Six Nations 2018 Round Four – Six things we learntIreland are possession mastersIreland had 60% of the possession against Scotland. This stat, in isolation, is not that rare. But when you consider that this is the fourth fixture in a row where they have kept the opposition below 38% possession, it creates a pattern.Ireland are often, and unfairly, labelled a ten-man team, but they aren’t, and certainly weren’t against Scotland. You just need to see the number of Scottish defenders beaten by the Irish back-line to realise that notion is false – 18 defenders beaten by the backs alone is not an indicator of ten-man rugby.What Ireland play, and play so perfectly, is possession rugby. Successions of neat short carries, where the ball is never further than three yards from at least two ruck-cleaners.Jump to it: Rob Kearney takes a high ball against Scotland (Getty Images)Ireland do kick the ball regularly, often ten to 15 times more than the opposition. But as against Scotland, the kicking from Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray is so accurate that their kicking game almost feels as secure as other teams’ passing games.Add in the incredible aerial performance of Rob Kearney and you have an attacking and defensive kicking system that delivers the ball like a vending machine.Ireland will get to hold the Six Nations trophy because they hold onto the ball better than anyone else. And unless England can get 50% possession, Ireland will get their hands on a well-deserved Grand Slam too.Scotland created, but didn’t finishScotland may have lost another game on the road. And their supporters may continue to wonder why their home-and-away performances are so schizophrenic. But their display against Ireland proves that Scotland are progressing at a substantial rate.Scotland could have scored three tries in Dublin. And these weren’t fantastical ‘What if?’ tries. What if we had our full-strength team playing? What if we had a different ref? What if the weather was better? These were: What if one, final, short pass had gone to hand?Break man: Huw Jones bursts through the Ireland defence (Getty Images)The truth is Scotland created three or four fantastic opportunities with very little possession. To create such clear-cut chance with less than 40% possession shows how creative and comfortable Scotland have become with ball in hand.Gregor Townsend has created a high-tempo, rapid offload game where all 15 players are comfortable handling at speed – until, on occasions, when it really matters.Seeing Huw Jones’s poor pass after his chip kick was like watching Da Vinci finessing the final brush stoke on Mona Lisa’s smile, only for him to slip off his stool and jab the brush through her face.Scotland will be disappointed, but not despondent.England are struggling to beat defendersEngland were handed their second defeat in a row, with one of the post-match explanations offered by Eddie Jones being that his team lacked power. It seems like an unusual weakness to pick on.England started with a pack weighing 939kg, which is very heavy for a modern Test pack. That’s reminiscent of the pack weights we saw from international sides between 2007 and 2011. Most Test forwards, collectively, now weigh well under 900kg because speed, particularly in the back row, has been deemed more important than mass.The English pack that faced France also featured what are essentially three second-rows, a No 8 and a blindside – a selection where power wouldn’t seem an issue.Stop sign: Elliot Daly can’t escape French tacklers (Getty Images)However, one aspect of the game where England did look underpowered was in their ability to beat defenders. As against Scotland, the running lines were predictable and lateral movement was non-existent.The linear nature of the carrying meant that England only beat eight defenders in 80 minutes. The English backs beat just four defenders and the team failed to make a single line break in the opening 40 minutes. Double act: Ireland half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton (Getty Images) This is purely observational and about as scientific as Donald Trump’s views on climate change, but the regularity with which Italy seem to be scoring in the final ten minutes is at least a sign that the squad is Test fit, if not always Test quality.