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More than 2,000 criminal cases against MPs, MLAs decided in 2023: SC told

More than 2,000 criminal cases against MPs, MLAs decided in 2023: SC told Special courts for trial of criminal cases related to Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly decided more than 2,000 cases in 2023, the Supreme Court has been informed. In an affidavit filed by senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who has been appointed amicus curiae in a PIL seeking expeditious disposal of criminal cases against MPs/MLAs, said that more directions are needed for speedy adjudication of pending trials and their investigation under strict monitoring by the respective high courts, as there are around 501 candidates with criminal cases who are contesting the Lok Sabha elections in the first two phases. Referring to a report of NGO 'Association of Democratic Reforms for the Lok Sabha elections 2024 Phase I and Phase II,' Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, said that out of 2,810 candidates (Phase I - 1618 candidates and Phase II - 1192 candidates), 501 (18 per cent) candidates have criminal cases against them, out of which, 327 (12 per cent) are serious criminal cases (punishable with imprisonment of 5 years and more). ''The same was the position in 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which out of 7928 candidates, 1500 candidates (19%) had criminal cases, out of which 1070 candidates (13%) were serious criminal cases. However, out of 514 elected members of 17th Lok Sabha (2019-2024), 225 members (44%) had criminal cases against them. ''Thus, the candidates with criminal cases have won more seats than candidates without criminal cases. In this context, it is necessary that this court may pass further orders for expeditious disposal of pending trials and investigation under strict monitoring by the respective high courts,'' the affidavit said. Hansaria, who is assisting the court in the PIL filed by Ashwini Upadhyay for speedy disposal of cases against the lawmakers, said, ''It may be noted that in view of the direction issued by this court in the present proceedings, the steps taken by the respective high courts, and expeditious hearing by the special court MP/MLA, more than 2000 cases have been decided in the year 2023. However, a large number of cases are pending, and many of them are for a long period.'' He gave a tabular chart based on the information received from different high courts, under which as on January 1, 2023 there were 4,697 criminal cases against the lawmakers and 2,018 cases were decided last year. The affidavit said 1,746 fresh criminal cases were filed in 2023 against the MPs/MLAs and therefore total of 4,474 cases remain pending as on January 1, 2024. The maximum, 766 cases out of 1,300, as on January 1, 2023 were adjudicated by the special courts in Uttar Pradesh. Delhi, which had 105 cases at the start of last year, disposed of 103 cases by December 31, 2023. Some of the big states, like Maharashtra, decided 232 cases out of 476 cases against MPs/MLAs as on January 1, 2023, West Bengal 13 out of 26, Gujarat 30 out of 48, Karnataka 150 out of 226, Kerala 132 out of 370, and Bihar decided 171 cases out of 525 cases. Hansaria said though a number of cases are decided, a large number of cases are still pending trial for a long period. ''It is thus necessary that the High Court may call for a report from the presiding officers of the Special Court MP/MLA of all those cases which are pending for 3 or more years with reason for long pendency along with a copy of the order sheet of last one year. ''It may be clarified that only a copy of the order sheet is to be sent and not the entire case file so that the trial is not affected. The High Court may thereafter, pass appropriate orders on micro examination of each case with a positive direction that a trial may be completed within one year,'' he said. He sought direction from the apex court for creating a model website on the pattern of National Judicial Data Grid for uploading of real time information on the progress of the trial of cases against lawmakers. ''For this purpose, this court may constitute a committee under the chairmanship of a sitting Judge of this court. The committee may comprise of Chief Justice/ Judges of some of the high courts, a member of e-Committee, a nominee National Informatics Centre (NIC) and such other persons as this court may think appropriate,'' the affidavit said. On micro monitoring of cases pending for more than three years, Hansaria said that the high courts (Allahabad, Delhi, Punjab & Haryana, Telangana and Tripura) have monitored the progress of the trial of the cases by passing effective detailed orders, while other high courts have only sought information of the pending cases. ''This court may consider passing appropriate directions so that the high courts in the Suo Motu writ petitions registered in terms of the judgment and order dated November 9, 2023 to closely monitor the progress and pass suitable directions wherever necessary,'' the affidavit said. On November 9 last year, in a significant verdict aimed at fast-tracking trials in more than 5,000 criminal cases against lawmakers, the top court had directed high courts to set up a special bench to monitor cases for their speedy disposal. It had also asked special courts not to adjourn proceedings in such matters except ''for rare and compelling reasons.'' Issuing a slew of directions to high courts, district judges, and special courts designated to hear matters related to lawmakers, the top court had directed that criminal cases against members of Parliament, legislative assemblies and legislative councils be given priority.

devdiscourse 22 Apr 2024 9:05 am

Eight slum kids excel in UP Board exams

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:49 am

BJPs campaign to induct key voters into its fold

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:40 am

Prayagraj principal gets Vivekananda excellence award

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:39 am

Man kills bro for taking bike without permission

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:35 am

Mercury continues to soar, no respite likely from heat this week in Uttar Pradesh: IMD

Mercury levels soar in UP, Lucknow hits 40.6C. Prayagraj records 43.2C. High temperatures across various cities. Gusty winds and warm nights. Thundershowers possible in West UP, Uttarakhand due to western disturbance.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 2:02 pm

Patanjali Yogpeeth to Pay Service Tax for Yoga Camps, Supreme Court Upholds CESTAT Decision

New Delhi: Yoga guru Swami Ramdev has faced another setback from the Supreme Court as his yoga camps are now subjected to service tax. The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Abhay M Oak and Justice Ujjwal Bhuiyan has upheld the decision of the Service Tax Appellate Tribunal in this matter. According to the tribunal's decision, 'Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust', the organization organizing yoga camps of Swami Ramdev, will now have to pay service tax for both residential and non-residential yoga camps. Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust charges an entry fee for Swami Ramdev's yoga camps. The bench of Justice Oak and Justice Bhuiyan stated in their decision, 'The Service Tax Appellate Tribunal has made the correct decision. After charging the entry fee, yoga provided at the camps constitutes a service. We see no reason to interfere with the Tribunal's order. Therefore, Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust's appeal is dismissed.' Additionally, the court declined to interfere with the order dated October 5, 2023, of the Allahabad bench of the Customs, Excise, and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT). CESTAT had acknowledged that Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust charges fees from participants for the yoga camps. Therefore, the trust's yoga camps fall under the purview of service tax. The tribunal stated that the trust provides yoga training in various residential and non-residential camps and collects money from participants in the form of donations, which essentially function as entry fees for the provided services. The Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Meerut Range, had demanded that Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust pay approximately Rs 4.5 crore, including penalty and interest, for camps organized between October 2006 and March 2011. The trust argued that it provides services for the treatment of diseases, which should not be taxable under the 'Health and Fitness Services' category. However, the tribunal stated that the trust's claim of providing treatment for specific diseases lacked positive evidence. CESTAT stated, 'In these camps, yoga and meditation are taught to the entire group, not to any individual. No prescriptions are written to diagnose or treat any specific disease/complaint of an individual. The Trust collects the camp entry fee as a donation and issues entry tickets of different price ranges, providing different privileges depending on the value of the ticket. Yoga camps organized by Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, which charge fees, fall under the category of health and fitness services and are liable to service tax.' Fatal Collision Claims Nine Lives in Rajasthan's Jhalawar District TISS Suspends PhD Student for Alleged Anti-National Activities Congress to Announce Candidates for Haryana Lok Sabha Elections; Deepender Hooda Likely from Rohtak

News Track 21 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

Prices of rose and marigold surge amid wedding, poll season

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:47 am

Sitapur girl, boy from same school top UP Board exams

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:42 am

About 180 prisoners in UP jails pass Class 10, 12 board exam

180 prisoners across UP, incl. Ghaziabad, Agra, Lucknow, passed Class 10 & 12 exams with pass rates of 89.55% and 82.60% respectively. Specific success details include Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Hardoi inmates. Exam appearance specifics in official release.

