Facebook Only Gives A Platform; Its Vice President Will Not Appear Before Delhi Assembly Panel: Salve Tells SC

first_imgTop StoriesFacebook Only Gives A Platform; Its Vice President Will Not Appear Before Delhi Assembly Panel: Salve Tells SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Oct 2020 5:33 AMShare This – xSenior Advocate Harish Salve asserted before the Supreme Court on Thursday that Ajit Mohan, Vice President of Facebook India, will not appear before the Committee of Peace and Harmony of the Delhi Legislative.The senior lawyer made the submission in the writ petition filed by the Facebook Vice-President challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly panel to appear before it in…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?LoginSenior Advocate Harish Salve asserted before the Supreme Court on Thursday that Ajit Mohan, Vice President of Facebook India, will not appear before the Committee of Peace and Harmony of the Delhi Legislative.The senior lawyer made the submission in the writ petition filed by the Facebook Vice-President challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly panel to appear before it in a fact-finding mission into the role of Facebook into Delhi riots.”Facebook only gives a platform. It does not write anything”, Salve submitted alluding to the allegations that hateful messages in Facebook incited communal violence.He added that the summons issued by the Assembly panel had a coercive tone and pointed out that the counter affidavit filed by it stated that Facebook had no right to silence.”They have set up an enquiry committee which wants to ask as ‘how dare you?’. I am not willing to appear before such a committee”, Salve said.Senior Advocate Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the head of the Committee, Raghav Chadha MLA, submitted that Ajit Mohan was summoned only in the capacity as a witness and not as an accused.No coercive action was ever intended against him, he added.”The scope of the panel is recommendatory to make positive recommendations for the peace and harmony of NCT of Delhi in future”, he said.Singhvi also said that Facebook had appeared before a Parliamentary Committee but was refusing to appear before the Delhi Assembly.At this juncture, Justice S K Kaul, the presiding judge of the bench, remarked that it depends on the nature of summons. Last time, the judge had remarked that the summons was not conveying the impression that no coercive action would follow if the Facebook VP failed to appear.  “From what had transpired last time, I thought you would advise your client to issue a better notice”, Justice S K Kaul told Dr Singhvi.Singhvi replied that the affidavit made it clear that the VP was being summoned as a witness in a fact-finding mission.Solicitor General of India, Mr. Tushar Mehta, submitted that the stand of the Union of India was that Delhi assembly lacked the jurisdiction to embark upon such a fact-finding mission as “law and order” and “police” in the NCT of Delhi were within the exclusive domain of the Central Government.After these exchanges, the bench said that the matter deserved to be heard at length. Justice Kaul said that constitutional issues relating to the jurisdiction and powers of the Delhi Government vis-a-vis the Union Government may also arise in the matter.The bench directed the respondents to submit their affidavits by October 31. Rejoinders, if any, have to be filed within two weeks therefrom. The bench said that it will start hearing the matters from December 2.The top court clarified that the interim arrangement as envisaged on September 23(that the meetings in furtherance of the summons will remain deferred) will continue until further orders.On September 23, the bench had recorded the submission of Senior Advocate Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of the Assembly panel that the further proceedings on the summons will be deferred during the pendency of the case in the top court.On that date, Senior Advocate Haris Salve, appearing for the FB Vice President, had questioned the jurisdiction of the assembly panel to ask a private citizen to appear before it.To coerce a private citizen to appear before the assembly panel with a threat of penalty is a violation of fundamental rights, Salve had submitted.He had further argued that the Committee lacked the legislative power to make such an enquiry. In this regard, he referred to Article 239AA(3)(a) of the Constitution and said that police and law & order are outside the domain of Delhi assembly. Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Facebook, had submitted that legislature cannot act like a court of justice. The panel is already predetermined that Facebook colluded in Delhi riots. They have no authority of law to process an enquiry of this nature, he said.Singhvi, appearing for the Chairman of the Panel, had submitted that Mohan was called as a witness and no coercive action was intended. He added that Facebook is not regarded as an accused. There are reports of Facebook being misused to incite communal violence and the panel did not allege any direct complicity by Facebook. The panel wants to discuss ways to fix the problem, he added.Singhvi also maintained that the assembly has the power to undertake the enquiry. The power is not relatable to the entries of ‘police’ or ‘law and order’. There are five or six other legislative entries which empower the Assembly, he said.The assembly panel on peace and harmony is looking into complaints on the “role or complicity of Facebook officials in the Delhi riots” that took place in February 2020. Mohan was issued two summonses on August 31, 2020 and the second, on September 18, 2020.Next Storylast_img read more