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Irish got the win that ultimately won… France v England Talking Points from Paris If England are serious about winning the World Cup, their levels of creativity need powering up, or if they are to continue playing as they are then a faster openside must be selected so that they can retain the ball from these predicable running lines.Eddie Jones has work to do if he plans on beating Ireland in Twickenham. Expand Wales v Italy Talking Points from Cardiff From possession masters Ireland to the high quality of Hadleigh Parkes, Paul Williams analyses the latest round of Six Nations action Ireland v Scotland Talking Points from the Aviva Stadium France v England Talking Points from Paris Ireland v Scotland Talking Points from the Aviva Stadium Collapse Wales v Italy Talking Points from Cardiff Talking points from the 38-14 Wales win over… France v England Talking Points from Paris If… Expand France do it the hard wayFrance’s win over England was remarkable. And not merely because they managed to beat the pre-tournament favourites.France did this the hard way. Beating this current England team is a big task, regardless. Doing it with a scrum completion of 66% and a lineout completion of 54% is harder than a three-day old baguette.Winning just six lineouts from 11 makes Test rugby almost impossible. It nullifies the benefit of any penalty awarded in your own half and reduces the ability to make 50-metre gains from lineouts to almost zero.Problem area: France struggled at the lineout against England (Getty Images)However, whilst France struggled at the set-piece, defensively they were exceptional. They delivered a tackle completion of 95% – magnificent in a game where they had to make 168 tackles.The victory was made even more remarkable when you consider that Lionel Beauxis, a player selected solely for his kicking, missed touch in the final minutes.France have a much-needed win and Beauxis has a new anxiety dream.Hadleigh Parkes quietly doing the businessHadleigh Parkes delivered another Man of the Match performance for Wales. One try, another disallowed, seven defenders beaten and 11 tackles made – with just one missed.Those who have watched him play at the Scarlets won’t be surprised by how easily he has fitted into Test rugby. What is surprising is the seemingly lukewarm response that his performances – and indeed selection – have received in Wales.Star man: Hadleigh Parkes scores the opening try for Wales (Getty Images)It may be his residency qualification, his age or the fact he has been selected over Welsh favourites such as Jamie Roberts, but Parkes’s performances are worthy of more praise than seems to be forthcoming.If a fresh-faced 22-year-old centre, born in Wales, had performed as Parkes has, the Welsh nation would be raving about him. You can almost guarantee that there would be a three-minute TV feature on him as he walks his dog along a misty coastal path in South Wales.Let’s also remember that this is Wales we are talking about, a country where the overhyping of rugby players is a skill taught at birth (I’m Welsh, before the backlash begins).None of this seems to be bothering Parkes, of course. He carved his way through Italy and is destined to play in the World Cup in 2019.Fitness is a positive for ItalyIt can be difficult to find positives when writing about Italy in the Six Nations. Regular losing margins of between 20 and 25 points rarely contain many upsides. Once again, despite a two yellow-card advantage, and against a radically altered Welsh line-up, they were comprehensively beaten 38-14.Late show: Mattia Bellini scores Italy’s second try (Getty Images)But one positive in this game, as in the previous three in the year’s championship, has been their fitness. Italy no longer seem to fade away quite so rapidly in the final 20 minutes, as they have done in recent seasons. Mattia Bellini scored in the final five minutes against Wales and continued a trend where Italy are consistently scoring in the second half – a period in which they have historically fallen away.
Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 19.[Episcopal News Service] Nearly 50 years after Jonathan Daniels was killed by a special deputy from Lowndes County, Alabama, the pilgrims who came to Hayneville Aug. 15 to remember the seminarian’s martyrdom walked through the streets led by a county sheriff’s squad car.About 1,500 people marched through Hayneville, Alabama, during the Aug. 15 pilgrimage to commemorate Jonathan Daniels and the other martyrs of the civil rights movement in Alabama. Photo: Ben Thomas/School of Theology, University of the South via TwitterSome 1,500 people from across The Episcopal Church and elsewhere walked the path that Daniels, 26, Richard Morrisroe, also 26, Thelma Bailey, 19, and Ruby Sales, 16, took on Aug. 20, 1965, the day Daniels died stepping in front of a shotgun aimed at Sales. Morrisroe, who was a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest and was seriously wounded that day, returned to Hayneville for the day. The pilgrims ranged from babies in strollers to elderly in wheelchairs.The pilgrimage, which began at the Lowndes County Courthouse, formed an extended Liturgy of the Word that included stops at the jailhouse where Daniels and the others were held for six days, readings about Daniels’ life (including two from Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Charles Eagles and a letter Daniels wrote to his mother from jail), as well as prayers and the dedication of an Alabama Historical Marker