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 6:06 pm

Allahabad High Court says accused cannot apply under Section 88 CrPC after rejection of anticipatory bail plea

The Allahabad High Court while rejecting an application observed that if the accused has been summoned for a non-bailable offence and his anticipatory bail application has been rejected by the High Court, he cannot apply flor utilization of Section 88 CrPC. A Single Bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Singh passed this order while hearing an []

indialegallive 20 Apr 2024 5:28 pm

Allahabad High Court refuses to quash FIR lodged against man accused of making derogatory marks about Lord Shiva on social media

The Allahabad High Court refused to grant relief to Owais Khan, accused of making derogatory remarks about Lord Shiva on social media. A Single Bench of Justice Prashant Kumar passed this order while hearing an application under section 482 filed by Owais Khan. In this matter an FIR was lodged on 04.06.2022 under Sections 153-A, []

indialegallive 20 Apr 2024 1:07 pm

Man held for kiling toddler in Handia

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:56 am

NCRs 2-day sports, cultural meet begins

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 4:51 am

Deliberate Acts to Offend: Allahabad HC Refuses To Quash Case Against Muslim Man For Insulting Shivalinga

A bench of Justice Prashant Kumar said, Such actions cannot be excused as mere expressions of opinion, but must be recognised for what they are: deliberate acts of religious vilificationas a deliberate attempt to insult and hurt the sentiments of a particular community.

News18 19 Apr 2024 7:23 pm

'Arbitrary And Casual Exercise of Power': Allahabad HC Awards Rs 25,000 Compensation to Man for Illegal Detention on SDM's Orders

The division bench of Justices Siddharth and Surendra Singh passed the order in a writ petition moved by one Ramesh Chand Gupta (Chandu) who had been illegally detained in 2022 following orders from an SDM in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh

News18 19 Apr 2024 4:56 pm

Deliberate act of religious vilification: Allahabad HC denies relief to Owais Khan for offensive remarks on Lord Shiva

The court pronounced that the accused's derogatory comments on Lord Shiva exposed his malicious intent.

OpIndia 19 Apr 2024 4:11 pm

Allahabad High Court says litigants, government officials mostly responsible for delay in adjudication of cases

The Allahabad High Court has observed that while the judicial system was often blamed for delays in the adjudication of cases, most of the time, the delay was caused by the litigants and state officials. The single-judge Bench of Justice JJ Munir made the observations recently while hearing a petition challenging the approval of a []

indialegallive 19 Apr 2024 3:13 pm

Allahabad High Court quashes 11-year-old criminal proceedings against Senior Mobile Lab Officer of Hindustan Petroleum

The Allahabad High Court has quashed the 11-year-old criminal proceedings against a Senior Mobile Lab Officer of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited. A Single Bench of Justice Prashant Kumar passed this order while hearing an application under section 482 filed by Vivek D Wakechaure. The application under Section 482 Cr.P.C has been filed for quashing of []

indialegallive 19 Apr 2024 2:46 pm

Green goes baraat, cycling to brides home

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 5:07 am

House, water, sewer taxes now payable from home

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:38 am

Yamuna ropeway to be ready before Maha Kumbh

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:34 am

Cong forms election coordination & ops committee in dist

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:28 am

Volunteers take up green voting to increase voter turnout

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 4:19 am

Allahabad High Court directs regional passport officer to decide singer Sapna Chowdharys passport renewal plea within 1 month

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has directed the Regional Passport Officer to decide the application moved by Singer Sapna Choudhary for renewal/re-issue of her passport and pass an order within 1 month. A Single Bench of Justice Shamim Ahmed passed this order while hearing an application under section 482 filed by Ms []

indialegallive 18 Apr 2024 7:47 pm

Allahabad High Court Grants Bail to Man Accused of Abusing Lord Ram on Facebook Messenger

The court observed that Ovaisi had no prior criminal record apart from the present case and the maximum punishment for the offences attributed to him was three years

News18 18 Apr 2024 5:16 pm

Allahabad High Court denies bail to man accused of appearing in competitive examination in place of someone else

The Allahabad High Court has dismissed the bail application of Jitendra Jurail alias Sandeep, who had appeared in a competitive examination in place of someone else. A Single Bench of Justice Sameer Jain passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc Bail Application filed by Jitendra Jurail Alias Sandeep. The application has been filed seeking []

indialegallive 18 Apr 2024 1:56 pm

HC: Contractual worker has no right to the post

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:59 am

City temples throb with fervour on Ram Navami

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:55 am

Baby girl found dead in Handia, probe on

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:41 am

Prayagraj girl notches 18th rank in UPSC

The Times of India 18 Apr 2024 4:33 am

Allahabad High Court summons senior judicial officer for discriminating against Muslim lawyers

The Allahabad High Court has summoned a senior judicial officer for allegedly discriminating against Muslim lawyers on the basis of religion. The order was passed by the single-judge Bench ofJustice Shamim Ahmed last month against Additional District & Sessions Judge (Special Judge NIA/ATS, Lucknow) Vivekanand Sharan Tripathi. The High Court observed that in view of []

indialegallive 17 Apr 2024 6:15 pm

Allahabad High Court cancels termination order of Senior Rakshak in Railway Protection Force

The Allahabad High Court terming it illegal and holding him entitled to all service related benefits, has cancelled the termination order of a Senior Rakshak in the Railway Protection Force. A Single Bench of Justice Abdul Moin passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Panchu Gopal Ghosh. The petition has been filed praying []

indialegallive 17 Apr 2024 5:00 pm

Allahabad High Court grants bail to man accused of raping minor

The Allahabad High Court has allowed the bail application of Aman @ Vansh accused of rape and POCSO Act. A Single Bench of Justice Ajay Bhanot passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc Bail Application filed by Aman @ Vansh. By means of the bail application the applicant has prayed to be enlarged on []

indialegallive 17 Apr 2024 2:36 pm

Postal dept releases spl cover on Ram Navami

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:14 am

No bar on edu for Kaushambi jail inmates

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:12 am

Eidgah title dispute hearing in HC to continue on Apr 22

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 5:06 am

Criminal absconding held in Kaushambi

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:55 am

VHP ready for grand Ramotsav celebration

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:51 am

Spl train for Bluru to ease summer rush

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:32 am

Cong-SP rally led by Rahul and Akhilesh likely in May

The Times of India 17 Apr 2024 4:28 am

Shahi Idgah dispute maintainable, argues Hindu side in Allahabad HC

Prayagraj: The Hindu side submitted Tuesday in the Krishna Janmbhumi-Shahi Idgah dispute in the Allahabad High Court that the suit is maintainable and the plea regarding application of the places of worship Act and the waqf Act can only be determined by evidence. The matter is being heard by Justice Mayank Kumar Jain on applications Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 16 Apr 2024 10:32 pm

