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Besides the plea to initiate contempt of court action, the victims from Kerala’s most affected northern district of Kasargod have urged the court to direct the Chief Secretary to “disburse Rs. 5 lakh to the petitioners and to all other families of Endosulfan victims in the State of Kerala forthwith .” A list prepared by the State government of victims entitled to get Rs. 5 lakh compensation came to around 6,000 persons. But, they contend, that there are several or numerous more victims , who have not been included in this list and are unable to pay for medical care. In January 2017, the Kerala government said it had earmarked over Rs. 180 crore for payment of compensation to victims, some of whom were terminally ill.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS DECEMBER 2017 20 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] Will prayer reach God if you pray from illegal property’: HC “Will prayer reach God if you pray from an illegal property,” remarked the Delhi High Court, expressing displeasure at the illegally constructed Hanuman idol in Karol Bagh, New Delhi .
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CURRENT AFFAIRS DECEMBER 2017 21 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] The Bench made it clear that officials responsible for allowing the 108-foot idol to be erected in 2002 would be prosecuted. A committee appointed by the High Court had revealed large-scale enchoachment on public land, including the construction of the Hanuman idol, in the area. Special courts to try politicians, Centre informs SC The Centre informed the Supreme Court that it will set up at least 12 special courts to try exclusively criminal cases involving MPs and MLAs. The government, in an affidavit, said it had allotted Rs. 7.8 crore and framed a scheme to set up the special courts. The scheme had been given in-principle approval by the Finance Ministry on December 8. The court on November 1 directed the Centre to place before it details of 1,581 cases involving MPs and MLAs, as declared by the politicians at the time of filing their nominations during the 2014 general elections. The affidavit was in response to a Supreme Court direction in November 2017 to the government to frame a Central scheme for setting up special courts across the country exclusively to try criminal cases involving “political persons”. The court is hearing a PIL petition filed by Supreme Court advocate Ashwini Upadhyay who has sought a lifetime ban on all convicted politicians. In a determined effort to cleanse politics of criminality and corruption, the court said it took years, probably decades, to complete the trial against a politician. By this time, he or she would have served as a Minister or legislator several times over . Countering the Centre’s argument that setting up such courts would depend on the availability of funds with the States, the apex court said “the problem can be resolved by having a Central scheme for setting up of courts exclusively to deal with criminal cases involving political persons on the lines of the fast track courts...”.
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