at the site where Daniels was murdered.The pilgrims then returned to the courtroom where Daniels’ killer, special deputy Thomas Coleman, was found innocent of a manslaughter charge. Pilgrims packed the courtroom, filling the jury box and other seats, sitting on the floor and finding places to stand along the walls. Two large tents pitched on the courthouse lawn sheltered others who watched the Eucharist via large television screens.Some of the 28 Episcopal Church bishops who marched in the Aug. 15 pilgrimage to commemorate Jonathan Daniels and the other martyrs of the civil rights movement in Alabama pose in Hayneville, the site of the gathering. Photo: Ellen Hudson/Diocese of AlabamaThe judge’s bench in the courtroom served as the altar where Diocese of Alabama Bishop John McKee Sloan presided at the Eucharist. Many of the 28 Episcopal Church bishops who participated in the pilgrimage distributed communion inside the courtroom and outside on the courthouse lawn.“We are not here because we think good thoughts, or simply because we are nice people, although we are. We are here because we who have been baptized – we’re not simply baptized into church membership – we were consecrated to radical discipleship, into the Jesus Movement to change this world,” said Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry during his sermon. “The same movement that called Jonathan, and Mary, Queen Esther, Moses, Abraham and Sarah and Hagar, the same movement that moved the world into being.”Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry speaks during a breakfast for young participants in the Aug. 15 pilgrimage to commemorate Jonathan Daniels and the other martyrs of the civil rights movement in Alabama. Curry later said in his sermon that the gathering reminded him it was time to pass the torch to a new generation who will continue the struggle for equal rights. Photo: Ellen Hudson/Diocese of AlabamaCurry, who was a 12-year-old in Buffalo, New York, when Daniels was killed, met early that morning with many of the young people who later were part of the pilgrimage. During his sermon, Curry said he realized during the meeting that “our task now is to pass the torch to a new generation.”“They’ve here, they don’t have to be here, but they’re here,” he said of the young people.“The youthful energy that fueled the civil rights movement before and changed the face of this nation,” Curry said, now needs to be combined with “the wisdom of the elders.”“We must raise up a new generation and pass the torch to that generation so that the march will continue, so that the movement will go on, so that we will not stop, we will not cease, we will not desist until justice rolls down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.“That’s the movement we’re all a part of. It’s a movement that believes passionately that love can actually change the world.”“It can,” the congregation replied.Curry concluded by reminding the pilgrims that Jesuit philosopher and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin contended that the discovery of fire and humans’ capacity to harness that energy was the most important scientific discovery of all time because of the advances in civilization it enabled, up to and including the fuel combustion in rockets that launched satellites into the air, allowing the use smartphones. De Chardin then went on to say, Curry recalled, that if human beings ever discovered how to harness the power of love, it would be the second time in history that humanity had discovered fire.“We are here because Jonathan Daniels discovered fire,” Curry declared with a shout. “Martin Luther King discovered fire. So now we’re going to pass that torch to a new generation.”After Curry’s sermon a number of notable pilgrims were introduced, beginning with Lowndes County Judge Adrian Johnson, who currently presides in the courtroom used for Liturgy of the Table. Johnson, who said he has participated in the annual pilgrimage for the last four or five years, told the congregation that it was “a humbling experience” to hold court in a room that invokes “a list of injustices” committed in the name of the legal system.Johnson, who helped cook the young people breakfast that morning, said he told those participants that the fight for voting rights is not a fight lost in the dusts of history. “That struggle continues today. There are folks that want to erode the right to vote. There are folks who are trying to dismantle the Voting Rights Act,” he said. “We need to continue to be vigilante and guard against not only those who are trying to take that right, but, more importantly, apathy because apathy is perhaps more dangerous than those who would see to take the right away from us.”Col. James Inman, chief of staff at the Virginia Military Institute where Daniels was valedictorian for the Class of 1961, told fellow pilgrims that it was love that prompted Daniels to act as he did that day in 