New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has directed Delhi Police to pursue criminal cases filed in connection with a snooping case on then Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, while maintaining that accessing call data records (CDRs) of legislators would amount to breach of privilege only if it hindered their parliamentary functions. The Committee of Privileges chaired by Harivansh, also the deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, found no evidence in the matter of unauthorised access of CDRs of mobile phones of Arun Jaitley to suggest that the motive of the accused persons in the case was to get information about his Parliamentary functions or to create any impediments in this regard. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Therefore, the Committee reiterates its opinion given in the Sixty-first report to the effect that in the given facts and circumstances of the case, there was no breach of privilege of either Arun Jaitley, the then Leader of Opposition or of the House in that matter,” the Committee said in its report. A notice of breach of privilege was given on February 27, 2013, by some members of the Rajya Sabha on the alleged monitoring and surveillance of mobile phones of Arun Jaitley by Delhi Police personnel and some other individuals. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed In action taken in the case, the Delhi Police had filed charge sheet in the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House here under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It was later revealed in the probe that the main accused in the case was in touch with family members and businessmen belonging to big corporate entities. No link could, however, be found with any politician in the high profile snooping case. “The Committee, however, directs the Delhi Police through the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to pursue the criminal cases filed in the matter with all sincerity so that the guilty persons could be punished and inform its outcome of the judicial proceedings,” the House panel report said in its sixty-sixth report.
It is particularly concerned that such militarization constitutes a barrier to the resettlement of internally displaced women, durable solutions for their housing, and their ability regain their livelihoods.The Committee also notes that a Cabinet Sub-Committee was appointed in 2016 to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. However, it notes that the Committee appointed by the Minister of Justice in 2009 to consider and propose reforms to Muslim Personal law and the Quazi courts has not issued any recommendations.The Committee reiterates its previous concerns and, given that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act imposes exclusive and compulsory jurisdiction over Muslim marriages, the Committee expresses its particular concern that it does not specify a minimum age of marriage and girls under 12 years of age are permitted to marry; restricts the legal and judicial officer positions of Quazis, Board of Quazi members, Marriage Registrars and adjudicators to male Muslims only; and that the law on statutory rape is not applicable to girls under 16 years of age who are legally married under Muslim law, who engage in sexual intercourse with their husband while not legally separated. (Colombo Gazette)Full report: The UN Committee has also called on Sri Lanka to expedite the review and amendment of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act, to incorporate better safeguards for the independence and effectiveness of the judiciary and witness protection programmes, in line with international standards. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has called on Sri Lanka to ensure international participation in the accountability mechanisms as a necessary guarantee for the independence and impartiality of the process.In a report on Sri Lanka issued today, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has also called on Sri Lanka to ensure international judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers participate in the accountability mechanisms in line with Human Rights Council resolution 30/1. It also is concerned about the ongoing militarization of large areas of private land in the conflict-affected areas of the country, the usurpation of civilian administration responsibilities by the military, and the resulting large scale displacements of women and men in the State party, where 32 camps for internally displaced persons continue to exist.