Breaking: Bombay High Court Quashes FIR Against Sunaina Holey, Court Says “Her Tweets Cannot Be Said To Have Created Hatred Between Communities “

Posted On May 26 2021 by

first_imgNews UpdatesBreaking: Bombay High Court Quashes FIR Against Sunaina Holey, Court Says “Her Tweets Cannot Be Said To Have Created Hatred Between Communities ” Sharmeen Hakim5 May 2021 1:33 AMShare This – xBombay High Court has quashed the FIR against Navi Mumbai resident Sunaina Holey, accused of promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion. Holey was booked after her tweet about the sea of migrant workers gathered outside Bandra Station, in Mumbai, at the peak of the nationwide lockdown on April 14, 2020. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik had reserved the petition for orders on January 7. “It is revealed from the contents of the complaint that no community or religion was named & if a test of a strong and prudent person is applied, the tweet cannot said to have created hatred and it is difficult to arrive at a conclusion that petitioner has mens rea.”We do appreciate efforts by the police of keeping vigil on social media platforms in such a situation, however, the action of registering this FIR does not constitute any offence and therefore this is a fit case to quash FIR.”The bench refused to stay the order on the State’s request.Holey was booked after her tweet about the sea of migrant workers gathered outside Bandra Station, in Mumbai, at the peak of the nationwide lockdown on April 14, 2020. An FIR on April 15, 2020, at the Azad Maidan Police Station was registered for the offence under section 153A. [Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony] of the IPC. Holey filed a criminal writ petition under Section 482 of CrPC, and claimed she merely tweeted a line from the video she posted. She alleged the FIR against her was politically motivated, especially since the tweet is critical of the State Government. Advocate Abhinav Chandrachud, representing Holey, cited the case of State of Haryana and others vs Bhajan Lal & Others to says that even if the allegations against her are taken in their entirety, a prima facie case was not made out. Taking the defence of genuine criticism, he argued that Holey did not post anything with the intent to cause disorder or incite people, which is a sine-qua-non for attracting the provision of section 153A.He cited the judgment of the Supreme Court in Manzar Sayeed Khan Vs State of Maharashtra & Anr. He submitted that the test laid down by the Supreme Court in Section 153A cases is that the intention to cause disorder must be made out by the words used by the accused and the circumstances in which the accused made the statements.Chandrachud also cited a judgment of the Bombay High Court in Joseph Bain D’Souza And Another vs State Of Maharashtra And Others, in which the court was considering fiery and incendiary editorials written in the “Saamna” newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Shiv Sena.”I ask the court to compare what the Saamna had written with what the petitioner had said. The petitioners’ words, by comparison, were innocuous,” he had argued.During one of the hearings, the court asked if there was a “chain reaction” to Holey’s tweets to which the State said Holey was a “professional tweeter” and “social media influencer” and was involved in “spreading misinformation” in “volatile situation.” Moreover, “She had tweeted something derogatory previously, and then the police had written to Twitter to take it down. So, it is not that the police are vindictive,” he said.Responding to the court’s inquiry on whether the circumstances aggravated because of Holey’s tweet, Mohite said the tweet was re-tweeted by her followers. Mohite, however, submitted that Holey’s tweet was not responsible for migrant workers gathering at Bandra last April.TTweets against ThackareysHoley has is booked under Sections 153A, 505(2) and 500 of IPC in three different FIRs relating to three tweets posted by her. She was arrested in August last year and then released on bail in the case registered against her by the police at Bandra Kurla Complex cyber crime department. Appearances Dr. Abhinav Chandrachud a/w advocates Chandansingh Shekhawat, Yashowardhan Deshmukh, Sailee Dhayalkar instructed by Farishta Menon for Holey Senior Advocate M.S. Mohite, along with advocate Vivek Babar and APP Jayesh Yagnik for the State.Click Hear To Download/Read OrderTagsSunaina Holey #Bombay High Court Justice SS Shinde Justice MS Karnik Next Storylast_img read more

Jets draft BYU QB Wilson, trade up to take USC G Vera-Tucker

Posted On May 8 2021 by

first_img Associated Press April 30, 2021 /Sports News – Local Jets draft BYU QB Wilson, trade up to take USC G Vera-Tucker FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets selected BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft.Wilson had been linked to the Jets for the last few months and New York made him the newest face of a frustrated franchise that has gone 10 seasons without making the playoffs and 52 without reaching the Super Bowl.The Jets also traded up from No. 23 and acquired the No. 14 pick from Minnesota to select USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker and give Wilson a protector up front on New York’s offensive line. Tags: BYU Cougars Football/New York Jets/NFL Draft/Zach WIlson Written bylast_img read more

