Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgEcobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileEcobank Ghana Limited is a financial institution offering banking products and services for the consumer, commercial, corporate and investment sectors. The company provides banking solutions for government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, international organisations, small- and medium-sized enterprises and individuals. Ecobank Ghana Limited offers an extensive product offering; ranging from current and savings accounts to business accounts, term deposits, personal loans, mortgage loans, microfinance and business loans. Ecobank Ghana Limited also offers financial solutions for value-chain financing, short-term and mid-term finance and trade finance as well as investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, structure and project finance, capital market services, wealth and asset management, securities brokerage, custodial services and electronic banking services. Ecobank Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. Its headquarters are in Acca, Ghana. Ecobank Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgJohn Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: John Holt Plc (JHLT.ng)  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileJohn Holt Plc assembles, sells, leases and services power and cooling equipment in Nigeria and has business interests in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. The company sells, leases and maintains Holt Star air conditioners for home and industrial use; sells, installs and maintains diesel generators; provides after-sales service and spare parts for its product range; and supplies fire and safety equipment and services. John Holt Plc has business interests in warehousing and inventory management, facility management, property development and the construction of glass reinforced plastic boats. Other business interests include construction and maintenance of power projects, supply of power equipment such as transformers, hybrid generators, gas generators and pre-pad meters, and providing services to the power sector which includes power plant management, energy audits, capacity building, technical training and power system redesigns. John Holt Plc is involved in designing and constructing roads, bridges, drainages, residential and industrial buildings, warehouses, shoreline protection facilities, jetties and telecommunications masts. The company also provides professional services for the exploration and production sectors and oil and gas sectors. John Hold Plc is a subsidiary of John Hold & Company (Liverpool) Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. John Holt Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Essex County Council creates The Essex Lottery for local good causes

first_imgThe first charity to register is Support 4 Sight, which runs services for over 4,000 blind and partially sighted children and adults across Essex to help them be active and manage their daily needs.They are now one of over twenty local charities and community projects across Essex which have registered with The Essex Lottery ahead of its launch.Gary Hyams, Chief Executive, Support 4 Sight, said: “We were delighted to hear about the new Essex Lottery and to register as one of the good causes people can support when they buy their lottery tickets. We provide emotional support, equipment, training and regular social meet ups for people living with sight loss and their families and the additional funds we raise through the Essex Lottery will enable us to deliver more support.”GatherwellThe Essex Lottery is being run for Essex County Council by Gatherwell, a registered External Lottery Manager (ELM).Established in 2013, it runs lotteries for national charities including Age UK and Parkinson’s UK. In 2015, it became the UK’s first online local authority lottery provider, partnering with Aylesbury Vale District Council. It runs Your School Lottery.How to playThe £1 tickets for each weekly draw can be purchased online or by telephone. Players will also have the option of setting up a direct debit for regular participation.The weekly draw will take place every Saturday when a six-digit winning combination will be generated.The jackpot draw process is based upon the results of the Super66 game run by Lotterywest, which is part of the Government of Western Australia.WinnersDraw results will be published on the website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Winners will be notified via email or phone within two weeks of the lottery being drawn.PrizesThere is a jackpot prize of £25,000. To win that you will need to match all six numbers in the same order. This prize is guaranteed and is not dependent on how many tickets are sold.There is also a guaranteed prize raffle draw each week. Each ticket is unique and “has an equal chance of winning, irrespective of the game numbers chosen”. The winning ticket will be selected at random using the online resource random.org.“Raising money within the community, for the community”Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said that The Essex Lottery would “support community projects up and down the county, on the principle of raising money within the community for the community.“In a time of reduced funding and increased community need, we want to empower local charities and good causes to raise money in an easy and effective way while helping people to support the causes they care most about.” Tagged with: Community fundraising East Anglia lottery fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Essex County Council creates The Essex Lottery for local good causes Essex County Council has established a weekly lottery to help raise funds for community projects throughout the county. The Essex Lottery, expected to be “the largest County Council run lottery in the UK”, will launch in October.Tickets for the weekly lottery will cost £1. From each ticket sold, 60p will be donated to good causes – “more than double the National Lottery” according to the Council. Of this 50p goes straight to the player’s chosen charity (from those registered on The Essex Lottery website) and 10p will be donated to a central fund, which will be allocated to good causes as grants.Prizes will be made up from 20p per ticket, and the remaining 20p will fund the administration of the lottery and VAT.Which organisations can benefit from the Essex Lottery?To be eligible for funding from The Essex Lottery good causes need to be based in Essex and provide a service which directly benefits Essex residents.Registering an organisation on the site is free and straightforward, with no administration charge.Participating organisations will be featured on the lottery website, and receive personalised marketing materials, email and telephone support, all all free of charge.  About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 28 September 2017 | News  311 total views,  1 views today  312 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15last_img read more