Allahabad High Court refuses to quash proceedings under Domestic Violence Act on grounds of quashing of charge sheet in criminal offence

The Allahabad High Court while disposing an application observed that merely quashing of charge sheet in criminal offence cannot be a ground to quash the proceeding under Domestic Violence Act. A Single Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Singh Deshwal passed this order while hearing an application under section 482 Sushma & Another. The application under []

indialegallive 16 Apr 2024 7:37 pm

Allahabad High Court grants conditional anticipatory bail to former minister Ram Asrey Singh Kushwaha in bribery case

The Allahabad High Court has granted conditional anticipatory bail to former minister Dr Ram Asrey Singh Kushwaha in the demanding bribery case. A Single Bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Singh passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc Anticipatory Bail Application under section 438 CrPC filed by Dr Ram Ashrey Singh Kushwaha. The Anticipatory Bail []

indialegallive 16 Apr 2024 2:19 pm

PIL filed in Allahabad High Court seeks to rename it as Uttar Pradesh High Court

A lawyer has filed a petition before the Allahabad High Court seeking to rename it as the High Court of Uttar Pradesh. Filed by Advocate Asok Pandey on behalf of Lucknow-based lawyer Deepanker Kumar, the PIL argued that the practice of naming a High Court after the city in which it was established was a []

indialegallive 16 Apr 2024 2:15 pm

Allahabad High Court says NI Act applicable only against corporate debtor after commencement of insolvency resolution process

The Allahabad High Court while dismissing an application observed that on commencement of insolvency resolution process, the moratorium u/s 14 of I.B.C prohibiting the proceeding u/s 138/141 N.I Act will be applicable only against the corporate debtor and not against the natural persons like the directors of the company for their vicarious liability. A Single []

indialegallive 16 Apr 2024 12:50 pm

UP: RPF cop saves man from coming under train at Prayagraj railway station

At Prayagraj junction, Assistant Sub Inspector Sanjay Kumar Rawat's quick actions saved SS Shekhawat from a potential accident, showcasing the vital role of RPF personnel in ensuring passenger safety. The incident underscores the importance of caution during train boarding.

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 12:32 pm

Stay on court-monitored survey of Shahi Idgah mosque complex extended

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, on Monday, once again extended the interim stay on the Allahabad High Court order appointing a commission to inspect the Shahi Idgah Mosque situated adjacent to the Krishna Janmabhoomi at Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. A two-judge bench, led by Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta, listed the matter for further hearing in August. It directed that the interim orders will continue till then. All interim orders will continue. Re-list the matters in the week commencing August 5, the bench ordered. It was hearing the pleas related to Krishna Janmabhoomis dispute with the Shahi Idgah Masjid. The Shahi Idgah Masjid Committee has filed a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad HC order appointing a commission to inspect the mosque. In its earlier order, the apex court had rejected an appeal filed by the mosque committee challenging the Allahabad HC order to consolidate 15 suits concerning the Krishna Janmabhoomi against the Shahi Idgah Masjid dispute. Notably, in May 2023, the Allahabad court transferred all the suits about the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah Masjid dispute to itself, forcing the mosque committee to move the top court challenging the order. The committee had moved the top court, objecting to the HCs consolidation of 15 cases about the dispute for joint hearings. The SC ruled that the jurisdiction of this matter lies solely within the purview of the High Court. A number of separate petitions were filed in lower courts in Mathura. The petitions sought the removal of the Shahi Idgah Masjid from the 13.37-acre complex, which it shares with the Katra Keshav Dev temple. The petitioner, the Hindu side, has claimed that the Shahi Idgah mosque holds signs that suggest that it was a Hindu temple once.

The New Indian Express 16 Apr 2024 9:29 am

Police list two sons of Atiq Ahmed as history-sheeters

After Atiq Ahmed's death, his sons Umar and Ali, listed as history sheeters, faced legal actions for various crimes. Umar in Lucknow jail surrendered for abduction, Ali in Naini Central Jail for assault and extortion.

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 7:40 am

SC extends Mathura Idgah survey stay but HC land suit trial to go on

The Supreme Court extended its stay on the Allahabad High Court's direction to appoint a commission to survey the Shahi Idgah mosque in Mathura, near Krishna Janmabhoomi. The Committee of Management Trust of Shahi Masjid Idgah filed a petition against the HC order, challenging the transfer of civil suits and the directive for a survey.

