Delhi Police Protest

It is rare for police to protest. On 5/11/2019 police gathered in front of Delhi Police Headquarters. Family members of police joined them. The protest lasted 11 hours. It ended after promise of review petition against Delhi High Court order on Tis Hazari incident, medical assistance to injured policemen and 25,000 rupees ex-gratia payment to injured policemen.
On Saturday, 2/11/2109 at Tis Hazari court a lawyer refused to follow the instruction of a policeman regarding parking of his vehicle. Soon there were clashes between lawyers and police. Many policemen were beaten up. Lawyers set fire to some vehicles. There was lathi charge. Some lawyers were injured.
On Sunday 3/11/2109, a holiday, Delhi High Court ordered suspension of two police officers and transfer of two police officers, a judicial inquiry and directed that no coercive action against lawyers. This angered police. Special Commissioner of Police Sanjay Singh and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Harinder Singh were transferred. Justice (retd) S. P. Garg was appointed to conduct judicial inquiry into Tis Hazari court incident.
On 4/11/2109 lawyers thrashed a policeman at Saket Court.
Bar Council of India condemned hooliganism by lawyers. However it does not want any trial of a lawyer in a criminal case. Lawyers who committed crimes like arson and thrashing police should be tried.
Delhi Police is under central government. It reports to Lieutenant Governor. Home Minister Amit Shah is said to be unhappy about the protest and how it was handled.
Protesting police persons remembered Kiran Bedi who had refused to succumb to pressure from lawyers and suspend police officers. When lawyers were out of control she had ordered lathi charge.
When lawyers go on strike cases in courts should proceed without them. If policemen are not safe they can not protect others. Lawyers are not above the law. Lawyers who commit crimes should face the consequences.

MH 2019

The results of Maharashtra and Haryana Legislative Assembly elections are out and new governments are to be formed in next few days.
In Maharashtra out of 288 seats BJP won 105, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44. BJP had hoped to cross 144. Last time BJP had won 122 seats. It was not in alliance with Shiv Sena. Devendra Fadnavis made virtue of necessity and talked of 70% strike rate.
Devendra Fadnavis, first BJP CM of Maharashtra, completed term as CM and set to be CM again. His predecessors from 1972 onwards had not completed term. Some became chief ministers twice or more times.
In Haryana out of 90 seats BJP won 40, Congress 31, JJP 10, HLP 1, INLD 1 and independents 7. BJP had hoped to cross 75. Last time BJP had won 47 seats. First BJP wanted to form government with independents and Gopal Kanda of Haryana Lokhit Party. Gopal Kanda was taken in plane to Delhi. He fancied himself as kingmaker. Soon there was criticism of BJP for taking help of Gopal Kanda who was accused of abetment of suicide of Geetika Sharma who was an air hostess in Murli Dhar Lakh Ram Airlines. BJP dumped Gopal Kanda and went for alliance with JJP. Dushyant Chautala will be Deputy CM.
Exit polls were mostly wrong. Their forecast was in Haryana BJP will get 52-80 seats and in Maharashtra BJP-Shiv Sena will get 204-243 seats. India Today – Axis My Poll forecast of 32-44 for BJP in Haryana and 166-194 for BJP-Shiv Sena in Maharashtra was close to the results.
There were some by elections in some states. Udayanraje Bhonsle had won Lok Sabha election from Satara as NCP candidate and had quit just after three and half months to join BJP on 14/9/2019. This time he contested as BJP candidate and lost. In Gujarat, Alpesh Thakor who had quit Congress to contest again as BJP candidate lost from Radhanpur.

Sourav Ganguly is BCCI President

BCCI is free from the rule of Committee of Administrators and now has an elected President and other officials after almost three years. Till some days back Sourav Ganguly was not a candidate for BCCI President. When election schedule was announced Brijesh Patel was reported to be the candidate. Overnight something changed and Sourav Ganguly emerged as the only candidate. Brijesh Patel is also a former Test player.
Supreme Court had appointed CoA in January 2017 to administer BCCI and see that it has a new Constitution as per Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha Panel recommendations and Constitutions of cricket associations affiliated to BCCI are in line with BCCI Constitution. It had Vinod Rai as chairman and Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye and Diana Eduljee as members.
There was resistance by many persons who did not like changes. They went to Supreme Court which modified some changes. Associations of Baroda, Saurashtra, Maharashtra and Vidarbha were allowed to continue as full members. However there was no escape from age limit of 70 years. CoA was to solve problems facing BCCI and act suitably. There were differences between members. Ramachandra Guha quit CoA as it did not stand firm against Virat Kohli’s demand to remove Anil Kumble as coach and CoA did not address several cases of conflict of interest. Vikram Limaye quit as he got a job. In 2019 differences between Vinod Rai and Diana Eduljee were public and Supreme Court appointed Ravi Thodge as CoA member to break the tie between the two.
As the term of CoA came to an end Supreme Court ordered payment of 40 lakh rupees to Ramachandra Guha, 50.5 lakh rupees to Vikram Limaye, 3.62 crore rupees each to Vinod Rai and Diana Eduljee and 60 lakh rupees to Ravi Thodge based on the monthly calculation of 10 lakh rupees for 2017, 11 lakh rupees for 2018 and 12 lakh rupees for 2019. As per reports Ramachandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye, who were part of the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) for limited periods, have declined to accept the payment.
As per BCCI’s Constitution, Sourav Ganguly has around 10 months as BCCI President. Those who could not get elected as officials of BCCI or state associations have got their proxies elected. They want to change BCCI’s Constitution. There is also issue of conflict of interest which prevents cricketers from holding more than one office. Sourav Ganguly will do what he has to do. He will talk to Virat Kohli as BCCI President talks to captain. Ravi Shastri has to be careful about what he says about Sourav Ganguly.