Prison officials punish Bryant Arroyo for free speech

first_imgBryant Arroyo, an incarcerated worker at Pennsylvania SCI Frackville, was placed in isolated custody for several days — in other words, thrown in the hole, the “Restricted Housing Unit” — for suggesting on separate phone calls to this reporter, his daughter and another person that they keep recordings of their video conference calls with him. He then asked that what he says be shared through social media so the public can learn how bad the Department of Corrections treats incarcerated people.Bryant Arroyo on a Feb. 3 video call with Joe PietteNo one has actually yet shared such a video on social media. But Arroyo was punished just for raising the idea.The PA DOC has actually been encouraging incarcerated people to use video conferencing with their loved ones since the shutdown of in-person visiting rooms in March 2020, supposedly due to COVID.Guards and some prison officials say they would like to do away with prison visiting rooms for “cost savings” and “security.” In fact, video conferencing is another way for corporations to make a profit from mass incarceration. Many imprisoned workers are worried that virtual visits will permanently replace in-person visits with their families and friends, denying them the ability to hug and touch and see each other face to face.The DOC uses video technology in many other ways, such as conducting court procedures without the accused actually being in court and for virtual medical visits. The DOC has installed hundreds of surveillance cameras throughout state prisons.While it has taken to using video cameras in many daily operations, the DOC of course reacted to Arroyo’s proposal with alarm. While prison officials are fine with using video technology to enable repression, Arroyo’s proposal to share video visits on social media would shine a spotlight on deplorable prison conditions.There is actually nothing the prison hierarchy can do technologically to prevent the public from recording and sharing video conference visits with incarcerated people. So they went after Arroyo, though he didn’t violate any rules.In fact, the U.S. Constitution guarantees Arroyo’s right to free speech — and that of any incarcerated person.A hearing on whether Arroyo’s spoken words on phone calls somehow violated prison regulations took place April 5. Arroyo was made to wear a bright orange jumpsuit, with hands cuffed and chained behind his back, though he never left SCI Frackville. The hearing ironically took place on video through Skype, with hearing officers who were in SCI Mahanoy.Arroyo was found not guilty on 2 of 3 charges and returned to the general population. Arroyo wasn’t guilty of anything except exercising free speech.Officials punished him anyway, denying him access to video conference calls for 60 days. Friends and supporters of Arroyo have since been contacted by Frackville Superintendent Kathy Brittain and told their visits with him will be restricted indefinitely.He was returned to the RHU hole April 7 for “observation” for 15 days, because officials needed to conduct “further investigation.” Why was he required to be in solitary confinement for this investigation to happen? No one would give him a clear answer to that question.Arroyo is a well-known advocate for environmental justice who has been outspoken against abuse by the PA DOC, especially during the COVID crisis. Mumia Abu-Jamal recognized him as a “jailhouse environmentalist” in a 2013 Prison Radio column. (tinyurl.com/yh38gmnj)After many phone calls to SCI Frackville and PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel by friends, family and community activists, Arroyo was finally released from RHU April 15. He was then transferred to another prison 25 miles away, SCI Coal Township.Arroyo thanks everyone who made a call on his behalf. Supporters can write to him by way of the prison mail distribution company: Smart CommunicationsBryant Arroyo, CU1126SCI Coal TownshipP.O. Box 33028St. Petersburg, FL 33733 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

