but what would be interesting to know is that since when is the textile industry in Gujarat manufacturing these flags? Did they already know about the campaign? 

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Is Gujarat  manufacturing these flags in the shadows of the upcoming elections? Will this campaign help the BJP to gain votes in the upcoming elections?

Has Gujarat’s languishing textile industries been brought to life behind the ‘tricolor campaign,’ so that at the time of elections, people get the illusion that work has started and some money will also come in hand?

We have to question the transparency of the campaign. Knowing this is not to oppose this campaign;  it is important to know how this campaign is benefitting the already penalised poor and middle class citizens of the country…

(The ideas and information expressed are solely by the columnist and not by Nation Next)

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