Bandra, Dongri and Mulund locals drink city’s dirtiest water SC pulls up Centre for stalling judges’ appointments, says it’s hurting judiciary
Individuals in jail for crimes such rape, terrorism, kidnapping, smuggling narcotics, mutiny against the state, and those serving life terms will not be eligible for parole, according to a state home department proposal that is soon likely to be passed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The move comes after Sajjd Mughal, convicted and thrown in jail for the brutal murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in Mumbai, jumped parole earlier this year. Apart from changes to the parole norms, the state home department has also proposed changes to the act so that a criminal case can be lodged when a convict jumps parole.
“In almost all cases— terrorist activities, rape, narcotics — authorities grant parole. Even convicts of TADA cases get parole. The new proposal, however, will completely bar parole for six to seven serious crime categories, including rape,” said an official from the home department.
The water you drink every day could be making you very sick.
A study of water samples collected from across Mumbai shows the water we consume is getting dirtier, even when the civic body is spending crores to improve the quality of drinking water. Its environment status report (ESR) for 2015-16 shows contamination levels rose to 4.6% from last year’s 4.5 %.
Mulund, Bandra and Dongri get the dirtiest water, the report shows, with contamination levels as high as 13%, 10% and 8% respectively. At Dahisar, contamination levels went up to 6% from last year’s 3%; Parel, Sewree and Goregaon recorded a rise of 1% .
Contamination levels are an indicator of how much mud and harmful bacteria is present in the water. The ESR provides an annual status of the important indicators of Mumbai’s standard of living, such as air and water quality, and is released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) every year on August 1. The report is supposed to be made available to all corporators and is sent to the state government, but so far, it hasn’t been published yet.
The Supreme Court lashed out at the government on Friday for allegedly stalling high court judges’ appointment and threatened to pass orders to clear the “logjam”, potentially triggering the latest episode in a string of clashes between the executive and judiciary.
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur read out a list of 75 names sent to the Centre for appointment as HC judges since February but lamented that there had been no progress.
“The Centre is attempting to bring the judiciary to a grinding halt by not appointing high court judges,” Thakur told attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who promised to get back on the status of the list by September 13.
The strongly worded comments came roughly four months after the CJI broke down and criticised successive governments for not increasing the number of judges to a number sufficient to deal with millions of pending cases.