The Times of India 16 Apr 2024 2:00 am

If you go to Banaras then definitely visit these places

Banaras, also known as Varanasi, is a city with a rich tapestry of spirituality, history, and culture. Situated on the banks of the sacred river Ganges in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Banaras holds the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its narrow winding lanes, bustling ghats, and ancient temples draw millions of visitors each year, seeking solace, enlightenment, and a glimpse into India's rich cultural heritage. If you're planning a journey to this mystical city, here are some places you absolutely must include in your itinerary. 1. Assi Ghat: Where Serenity Meets Spirituality Assi Ghat, located at the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Assi, is one of the most peaceful and picturesque ghats in Banaras. It is believed to be the spot where the legendary sage Agastya meditated. At Assi Ghat, visitors can witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti, a ritual of offering prayers to the river Ganges, performed every evening against the backdrop of flickering oil lamps and rhythmic chants. 2. Dashashwamedh Ghat: A Spectacle of Rituals Dashashwamedh Ghat is perhaps the most famous and bustling ghat in Banaras. Legend has it that Lord Brahma performed the Dasa Ashwamedha sacrifice here, hence the name. Every evening, the Dashashwamedh Ghat comes alive with the vibrant Ganga Aarti ceremony, a spectacle not to be missed. Devotees and tourists gather to witness priests offering prayers to the river Ganges, accompanied by the rhythmic beating of drums and the chanting of hymns. 3. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The Heart of Banaras Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the holiest temples in India. It is believed that a visit to this temple washes away all sins and grants moksha, liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The temple's towering spire, adorned with intricate carvings, dominates the Banaras skyline. Inside the temple complex, visitors can witness the sacred Jyotirlinga, the symbol of Lord Shiva's cosmic energy. 4. Sarnath: A Pilgrimage to Enlightenment Sarnath, located just a few kilometers away from Banaras, is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is here that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, known as the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, after attaining enlightenment. The Dhamek Stupa, erected by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE, marks the spot where the sermon was delivered. Visitors to Sarnath can explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and the Archaeological Museum, which houses a rich collection of Buddhist artifacts. 5. Manikarnika Ghat: Witnessing the Cycle of Life and Death Manikarnika Ghat, often referred to as the burning ghat, is one of the oldest and most sacred cremation grounds in Banaras. According to Hindu belief, cremation at Manikarnika Ghat ensures liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Visitors to the ghat can witness funeral pyres burning continuously, accompanied by the chanting of sacred mantras. Despite its somber atmosphere, Manikarnika Ghat offers a profound insight into the Hindu philosophy of life and death. 6. Ramnagar Fort: A Glimpse into Royal Legacy Ramnagar Fort, situated on the eastern bank of the Ganges, is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture. Built in the 18th century by the Maharaja of Banaras, the fort served as the residence of the royal family. Today, it houses a museum that showcases a vast collection of vintage cars, royal artifacts, and weaponry. The fort's scenic location offers panoramic views of the river Ganges and the Banaras skyline. 7. Banaras Hindu University (BHU): A Hub of Education and Culture Banaras Hindu University (BHU), founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916, is one of the premier educational institutions in India. Spread across a sprawling campus, BHU is a melting pot of academic excellence, cultural diversity, and artistic heritage. The university's iconic clock tower, majestic buildings, and lush green lawns attract students and scholars from all over the world. BHU's Sankat Mochan Temple and Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum are also popular attractions among visitors. 8. Tulsi Manas Temple: Where Poetry and Devotion Converge Tulsi Manas Temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Rama and is located near the famous Durga Temple in Banaras. Built-in the 20th century, the temple is renowned for its exquisite marble carvings depicting scenes from the Hindu epic Ramayana. The walls of the temple are adorned with verses from the Ramcharitmanas, the epic poem composed by the saint-poet Goswami Tulsidas. Visitors to Tulsi Manas Temple can immerse themselves in the divine atmosphere and seek blessings for prosperity and happiness. 9. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum: Unraveling the City's Artistic Heritage Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, located within the premises of Banaras Hindu University, is a treasure trove of art, culture, and history. The museum houses a vast collection of sculptures, paintings, textiles, and archaeological artifacts dating back to ancient times. Highlights of the museum include the iconic Bharat Mata statue, depicting Mother India, and the exquisite collection of miniature paintings from the Mughal and Rajput schools. A visit to Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum offers a fascinating journey through the artistic heritage of Banaras and India. 10. Durga Temple (Durga Kund Mandir): A Symbol of Divine Feminine Power Durga Temple, also known as Durga Kund Mandir, is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and is located near the famous Tulsi Manas Temple. The temple's striking red-colored facade and intricate architecture attract devotees and tourists alike. Inside the temple complex, visitors can admire the idol of Goddess Durga, adorned with traditional ornaments and embellishments. The temple is particularly crowded during the Navaratri festival, a nine-night celebration dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. 11. Chunar Fort: Reliving the Glorious Past Chunar Fort, located near the town of Chunar in Uttar Pradesh, is a historic fortification that dates back to the 11th century. Built by Maharaja Vikramaditya of the Gupta Empire, the fort has witnessed centuries of battles and conquests. It is said that the Mughal emperor Babur captured the fort in 1526, laying the foundation for the Mughal rule in India. Today, Chunar Fort stands as a silent sentinel overlooking the river Ganges, offering visitors a glimpse into India's glorious past. 12. Alamgir Mosque: An Architectural Marvel Alamgir Mosque, also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, is a magnificent mosque located near the Panchganga Ghat in Banaras. Built by Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, the mosque is an exquisite example of Mughal architecture. Its imposing domes, intricate carvings, and ornate minarets reflect the grandeur of the Mughal era. The mosque's strategic location offers panoramic views of the river Ganges and the Banaras skyline, making it a popular spot for photographers and history enthusiasts. 13. Banaras Silk Saree Emporiums: Indulge in Exquisite Weaves Banaras is renowned for its exquisite silk sarees, known as Banarasi sarees, which are adorned with intricate zari work and fine craftsmanship. Visitors to the city can explore a plethora of silk saree emporiums and handloom workshops, where skilled artisans weave magic into yards of silk. From traditional designs to contemporary patterns, Banaras offers a wide range of options for saree connoisseurs. Shopping for Banarasi sarees is not just a retail experience; it's a journey into the rich textile heritage of India. 14. Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple): A Marvel of Nepalese Architecture Nepali Temple, also known as Kathwala Temple, is a hidden gem tucked away in the lanes of Banaras. Built-in the 19th century by the King of Nepal, the temple is a fine example of Nepalese architecture. Its intricately carved wooden facade, adorned with mythical creatures and deities, reflects the cultural influence of Nepal in Banaras. Visitors to the Nepali Temple can marvel at its exquisite craftsmanship and serene ambience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 15. Banaras Ghats: A Melange of Colors and Rituals The ghats of Banaras are perhaps its most iconic feature, offering a glimpse into the daily life, rituals, and traditions of the city. From the crack of dawn to late at night, the ghats buzz with activity as devotees perform rituals, pilgrims take holy dips in the river Ganges, and boatmen ferry passengers across the sacred waters. Each ghat has its own unique charm and significance, whether it's the serene tranquility of Assi Ghat or the vibrant energy of Dashashwamedh Ghat. Exploring the ghats of Banaras is an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression on visitors. 16. Annapurna Temple: Feeding the Devotees, Nourishing the Soul Annapurna Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Annapurna, the goddess of food and nourishment. Located near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, the temple is known for its free food distribution (prasadam) to devotees and pilgrims. Every day, thousands of devotees gather at the temple to partake in the divine feast, which is served with utmost devotion and hospitality. The Annapurna Temple exemplifies the spirit of seva (selfless service) and community bonding that is ingrained in the culture of Banaras. 17. Banaras Hindu University Botanical Garden: Nature's Retreat Banaras Hindu University Botanical Garden is a tranquil oasis nestled within the bustling campus of BHU. Spread across acres of lush greenery, the botanical garden is home to a diverse collection of plant species, including rare medicinal herbs, aromatic plants, and exotic flowers. Visitors can take leisurely strolls along the winding pathways, admire the vibrant blooms, and reconnect with nature amidst the urban chaos. The botanical garden also serves as a research hub for botanists and environmentalists, contributing to the conservation of biodiversity in the region. 18. Tibetan Temple (Dhamek Stupa): Tranquility Amidst Chaos The Tibetan Temple, also known as the Dhamek Stupa, is a serene sanctuary located in Sarnath, near Banaras. Built-in the 5th century BCE by Emperor Ashoka, the stupa is a symbol of peace and enlightenment in the Buddhist tradition. Its massive dome, adorned with intricate carvings and inscriptions, houses relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples. The Tibetan Temple complex also includes monasteries, meditation halls, and prayer wheels, creating a tranquil atmosphere conducive to introspection and meditation. 19. Triveni Sangam: Confluence of Rivers and Faiths Triveni Sangam, located in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad), is a sacred confluence where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati meet. It is believed that bathing at the Triveni Sangam during auspicious occasions like Kumbh Mela cleanses one's sins and bestows blessings. The sangam is dotted with temporary pontoon bridges and colorful tents during the Kumbh Mela, attracting millions of pilgrims and tourists from across the globe. A visit to Triveni Sangam is a spiritual journey that transcends religious boundaries and celebrates the unity of humanity. 20. Bharat Mata Mandir: Saluting the Spirit of Mother India Bharat Mata Mandir, located in the heart of Banaras, is a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. Unlike traditional temples dedicated to deities, Bharat Mata Mandir pays homage to the spirit of patriotism and national unity. The temple houses a giant relief map of India carved out of marble, depicting the country's diverse landscapes, historical landmarks, and cultural heritage. Visitors to Bharat Mata Mandir can offer their respects to the motherland and reflect on the unity in diversity that defines India. Exploring Banaras: A Journey of Discovery Banaras is not just a city; it's an experience that transcends time and space. Each of its ghats, temples, and alleyways tells a story, weaving together the threads of spirituality, history, and tradition. Whether you're seeking enlightenment, cultural immersion, or simply the joy of exploration, Banaras has something to offer to every traveler. So pack your bags, embark on a journey of discovery, and immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Banaras. Electric version of this popular SUV is coming, will run 500km on full charge! Who bought the first car in India? MG Hector 'Blackstorm' edition started reaching dealerships, got many major changes

