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New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday,  asked all state governments to yield details of all the cases filed under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITP Act) and the Indian Penal Code(IPC) till September 30, 2015 to the central government.

“States shall give complete details with regard to the cases filed under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 and under sections 370 and 370A of Indian Penal Code during 2014 and till September 30, 2015,” said judges Anil R Dave, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.

While Section 370 of the IPC has provision for punishment for buying or disposing of any person as a slave provision for punishment for exploitation of trafficked persons is included under Section 370A.

The court assured that the details would be made available within a fortnight so that the union of India can collect the data and put it in a proper format for perusal of this court.

The court said the information would be submitted to the court before November 16. It directed the next hearing on the rescue and rehabilitation of the trafficked people to be held on November 19.

The court asked the Cabinet Secretary to take steps for setting up a committee comprising relevant ministries and departments, states and union territories to prepare a comprehensive legislation to tackle all aspects of trafficking.

The government told the court that there was an urgent need for setting up an Organised Crime Investigation Agency (OCIA) to deal with human trafficking.

Asking the home ministry to do the needful, the court wanted the know the scope and the feasibility of the proposed OCIA.

The court also asked the central government to provide details about the action taken to curb the trafficking and sexual exploitation against women and children.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Another Deadline Missed, No Draft Scheme on the Cauvery Dispute Till Now

On the expiry of the six-week deadline, the Centre sought extension of time till the completion of the electoral process in Karnata for submission of the Scheme.

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The court said that even if the Centre has not framed the scheme, Karnataka, under the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award, was obliged to make monthly releases to Tamil Nadu.
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The Centre yet again failed to submit a draft Scheme on the Cauvery river water dispute before the Supreme Court on the ground that the Prime Minister and other ministers were campaigning in Karnataka, which Tamil Nadu flayed as “brazen partisanship”.

Seeking 10 more days to finalize the scheme, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud: “A draft scheme has been placed before the Cabinet. Because of Karnataka elections, the Prime Minister and all other Ministers are in Karnataka. Before that the Prime Minister was abroad (in China).”

It also sought response from the Centre on the steps taken by it since the pronouncing of the judgement for putting in place a scheme for implementing its order on the sharing of Cauvery water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
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The Centre’s submission was countered strongly by senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, who said: “Sorry to say, the Central government is politicizing the issue. They are worried about their electoral fate in Karnataka. Election in Karnataka is on May 12 and somehow they don’t want to do it till then. We have enough of it. It is brazen partisanship of the Union of India. It is the end of co-operative federalism.”

The apex court in its February 16 judgement had directed the Centre to frame a Scheme within six months in accordance with the recommendation by the Cauvery River Water Tribunal for constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Regulatory Authority (CRA), which Karnataka opposes strongly.

On the expiry of the six-week deadline, the Centre sought extension of time till the completion of the electoral process in Karnata for submission of the Scheme. Tamil Nadu filed a contempt petition against the Centre for failure to act within the deadline.

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During Thursday’s hearing, the court directed the Karnataka government to respond on how much of the four TMC of water it can release by month end. It also sought response from the Centre on the steps taken by it since the pronouncing of the judgement for putting in place a scheme for implementing its order on the sharing of Cauvery water among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

In the course of the hearing, the court asked Karnataka to release 4 TMC of water by Monday.

The court said that even if the Centre has not framed the scheme, Karnataka, under the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal award, was obliged to make monthly releases to Tamil Nadu.

The court directed the next hearing of the matter on Tuesday. (IANS)

 

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