Busy day on tap in the Big 5

first_imgThe Eureka Loggers will try to widen the gap at the top of the Big 5 today, while the Arcata Tigers will do their best to keep pace.The two frontrunners in league play will both be in action, with the Loggers hosting Del Norte in a doubleheader and Arcata playing two against McKinleyville.After four games, Eureka (13-1 overall) has yet to lose in the Big 5, currently holding a one-game lead over Arcata, which is off to a 3-1 start.The Tigers have a young team but are quickly developing a …last_img read more

Critical response: What Sharks look to do to bounce back in Game 3 vs. Blues

first_imgSAN JOSE — If their recent history counts for anything, the Sharks will know how to bounce back from a loss in the playoffs.But if what the St. Louis Blues have done to opponents this postseason is any indication, that won’t be easy.After a discouraging loss in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final to the Blues that for the moment took away home ice advantage in the series, the Sharks on Tuesday felt they could get back on track with some adjustments — physically and mentally — for Game 3 on …last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: AB de Villiers uncertain for high-profile clash against India

first_imgSouth Africa skipper AB de Villiers, who is nursing a hamstring injury, will undergo a fitness test ahead of the team’s penultimate ICC Champions Trophy group clash against India The Oval on Sunday.The 33-year-old sustained the injury during his South Africa’s 19-run defeat against Pakistan at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday.He was seen clutching his hamstring while fielding in the second innings of the match and subsequently had to walk off to get some treatment. However, he was back on the field, marshalling his resources, soon enough.Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed De Villiers would have to undergo a fitness test on Saturday to determine his availability for the India clash.De Villiers has had a horrid time with the bat, making 4 (vs Sri Lanka) and and bagging the first golden duck of his career (vs Pakistan).In case De Villiers is ruled out of the match, Faf du Plessis will in all likelihood take over the reins. Farhaan Behardien could be called in to the XI to replace De Villiers.Group B which has defending champions India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is still wide open and any of the two teams could make it to the last-four.India and South Africa were hot favourites to go through from the group but Pakistan’s upset win over the Proteas and Sri Lanka’s stunning run chase against India has opened up different possibilities.The India-South Africa game is a must-win for both teams. The winner goes through to the semi-finals and the loser goes back home. The winner of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka game on Monday will also make it to the semis.advertisementWith all the four teams of Group B tied on two points each, Sunday’s encounter between India and South Africa is effectively a quarter-final, with the winner of the match making it to the semi-finals while the loser will be heading home.last_img read more