News Track 16 Apr 2024 1:56 am

Supreme Court to hear Krishan Janam Bhoomi-Shahi Idgah dispute from August 5 onwards

New Delhi, Apr 15 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Monday deferred the hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court order about the Krishan Janam Bhoomi-Shahi Idgah dispute. A bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dipankar Dutt posted the matter to August 5, 2024. The bench was hearing the special leave... The post Supreme Court to hear Krishan Janam Bhoomi-Shahi Idgah dispute from August 5 onwards first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 15 Apr 2024 10:48 pm

Allahabad High Court allows bail application of Pradumn Gond accused of rape

The Allahabad High Court has allowed the bail application of Pradumn Gond accused of rape and issued direction to the registry that no private photographs or any indecent photographs shall be accepted by the registry without leave of the Court. A Single Bench of Justice Ajay Bhanot passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc []

indialegallive 15 Apr 2024 7:05 pm

SC extends stay on court-monitored survey of Shahi Idgah mosque complex in Mathura

Supreme Court extends stay on Allahabad High Court order regarding Shahi Idgah mosque near Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura. Hearing on mosque management committee petitions rescheduled to week starting August 5, with interim orders to continue and challenges to suits' maintainability under CPC discussed.

The Economic Times 15 Apr 2024 7:02 pm

Intra-court appeal is not maintainable against an order: Allahabad High Court

The Allahabad High Court while dismissing the contempt appeal held that intra-court appeal is not maintainable against an order issuing notices to parties passed by a Single Judge of contempt jurisdiction. The Division Bench of Justice Ashwani Kumar Mishra and Justice Mohd Azhar Husain Idrisi passed this order while hearing a contempt appeal filed by []

indialegallive 15 Apr 2024 6:56 pm

Krishna Janmabhoomi case: Supreme Court extends stay on Allahabad HC order appointing commission to inspect Shahi Idgah mosque

The Supreme Court once again extended its stay on the Allahabad High Court December 14 order directing survey of Shahi Eidgah mosque attributing the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura. The court also postponed to August 2024 a batch of pleas against the orders passed by the High Court. A bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and []

indialegallive 15 Apr 2024 2:11 pm

Mayawati seeks statehood for west UPs Harit Pradesh

LUCKNOW: Choosing the birth anniversary day of her ideologue Dr BR Ambedkar, Bahujan Samaj Pary (BSP) chief Mayawati made a major announcement of according statehood to western UP and also establishing a bench of Allahabad High Court in the region if voted to power at the centre. While addressing a poll rally in Muzaffarnagar, the BSP chief raked up the long-pending Harit Pradesh issue yet again. Significantly, it was Dr Ambedkar who had proposed the division of UP into three separate states Western, Central and Eastern for better governance. She launched a broadside on arch rival Samajwadi Party (SP) saying that the brotherhood and amity was buried in western UP when the SP was in power whereas the BSP rule never witnessed a communal flare-up in western UP. The BSP chief slammed both the Congress and the BJP for policies favouring the capitalists and big corporate houses. These parties dont have Dalits, tribals and the deprived in their agenda of development, she said. Notably, the BSP is going it alone in the elections keeping both the ruling and the Opposition blocs at equal distance. In Muzaffarnagar, she has fielded Dara Singh Prajapati against BJPs Sanjeev Balyan who is seeking the third term from the constituency and SPs Harendra Mallik, a former MP and a prominent Jat leader. Earlier, commencing her partys campaign from Saharanpur, the parliamentary constituency number 1, which the BSP had won in 2019, Mayawati claimed that it would not be easy for the ruling BJP to return to power because of the contradiction in their words and deeds. She accused the BJP of lying to the public and working in the interest of the powerful. SP fields NHRM scam tainted minister Springing a surprise, the Samajwadi Party (SP), on Sunday, named former minister Babu Singh Kushwaha who heads Jan Adhikar Party, as candidate to contest from Jaunpur Lok Sabha seat on a Samajwadi Party symbol. Besides, Kushwaha, the SP also announced names of six more candidate including Amarnath Maurya from Phulpur, Ram Shiromani Verma from Shravasti, Bhishm Shanker Kushal Tewari from Doomariyaganj, Laxmikant alias Pappu Nishad from Sant Kabir Nagar, Ramashanker Rajbhar from Salempur and Supriya Saroj from Machlishaher Lok Sabha seat.

The New Indian Express 15 Apr 2024 8:00 am

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The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 5:03 am

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The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:48 am

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The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:45 am

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The Times of India 15 Apr 2024 4:44 am

Congress fields Kanhaiya Kumar in North East Delhi against BJP's Manoj Tiwari

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Sunday issued another list of 10 candidates for the Lok Sabha election in Delhi and Punjab, tapping former Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi for the Jalandhar-SC Lok Sabha seat. According to the list, the party has fielded veteran politician J P Agarwal from the Chandni Chowk seat and youth leader Kanhaiya Kumar from the North East Delhi seat. Kumar will be pitted against BJP's Manoj Tiwari, the sole BJP candidate not replaced in the national capital. Free healthcare, equal pay for women, minimum daily wage: Key promises from Congress manifesto For the North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat, the party announced the name of former MP Udit Raj. In Punjab, the party renominated its sitting MPs Gurjeet Singh Aujla from Amritsar and Amar Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib (SC) Lok Sabha seat. Former MP Dharvir Gandhi will be contesting from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat. His candidature comes mere days after he joined the Congress leaving the Aam Aadmi Party. The party has nominated its All India Kisan wing chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat and Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu from the Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency, which is currently represented by SAD chief's wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The Congress announced the name of Ujjwal Revti Raman Singh from Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad Lok Sabha seat. The opposition party also announced a list of 75 candidates for the Odisha assembly elections.