Investors ‘too risk averse’ on challenging executive pay – report

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgCompanies’ and investors’ risk aversion is stymieing a reduction in executive pay to levels that could be more palatable to wider society, a report from the High Pay Centre and human resources professional body CIPD has suggested.The report, which focuses on the role of remuneration committees and how they should be reformed, was released to coincide with what has been dubbed “Fat Cat Friday” in the UK.According to the two organisations, the average FTSE 100 CEO, on an average pay packet of £3.9m (€4.3m), only needed to work until 1pm today to earn as much in 2019 as the average UK full-time worker, with a gross annual salary of £29,574, would in the entire year.In their report on remuneration committees, the organisations said risk aversion was “the key barrier to addressing problems with executive pay”. Interviews with “stakeholders in the pay-setting process” indicated that company representatives were wary of the impact of reducing executive pay to a level that might be deemed acceptable to wider society, the CIPD and High Pay Centre said. While it was understandable that companies – and investors – were wary of any upheaval resulting from the loss of key staff, there were also “strong grounds to think that they are being overly cautious”. There was a “myth of super talent” that continued to drive excessive pay, according to the CIPD and the High Pay Centre. The pressure to attract and retain supposed rare talent was much lower than often suggested.Andrew Ninian, director of stewardship and corporate governance at the Investment Association (IA), said there had been “continued shareholder discontent on executive pay” last year, with 63 companies appearing on the trade body’s public register of shareholder votes for pay-related issues in 2018.“This is a result of shareholders feeling they are not being listened to,” he said.The public register is a register of FTSE All Share companies where more than 20% of votes on any resolution at an AGM or other general meeting were against management.“Companies need to do more to respond to shareholder concerns and ensure pay rewards align with company performance and remain at levels that are justifiable to shareholders,” Ninian added. Royal Mail’s remuneration policy was rejected by 70% of shareholders last yearThe UK asset management trade body previously reported that there had been a sharp increase in shareholders “rebelling” over FTSE 100 pay last year, with shareholders expressing “significant dissent” over twice as many pay-related resolutions at company meetings as the year before.Housebuilder Persimmon and Royal Mail were some of the companies hit by such dissent – the latter’s remuneration report was rejected by 70% of recorded votes, and the former’s by just under 50%.  Simplify pay to cut ‘opportunity costs’The CIPD and High Pay Centre recommended that the existing remuneration committee model be reformed as the current approach meant “’opportunity costs’” were being incurred.Recommendations included that companies consider establishing a formal “people and culture” committee in place of their remuneration committee, and that companies formally assess their non-financial performance.Also, executive pay should be based on a less complex system of basic salary plus “much smaller” restricted share awards to replace the default model based on “complex, time-consuming” long-term incentive plans (LTIPs).  LTIPs are arrangements that award shares to top executives if specified performance criteria are met, and are a core component of executive pay. Restricted share plans are rare and are not based on set performance conditions. In turn for being guaranteed, share awards are generally lower and payouts delayed for longer than under LTIPs.According to the IA, a majority of its members were willing to consider restricted share plans, but their support was “clearly dependent on the strategic rationale for restricted shares at that company as well as other conditions being in place”.UK-listed engineering company Weir last year received the backing of more than 90% of shareholder votes to move from an LTIP to a new remuneration policy based on restricted share awards.The CIPD-High Pay Centre report can be found here.last_img read more