1965 when he pulled Ruby Sales out of the way of Coleman, catching instead the point-blank blast of Coleman’s gun in his chest. Inman called Daniels’ split-second decision “an act of love that is informed by all that preceded it.”When such an act saves the life of another, he said, “the act not only endures; it grows and expands in its influence over time.”Two friends of slain seminarian Jonathan Daniels hold a photo of him Aug. 15 near the just-dedicated Alabama Historical Marker erected where Varner’s Cash Store stood. Daniels was killed outside the building on Aug. 20, 1965. Photo: Ellen Hudson/Diocese of AlabamaDaniels’ life and all the lives of all the martyrs of Alabama, whom the pilgrimage also commemorated, were not lost in vain, Inman said. “Now more than ever, their examples should lead us to act to ensure the triumph of good over evil; to encourage civility, collaboration and love over violence, discord and hatred.”While Daniels was in Alabama in the summer of 1965, he lived with Alice and Lonzy West, an African-American family in Selma. Roderick West, one of their 11 children, told the pilgrims that Daniels was a stickler for education who also “was always talking about God.“I remember that morning when Jonathan left our apartment – he was coming to Lowndes County to help people register to vote – Jonathan actually came back three times and told me and my brothers and sisters that he loved us … he said ‘I want you all to make sure that you study hard. Let me know what you need, pens, books, whatever.’ … to me, he was just like a big brother.”Daniels, West said, was the reason he had just retired after spending 30 years as a schoolteacher.Video of Johnson, Inman, Daniels and others is here.The Eucharist included a roll call of the martyrs of Alabama.Ruby Sales, the then-17-year-old student whom Daniels saved, was not at the pilgrimage, but she spoke the next day at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., saying that her friendship with Daniels bridged the gap between his “white elite” world and her poor, black one.“He walked away from the king’s table,” she said. “He could have had any benefit he wanted, because he was young, white, brilliant and male.”On Aug. 14, Morris Dees Jr., co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told a gathering at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama, that “our government has to be neutral in matters of faith, but people of faith do not have to be neutral with matters of government, and we rely on people not to be.“Jonathan Daniels was not neutral when he spoke truth to power, when he sought the right to vote and when he saved the life of a dear person by putting his body in front,” he said.Saying only “true reconciliation” can only move the country away from the racial tension that plagues it, Dees said Daniels’ killer later raised two multiracial grandchildren. “Something changed,” Dees said of Coleman, adding that Coleman’s son, a retired Alabama state trooper “is probably one of the most liberal guys I know; he spoke at my mother’s funeral.”Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Brian Seage poses during the Aug. 15 pilgrimage with some youth group members from St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, New Hampshire. The parish sponsored Jonathan Daniels for ordination. Photo: Brian Seage via TwitterCommemorations of Daniels’ life and death continue. In Keene, a year’s worth of events has been organized by members of St. James Episcopal Church, along with others. On Aug. 22, a commemorative weekend will begin with panel discussions featuring people who knew Daniels followed by an evening screening at Keene’s Colonial Theater of the 1999 nearly hour-long documentary Here Am I, Send Me: The Story of Jonathan Daniels, by Keene State professors Lawrence Benaquist and William Sullivan.Sales, who operates the Atlanta, Georgia-based SpiritHouse Project to work for racial, economic and social justice, is scheduled to preach in Keene at St. James on Aug. 23. New Hampshire Bishop Rob Hirschfeld will preside. A two-mile “walk of remembrance” to the Daniels’ family gravesite will follow.Other coverage of the piligrimage is available from the Diocese of Alabama here.The Daniels documentary, narrated by actor Sam Waterston, is viewable below. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Comments are closed. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group – The Rev. 