The New Indian Express 14 Apr 2024 9:45 pm

Election 2024: 'Communal raga' from UP's Kairana

LUCKNOW: The parliamentary constituency Kairana-- is known by one assembly segment famous all over the world for 'Kirana Gharana' of Hindustani classical music, established by Ustad Abdul Karim Khan in the early 20th century. In the recent history, Kairana is known for its 'communal raga'. The assembly segment is part of the Shamli district which suffered from communal violence in the neighbouring Muzaffarnagar in 2013. It also hit the headlines for the alleged exodus of Hindus before the 2014 Lok Sabha, an issue which helped BJP veteran Hukum Singh wrest the seat from the rival political family of Munnawar Hasan in 2014. The constituency is dominated by Muslims who make up 5.5 lakh of the total 17.2 lakh electorate. Set to vote in the first phase on April 19, the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency, a pivotal battleground, is bubbling with anticipation, renewed hopes and strategic manoeuvring. The battleground is war-ready for a three-cornered fight. While the BJP has reposed faith in sitting MP Pradeep Chaudhury, SP has fielded Munawwar's daughter Ikra Hasan, a law graduate from London. Her brother, Nahid Hasan, is a sitting MLA from Kairana while her mother Tabassum lost to Chaudhary, a Gurjar, in the 2014 polls. Meanwhile, BSP has fielded a retired BSF jawan Sripal Singh Rana, who can make the path of the BJP candidate difficult as he is already fighting the anti-incumbency of the last five years. As the campaign gains momentum and the political discourse gets shriller, the issues dominating the political landscape of the western UP constituency include socio-economic development, infrastructure, along good governance. The demographics present a diverse electorate with a near-even gender split, a significant rural population, and a notable representation from marginalized communities, emphasizing the complexity of this electoral battleground. The common refrain on battleground Kairana is the issues of unemployment, development along with law and order. If Sanjay Rajwanshi, a trader, in the Beghumpura market, feels that the voter of Kairana would focus more on PM Modis popularity and his style of governance, Kabir Ahmad, in his 70s, claims that the upcoming battle is going to be a fiercer one between the BJP and the SP with a conspicuous tilt in favour of SP candidate Ikra Hasan. In the same market, a stationary shop owner Gaurav Singhal feels that poll in Kairana is polarised on communal lines. Nafees, on the other, feels that it is an election between locals (Ikra Hasan) versus outsiders (Pradeep Chaudhury). BSP chief Mayawati promises statehood, Allahabad HC bench to western UP The politics of Kairana revolves around two prominent political poles one dominated by Hukum Singh whose father Man Singh had organised the Hindu Gujjar community under Kalsyan Khap. The other belonged to the former MP Akhtar Hasan, Ikra Hasans grandfather. He had unified the Muslim community under Hasan Chabutara. The two clans have faced each other in electoral battle for several decades. However, Hukum Singhs daughter Mriganka couldn't carry forward the winning streak and lost the Lok Sabha by-poll necessitated by the demise of her father in 2018 to Tabassum Hasan and in the 2022 assembly poll to Nahid Hasan, a Hasan family scion. While a section of voters feels that Chaudhury was invisible on ground zero for the last five years, others feel that sentiment is not for the BJP but its candidate. People also voiced support for Ikra Hasan claiming that she had been working on the ground and nurturing the constituency for the past two years. On the contrary, the BJP cadre feels that Chaudhury, despite facing anti-incumbency and a weak track record as an MP, could sail through riding the popularity of PM Modi and CM Yogi. The alliance with RLD will also come in handy for Pradeep Chaudhury, says a senior BJP leader. While the BJP leadership is weaving its narrative around law and order, development, and the Ram temple, Ikra Hasan is playing up the imminent fear of change in the Constitution of India if the BJP comes to power.

The New Indian Express 14 Apr 2024 6:26 pm

BSP chief Mayawati promises statehood, Allahabad HC bench to western UP

LUCKNOW: Choosing the birth anniversary day of her ideologue Dr BR Ambedkar, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati made a major announcement of according statehood to western UP and also establishing a bench of Allahabad High Court in the region if voted to power at centre. While addressing her a poll rally in Muzaffarnagar, the BSP chief introduced the long-pending Harit Pradesh issue to the poll arena yet again. Significantly, it was Dr BR Ambedkar who had proposed the division of UP into three separate statesWestern, Central and Easternfor the better governance. Even Union Minister and BJP candidate from Muzaffarnagar had also been a votary of statehood to western UP in his personal capacity. In Muzaffarnagar, the BSP chief launched a broadside on archrival Samajwadi Party (SP) saying that the brotherhood and amity was buried in western UP during the rule of SP whereas the BSP rule never witnessed a communal flareup in western UP. She slammed both Congress and the BJP for having policies favoring the capitalists and big corporate houses. These parties dont have Dalit, tribals and deprived in their agenda of development, she said. Notably, the BSP is going it alone in the ensuing elections keeping both the ruling and the opposition blocs at equal distance. In Muzaffarnagar, she has fielded Dara Singh Prajapati, against BJPs Sanjeev Balyan who is seeking the third term from the constituency and SPs Harendra Mallik, a former MP and a prominent Jat leader. The trick UP Mayawati's electoral sleeve Earlier, commencing her partys campaign from Saharanpur, the parliamentary constituency number 1, which the BSP had won in 2019, Mayawati claimed that it would not be easy for the ruling BJP to return to power because of the contradiction in their words and deeds. She accused the BJP of lying to the public and working in the interest of the powerful. For the past few years, the BJP and its allies have been in power at the Centre and in most of the states. Owing to the casteist, capitalist, narrow and vindictive policies and governance along with the contradictions in their words and actions, apparently, it would not be easy for them to return to power at the Centre, provided these elections are free and fair. Mayawati said people were not going to fall anymore for the rhetoric served by the political parties ahead of the polls, She also accused the ruling BJP of politicizing the probe agencies and using them to intimidate the political rivals. Mayawati said contesting alone, she had given tickets to all sections of the society ensuring their equal representation. She also issued a statement on the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, accusing the mainstream parties of giving an ostensible respect to him but ignoring his followers. For narrow electoral interests, the ostensible respect given to Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, and ignoring his followers, exemplifies the proverb mooh mein ram, bagal mein chhuri. This is an old tradition, and it is still continuing, and it is necessary to remain cautious of this illusion. Speaking about the Congress, she said, the partys gharibi hatao slogan in the 80s remained only a slogan because of lack of intent. And now, the same condition prevails under the BJP government as the sky-rocketing inflation, poverty, unemployment and backwardness is worsening the lives of the people, she said.

