[Vadodara Custodial Death Probe] “There Must Not Be Any Scope Of Either Laxity Or Soft Paddling At Any Stage Of Investigation”: Gujarat HC Tells CID [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Vadodara Custodial Death Probe] “There Must Not Be Any Scope Of Either Laxity Or Soft Paddling At Any Stage Of Investigation”: Gujarat HC Tells CID [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay1 Oct 2020 12:53 AMShare This – xIn the on-going probe of the Vadodara Custodial Death Case, the Gujarat High Court on Monday (28th September) reminded the Investigating Officer (a Senior officer from State CID Mr Girish Pandya) that “truth is the motto and object of every investigation and in the instant case, all the accused are police personnel who are supposed to be well versed with all possible tactics to overreach…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn the on-going probe of the Vadodara Custodial Death Case, the Gujarat High Court on Monday (28th September) reminded the Investigating Officer (a Senior officer from State CID Mr Girish Pandya) that “truth is the motto and object of every investigation and in the instant case, all the accused are police personnel who are supposed to be well versed with all possible tactics to overreach the process of law, extraordinary care would be expected on his part.” (emphasis supplied)The Bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice N. V. Anjaria further said,”The IO is to constantly remind himself that this crime is allegedly committed while on duty where the corpus is said to have been tortured in custody and alleged to have been done away with mercilessly and the incident was glossed over till revealed in this petition.” (emphasis supplied)On Monday (28th September), a senior officer from State CID Mr. Girish Pandya, IPS remained present before the Court. The case diary from 06.07.2020 till 11.09.2020 was shared along with the statements of the witnesses as also the request made to learned JMFC, Baroda for Lie Detection Test of the accused.Background of the matterA petition was preferred by the petitioner Shaikh Salim Shaikh Babu, who was aggrieved by the fact that his father, namely Shaikh Babu Shaikh @ Rahim Shaikh Vajir, aged 65 years, is missing since 10.12.2019.It was, further, his grievance that he repeatedly approached the respondent-police authorities and also gave written applications, but no heed is paid to his requests and not a single reply is received with regard to the whereabouts of the corpus, till date.He submitted that his father used to come to Ahmedabad and resided at a rented apartment No. 509, Moin Apartment from Kamareddy, Telangana.He is said to have a retail business of clothes and by obtaining a parking pass from the Western Railway cycle stand, he was doing his business.It is alleged that on 09.12.2019, his father had gone to Vadodara Railway Station to get his bicycle and from there, he was taken to Fatehganj Police Station for interrogation and since then, they have not heard of him.The Court on 19-06-2020 had ordered that the corpus be PRODUCED before the court, on the returnable date (24th June, 2020).However, the police machinery couldn’t trace the missing person in question despite Court’s several orders to this effect.Further, a First Information Report came to be lodged being ICR No. 111960122061 of 2020 on 06.07.2020 at Fatehganj Police Station, Vadodara City for the offences punishable under Sections 302, 201, 203, 204 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against some police officers (committed against the missing person in question).Mr. S.G.Patil, Additional Commissioner of Police, Division was the first informant. The investigation of the said FIR was also handed over to the ACP, B-Division, Vadodara City.Significantly, on 05th August 2020 the Court acceded to the request of change of investigating agency rather than permitting some more time in the matter to the present agency as that may further result in loss of vital evidenceThe Court ordered that the investigation be handed over to the CID Crime. The officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police shall be handed over the investigation and the same shall be supervised by the officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General.It was directed that the selection of the officers shall be done by the Director General of Police who shall decide the name of Superintendent of Police and also the officer who will supervise the entire investigation.Court’s Observations on Monday (28th September)The Court was provided with the road map of investigation and it was ensured that the best possible endeavours would be made to go to the root of the matter.Mr. Girish Pandya further added that once the Court of Learned JMFC permits the Lie Detection Test, as and when deemed appropriate during the course of the investigation, further scientific tests also shall be requested for.The Court remarked,”Let no stone be left unturned and every possible attempt be made to go to the root of the matter. There must not be any scope of either laxity or soft paddling at any stage of investigation which is not only impermissible, but would also prove to be deleterious for the system.” (emphasis supplied)The Court said that periodical reporting also shall be needed till the whereabouts of the corpus is found with substantive and scientific proof.The Matter has been further scheduled for hearing on 15.10.2020 where the case diary shall be shared with the Court along with the progress in the the investigation, 24 hours advance.The Investigating Officer has been directed to remain present through video conferencing also on the next date of hearing.Case Details:Case Title: Sheikh Salim Shekhbabu v. State Of Gujarat & 2 othersCase No.: Special Criminal Application No. 2595 of 2020Quorum: Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice N. V. AnjariaAppearance: Advocate Imtiyaj M. Kureshi (for the Applicant); Public Prosecutor Mitesh Amin With APP Ms Jirga Jhaveri (for the Respondent No. 1).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