Syracuse overcomes 20-point deficit but still loses 71-69 to No. 22 WVU

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Published on December 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew After Amaya Finklea-Guity backed in her West Virginia defender and finished a left-handed layup in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s comeback was complete. The Mountaineers had led by as many as 20 points and threatened to pull away early, but the gradual trimming of that deficit had finally ended.After Kiara Lewis inbounded the pass and Teisha Hyman dished it into the paint for Finklea-Guity, the Orange had their first lead since 6-5 in the opening minutes.But when Lewis dribbled outside the paint with 15 seconds left and the Orange down two, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was called for a three-second violation. Then, an Emily Engstler 3-pointer bounced out at the buzzer. The stark contrast between the opening quarter and the next three gave the Orange enough time to cut the lead, but the massive comeback still ended in another ranked loss for the Orange as they closed out nonconference play. Four-for-27 shooting from behind the arc mitigated Kiara Lewis’ career-high 32 points, and the Orange (6-5) failed to capitalize on an opportunity to enter No. 6 Louisville coming off back-to-back Top 25 wins, losing 71-69 to the Mountaineers (9-1).“It’s about closing games out, it’s about finishing things off,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the game. “That’s the disappointing part.”Opposed to Friday’s win against No. 19 Michigan State, when the Orange jumped out to a 20-6 lead just seven minutes in, West Virginia was the team that started strong Sunday. The Mountaineers used a 14-0 run and capitalized off an almost-eight-minute field goal drought from the Orange to build a quick 17-7 lead. Ksyre Gondrezick and Madisen Smith combined for 3 3-pointers, and WVU forced Engstler into three personal fouls by the end of the first frame.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaleah Washington tried to end the scoring drought, shooting a 3-pointer with 2:24 left. Engstler grabbed the rebound off the missed shot, and launched up a 3 herself, but also missed. Errors on layups by Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and a travel by Engstler only compounded those outside misses. Two Syracuse field goals in the opening 10 minutes marked their lowest output in a frame this season.The second quarter picked up right where the first left off. West Virginia made two quick 3s and Syracuse’s shots continued to bounce off. The scoring run reached 20-0, until a Lewis pass to Djaldi-Tabdi ended with a made layup in the paint. From there, the Orange started to mount their comeback.With less than a minute in the half, the shot clock nearing zero and the ball still behind the 3-point line, Lewis had no choice but to launch a shot. Syracuse’s offense had stalled again. Digna Strautmane popped out, Gabrielle Cooper rotated into a pass, but that didn’t lead to anything.The buzzer sounded as Lewis’ shot soared through the air, bouncing harmlessly onto the ground without hitting any part of the backboard or rim. She subbed out with just nine seconds left after scoring 17 of Syracuse’s 25 points in the first half, but it was another turnover that extinguished the Orange’s chance to cut into West Virginia’s lead. The deficit was still 12, but SU had clawed back to as little as eight in the quarter’s latter half.When Engstler floated a shot off the backboard for Syracuse’s first points of the second half, the comeback continued. Lewis willed the Orange back into the game. Her driving layups and and-one free throws nearly closed SU’s deficit almost single handedly. In the final two minutes of the third quarter, Lewis drew two fouls — including one on an and-one to give her a new career-high. When Cooper put in a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound, the deficit became one.“(We) really came out in the second half and played with aggression,” Hillsman said.After the Orange took the lead on their first possession of the fourth quarter, a back-and-forth game ensued, continuing until Engstler’s final shot rang out. WVU grabbed the lead off a 3, but then Digna Strautmane responded with one of her own. Tynice Martin made a shot, but then Finklea-Guity followed with one too.The Orange went up one with 45 seconds left — after Lewis crossed over, spun and euro-stepped through the Mountaineer defense — but three foul shots returned the lead to WVU. And after Engstler’s shot tried to sneak through the right side of the backboard and rim, it was enough. Only Finklea-Guity’s 10 points complemented Lewis in double-digits, and the scoring balance that has defined early-season Syracuse wins was nowhere to be found in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic.“We’re not here without her,” Hillsman said about Lewis. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: SEC completes dominant decade with nine first-round picks

