About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. What happens to charities when their founder turns against them? What happens to charities when their founder turns against them? This is what has happened to Greenpeace. Former director of the environmental organisation Dr Patrick Moore last week denounced various environmental charities, including the World Wide Fund for nature and the Rainforest Foundation.Read ‘Judas’ of the eco-warriors spreads his gospel of doubt by Anthony Browne in The Observer. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 May 2000 | News 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Founder problems
The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is invite people to nominate good causes to receive a £50 grant. The organisations can be based anywhere in the UK.Nominations are open during ‘Make a Difference Week’ runs from 14 – 21 July. Existing customers and members of the public are invited to call into any of the Society’s 131 branches and 75 agencies to recommend a charity to receive a £50 grant.The Charitable Foundation was founded in 1999 and has since donated more than £2.1 million to over 3,600 charities. It receives most of its funds through the Society’s Small Change Big Difference scheme where members donate the pennies from the interest they receive on their accounts. Advertisement Building Society offers hundreds of £50 grants Louise Neill of the Foundation said: “We receive applications and make donations throughout the year to hundreds of charities. However we hold our annual Summer event so that we can be sure we have the chance to help smaller, local charities that are often overlooked by large organisations but are important to the communities where our staff and members live and work.”The public can find their nearest Yorkshire Building Society branch or agency at the Society’s website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 18 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 July 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Prepaid card to benefit Demelza Hospice Care for Children Tagged with: corporate Finance Howard Lake | 14 April 2009 | News Demelza Hospice Care for Children is to receive income from a new prepaid MasterCard® card from M-Cube and Newcastle Building Society.Prepaid solutions provider M-Cube will donate 100% of its profits from cardholder transactions to directly benefit the hospice. It has also pledged to bear all other suppliers’ costs in order for the charity to benefit as soon as people start using the Demelza Prepaid Card. In addition, Newcastle Building Society, the issuing bank behind the scheme, has waived its usual start up costs associated with setting up a prepaid card.By purchasing the Demelza Prepaid card users can benefit from discounts from a wide array of retailers, leisure centres, theatres and other organisations, cash back rewards on selected purchases, £2,000 worth of days out vouchers, three free magazines, two months of free DVD rentals, and other offers.Prepaid cards are designed to offer a way “to control and manage spending”. The card can be topped up like a mobile phone and used like a debit card, in any outlet where MasterCard is accepted.Kriya Patel, Head of Card Solutions at Newcastle Building Society, said: “As a mutual building society we aim to be a socially responsible organisation, so when M-Cube approached us about the Demelza card we were happy to donate our services and time.”www.demelzaprepaid.com 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Buffalo, N.Y. Springfield, Ill. New York City Los Angeles Neither rain, snow nor sleet kept postal workers from protesting to demand “Save six day mail.”From a spirited community march and union rally in New York’s Manhattan to a militant march through the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, postal workers and their supporters came out from coast to coast on March 24 to save six-day mail delivery. Wintery weather throughout most of the country did not dampen their enthusiasm.The National Association of Letter Carriers called for the national day of action to prevent cutting mail service to five days a week. The American Postal Workers Union and the Rural Letter Carriers Union both endorsed. Hundreds of protests took place around the U.S., with at least one in every state. A common chant in all the rallies was “Five day, no way!”In New York City, the group Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Service began with a community street meeting in front of the Port Authority Post Office, which is slated for closing. After an hour or so of connecting with the community — including the Fulton Houses across the street — CLUPJS and its allies marched to the Main Post Office at 31st Street and 8th Avenue to join a rally of 1,500 postal workers.On the march with CLUPJS were Mary Pannell and high school student Victoria Pannell, who was a leader of the 2011 National Rally to Save Postal Jobs and Services, and letter carrier Charlie Twist, a NALC member.CLUPJS believes the best way to fight to save postal jobs is to unite the fight of the workers and their unions with that of the communities to save necessary services. CLUPJS member and housing leader Rosa Maria de la Torre was invited to speak to the mass rally, along with leaders of the postal unions.De la Torre made a strong case for building solidarity with communities that need postal service: “… [I]t is only through unity that battles affecting the poor and the working class can be won. CLUPJS urges all postal unions to work together. We in the community are committed to saving our post offices. We are petitioning against the closing of the Port Authority [Post Office] and against the sale of Old Chelsea Station … and for saving Saturday delivery.”In Los Angeles, nearly 4,000 postal workers marching through crowded Hollywood streets received widespread encouragement from people yelling support and drivers honking their horns. This strong working-class action and the outpouring of support stood in stark contrast to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and gave tourists a real struggle to observe.More than 300 postal workers and supporters gathered in Philadelphia outside the Ben Franklin Post Office, named after the first U.S. Postmaster General. The protest drew letter carriers from around the tri-state area, who lined both sides of Market Street as drivers passing by honked in support. Teachers, state and city workers, carpenters and other unionists joined the protest.Around 200 turned out at the Lower Paxton Post Office in Harrisburg, Pa. Workers from Reading, Pa.,also participated. In Pittsburgh seniors, veterans, religious groups, community associations and other labor organizations turned out to support postal workers.A highly visible Western New York rally at a Buffalo post office near a huge shopping mall turned out some 400 postal workers and supporters. Union members welcomed the International Action Center’s signs declaring community support and opposition to closings, cuts and layoffs.