17 journalists to be tried in Istanbul for “complicity” in coup attempt

first_imgNews Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Turkey June 16, 2017 – Updated on June 23, 2017 17 journalists to be tried in Istanbul for “complicity” in coup attempt TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Update: On 23 June, at the end of the last day of the latest hearing, the court ordered that all the journalists, including Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak, should remain in detention. Journalists and representatives of human rights organizations, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), tried to attend the 23 June hearing but the courtroom was too small and they had to wait outside. The next hearing has been set for 19 September.The trial of 17 Turkish journalists accused of complicity in a coup attempt in July 2016 will open in Istanbul on 19 June. Six of them, including Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak, are currently detained. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for their immediate release because they are being held for criticizing the government. According to a 247-page indictment, the 17 reporters and columnists are each facing the possibility of three life sentences plus a 15-year jail term on a range of charges that include trying to “eliminate the government,” trying to “destroy constitutional order” and trying to “eliminate parliament”.They are also charged with membership of “the FETÖ organization,” the government’s name for the movement led by the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen that is alleged to have orchestrated the coup attempt. The prosecutor’s office claims that they had advanced warning of the coup and used “subliminal messages” to support it during a broadcast of “Özgür Düsünce” (Free Thought), a programme on the local TV channel Can Erzincan. “This trial marks a new level in the growing absurdity of the charges being brought against journalists,” RSF said. “We call for the acquittal of these 17 journalists and the immediate release of those being held, who have no place being in prison. It is high time that the Turkish authorities ended their systematic criminalization of critics.” The journalist going on trial on 19 June include such leading media names as Nazlı Ilıcak et Ahmet Altan, who is being prosecuted along with his brother, Mehmet Altan. The former editor of the newspaper Taraf, Ahmet Altan is accused inter alia of trying to “pave the way for the coup” by publishing two editorials headlined “Mutlak korku” (Absolute fear) and “Ezip geçmek” (Crush everything in your path) on 12 May 2016 and 27 June 2016 respectively. Together with the well-known Parisian street artist C215, RSF staged an operation in support of Turkey’s imprisoned journalist last month in which stencils were used to paint the faces of ten of the imprisoned journalists across the urban landscape in Paris and outside the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Ilıcak, the Altan brothers and around 20 other detained Turkish journalists have asked the Strasbourg court to rule on the legality of their detention, which has so far continued for an average of about ten months. At a hearing on 13 June, the court ruled that their cases were admissible and asked Turkey to submit its observations by 4 October. Ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Turkey is now the world’s biggest prison for professional journalists. The already worrying situation of its media has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media have been closed by decree and more than 100 journalists are currently detained. At least 775 press cards have also been rescinded and hundreds of journalists’ passports have cancelled without any form of judicial proceedings. Credit: C215 TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News to go furtherlast_img read more

Three Lebanese women journalists hounded on social media

first_imgNews Follow the news on Lebanon Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Women Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the harassment, defamation and threats to which three Lebanese women journalists were subjected on social media last week and calls on the authorities to provide them with protection. Receive email alerts “The attacks on Dima Sadek, Luna Safwan and Mahassen Moursel are disgraceful and must stop at once,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “These women have been subjected to an unjustified wave of hostility because they are independent and refuse to follow the editorial line of the media of the community to which they are supposed to belong. Being women is an additional difficulty that exposes them to all sorts of sexist insults of varying intensity. These threats must be taken seriously and everything must be done to protect the victims.” LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Women The three journalists, Dima Sadek, Luna Safwan and Mahassen Moursel, have themselves denounced the intense hate campaigns that targeted them in turn in the space of a few days. This is not the first time that Lebanese women journalists have been harassed online. Last August, MTV reporter Zena Basile posted a video showing how she had been aggressed and insulted while out reporting. Activists responded by sharing the video on social media to encourage others to step up the harassment and attacks against her and other MTV reporters. Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car On 3 October, a wave of social media hatred was unleashed against Moursel, an investigative reporter, after it was falsely reported on Twitter that she had been arrested for collaborating with Israel, which is still officially at war with Israel. She filed a complaint in Beirut on 5 October against the source of the fake news tweet. Sadek, who nowadays works for the independent news website Daraj, has been the target of intermittent threats ever since the start of a big wave of anti-government protests a year ago. She received another on 29 September and, as usual, posted a screenshot of it on Twitter. At the same time, she is the target of several libel suits, one of which was brought by Lebanon’s former foreign minister in February and another, in May by the governor of the Bank of Lebanon, whose name appeared in story she wrote about suspected corruption.center_img Help by sharing this information October 8, 2020 Three Lebanese women journalists hounded on social media February 4, 2021 Find out more News Safwan has been hounded online since 1 October after posting a tweet critical of Hezbollah, the Shia movement that is one of Lebanon’s most powerful political parties. Her tweet was retweeted by an Israeli TV channel, which led Hezbollah supporters to accuse her of “justifying the Israeli narrative” about the party. A member of Safwan’s family even disowned her publicly. Lebanon is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Sexist prejudice against women journalists compounds communal tension and hostilities in a country where, as a result of the media’s polarization, journalists are often accused of betrayal if their reporting is deemed unfavourable to the political party or religious community to which they are supposed to belong. The condemnation is often harsher if the journalists are women, while the presence of women in the media in general tends to annoy conservatives. RSF_en January 14, 2021 Find out more Organisation News November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Huntington Hospital Sees Rapid Increase in Number of COVID-19 Patient Admissions