How Dell’s Addressing Responsible Mineral Sourcing

first_imgIf you’re a frequent Direct2Dell reader, you’ve likely heard about Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan and our mission to use our technology and expertise to improve our communities and planet.  You’ve maybe even read about our recycled carbon fiber initiative or our new program to intercept ocean-bound plastics for use in our packaging.The backbone of so many of these innovations powering a circular economy is a sustainable supply chain.As the United Nations reminds us, supply chains have enormous potential to advance economic development around the world. And Dell believes a sustainable, ethical supply chain can also uncover tremendous innovation and efficiencies that transform business for the better.Since 2009, Dell has been actively working to address a key industry issue affecting the electronics sector: responsible mineral sourcing. We were a leading voice in the industry wide collaborations that led to the formation of the Conflict Free Smelter Initiative (CFSI) in 2011, which established a global framework for sourcing tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold (often referred to as 3TG or “conflict minerals”).Aligned with CFSI, we implemented a management system for conflict minerals based on the OECD’s five-step framework for due diligence in the mineral supply chain. We mapped our supply chain for 3TG and published our conflict minerals policy and smelter list on our website. We also incorporated conflict minerals reporting into our contracts with suppliers, setting up a robust process to identify risks and remove smelters from our supply chain.But even with the progress the industry has made around 3TGs from conflict-afflicted areas, there are still broader social and environmental challenges related to the sourcing of other minerals. Similar to CFSI, a global framework is needed for sourcing these minerals – and work is underway. In 2016 Dell joined the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI), which seeks to build the infrastructure necessary to accurately identify smelters and mining companies that do not conduct proper due diligence to safeguard human rights where they operate.One of the minerals that is a key priority for the RRMI is cobalt, which is commonly mined from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and used in the production of lithium-ion batteries. As much as 20 percent of the cobalt sourced from the DRC may be mined by companies that do not have responsible sourcing programs that meet our standards, and the DRC produces roughly 50 percent of the world’s cobalt.  As an active member in the RRMI’s Cobalt Working Group, we are working to map the cobalt supply chain and improve traceability.In a parallel effort, Dell joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI).  Through RCI, we aim to improve visibility into the cobalt supply chain and monitor where cobalt is coming from, the conditions under which it’s being mined, and engage with the DRC government and local NGOs to address risks and challenges on the ground. We are actively engaged across industries and sectors to protect human rights and address behaviors at all levels of the cobalt supply chainDell’s goal is to continue developing our due diligence systems for the sourcing of other minerals, like we have done for 3TG. While the work to build traceability infrastructure for cobalt is underway, Dell has taken steps to broaden our responsible raw material management system to include cobalt. In January 2016, we surveyed our battery suppliers and other key suppliers to understand their cobalt supply chain, current traceability, and sourcing policies. This year, we expanded the survey and began to collaborate with the RRMI to develop an industry-standard cobalt sourcing reporting template. We also launched a continuous improvement pilot project with battery suppliers to build their capabilities to follow the OECD’s responsible sourcing due diligence and help create awareness on cobalt sourcing in their supply chains.Addressing these challenges is a very complex endeavor that requires cross-industry collaboration. We do not yet have all the answers, but we are committed to transparency and open dialogue as we seek solutions. It’s through candid discussion that we’ll find shared interests that will make a positive difference in business and communities around the globe.last_img read more

Mikel Set to Dump Chinese Club, Rohr Admits Uncertainty over His…

first_imgSuper Eagles Captain, John Obi Mikel, has revealed that he hascancelled his contract with Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Teda, a year before the agreement between club and player was due to run out.The former Chelsea midfielder did not travel with the Tianjin Teda first-teamers to Spain for pre-season training as he is negotiating with the club to break his contract.In an interview with Tianjin TV Sports New Vision programme, Mikel said: ‘’I broke the contract with the club, which means I will leave Teda. As for my next stop, I am not sure yet, maybe I will return to Europe, maybe stay in China. Anyway, I would like to wish the Teda team good luck next season.’’ Mikel performed well for Tianjin Teda in the first half of the 2018 season but struggled with injuries in the second half after representing Nigeria at the World Cup.Throughout his stay in China, the central midfielder cum defender featured in 31 Super League matches, scoring three goals and three assists.Meanwhile, Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, has finally admitted uncertainty over the future of Mikel Obi with the Nigerian national team.Although Rohr had all along maintained that he and Mikel are in regular contact over the midfielder’s decision to regain full fitness before returning to international duty, the gaffer is now sounding less certain.Such that Rohr stopped short of affirming whether the Eagles’ skipper will be available for the team’s first two matches of 2019, as he failed to give any exact date for the star’s return.Instead of confirming that Mikel will be invited for the last Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles in Asaba on March 22, 2019, and the international friendly against Egypt four days later, Rohr declared in a media chat that he does not know the Teda star’s schedule.With Mikel also failing to fix any particular date on his much-expected return to the Eagles, Rohr has now opted to play safe on his comments about the former Chelsea star, who was riddled with several fitness issues last season in the Chinese Super League.Unlike before when Rohr would boldly declare that he is aware of his skipper’s plans and doused talk about the icon heading for retirement, Rohr simply stated this time, “We don’t know yet when or if Obi Mikel wants to join the Eagles.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more