Express News Briefs - Feb 8

Published: 08th February 2016 05:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2016 05:07 AM   |  A+A-

Apex Court Talks Tough on Frivolous Litigation 

The Supreme Court has come down heavily on litigants who prolong cases by filing frivolous applications. A Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said, “The Indian judicial system is grossly afflicted with frivolous litigation. Ways and means need to be evolved to deter litigants from their compulsive obsession towards senseless and ill-considered claims. One needs to keep in mind that in the process of litigation, there is an innocent sufferer on the other side of every irresponsible and senseless claim.” The observation was made  in referrence to a financial fraud case filed by Delhi Police against VLS Finance Ltd in 2000. Trial in the case didn’t progress as police kept claiming that the transaction didn’t fall under the criminal offence. At the same time, the firm moved from one court to another, delaying the case. 

Nandita not Beti Bachao Ambassador, Says Govt         

The Women and Child Development Ministry on Sunday clarified that actress Nandita Das had not been made the ambassador of Centre’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme. The ministry stated that a short film featuring Nandita was produced by international NGO Girl Rising and that it only tweeted the message. The film triggered an outrage on Twitter on Saturday and people lashed out at Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, slamming her for “making Nandita one of the ambassadors of the Beti Padhao campaign”. The film also features actors Madhuri Dixit and Sushmita Sen. In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Nandita had campaigned openly against  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


10 Militants Killed in 2 Weeks by Security Men     

There has been no let-up in anti-militancy operations by police and Army in the intense cold weather conditions in the Valley, and at least 10 militants have been killed by security forces in Kashmir in the last two weeks. Police deserter-turned-Hizbul-militant Raqib Bashir was killed in an encounter with security forces in Gundpora village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday evening. On Thursday, three LeT militants were killed at Hajin in Bandipora district. Three more militants were killed in Kupwara on January 30. An Army official said intelligence-based operations over the past two weeks had resulted in the killing of 10 militants in different parts of the Valley.

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