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MUH BlackRock Announces Special Distributions Related to the Reorganization of Five Municipal Closed-End Funds $0.0605000 Facebook BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund, Inc BAF Per-Share Distribution Twitter Fund BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund, Inc. Twitter BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Quality Trust $0.1121720 Facebook BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund II, Inc. Local NewsBusiness $0.1626810 MHD MUS BlackRock Municipal Bond Trust $0.1038750 BBK NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2021– BlackRock Advisors, LLC today announced the declaration of a special distribution for BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Quality Trust (NYSE: BAF), BlackRock Municipal Bond Trust (NYSE: BBK), BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund II, Inc. (NYSE: MUH), BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund, Inc. (NYSE: MUS), and BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund, Inc. 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While acknowledging the weather is “slowing up the distribution,” Biden said at the Pfizer plant in Michigan that he believes “we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year.” His speech melded a recitation of his administration’s accomplishments in its first month confronting the pandemic, a vigorous pitch for his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill and criticism of his predecessor. The disruptions caused by frigid temperatures, snow and ice have left the White House and states scrambling to make up lost ground as three days’ worth of vaccine shipments were temporarily delayed. Even the president’s trip to see Pfizer’s largest plant was pushed back a day due to a storm affecting the nation’s capital. Before the trip, White House coronavirus response adviser Andy Slavitt said the federal government, states and local vaccinators are going to have to redouble efforts to catch up after the interruptions. The setback comes just as the vaccination campaign seemed to be on the verge of hitting its stride. All the backlogged doses should be delivered in the next several days, Slavitt said, still confident that the pace of vaccinations will recover. Biden has set a goal of administering 100 million shots in his administration’s first 100 days, and he said Friday that’s still on track and it’s only a beginning. He went on to say that by the end of July his administration can deliver 600 million doses for Americans. Still, Biden cautioned that timetable could change, citing the current weather delays and concerns about new strains of the virus as well as the possibility that production rates could fluctuate. “I believe we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year,” he said. “God willing, this Christmas will be different than last, but I can’t make that commitment to you.” Taking a swipe at former President Donald Trump, whom he did not cite by name, Biden allowed that the previous administration shepherded the approval of two highly effective vaccines. But “it’s one thing to have a vaccine available, the problem was how to get to people’s arms.” The Pfizer plant Biden toured, near Kalamazoo, produces one of the two federally approved COVID-19 shots. Weather-related delays have affected distribution of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Introducing Biden before the speech, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla called his administration “a great ally” and cited a range of actions that have helped the company as it looked for ways to increase production. In a press release, the company said it has been shipping 5 million doses a week in the U.S. on average, and expects to more than double that by the end of March. Biden walked through an area of the plant called the “freezer farm,” which houses some 350 ultra-cold freezers, each capable of storing 360,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. Double-masked, the president stopped to talk with some of the workers. The scene was a sharp contrast to the vibe across much of the country, where progress was on hold. Bad weather forced many injection sites to temporarily close, from Texas to New England, and held up shipments of needed doses. In Memphis, a city where some of the doses were stranded, the storm stymied 77-year-old Bill Bayne in his pursuit of his second dose. He got his first shot Jan. 29 and was told he’d hear back about the second sometime this week. With local vaccination sites shut down, no notification came. Bayne said the eight inches of snow outside his home is the most he’s seen in 50 years of living there. “I want that shot bad enough,” Bayne said. “I would’ve gotten there some way.” White House adviser Slavitt said the 6 million doses delayed won’t spoil and the vaccine is “safe and sound” under refrigeration. But as shipments resume and scale up, vaccinators in communities across the country are going to have to work overtime to get shots into arms. “We as an entire nation will have to pull together to get back on track,” Slavitt told reporters at the White House coronavirus briefing. Slavitt said about 1.4 million doses were being shipped Friday as the work of clearing the backlog begins. A confluence of factors combined to throw off the vaccination effort. First, shippers like FedEx, UPS