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MCD teachers protest over non payment of due salaries

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New Delhi: Three months have passed since MCD teachers in Delhi received their salary. Both Delhi government and MCD claimed that they do not have the money to pay the salary and this situation might continue till the new budget is declared.

The salaries due for three months were not cleared. The patience of teachers finally gave in and they started holding peaceful protests from 24th December.

Teachers protested at the CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on 30th December. Then the protest moved to Jantar Mantar on 2nd and 3rd January where police used water cannons to disperse them.

Radhey Shyam Sharma, a teacher at Nangloi under the North MCD said that they do not have any issue with police or anyone. He said police is doing its job. All they want is their hard earned salary.

Most of the teachers are middle-class people who are working to feed their family and fulfill other basic needs like the school fee of children, bank loans.

It is a case of the political struggle. AAP is in the government in Delhi and BJP is in power in the MCD. With next MCD election to take place in 2017, both parties are playing the politics and teachers are the victim of it.

Radhey Shyam Sharma added that they just want their salary. He appealed that teachers should not be made the scapegoat of the tussle between the political parties. Because the job of teaching affects the future of the country. If teachers will keep protesting when will they teach?

The fiasco comes at a time when the Arvind Kejriwal’s government passed the bill to increase the salaries of Delhi MLAs and said that MPs salary should also be increased. The government needs to answer this that would they have been what they are today without their teachers?

The government needs to answer this that would they have been what they are today without their teachers?

Teachers are holding the protest peacefully, the worst thing is that there has been no assurance from the government or the MCD on clearing the dues. All the government officials are getting their salaries but when it comes to a teacher, the government has run out of funds. Teachers also showed disappointment at the media for ignoring the incident completely.

Radhey Shyam Sharma further added that there are no arrears or bonuses, no DAs given in last three years to the teachers.

What is this new culture in India that a common person has to go to Jantar Mantar and protest for the most basic things every time?

Teachers deserve the respect as they make the future leaders, doctors, engineers and all kinds of professionals a country need. Alexander the great once said “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”.

If the teachers are treated this way then it will discourage future students to take up teaching as a profession. A person needs financial support to live his life and a teacher is no different.

Today around 1000 teachers are protesting at Rohini and government needs to take some steps to resolve this issue and provide teacher salaries.

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CJI faces revolt from four senior most SC judges

The four judges -- Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar -- released a letter they wrote to Justice Misra a couple of months ago

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Supreme court went into a frenzy as four senior judges revolt against CJI. Wikimedia Common
Supreme court went into a frenzy as four senior judges revolt against CJI. Wikimedia Common
  • The sudden revolt against Chief Justice of India (CJI) by the four senior-most judges of Supreme Court has sent the whole judicial system into an uproar.
  • The four judges accused the CJI of corruption and breaches in a surprise Press Conference.
  • Judge Loya’s death’s controversy, supposedly, sparked this reaction out of the other judges.

Divisions in the Supreme Court burst out in the open on Friday when four senior-most judges took an unprecedented step of addressing the media to accuse Chief Justice Dipak Misra of breaching rules in assigning cases to appropriate benches, with one of them pointing to the plea regarding the mysterious death of Special CBI judge B. H. Loya.

The hurried press conference was called to reveal CJI's corruption. Pixabay
The hurried press conference was called to reveal CJI’s corruption. Pixabay

At a hurriedly called press conference at his residence, Justice J. Chelameswar and three other colleagues said the Supreme Court administration was “not in order” and their efforts to persuade Justice Misra even this morning “with a specific request” failed, forcing them to “communicate with the nation” directly.

The four judges — Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B. Lokur besides Justice Chelameswar — released a letter they wrote to Justice Misra a couple of months ago, conceding that he was the master of roster but that was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the Chief Justice over his colleagues”.

Asked specifically if they were upset over reference of the matter seeking a probe into the suspicious death of Judge Loya, Justice Gogoi said: “Yes.”

Judge Loya's death is said to have happened due to a conspiracy. Pixabay
Judge Loya’s death is said to have happened due to a conspiracy. Pixabay

Judge Loya, who was hearing a case relating to the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged fake shootout in which BJP chief Amit Shah was named an accused (later discharged), died of cardiac arrest in 2014. His family has raised doubts over the circumstances in which Judge Loya died and have sought an independent probe into it.

Plea’s seeking probe came up for a hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday when the top court expressed concerns over it and said it was a “serious issue”. It asked the Maharashtra government to produce all the documents related to the case before January 15.

In a seven-page letter, the four judges said they were not mentioning details of the cases only to avoid embarrassing the institution because “such departures have already damaged the images of this institution to some extent”.

The clash among the judges in the highest court also comes in the wake of a controversial order in November in which Justice Misra declared that the Chief Justice “is the master of the roster” having exclusive power to decide which case will go to which judge.

The CJI called himself 'master of roster' further enraging other judges. Pixabay
The CJI called himself ‘master of the roster’ further enraging other judges. Pixabay

The CJI had given the order a day after a two-judge bench headed by Justice Chelameswar had passed an order that a five-judge bench of senior most judges in the apex court should be set up to consider an independent probe into a corruption case in which bribes were allegedly taken in the name of settling cases pending before Supreme Court judges.

Holding that the Chief Justice was only the first among equals, the four judges contended that there were well-settled and time-honoured conventions guiding the Chief Justice in dealing with the strength of the bench required or the composition thereof.

“A necessary corollary to the above-mentioned principle is the members of any multi-numbered judicial body, including this court, would not arrogate to themselves the authority to deal with and pronounce upon matters which ought to be heard by appropriate benches, both composition-wise and strength-wise with due regard to the roster fixed,” they wrote in the letter.

They said any departure from the two rules would not only lead to “unpleasant and undesirable consequences of creating doubt in the body politic about the integrity of the institution” but would create “chaos”.

The four judges also touched upon another controversial issue, the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on the appointment of judges over which the Supreme Court had locked horns with the government.

The four judges also touched upon other problematic issues. deliason.files.wordpress.com
The four judges also touched upon other problematic issues. deliason.files.wordpress.com

The government, the letter said, had not responded to the communication and “in view of this silence it must be taken that the MoP has been accepted by the government on the basis of the order of this court”.

Justice Chelameswar told the media that they were “convinced that unless this institution is protected and maintains its requirements, democracy will not survive in the country or any country… The hallmark of a democracy is independent and impartial judges.

“Since all our efforts failed… Even this morning, on a particular issue, we went and met the Chief Justice with a specific request. Unfortunately, we could not convince him that we were right.”

Justice Gogoi said they were “discharging the debt to the nation that has got us here”.

The government appeared to distance itself from the controversy, saying the judges should sort the issue themselves.

Minister of State for Law P. Chaudhary said: “Our judiciary is one of the known, recognised judiciaries in the world. It is an independent judiciary. At this stage, I think no agency is required to intervene or interfere. The Chief Justice and other members should sit together and resolve. There is no question of panic.”

the matter should be resolved among the judges themselves, says P. Chaudhary.

The Supreme Court split had an immediate political fallout, with CPI leader D. Raja saying after meeting Justice Chelameswar that Parliament will have to devise methods to sort out problems like this in the top judiciary.

Two judges, Justice S. A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageshwar Rao, are understood to have called on Justice Chelameswar. IANS