NEWS FROM SIKKIM: PD Dinakaran sworn in as new Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court – no consensus needed to now push new criminal legislation through ?!!
From Haal Khabar
By Pravin Rai
Gangtok Aug 9, 2010: Former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court PD Dinakaran today took oath as the Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court.
Sikkim Governor BP Singh administered him the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhawan here during the morning hour. Dinakaran has replace Barin Ghosh, who has been transferred as Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice.
Sticking to their previous boycott stand none of the members of Bar Association of Sikkim (BAS) were present during the ceremony. They have been protesting against Dinakaran’s transfer decision of the Supreme Court Collegium, which they said undermined Sikkim’s judiciary.
The BAS in its meeting had however resolved to find the middle path of protest by attending the court proceedings under Dinakaran, in consideration to the interests of the general people at large.
Dinakaran joined his office today itself.
After been sworn in, Dinakaran expressed happiness. He however declined to comment on the controversies making rounds. His response was rather diplomatic. “I have come here to serve the people of Sikkim”, he said.
Dinakaran was welcomed by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, his cabinet collegues, former Chief Minister and Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee’s chief Mr. Nar Bahadur Bhandari, High Court Judge and host of other dignitaries.
Courts of Sikkim to be treated at par with other courts: Lawyers’ body – in true Indian public interest ?!!
From Haal Khabar
Posted by B P Bajgain
Gangtok: April 10: As a defiant Karnataka Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran refused to heed the Supreme Court collegium’s advice to go on leave, the panel of judges is understood to have conveyed to the government that he should be shifted to the Sikkim High Court.
Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, who is facing an inquiry pending an impeachment motion in Parliament for corruption charges, to the Sikkim High Court as CJ has set off a virtual musical chair exchange in the higher judiciary.
The changes involving Chief Justices of four HCs at Karnataka, Sikkim, J&K and Uttarakhand were a result of Justice Dinakaran bluntly refusing to heed Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan’s advice to go on leave pending the inquiry. Immediately thereafter, the Collegium headed by the CJI decided to transfer him to the Sikkim HC.
With corruption charges being inquired into, Justice Dinakaran could not have been sent to a major high court and the Collegium zeroed in on the Sikkim HC, which has a total strength of three judges. In comparison, the sanctioned strength of the Karnataka HC is 50 judges. But, transferring Justice Dinakaran to Sikkim was not without some avoidable blushes.
For, Sikkim HC Chief Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia and J&K Chief Justice Barin Ghosh were to interchange their places. But, with the Justice Dinakaran factor coming into play, Justice Ghosh had to be re-routed to Uttarakhand HC as CJ.
The Sikkim HC bar association stated: “We condemn the Supreme Court’s decision. Sikkim has been undermined. We want good judges to come to the Sikkim HC. We don’t want tainted judges to do justice here.’’
Copies of the resolution have been sent to the president, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Moily and chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan, who heads the five-judge collegium.
The transfer of a judge under article 222 of the constitution “must be in public interest. Public interest requires that the Sikkim HC and other courts of Sikkim be treated at par with other courts of the country and the people be treated equally’’, a united lawyers’ body said.
Tendong Lho Rum Faat celebrated with fervor – for well-being and safety from all evil ?!!
From Himalayan Beacon / Sikkim Reporter
By Vishnu Neopaney
Mangan (N Sikkim) Aug 10, 2010: Lepcha community here celebrated Tendong-Lho-Rum-Faat 2010 with traditional fervor on Sunday, August 8. Lepchas worship Mount Tendong and Mount Kanchendzonga as their deities and savior every year and offer fruits and other crops to the deities praying for well-being and safety.
KT Gyaltsen, Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, while addressing a large gathering of Lepcha community said that to “preserve Sikkimese characteristic and unity in diversity, language, tradition, customs and practices, otherwise we’ll be left to oblivion very soon.
“Nature is god and thus follows the virtue, culture, customs and tradition of Lepcha community”, Mr. Gyaltsen said. He said that in the era of global technology and mass-communication, “we should come forward with all these facilities to develop our own entities with positive mindset to compete with outside world for development of our culture, tradition and customs along with literature”.
He urged young generation for more studies on Sikkimese society as a whole with diversification of various field as their subject. He appealed Sikkimese society for unification and preservation of cultural entities as “our own wealth”.
Dendup Lepcha, a renowned literary figure, who has authored first bi-lingual Lepcha-English Dictionary, was conferred G.B. Mainwaring Literary Award, 2010 by Mr. Gyaltsen. The award consists of swal, citation and Smirti Chinna. Also Namgyal Lepcha of Dzongu, a social worker, who has contributed a lot in development of Lepcha community was felicitated with citation and a Smirti Chinna.
Songmit Lepcha of Tumin Secondary school, who was the topper of Class X Board in Lepcha language was awarded late Lha Tshering Kunchudyangmoo Memorial award.
The Speaker also felicitated Tengay Lepcha, for his skill in weaving Lepcha hat ‘Sumuk Thayaktuk’.
The function was also addressed by R B Subba, Chairman of Tendong-Lho-Rum-Faat, president of organizing committee Sonam Gyasto Lepcha and Sikkim Lepcha Association president C T Lepcha.