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India wants Queen’s Counsel for Jadhav; Harish Salve fits the bill

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India has asked Pakistan for appointment of a Queen’s Counsel (QC) as lawyer for

Kulbhushan Jadhav

in the ICJ-mandated, ongoing review of his death sentence in

Islamabad

High Court.

Senior advocate and former Solicitor General Harish Salve is the natural choice for India as he’s the only Indian lawyer to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in recent times.

As per its legal definition, Queen’s Counsel is a barrister, or advocate, appointed Counsel to the Crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor and is entitled to sit within the Bar of the court and wear a silk gown.

Salve, who represented Jadhav at ICJ too, was appointed Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and

Wales

in January this year. While he still practises in India, he’s based out of

London

mostly now.

While Islamabad has rejected the demand for an Indian lawyer, saying that only a lawyer with licence to practice in Pakistan can represent Jadhav, India believes that a Queen’s Counsel may be a way out of this impasse if Pakistan is serious about the Jadhav review.

Salve’s defence of Jadhav saw the ICJ asking Pakistan for an effective review and reconsideration of the death sentence awarded to him by a military court and also upholding India’s demand for consular access to Jadhav.

As Salve himself explained in an interview to ToI earlier this year, the title of QC is recognised all over the world.

“People know you have to be of a particular class to be recognised by the English system as a QC, so it gives you that kind of stature. Otherwise, how does a client in the Middle East or

Malaysia

know you are a good lawyer? I am given to understand there is no other Indian citizen practising in both countries who is a QC, but I am not sure, as that would require a lot of research,” he had said.

As a directive by the Islamabad High Court, Pakistan had asked India to appoint a lawyer and join the court proceedings. India has laid down 3 conditions though for doing so. First, Pakistan must allow an Indian lawyer to represent Jadhav. Second, India must be allowed access to all relevant case documents and, third, unconditional or private access to Jadhav.

Meanwhile, reports from Islamabad said Tuesday, that Pakistan’s Parliament had extended for 4 months an ordinance that allowed Jadhav to file an appeal against his conviction in the high court.

Dawn News reported that The International Court of Justice (Review and Reconsideration) Ordinance promulgated in May was set to expire on September 17 but the National Assembly on Monday through a voice vote extended it for four months.

The Times of India is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world. according to Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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RS deputy chairman Harivansh arrives with tea for 8 suspended MPs who camped overnight at Parliament lawns

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NEW DELHI: The eight MPs suspended for continuing with their protests against farm bills inside the Upper House who had spent the night on the lawns of Parliament in protest had a visitor in Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh who arrived with morning tea for them.

Harivansh met the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs who had spent the night on the lawns near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises. He was seen sitting on the ground and having tea with the MPs.

The MPS were earlier suspended by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for “unruly behaviour” with deputy chairman Harivansh Singh.

On Monday, Venkaiah Naidu announced the one-week suspension of Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Sanjay Singh, Congress’ Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora and Syed Nasir Hussain, CPI (M)’s KK Ragesh and Elamaram Karim for “unruly behaviour” with the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Sunday during the passage of the farm bills.

On Sunday Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly scenes as Opposition members stormed the well and reached the deputy chairman’s seat to protest against the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and passed by the Upper House through voice vote.

Both the Bills were earlier passed by Lok Sabha through voice votes.

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India sets target of record grain output, focus on oilseeds to reduce import bills

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NEW DELHI: Banking on huge acreage of Kharif (summer) crops amidst good monsoon and adequate water storage for Rabi (winter) season, the Centre on Monday revised India’s food-grains production target for 2020-21 to an all-time record of 301 million tonnes (MT) – 4 MT more than the output of 2019-20 – and decided to put focus on pulses and oilseeds.

Accordingly, it raised the production target of the main oilseed, mustard, from 9.2 MT to 12.5 MT, syncing it with ongoing efforts to reduce the country’s import bills, and gave a hike of 5.1% to the minimum support price (MSP) for procuring mustard in the next marketing season compared to 2019-20 season.

Only lentils (popular pulses) attracted a bigger hike than mustard among the six crops whose MSPs were approved by the Union cabinet on Monday. Target of production of all pulses together, including lentil, gram and others, was set at 25.6 MT for 2020-21 crop year. Similarly, the target for all oilseeds has been set at 37 MT.

The new target for the country’s food-grains production was shared during a day-long deliberation at a conference on preparation for the upcoming sowing season of Rabi crops which will begin in certain parts of the country after mid-October.

“Great emphasis is being laid on production of oilseeds and oil palm plantation indigenously to reduce import of edible oils. Besides, the government has taken multiple steps to reach this new record target of food-grains production,” said Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

He told TOI that the new farm legislation will ensure that the farmers get a better price of their produce. “The Bills, passed by the Parliament, will give farmers freedom to sell their produce at different places. The provisions in the legislation on ‘contract farming’ will attract large private investment, leading to rapid development in the agriculture sector and overall rural economy,” said Tomar.

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India slams Pakistan for raising J&K issue at UN, says it hails terrorists as ‘martyrs’

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NEW YORK: India on Monday hit back at Pakistan for raising the issue of Jammu and Kashmir during the high-level meeting to commemorate 75 years of United Nations (UN), saying Islamabad is globally recognised as the epicentre of terrorism which harbours and trains terrorists, hails them as martyrs and consistently persecutes its ethnic and religious minorities.

Exercising India’s Right of Reply after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi raked up the Kashmir issue in his address to UN, first secretary India in UN, Vidisha Maitra, deemed Qureshi’s speech as the “never-ending fabricated narrative” about the internal affairs of India.

The virtual edition of a special General Assembly session to mark 75 years of the institution commenced on Monday (local time).

“I take the floor in the exercise of the right of reply to the statement made by the representative of Pakistan. Our delegation had hoped that during this solemn commemoration of a shared global milestone, the General Assembly would be spared another repetition of the baseless falsehoods that have now become a trademark of Pakistan’s interventions on such platforms,” said Maitra.

“However, for a nation that is bereft of milestones, one can only expect a stonewalled and stymied approach to reason, diplomacy and dialogue. What we heard today is the never-ending fabricated narrative presented by the Pakistani representative about the internal affairs of India,” she added.

Maitra said that India rejected the “malicious reference” made by Qureshi to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India.

“If there is an item that is unfinished on the agenda of the UN, it is that of tackling the scourge of terrorism. Pakistan is a country which is globally recognised epicentre of terrorism, which by its own admission harbours and trains terrorists and hails them as martyrs, and consistently persecutes its ethnic and religious minorities,” she stated.

“It would do well turn its attention inwards to immediately addressing these pressing concerns, instead of misusing UN platforms to divert attention from them by misusing UN platforms,” Maitra said.

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