Dhinakaran pays tributes to late CM Jayalalithaa

first_imgChennai, Dec 5 (PTI) Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran today paid tributes to the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on her first death anniversary. Flanked by his supporters, including disqualifed party MLAs like P Palaniappan, he took out a procession on a four-wheeler from arterial Anna Salai to Jayalalithaas mausoleum in Marina Beach. A sizeable number of supporters also walked along side him, even as he stood atop the vehicle that sported a photograph of Jayalalithaa which was decorated with flowers. On culmination of the procession, Dhinakaran paid floral tributes at the late Chief Ministers burial site and placed a wreath, with his supporters beside him. He stood there with folded hands for a couple of minutes, even as his supporters jostled for space as many of them tried to come near him. Dhinakaran is contesting the December 21 bypoll to Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar), which fell vacant following the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. Though the former MP had contested the April 12 bypoll to the same constituency as then AIADMK (Amma) candidate, backed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, he later fell out of favour with the latter. A section of the Tamil Nadu cabinet led by Palaniswami revolted against Dhinakaran, then deputy general secretary of the party, in July and sidelined him. Further, in August this year, then factions led by Palaniswami and his now deputy O Panneerselvam merged. The camp was also awarded the AIADMKs Two Leaves symbol by the Election Commission recently, a development seen as a big jolt to the Dhinakaran-V K Sasikala camp. Dhinakaran has since filed nomination as an independent for the bypoll, for which candidates of ruling AIADMK, DMK, BJP and actor Vishal Krishnan have filed their nominations. PTI SA APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

25 days agoEx-Arsenal chief Jonker explains ‘fat’ jibe for Donyell Malen

first_imgEx-Arsenal chief Jonker explains ‘fat’ jibe for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTelstar coach Andries Jonker has spoken of PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen’s problems at Arsenal.Malen has it out at Jonker after being branded “fat” by the former Gunners academy chief.But Jonker told FOX Sport: “We found that he had to have a training delay for two months. He wasn’t fit enough, that’s what it was all about.”In my eyes he’s a great example for all those talents who think: what should I do now? At Arsenal he has been in a situation where it seemed to be over. He converted that attitude himself because he knew; this is not it and I have to change things.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Coach Cal Releases Ridiculous Video Asking Fans To Vote For His Former Players In The NBA All-Star Game

first_imgJohn Calipari asks fans to vote for former Kentucky players in the NBA All-Star game.coach calipari nba videoKentucky head coach John Calipari does a great job of keeping tabs on his former players – and making sure that Wildcats fans continue to support them throughout their careers. Friday, he released an interesting video that UK supporters should enjoy.In the below clip, Calipari urges Kentucky fans to vote for the school’s former stars – including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall – for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. He name-drops pretty much every player who ever came through the system.Coach Cal also uses some props – including a fake unibrow – to make his point. Enjoy:last_img read more

Mohawks oppose radioactive shipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsThree Mohawk communities are banding together stop the transportation of steam generators containing radioactive material through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system.The band councils of Akwesasne, Kahnawake and Tyendinaga released a joint statement Wednesday pledging to fight the shipment, which was authorized by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Friday.“We wish to make it clear that we are absolutely, 100 per cent against this plan,” said Tyendinaga Chief Don Maracle. “We have an obligation to protect Mother Earth and her inhabitants.”The commission has given a one year license to energy firm Bruce Power to ship 16 decommissioned steam generators to Sweden for recycling.The generators would travel from Lake Huron, down the St. Clair River through to Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and then on through the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean before arriving in Sweden.The welded-shut generators, weighing about 100 tons, contain some radioactive waste, including plutonium 239.Bruce Power contends that the radioactive material is not dangerous. The company says a person standing a meter away from a generator for an hour would face exposure equal to that contained in one X-ray.The shipment, planned for sometime in the 2011 shipping season, has triggered strong opposition from cities and communities along the route.A coalition of 73 cities from Thunder Bay to Rimousky, Que., have also stated their opposition to the plan.There is also concern across the border. U.S. Republican Rep. Candice Miller has called on the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to review the shipping plans.The Anishinabek Nation, representing 39 First Nations communities in Ontario, has also said it opposes the plan.Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell said no First Nations were consulted about the shipment despite the route will take it through the territorial waters of the Mohawks.“It is disturbing that the CNSC has placed the interest of Bruce Power before the concerns shared by our Mohawk brothers and sisters,” said Mitchell, in the statement.“The St. Lawrence River provides drinking water to some 40 million people…If there is an accident, there is no place for us to go. This is our home. We cannot and will not tolerate the passage of nuclear waste through our territory,” said Kahnawake Grand Chief Michael Ahrihron Delisle, Jr.last_img read more