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Parliament Passes Aircraft (Amendment) Bill To Raise Maximum Cap On Fines From 10L To 1Cr [Read Bill]

first_imgNews UpdatesParliament Passes Aircraft (Amendment) Bill To Raise Maximum Cap On Fines From 10L To 1Cr [Read Bill] Akshita Saxena15 Sep 2020 12:01 AMShare This – xThe Parliament on Tuesday passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to bring the Aircraft Act, 1934 in line with the internationally accepted standards, procedures and practices as laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on March 17, 2020 during this year’s budget session. As per the Statement of Objects and…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 Parliament on Tuesday passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to bring the Aircraft Act, 1934 in line with the internationally accepted standards, procedures and practices as laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on March 17, 2020 during this year’s budget session. As per the Statement of Objects and Reasons annexed to it, the 2012 and 2105 audits conducted by the ICAO indicated a need to amend the Aircraft Act: to give proper recognition to the regulators under the Act;to empower the departmental officers; andto enhance the maximum quantum of fines. It is in this backdrop, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said, that the amendments were being proposed. He further said that the Bill was necessitated keeping in view the rising number of air passengers and cargo traffic across airports. Parliamentary Debate During the discussion on the Bill, many members objected to direct Government interference in the functions of DGCA. They expressed concern over standard of aircrafts and flight safety in the backdrop of the recent air crash in Kerala’s Khozikode. To this end, they said that DGCA and other civil aviation bodies should be made autonomous and should be headed by technically qualified people such as former air force pilots, instead of bureaucrats. The members also widely opposed the privatization of Air India, responding to which Puri said that the company had been facing consistent losses and was under a debt of approximately Rs. 60,000 crore. Members also criticized rampant privatization of airports and accused the Government of invariably allotting tenders to the Adani Group. However, Puri assured that all the auctions conducted by them was done in a ‘transparent manner’. He also defended Government’s decision to privatize certain airports (especially the Delhi & Mumbai airports), as a means of income which helped in development of further airports. The Bill will now be presented before the President for his assent. Salient Features: Authorities To give effect to the first two recommendations made by the ICAO, the Bill converts the following three existing bodies under the Ministry of Civil Aviation into statutory bodies: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) Each of these bodies will be headed by a Director General, as appointed by the central government. Offences and Penalties Presently, the Act prescribes a penalty of imprisonment of up to two years or of fine up to Rs 10 lakh, or both, for offences such as: (i) carrying arms, explosives, or other dangerous goods aboard aircraft, (ii) contravening any rules notified under the Act, and (iii) constructing building or structures within the specified radius around an aerodrome reference point. In line with the third recommendation of the ICAO, the Bill proposes to raise the maximum limit on fines for all these offences from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 1 crore. Adjudicating officers The Bill provides for appointment of designated officers, not below the rank of Deputy Secretary to adjudicate penalties under the Bill. An appeal against the order of a designated officer may be made before an appellate officer, within 30 days. Exemption for Armed Forces The Bill exempts Aircraft belonging to the naval, military, or air forces of the Union from the provisions of the Act. However, aircrafts belonging to an armed force other than the naval, military, and air forces which are currently regulated under the Act will continue to do so until specified otherwise by the central government. Inter alia, the Bill also provides for control of the manufacture, possession, use, operation, sale, import and export of aircraft; and regulation of all areas of air navigation services. Click Here To Download BillSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Tipu Jayanti Tweets : Karnataka High Court Directs Magistrate To Decide Afresh Complaints Against Anant Kumar Hegde, CT Ravi

