Kalam frisking at US airport blunder: Mathai

Kalam was frisked by the US airport security personnel in September last year,following which India had lodged a protest.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 6, 2012 12:01 am

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai on Thursday said that the frisking of former President A P J Abdul Kalam at New York’s JFK Airport was a “serious blunder”,and added that Delhi would not accept any violation of rules that permit exception for certain dignitaries of the country.

“With respect to the particular incident of a former President,it was a serious blunder on the part of the TSA official. They admitted it was a mistake and they were willing to send an official to apologise. He is a gracious person,” said Mathai at an interactive session at the Jagriti Yatra 2011.

Kalam was frisked by the US airport security personnel in September last year,following which India had lodged a protest. The US had regretted the incident.

PIL: Debar those accused in criminal cases from elections

Express News Service

New Delhi,January 5

THE Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices

to the Centre and the Election Commission on a PIL seeking to debar persons charged with serious criminal offences from contesting elections.

At present,only those who are convicted of an offence can be debarred.

A Bench headed by Justice R M Lodha issued notice to the government and the Commission asking them to file their response within eight weeks.

The court passed the order on a PIL filed by a group of NGOs urging the court to frame guidelines for debarring even those candidates who have been charged for a criminal offence.

“Lay down appropriate guidelines/framework to ensure that those charged with serious criminal offences are unable to enter the political arena by contesting elections and lay down a time frame of six months during which trial of such persons are concluded in a time-bound manner,” advocate K K Mohan,appearing for the petitioner,submitted.

SC advises caution on detention

Preventive detention under laws like the National Security Act without justifiable reasons impinges upon a person’s constitutional right of personal liberty,the Supreme Court has held.

“Personal liberty of an individual is the most precious and prized right guaranteed under the Constitution. The State has been granted the power to curb such rights under criminal laws as also under the laws of preventive detention,therefore due caution as well as a proper appreciation of the facts are required,” the apex court said.

A three-judge bench of Justices Altamas Kabir,S S Nijjar and J Chelameshwar passed the ruling while quashing the detention under NSA of Yumman Somendro,an alleged member of Manipur’s banned organisation,Kanglei Yaol Kanna Lup.

Somendro was put under preventive detention by an order on January 31,2011 following the murder of N Kunjabihari Singh,then Chairman of the Board of Secondary Education,Manipur,in his office room on January 11,2011.

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