and pharmaceutical distributor McKesson all faced challenges with snowed-in workers. Then, said Slavitt, road closures in many states kept trucks from delivering their assigned doses of vaccine. And finally, more than 2,000 vaccination sites were in areas with power outages. Still, the government is going ahead with plans to open five new mass vaccination centers, one in Philadelphia, and four others in the Florida cities of Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville. The U.S. had administered an average of 1.7 million doses per day in the week that ended on Tuesday, evidence that the pace of the vaccination program was picking up. Now, the question is how long it will take to recover from the impact of the weather-related delays. The delays were so severe that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker suggested he would explore sending his state’s national guard to collect doses from icebound shipping hubs in Memphis, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky. The Virginia Department of Health reported that it was expecting delays on about 90% of its expected 120,000 doses this week and warned that delays could cascade into next week. In North Carolina, none of the more than 163,000 first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine scheduled to arrive this week have been delivered, the state health department said. Only a limited number of the nearly 127,000 expected Pfizer vaccines have been shipped. Oklahoma moved to reschedule vaccine clinics to this weekend, when it expects its 110,000 doses to be delivered, aiming to make up appointments from this week. ——— AP’s Suman Naishadham in Phoenix contributed to the report.
Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Facebook Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp News Twitter Garda numbers in Donegal have fallen by sixteen in the year up to the end of August.Currently the county has 457 garda officers.A large number of senior garda are expected to retire before February to avoid more sanctions on their pensions. And none of these officers will be replaced due to a moratorium on recruitment in the public service.But, Donegal North-East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says a fall in numbers, is no excuse to close rural garda stations….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/char1pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleRoad and pavement improvements begin at LurgybrackNext articleNumber of people rescued by the DMRT support calls for funding News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Decrease in garda officers no excuse to close rural stations – McConalogue WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – October 27, 2011
Top Stories[Breaking] Rajasthan Speaker Moves SC Against Rajasthan HC Order Directing Him To Maintain ‘Status Quo’ On Disqualification Of Sachin Pilot And 18 MLAs [Read Petition] Radhika Roy29 July 2020 9:04 AMShare This – xRajasthan Speaker Dr. CP Joshi has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the July 24 Order of the Rajasthan High Court, which admitted the writ petition filed by 19 rebel Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot, and directed the Speaker to maintain “status quo”, till the time the Court heard the petition next. The plea, filed by Advocate-on-Record Sunil Fernandes, states that the…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?LoginRajasthan Speaker Dr. CP Joshi has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the July 24 Order of the Rajasthan High Court, which admitted the writ petition filed by 19 rebel Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot, and directed the Speaker to maintain “status quo”, till the time the Court heard the petition next. The plea, filed by Advocate-on-Record Sunil Fernandes, states that the Rajasthan HC’s order, interdicting the Speaker from proceeding to even adjudicating the disqualification petitions pending before him under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India, “is a direct intrusion into the domain exclusively reserved for the Speaker under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution”. Further, the Order is “ex-facie unconstitutional and in the teeth of the law declared in “Kihoto Hollohan v. Zachillhu” as there exists a catena of decisions of the Supreme Court wherein constitutional validity of Para 2(1)(a) has been upheld. It is also a direct interference in the “proceedings of the House” under Para 6(2) of the Tenth Schedule, which is prohibited under Article 212 of the Constitution. The plea states that the main grounds for setting outside the impugned July 24 Order are as follows: 1. It is in the teeth of law laid down in Paras 110 and 111 the Kihoto Hollohan judgement. “It is respectfully submitted that the impugned order directing ‘status quo’ in relation to the proceedings before the Speaker under the Tenth Schedule is constitutionally impermissible and is directly in contravention of the settled legal position in relation to quia timet actions under the Tenth Schedule”. Therefore, as per Paras 110 and 111 of the 1992 Judgement, even against the final orders of the Speaker, there are only limited grounds which are available to the Court to interfere by way of judicial review. In wake of the passages, only the final decision of the Speaker is amenable, and the only exception lies if there is an interim order passed by the Speaker, disqualifying or suspending a member. In the instant case, the Speaker has only issued notice under Rule 7(4) of the Rajasthan Assembly Disqualification Rules, 1989. 