first_imgNews UpdatesTipu Jayanti Tweets : Karnataka High Court Directs Magistrate To Decide Afresh Complaints Against Anant Kumar Hegde, CT Ravi Mustafa Plumber24 Feb 2021 7:38 AMShare This – x The Karnataka High Court has directed a Magistrate to consider afresh the criminal complaints against Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and BJP MLA CT Ravi over the statements made by them in the context of Tipu Jayanti celebrations in 2017.A single bench of Justice John Michael Cunha set aside the order passed by an Additioanl Chief Metropolitan Magsitrate, Bengaluru, which had dismissed…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?Login The Karnataka High Court has directed a Magistrate to consider afresh the criminal complaints against Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and BJP MLA CT Ravi over the statements made by them in the context of Tipu Jayanti celebrations in 2017.A single bench of Justice John Michael Cunha set aside the order passed by an Additioanl Chief Metropolitan Magsitrate, Bengaluru, which had dismissed the complaints citing lack of sanction under Section 196 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.The High Court observed that sanction was not required while considering a petition under Section 156(3) of the CrPC seeking registration of FIR.Justice John Michael Cunha, while allowing the petition filed by one A Alam Pasha, said : “The purport of section 19(1) of Prevention of Corruption Act, cannot be imported into Chapter XII and Chapter XIV of Cr.P.C. while directing the investigation under section 156(3) Cr.P.C. There is a clear distinction between issuing a direction for investigation under section 156(3) Cr.P.C. in respect of the offences under Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a direction for investigation into the offences against a public servant under the provisions of the PC Act.” Case background: The petitioner challenged the order dated 04.11.2017, passed by the X Addl. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Bangalore, dismissing the complaint filed by the petitioner under section 2(d) read with section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. The complaint alleged that on October 22, 2017, “Sunday Times”, an English Newspaper, carried a news item on the 1st and 5th page, pertaining to the boycott of Tipu Jayanthi Celebrations, slated to be held on November 10, 2017 at Bangalore, by the State BJP leaders. The said news item contained details about Union Minister and Karwar MP Anant Kumar Hegde (accused No.1) writing to the Government Chief Secretary, asking him to drop his name from the official invitees to the function, saying he was boycotting it. It was reported as:”On Friday, Hegde had tweeted: Conveyed # Karnataka Govt. NOT to invite me to shameful event of glorifying a person known as brutal killer, wretched fanatic & mass rapist.'” On Page 5 of the newspaper, it was reported that: “Hegde said ‘If the Government prints my name on the invitation card, I will attend the function and raise slogans from the dais against Tipu. If Siddaramaiah has the guts, let him stop me.'” Further the same page of the newspaper contained a caption “Congress insulting Hindus by making Tipu Jayanthi: Ravi” The news item was to the following effect:- “BJP spokesperson and MLA C.T.Ravi tweeted: ‘Communal Congress led by arrogant @ Siddaramaiah is repeatedly insulting Hindus by celebrating Tyrant Tipu Jayanthi despite severe opposition …. and thrive on anti-Hindu appeasement policies.'” It was averred in the complaint that the above said publication was provocative, baseless, false and amounted to irresponsible imputations attracting the offences under sections 153-A, 153-B, 295-A and 505(2) of IPC, intended to promote enmity between two religions namely, Hindu and Muslim on the ground of religion and such acts being prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, the complainant sought to refer the said complaint for investigation by the jurisdictional police under section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. The Magistrate court rejected the complaint on the ground that, in view of the provisions under section 196(1) and (1-A) of Cr.P.C., there is a bar for taking cognizance of the offences punishable under sections 153-A, 295-A, 153-B and 505(2) of IPC without previous sanction from the Government. Submission of the petitioner: The bar under section 196(1) of Cr.P.C, would be applicable only at the stage of taking cognizance of the offences by the Court and not at the stage of reference under section 156(3) Cr.P.C. In the instant case trial Court has neither taken cognizance of the alleged offences nor did the complainant seek for cognizance of the alleged offences by the Magistrate. The complainant had prayed for reference of the complaint for investigation under section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. and therefore, the bar contained under section 196(1) of Cr.P.C. did not apply to the facts of the case. Further, it was contended that the trial Court has dismissed the complaint placing reliance on the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in ANIL KUMAR vs. M.K.AIYAPPA (2013) 10 SCC 705. The ratio of the said decision cannot be made applicable to the prosecution of the accused for the offences under sections 153-A, 153-B, 295-A and 505(2). Finally it was argued that “The impugned order was passed by learned Magistrate without even registering the complaint which disclosed a predetermined mind to dismiss the complaint without even going into the merits of the case.” Submission on behalf of Hegde: It was emphasized that the allegations made in the complaint prima facie did not disclose the ingredients of the offences under sections 153-A, 295-A, 153-B and 505(2) of IPC and under the said circumstances, the Trial Court was justified in dismissing the complaint as the complainant failed to make out a case for issuance of direction to the Investigating Agency to investigate into the alleged offences. Placing reliance on several judgment it was contended that an order directing investigation under 156(3) of the Code cannot be passed in the absence of a valid sanction and therefore, the impugned order does not suffer from any error or illegality warranting interference by this Court under section 482 Cr.P.C. Court findings: Firstly, the court said “Trial Judge without registering the case, heard learned counsel for complainant and pronounced the impugned order on 4.11.2017, dismissing the complaint, without even considering the merits of the case, which indicate that the impugned order is passed with a predisposition to dismiss the complaint, without proper regard to the merits of the case.” Secondly the court observed that “The sole ground on which the Trial Court has dismissed the complaint is that the previous sanction of the Central Government or State Government, as the case may be, is necessary to take cognizance of the offences under sections 153-A, 295-A, 153-B and 505(2) of IPC, in view of the mandate contained in section 196(1) and (1-A) of Cr.P.C. unmindful of the fact that Section 196(1) and (1-A) of Cr.P.C. bars the Court from taking cognizance of the offence and not from directing investigation under section 156(3) of Cr.P.C.” Further, the court said that “A reading of the impugned order clearly indicates that the learned Magistrate has not applied his mind to the facts and circumstances of the case and merely by referring to the provisions of law quoted in the complaint, has proceeded to hold that, in view of bar contained under section 196(1) and (1-A) of Cr.P.C, the previous sanction of the Government is necessary for referring the complaint for investigation.” Justice Cunha then opined that the trial court had misread the decisions in RAMDEV FOOD PRODUCTS PVT. LTD., vs. STATE OF GUJARAT, (2015) 6 SCC 439 and ANIL KUMAR vs. M.K.AIYAPPA, (2013) 10 SCC 705. It said “These decisions were rendered in the context of section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. No ratio is laid down in the said decisions to the effect that even at the stage of referring the complaint for investigation under section 156(3) of Cr.P.C.” It also went on to say that “A reading of the impugned order clearly indicates that the learned Magistrate has not applied his mind to the facts and circumstances of the case and merely by referring to the provisions of law quoted in the complaint, has proceeded to hold that, in view of bar contained under section 196(1) and (1-A) of Cr.P.C.,the previous sanction of the Government is necessary for referring the complaint for investigation.” Accordingly, the court expressed “In the instant case, there are no allegations attracting the offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Therefore, the question of obtaining the sanction at the stage of referring the complaint for investigation under section 156(3) of Cr.P.C, does not arise at all.” It added “There is a clear distinction between issuing a direction for investigation under section 156(3) Cr.P.C. in respect of the offences under IPC and a direction for investigation into the offences against a public servant under the provisions of the PC Act.” It concluded by saying “As the learned Magistrate has failed to apply his mind to the facts of the case and has passed the impugned order by misconstruing the scope of section 196(1) and (1-A) of the Code, the matter is remitted 19 to the jurisdictional Court to consider the complaint afresh in accordance with law.”  Case Title: A. ALAM PASHA And ANANT KUMAR HEGDE Case No: CRIMINAL PETITION NO.8733 OF 2017 Date of Order: 10TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 2021 Coram: Justice JOHN MICHAEL CUNHA Appearance: Advocate A.P. MOHANTHY for petitioner. 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High Court orders couple to repay Donegal woman with interest