The New Indian Express 14 Apr 2024 6:20 pm

PRSU holds admit cards of over 13,000 students

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 4:28 am

Rajesh Khare, Anchal Ojha take top HCBA posts

The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 4:19 am

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The Times of India 14 Apr 2024 4:15 am

Allahabad High Court says if actual income not on record, maintenance allowance can be determined by estimated income

The Allahabad High Court said that if the actual income is not on record, then the maintenance allowance can be determined by estimating the estimated income. A Single Bench of Justice Surendra Singh-I heard the petition filed by Shaily Mittal and 2 Others. By means of the criminal revision, revisionists have assailed the order dated []

indialegallive 13 Apr 2024 5:08 pm

Hate speech: Allahabad High Court grants conditional bail to SP leader Mukesh Siddharth

The Allahabad High Court has granted conditional bail to SP leader Mukesh Siddharth, accused of giving objectionable speech. A Single Bench of Justice Sameer Jain passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc Bail Application filed by Mukesh Siddharth. The application has been filed seeking release of the applicant on bail in Case under Sections []

indialegallive 13 Apr 2024 4:16 pm

Allahabad High Court says Section 6 of Commercial Courts Act does not override arguments made by parties

The Allahabad High Court while dismissing an appeal held that Section 6 of Commercial Courts Act, 2015 is an enabling provision and does not override agreements made between parties regarding jurisdiction. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Bhansali and Justice Vikas Budhwar passed this order while hearing an appeal filed by North Eastern Railway. []

indialegallive 13 Apr 2024 1:15 pm

Liquor Dispute: Allahabad High Court grants conditional bail to accused from Deoria district

The Allahabad High Court has granted conditional bail to the accused in the case of death due to liquor dispute in Tarkulwa police station area of Deoria district. A Single Bench of Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery passed this order while hearing a Criminal Misc Bail Application filed by Jamwant. The applicant has approached the Court []

indialegallive 13 Apr 2024 1:04 pm

Chaitra Navratri 2024: Names and locations of 52 Shaktipeeths, which one is closest for darshan

Chaitra Navratri has started from 9th April. You can visit goddess temples during the nine-day holy festival of Navratri. There are many ancient and miraculous Goddess Mata temples in India. Apart from this, there are 52 Shaktipeeths. According to the legend, Mother Sati had reached the yagya organized by her father King Prajapati Daksh without invitation. There her husband Lord Shiva was ridiculed and abused. Saddened by the insult she and her husband faced at home, Mother Sati sacrificed her life by jumping into the fire pit. When Lord Shiva came to know about this, he picked up the mortal remains of Goddess Sati and started wandering here and there. Due to his anger, destruction started coming into the world. Lord Vishnu cut the body of Mata Sati with Sudarshan Chakra to prevent the cataclysm. When 52 pieces of Mata Sati's body and jewelry fell at various places, they were called 52 Shaktipeeths. Let us know what are the names of the 52 Shaktipeeths and in which cities they are located. Mother's Shaktipeeth Shaktipeeth in Uttar Pradesh 1. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - Manikarnika of Mata Sati had fallen here. Here Vishalakshi and Manikarni forms of Mother are worshipped. 2. Mata Lalita Devi Shaktipeeth, Prayagraj - The finger of Mata Sati's hand had fallen at this place in Allahabad. Here the mother is known as Lalita. 3. The right breast of Mata Sati had fallen in Ramgiri, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. At this place, she is revered as Mother Shivani. 4. Uma Shaktipeeth is located in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Katyayani Shaktipeeth. Mother's hair bunch and Chudamani had fallen here. 5. Mata's left shoulder had fallen in Devi Patan Temple, Balrampur. In this Shaktipeeth, Mata is present in the form of Mateshwari. Shaktipeeth of Madhya Pradesh 6. Harsiddhi Devi Shaktipeeth- There are two Shaktipeeths of Goddess in Madhya Pradesh. One of these is Harsiddhi Devi Shaktipeeth, where the elbow of Mata Sati had fallen. It is situated on the western bank of Rudra Sagar Pond. 7. Shondev Narmata Shaktipeeth- Mother's Daya Nitamp had fallen in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. Due to the origin of the Narmada river here, Mother Goddess is worshiped here in the form of Narmada. Shaktipeeth of North India 8. Naina Devi Temple- The eye of Goddess Sati had fallen on Shivalik mountain in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Her mother goddess is called Mahisha Mardini. 9. Jwala Ji Shaktipeeth- The tongue of the goddess had fallen in Kangra, Himachal, hence it was named Siddhida or Ambika. 10. Mahamaya Shaktipeeth, Pahalgaon of Amarnath, where the neck of Mata Sati had fallen, Mahamaya is worshiped here. Punjab and Haryana Shaktipeeth 11. Tripuramalini Mata Shaktipeeth- The left level of Mata had fallen near Cantonment Station in Jalandhar, Punjab. 12. Shaktipeeth of Mata Savitri, the heel of Mata's feet had fallen in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Shaktipeeth of Mata Savitri is situated here. 13. Mother Bhadrakali's right ankle had fallen in Devikup Temple, Kurukshetra, Haryana. Here the form of Mother Bhadrakali is worshipped. Shaktipeeth of Rajasthan 14. Manibandh Shaktipeeth- Two anklets of Mata Sati had fallen on Gayatri mountain in Pushkar, Ajmer. Here the Gayatri form of Mother is worshipped. 15. Shaktipeeth of Mata Ambika- There is a temple of Mata Ambika in Birat, Rajasthan. The toes of Mata Sati's left foot had fallen here. 16. Matabadi mountain peak Shaktipeeth- is in Radhakishorpur village of Udarpur in Tripura. Mother's right foot had fallen at this place. Here the mother goddess is called Tripura Sundari. Shaktipeeth in Gujarat 17. Ambaji Temple Shaktipeeth- There is a temple of Mata Ambaji in Gujarat. It is believed that the mother's heart had fallen here. 18. Mother Chandrabhaga Shaktipeeth, Junagadh, The stomach of Goddess Sati had fallen in Junagadh, Gujarat. Here the mother is known as Chandrabhaga. Shaktipeeth of Maharashtra 19. Mata's chin had fallen at the Shaktipeeth of Bhramari form of Mata, Janasthan in Maharashtra. After that, the Bhramari form of the goddess started being worshiped here. Shaktipeeth in Bengal 20. Temple of Goddess Kapalini- Bengal has the highest number of Shaktipeeths of Mata. There is a temple of Goddess Kapalini in Vibhash located in Tamluk of Purba Medinipur district. Mother's left heel had fallen here. 21. Mata Devi Kumari Shaktipeeth- The right shoulder of Mata Sati had fallen in Ratnavali in Hooghly, Bengal. In this temple, the mother is called by the name Devi Kumari. 22. Shaktipeeth of Mata Vimala The crown of Goddess Sati had fallen in Kiritkon village of Murshidabad, West Bengal. Here there is Shaktipeeth of Mata and the Vimala form of Mata is worshipped. 23. Bhramari Devi Shaktipeeth- Mata's left leg had fallen in Salbarhi village in Boda mandal of Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. The form of Mother Goddess Bhramari Devi is worshiped at this place. 24. Bahula Devi Shaktipeeth- Vardhaman The left hand of Mata Sati had fallen in the Ketugram area of the district. 25. Mangal Chandrika Mata Shaktipeeth - Mata's Shaktipeeth is in Ujjani of Vardhaman district. Mother's right wrist had fallen here. 26. Shaktipeeth of Maa Mahishmardini Goddess Sati's eyebrow had fallen in Vakreshwar, West Bengal. At this place, the mother is called Mahishamardini. 27. Nalhati Shaktipeeth- The bone of the mother's leg had fallen in Nalhati, Birbhum. 28. Phullara Devi Shaktipeeth- The lips of Mata Sati had fallen in Attahas, West Bengal. Here the mother is called Fullara Devi. 29. Nandipur Shaktipeeth- The necklace of Mata Sati had fallen in West Bengal. Mother Nandani is worshiped here. 30. Yugadha Shaktipeeth- The thumb of Mata's right hand fell in Ksheergram of Vardhaman district. Shaktipeeth of Mata was built at this place, where she is called Goddess Jugadya. 31. Kalika Devi Shaktipeeth- According to beliefs, the toe of the right foot of the mother had fallen in Kalighat. She is known here by the name of Maa Kalika. 32. Kanchi Devgarbha Shaktipeeth- The bones of the goddess had fallen in Kanchi, West Bengal. Here Mata Dev is established in the form of Garbha. Shaktipeeth in South India 33. Bhadrakali Shaktipeeth- Now if we talk about the Shaktipeeths located in South India, then Mata's back had fallen in Tamil Nadu. Mata's Kanyashram, Bhadrakali Temple, and Kumari Temple are situated in this place. She is called by the name Shravani. 34. Shuchi Shaktipeeth- Shuchi Theertham Shiva temple is located near Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Here also there is Shaktipeeth of Mata, where her upper molar had fallen. Mother has got the name Narayani here. 35. Vimala Devi Shaktipeeth- The navel of the goddess had fallen in Utkal, Orissa. Here Mata is known by the name Vimala. 36. Sarvasail Ramhendri Shaktipeeth- There are two Shaktipeeths in Andhra Pradesh. A Sarvashail Ramhendri Shaktipeeth, where the mother's cheeks had fallen. At this place, devotees worship Rakini and Vishweshwari forms of Mother Goddess. 37. Srisailam Shaktipeeth- The second Shaktipeeth in Andhra is in Coornoor district. The anklet of the right foot of Mata Sati had fallen in Srisailam Shaktipeeth. Here, it is installed in the nose of Mata Shri Sundari. 38. Karnataka Shaktipeeth- Both the ears of Goddess Sati had fallen in Karnataka. Jai Durga form of Mother is worshiped at this place. 39. Kamakhya Shaktipeeth- Among the famous Shaktipeeths is Kamakhya ji situated on Neelantal mountain in Guwahati. Mother's vagina had fallen in Kamakhya. Here the Kamakhya form of Mother is worshipped. Shaktipeeth in foreign countries 40. Chattal Bhawani Shaktipeeth- Chattal Bhawani Shaktipeeth is on Chandranath mountain in the Chittagong district of Bangladesh. Here the right arm of Mata Sati had fallen. 41. Sugandha Shaktipeeth- Mata's nose had fallen 20 km away from Shikarpur, Bangladesh. In this Shaktipeeth, the mother is called Sugandha. Another name for this Shaktipeeth is Ugratara Shaktipeeth. 42. Jayanti Shaktipeeth- Mata's left thigh fell in Jayantiya Pargana in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. Mata Devi is established here by the name Jayanti. 43. Srishail Mahalakshmi- Mother Sati was strangled in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. Mahalakshmi form is worshiped in this Shaktipeeth. 44. Yashoreshwari Mata Shaktipeeth- There is a place named Yashore in the Khulna district of Bangladesh, where the left palm of Mother Sati fell. 45. Indrakshi Shaktipeeth- The anklets of the goddess fell in Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. This Shaktipeeth is called Indrakshi. 46. Guheshwari Shaktipeeth- This Shaktipeeth is on the banks of the Bagmati river, at some distance from Pashupatinath temple in Nepal. Here both the knees of Mother Sati had fallen. Mahamaya or Mahashira form of Shakti is worshiped here. 47. Aadya Shaktipeeth- There is Aadya Shaktipeeth near Gandak river in Nepal. It is believed that the left cheek of Mother Sati had fallen at this place. Here the Gandaki Chandi form of Mata is worshipped. 48. Dantakali Shaktipeeth- Teeth of Mother Sati had fallen in Bijayapur village of Nepal. For this reason, this Shaktipeeth is known as Dantkali Shaktipeeth. 49. Mansa Shaktipeeth- The right palm of Mata Sati had fallen near the Mansarovar river in Tibet. Here she is called Mata Dakshayani. Mata is established here in the form of a rock. 50. Mithila Shaktipeeth- The left shoulder of Mata Sati had fallen on the India-Nepal border. Her mother is called Devi Um. 51. Hingula Shaktipeeth- Hingula Shaktipeeth of Goddess is in Balochistan, Pakistan. In this Shaktipeeth, the mother is known as Hinglaj Devi. There is a religious belief that the head of Mother Sati had fallen here. (PC: PTI, Social media)

