Ban­dra, Don­gri and Mu­lund lo­cals drink city’s dirt­i­est water SC pulls up Cen­tre for stalling judges’ ap­point­ments, says it’s hurt­ing ju­di­ciary

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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.

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