2. Notice issued by the Speaker is a Proceeding in the House under Para 6(2) of the Tenth Schedule read with Article 212, and is therefore, immune from judicial interference. As the notice issued by the Speaker is merely a procedural step, and not a final determination or decision on disqualification, the Court is restrained from interfering in the same. “In view of the mandate of Para 6(2) of the Tenth Schedule read with Article 212, the notice dated 14.07.2020 calling for comments on the disqualification could not have been challenged at all till the final decision is reached by the Speakers. The proceedings before the Speaker till the final decision are in the nature of proceedings in the House and are not subject to judicial review anterior to decision itself. Article 212 clearly bars any such challenge.” 3. Mere challenge to Constitutional validity of Para 2(1)(A) on the anvil of Basic Structure Doctrine, cannot ipso facto result in Para 2(1)(A) being effaced from the Constitution. The plea submits that the impugned Order effectively effaces Para 2(1)(a) of the Tenth Schedule from the Statute book and the same is not permissible. “Para 2(1)(a) has been construed judicially in several decisions and it has been held that any conduct by which inference can be drawn that the person concerned has left the membership of the party would attract the disqualification of Para 2(1)(a). This has to be determined by the Speaker in the facts and circumstances of each case”. Therefore, the High Court has “acted in gross judicial indiscipline and judicial impropriety in seeking to reopen settled issues decided by a Constitution Bench of this Hon’ble Court in Kihoto”, by claiming that it violates the basic structure or freedom of speech and expression. 4. Measure of what conduct invites a disqualification under the Tenth Schedule is the Sole Domain of the Speaker and Jurisdiction cannot be Curtailed at the Notice Stage itself. The plea avers that the Speaker is yet to decide on the particular facts and circumstances of each Petitioner, on a case to case basis. Therefore, the impugned Order precludes the Speaker from deciding so and ordinarily, Court in judicial review, cannot entertain a challenge at the notice stage. “The person aggrieved has to face the inquiry or proceedings and it is only the final determination which is amendable to judicial review”. Accordingly, the Special Leave Petition, challenging the July 24 Order of the Rajasthan High Court has been filed before the Supreme Court. On July 14, Rajasthan Speaker Dr. CP Joshi had served notices as per the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly (Disqualification) Rules, 1989, on 19 dissident MLAs, including Pilot, amidst their rebellion against Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot. They were initially given time till 1 PM on July 17, to submit their replies. Meanwhile, the 19 MLAs approached the Rajasthan HC on July 16, challenging the Speaker’s action. A Rajasthan High Court Bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta, initiated the hearing for the matter, and “requested” the Speaker to defer the decision on the disqualification proceedings vide its Order dated July 21. Consequently, this Order was challenged by the Rajasthan Speaker before the Supreme Court, and on July 23, a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra heard the matter. While refusing the stay the proceedings in High Court, the Bench stated that the judgement that shall be passed by the HC will be subject to the orders of the SC. Justice Mishra further noted that “serious questions relating to democracy” were involved. On July 24, the Rajasthan HC passed its Order, holding the 19 rebel Congress MLA’s petition to be maintainable, and directed the Rajasthan Speaker to maintain status quo, till the time the Court heard the petition next. However, the Court did not grant any next date of hearing. In light of this Order, the Rajasthan Speaker withdrew its petition before the Supreme Court, with Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing on behalf of the Speaker, stating that they had to weigh their legal options on what could be done next. Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesFarmer’s Death During Tractor Rally : Delhi HC Directs UP Police To Give Post Mortem Video, Inquest Report & X-Ray To Delhi Police Shreya Agarwal4 March 2021 7:56 PMShare This – xHearing a petition filed by the grandfather of a 26-year old farmer, Navreet Singh, who died during the tractors rally on the Republic Day Tractor Parade in the capital, the Delhi High Court today directed the UP Police to handover crucial case material, including the original X-Ray, post-mortem video and inquest report to the family of the deceased, on a prayer made by them in this regard….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?LoginHearing a petition filed by the grandfather of a 26-year old farmer, Navreet Singh, who died during the tractors rally on the Republic Day Tractor Parade in the capital, the Delhi High Court today directed the UP Police to handover crucial case material, including the original X-Ray, post-mortem video and inquest report to the family of the deceased, on a prayer made by them in this regard. The family alleges in its petition, filed through Navreet’s grandfather Hardeep Singh, that Navreet’s tractor overturned only after he suffered an ante-mortem head injury due to a bullet shot on the head by the police. The petition had therefore sought a Court-monitored probe into the incident, seeking to “know the truth” about the incident. The matter was heard by Justice Yogesh Khanna. In a previous hearing, the court had issued notice on the matter and allowed the government of Delhi to file a detailed status report on the incident. The Standing Counsel Rahul Mehra today informed the court that the status report has been filed in the matter. Earlier, Mehra had also stated that they would have “no hesitation” in handing over the relevant, prayed for documents, including electronic evidence to the family of the deceased. Pursuant to the same, he today submitted that they had made several requests to the UP police in this regard following the previous court order, but they hadn’t been handed over relevant reports. He claimed to have faced non-cooperation in the process from a Superintendent of Police in the UP Police. Appearing for UP Police and the Chief Medical Officer, Standing Counsel Garima Prashad, however vehemently denied this claim, stating, “We are ready and willing anytime to provide and have provided the inquest report, and post mortem report already.” “The only things not provided are the X-Ray plate, that is not a report, it’s a plate, lying with the hospital; and the original recording of the post mortem. We are ready to provide the same anytime,” she said. Advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the petitioner grandfather, however, stated that she agreed with Mehra, and that they had indeed not been given due cooperation by the UP Police. She claimed that it was due to the non-cooperation of the police that a notice under Section 91, CrPC had to be issued by the Delhi Police. In response, Prashad interjected, “The Delhi Police sent the body to us and we conducted an emergency post mortem at 2 am. We have provided all possible assistance.” S.91 CrPC provides:91. Summons to produce document or other thing.(1) Whenever any Court or any officer in charge of a police station considers that the production of any document or other thing is necessary or desirable for the purposes of any investigation, inquiry, trial or other proceeding under this Code by or before such Court or officer, such Court may issue a summons, or such officer a written order, to the person in whose possession or power such document or thing is believed to be, requiring him to attend and produce it, or to produce it, at the time and place stated in the summons or order.(2) Any person required under this section merely to produce a document or other thing shall be deemed to have complied with the requisition if he causes such document or thing to be produced instead of attending personally to produce the same. After heated arguments between the standing counsel of UP Police on one hand, and the Petitioner’s counsel and the Delhi Standing Counsel on the other hand, Adv. Vrinda referred to a judgement and argued that the post mortem report and video constitute crucial evidence in the case and were required by the family to arrive at any conclusion. Relenting, Prashad said, “There was only a refusal so far as handing over is concerned. There was no refusal for production. If appropriate orders are passed, we have no objection to handing over.” Noting that the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and the SP had refused to provide the post mortem video without an order, and that the UP Police had stated that there was no X-Ray report available with them, the court directed the UP Police to hand over the original post mortem video, the inquest report and the X-Ray plate to the Investigating Officer of the case tomorrow. The matter is next posted for hearing on Mar 17. Next Story