Kalam Times 12 Apr 2024 3:49 pm

Allahabad High Court says departmental proceedings cannot be initiated against any employee after retirement

The Allahabad High Court while allowing the petition said that in lack of provisions in rules and regulations, after retirement, no show cause notice or departmental proceedings can be initiated against any employee. A Single Bench of Justice Neeraj Tiwari passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Prem Kumar Tripathi. The petition has []

indialegallive 12 Apr 2024 3:08 pm

Individuals have freedom to change religion, but credible proof needed to show conversion is voluntary: Allahabad High Court

Individuals in India have the freedom to change their religion. But there must be credible proof to show that such religious conversion is voluntary, Allahabad High Court said in a recent ruling. A mere oral or written declaration that the conversion has taken place is not enough to legitimize a religious conversion, said Justice Prashant Kumar. The Court, in its order passed on April 8, added that the religious conversion should be duly notified to the authorities concerned so that the change is reflected in all government records or government-issued identity cards, the Bar and Bench reported. Such a change should also be notified publicly through newspapers, the Court observed. All of this is to ensure that there is no fraudulent or illegal conversion, the Court said. The change in the religion has to be legal so that the new religion gets reflected in all the government IDs across the country. Thereafter, advertisement should be placed in the newspaper with wide circulation in that area, which ensures that there is no public objection to such change and it is also there to ensure that there is no such fraudulent or illegal conversion. The newspaper advertisement must specify the details like name, age and address. Thereafter, there should be notification in the National Gazette, which is online record published by the Central Government of India, the Court observed. The Bar and Bench report further said that the court went on to note that once an application to notify a religious conversion in the Official Gazette is submitted, the government department concerned would thoroughly examine it. The religion change would be notified in the Gazette only once proper scrutiny is done, the Court observed. The Court was prompted to make these observations while dealing with a petition to quash a case filed against a man after he married a woman who earlier belonged to a different religion. The woman's father had accused the man of kidnapping his daughter and of committing the offences of criminal intimidation, rape and offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act). The matter will be heard next on May 6, the report noted.

The New Indian Express 11 Apr 2024 8:43 pm

Allahabad High Court says people free to change religion in India legally

The Allahabad High Court has observed that people in India were free to choose and change their religion, however, such changes must adhere to legal procedures. The observations were recently made by the Bench of Justice Prashant Kumar on a petition filed under Section 482 CrPC by one Waris Ali, a Muslim by religion and []

indialegallive 11 Apr 2024 8:35 pm

A Case For Madarsas

The apex court recently stayed an Allahabad High Court order that had declared the Madarsa Act unconstitutional. A look into the Act per se, the orders and how much worthwhile education was really being imparted

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Why Has SC Stayed Allahabad HC Verdict Striking Down Madarsa Act?

A detailed analysis of why the Supreme Court has stayed the Allahabad High Court judgment striking down the Uttar Pradesh Board of Madarsa Education Act, 2004.

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