first_img Previous articleMichael McCrudden to stay at InstituteNext articleCommunity and local health campaigners urged to support nurses strike News Highland Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook By News Highland – January 29, 2019 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications High Court orders couple to repay Donegal woman with interestcenter_img Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The High Court has ordered that a couple who received €280,000 from their friend, a Donegal woman and claimed the money was a gift, must repay the money immediately, with interest.Earlier this month the court ruled that the money given by 59-year- old Della Kerrigan to her friends John and Jacqueline Keenaghan in 2010 was a loan not a gift.The money was part of a sum of €750,000 given to Ms Kerrigan, from Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, as compensation for injuries she suffered in a road collision.The court heard the Keenaghans paid off their debts, financed their children’s education, retrained as counsellors and psychotherapists and opened a new business with the money.They claimed it was a gift given to them “out of the blue” when they were in financial difficulties.According to RTE News, Ms Kerrigan meanwhile, is now in very poor financial circumstances, dependent on payments from the Department of Social Protection.Today, Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy ruled the Keenaghans must pay interest on the money, at a rate of 8% set under legislation, beginning from 2014, when Ms Kerrigan originally asked Mrs Keenaghan to begin repaying the money.The judge awarded the costs of the eight day hearing against the Keenaghans despite a plea for “some little mercy” from their barrister Desmond Murphy, to award just six days’ costs.The judge refused to postpone making her final orders pending a possible appeal by the Keenaghans. WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitterlast_img read more