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgThe SEC completed a decade of draft dominance with nine first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday. That edged out the Big Ten and ACC, which had seven first-round picks each. The Pac-12 and Big 12 each had three first-round picks.The SEC dominated again. The conference finished with 95 first-round picks in the last 10 NFL drafts, dating back to 2010. That leads all Power 5 conferences in that decade-long stretch. There is a huge gap between the SEC and the rest of the Power 5 conferences. The ACC (51), Big Ten (45), Pac-12 (43) and Big 12 (37) finished in that order in the last 10 drafts. The SEC had the most first-round picks in every NFL Draft this decade except 2010 and 2015.MORE: 2019 NFL Draft: First-round analysisThat trend continued in 2019. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams (No. 3), LSU’s Devin White (No. 5) and Kentucky’s Josh Allen (No. 7) were top-10 picks.The Crimson Tide led all FBS schools with 28 first-round picks since 2010, a remarkable stretch under coach Nick Saban. Jonah Williams (No. 11) and Joshua Jacobs (No. 24) added to that total. Mississippi State also had three first-round selections in Jeffery Simmons (No. 19), Montez Sweat (No. 26) and Johnathan Abram (No. 27). Georgia’s Deandre Baker (No. 30) rounded out the first-round picks.The SEC also had the No. 1 pick in three drafts in the decade, including Auburn’s Cam Newton (2011), South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney (2014) and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (2017).Here’s a look at every first-round pick from the SEC since 2010:YearPickPlayerTeamSchool20105Eric BerryKansas CityTennessee20107Joe HadenClevelandFlorida20108Rolando McClainOaklandAlabama201018Maurkice PounceyPittsburghFlorida201020Kareem JacksonHoustonAlabama201025Tim TebowDenverFlorida201026Dan WilliamsArizonaTennessee20111Cam NewtonCarolinaAuburn20113Marcell DareusBuffaloAlabama20114A.J. GreenCincinnatiGeorgia20115Patrick PetersonArizonaLSU20116Julio JonesAtlantaAlabama201113Nick FairleyDetroitAuburn201115Mike PounceyMiamiFlorida201125James CarpenterSeattleAlabama201128Mark Ingram Jr.New OrleansAlabama201132Derrek SherrodGreen BayMississippi State20123Trent RichardsonClevelandAlabama20126Morris ClaiborneDallasLSU20127Mark BarronTampa BayAlabama201210Stephon GilmoreBuffaloSouth Carolina201212Fletcher CoxPhiladelphiaMississippi State201214Michael BrockersSt. LouisLSU201217Dre KirkpatrickCincinnatiAlabama201218Melvin IngramSan DiegoSouth Carolina201225Dont’a HightowerNew EnglandAlabama20132Luke JoeckelJacksonvilleTexas A&M20136Barkevious MingoClevelandLSU20139Dee MillinerN.Y. JetsAlabama201310Chance WarmackTennesseeAlabama201311D. J. FlukerSan DiegoAlabama201313Sheldon RichardsonN.Y. JetsMissouri201317Jarvis JonesPittsburghGeorgia201318Eric ReidSan FranciscoLSU201323Sharrif FloydMinnesotaFlorida201329Cordarrelle PattersonMinnesotaTennessee201330Alec OgletreeSt. LouisGeorgia201332Matt ElamBaltimoreFlorida20141Jadeveon ClowneyHoustonSouth Carolina20142Greg RobinsonSt. LouisAuburn20146Jake MatthewsAtlantaTexas A&M20147Mike EvansTampa BayTexas A&M201412Odell Beckham Jr.N.Y. GiantsLSU201417C.J. MosleyBaltimoreAlabama201419Ja’Wuan JamesMiamiTennessee201421Ha Ha Clinton-DixGreen BayAlabama201422Johnny ManzielClevelandTexas A&M201423Dee FordKansas CityAuburn201429Dominique EasleyNew EnglandFlorida20153Dante FowlerJacksonvilleFlorida20154Amari CooperOaklandAlabama201510Todd GurleySt. LouisGeorgia201521Cedric OgbuehiCincinnatiTexas A&M201522Bud DupreePittsburghKentucky201523Shane RayDenverMissouri201524D. J. HumphriesArizonaFlorida20169Leonard FloydChicagoGeorgia201611Vernon HargreavesTampa BayFlorida201613Laremy TunsilMiamiOle Miss201617Keanu NealAtlantaFlorida201618Ryan KellyIndianapolisAlabama201623Laquon TreadwellMinnesotaOle Miss201629Robert NkemdicheArizonaOle Miss201631Germann IfediSeattleTexas A&M20171Myles GarrettClevelandTexas A&M20174Leonard FournetteJacksonvilleLSU20176Jamal AdamsN.Y. JetsLSU201714Derek BarnettPhiladelphiaTennessee201716Marlon HumphreyBaltimoreAlabama201717Jonathan AllenWashingtonAlabama201719O. J. HowardTampa BayAlabama201721Jarrad DavisDetroitFlorida201722Charles HarrisMiamiMissouri201723Evan EngramN.Y. GiantsOle Miss201727Tre’Davious WhiteBuffaloLSU201731Reuben FosterSan FranciscoAlabama20188Roquan SmithChicagoGeorgia201811Minkah FitzpatrickMiamiAlabama201813Daron PayneWashingtonAlabama201820Frank RagnowDetroitArkansas201822Rashaan EvansTennesseeAlabama201823Isaiah WynnNew EnglandGeorgia201825Hayden HurstBaltimoreSouth Carolina201826Calvin RidleyAtlantaAlabama201829Taven BryanJacksonvilleFlorida201831Sony MichelNew EnglandGeorgia20193Quinnen WilliamsN.Y. JetsAlabama20195Devin WhiteTampa BayLSU20197Josh AllenJacksonvilleKentucky201911Jonah WilliamsCincinnatiAlabama201919Jeffery SimmonsTennesseeMississippi State201924Josh JacobsOaklandAlabama201926Montez SweatWashingtonMississippi State201927Jonathan AbramOaklandMississippi State201930Deandre BakerN.Y. GiantsGeorgialast_img read more