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BREAKING: Supreme Court Releases Perarivalan, A Rajiv Gandhi Case Convict

BREAKING: Supreme Court Releases Perarivalan, A Rajiv Gandhi Case Convict By Invoking Article 142

In rarest of the rare case, the Supreme Court of India, on Wednesday, released Perarivalan, a Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict. Invoking its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Indian Constitution, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao and B.R. Gavai ordered the release of A.G. Perarivalan, who is one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. In its judgement, the Top Court held  the Tamil Nadu State Cabinet’s advice to release Perarivalan was binding on the Governor and also took in consideration A.G. Perarivalan’s long incarceration for over 30 years. Using Article 142 of the Indian Constitution, the Top Court said that the delay shown by the Governor over the release of Perarivalan’s pardon plea under Article 161 warrants his release. In 2018, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet had recommended the release of all seven life convicts in the former PM Rajiv Gandhi assassination case under Article 161 of the Indian Constitution. All the seven convicts namely Nalini, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Sriharan alias Murugan (Nalini’s husband), A.G. Perarivalan alias Arivu, Robert Payas, S. Jayakumar alias Jayakumaran, and Ravichandran alias Ravi have been in jail for over 30 years. On May 21, 1991, the then Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a LTTE human bomb Dhanu at an election rally in Sriperumbudur near Chennai. In the explosion, fifteen other persons including nine policemen were killed and 43 people were injured. The SIT then chargesheeted 41 accused, out of which 26 were tried. One of the masterminds of Sivarasan and his accomplice Shuba committed suicide.

Supreme Court On Gyanvapi Mosque: Secure Shivling Claim Site; Allow Namaz

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked the Varanasi District Magistrate to secure the site where allegedly a shivling has been found during the videography survey done of the Gyanvapi Mosque area. However, it also directed the District Magistrate to allow Muslims to offer Namaz at the Mosque and not restrict the rights of Muslims to access the Gyanvapi Mosque. Yesterday, a Top Court bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and PS Narasimha heard an appeal filed by the committee of management of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid, Varanasi. The Top Court said that there is a lack of clarity on whether the Trial Court had directed only the protection of the shivling or also put restrictions on the rights of the Muslim community. The Supreme Court, in its order, said: “In order to obviate any dispute on the meaning and content of the order of the trial judge, the operation and ambit of the order dated May 16, 2022, shall stand restricted to the extent that the District Magistrate, Varanasi, shall ensure that the area where the Shivling is reported to have been found, as indicated in the order, shall be duly protected”“It shall not in any manner restrain or impede the access of Muslims to the mosque or the use of the mosque for the purpose of performing Namaz and religious observances,” clarified the Bench. The committee kept saying that the alleged shivling found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque complex is a part of a fountain and sought a stay on the proceedings before the Varanasi Court. However, the Supreme Court declined to do it and said: “We have to balance it out. We will say DM has to ensure the area is protected without affecting the right of Muslims to enter and worship.” At the Varanasi Court, five women had filed a plea seeking access to pray at the Shrinagar Gauri Temple, claimed to be situated inside the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque site. The Trial Court then appointed Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra to carry out a videography survey of the site and asked him to submit a report to the Court. The Mosque Committee approached the Allahabad High Court, which dismissed the plea and then approached the Supreme Court. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 1,829 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 1,829 new covid-19 cases in the latest 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 15,647. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases , with registering 2,549 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,25,87,259. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.42% and 0.57%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 84.49 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 191.65 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Indian Navy To Start Flight Trials of US F-18 Fighters For INS Vikrant Soon

The Indian Navy is going to begin the flight trials of Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet Carrier-based multi-role fighters at the Shore-Based Test Facility (SBTF) at the INS Hansa situated in Goa from the following week. The US craft is one of the contenders for 26 fighters onboard that will soon be commissioned INS Vikrant indigenous aircraft carrier. Two fighters of the US Navy would land in INS Hansa for take-offs from the 283-metre mock-up deck of India’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. Apart from the Super Hornet, the other contender fighter aircraft for INS Vikrant is the Rafale Maritime Strike Fighter. Both the Super Hornet and Rafale-M can be used in INS Vikrant and INS Vikramaditya, which uses the arrested recovery (STOBAR) technology for the launch and landing of the aircraft from an aircraft carrier. 

Russia-Ukraine War: Over 250 Ukrainian Soldiers Surrenders To Russian Forces In Mariupol

After weeks of desperate resistance, more than 250 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol. The surrender allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to claim a victory in his otherwise failing campaign in Ukraine. As per a Reuters witness, seven buses carrying Ukrainian fighters arrived at the newly reopened prison in Olenivka town, which is controlled by the Russian side. Moscow said that all the injured Ukrainian soldiers would be treated. Russian Defence Ministry showed fighters leaving the plant; some carried on stretchers. It is still unclear how many soldiers are still inside the Steelworks and if any form of prisoner swap has been agreed upon between Russia and Ukraine. 

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