‘They want to privatize all public services’Despite miserable rain and cold weather, over 100 letter carriers and supporters rallied at the General Assembly building in Raleigh, N.C. A union rally like this is extremely rare in the largely non-union state of North Carolina. The impressive mobilization showed the potential strength of an organized working class there.Eddie Davidson, president of statewide NALC Local 382, chaired the rally, along with Craig Schadewald, Local 382 vice president. MaryBe McMillan, secretary treasurer of the N.C. AFL-CIO, led the chant, “They say cut back, we say fight back!” that roared through the crowd.Ajamu Dillahunt, former president of the Raleigh APWU and a leader in Black Workers for Justice, and Zaina Alsous, from NC Student Power Union, also spoke. “It is not just about postal workers, it is about all workers, municipal workers, mental health workers, we must all stand together, ” stated Dillahunt. “They want to privatize all public services.”Cold, wet weather in Atlanta didn’t stop several hundred postal workers, their families and other union members from rallying outside the Crown Road Post Office for three hours. The large crowd filled the area around the sprawling complex and across the street. Again community support was expressed by passing motorists. Occasionally train engineers honked and waved. Hundreds of leaflets were distributed detailing the real story about Congress’ role behind the postal service’s budget shortfall.Freezing weather on top of a snow storm in Wichita, Kan., couldn’t keep letter carriers and other postal workers from rallying outside the main post office. They were joined there by members of the Communication Workers, the American Federation of Teachers and community members. Members of the German union ver.di added international solidarity to the action. They were in Wichita protesting T- Mobile’s cutting union jobs, alongside CWA.At a rally sponsored by the Wisconsin State NALC in front of the West Milwaukee Post Office, over 250 postal workers, their families and allies from many unions and community groups protested for two hours in blowing snow. The crowd chanted, “Ho, ho, hey, hey, we want our mail on Saturday!”Before the rally ended, participants gathered to commemorate the work done everyday by postal workers for more than 200 years. That announcement drew many hoots and hollers of support. Other rallies took place in Madison and Green Bay, Wis.Hundreds of postal workers converged at the huge central post office building in downtown San Diego. Cheered on by honks of passing drivers, the workers surrounded the building with a picket line and were clearly unified in their demands that Congress stop dismantling the U.S. Postal Service and not reduce Saturday services.In Seattle,labor and community leaders from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Colorado and New Mexico — in town for the AFL-CIO Western Regional Conference — joined local postal workers and community activists for a downtown rally.Dante Strobino, Ellie Dorritie, Bob McCubbin, Audrey Hoak, Scott Scheffer, Johnnie Stevens and Dianne Mathiowetz contributed to this article.Photos: New York/Brenda Ryan; Los Angeles/Scott Scheffer; Springfield, Ill./Tony Hutson; Buffalo, N.Y./Bev Hiestand FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of PasadenaThe Pasadena Boys & Girls Clubs “Youth of the Year” Ivonne Gonzalez is joining 22 other nominees to an all-expense paid trip to China for an international, cultural and educational expedition. This journey is a part of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs taking the program to the next level!The China Expedition is a creation by the fantastic partners of the Alliance who had a shared vision of helping the 23 Youth of the Year nominees to see beyond their communities and looking into a world they might never know. With the mission of promoting collaboration among Chinese and U.S. businesses, communities and stakeholders, the China Enterprise Council helped with the platform to make this extraordinary experience possible.Club members who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service; community service, academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the critical impact that Boys Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.“This trip is paramount in changing the lives of the well-deserved nominees who I believe will build on this experience and in turn help their communities see beyond for cultural integration and appreciation”, states Mary Hewitt, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs. She went on, “schools don’t have the resources to maintain their art and gym classes, let alone send students on trips outside their community. These nominees are the best of the best, we are doing this to help students become global citizens, bring life to the subjects they learn in school, and expose them to new ideas and cultures.”Brian Davis, Executive Director & CEO of the Pasadena Boys & Girls Clubs states, “Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. 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Combining Discover China Trip with Xiamen Airlines inaugural flight from Los Angeles to Xiamen and showing the kids how pilot and flight attendants are trained for duty, embodies our best wishes for them to carry their dream forward flying on B787-9 Dreamliner,” stated Susie Zhu, General Manager of LA Office, Xiamen Airlines.About the Boys & Girls Club of PasadenaThe Boys & Girls Clubarby communities of South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Marino, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, La Canada, La Crescenta, Montrose, and Glendale. Since 1937, the mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has been to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 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NewsLocal NewsCommunities in fear highlights need for garda stationsBy admin – January 29, 2013 651 Email AS GARDAI withdraw from the talks on a proposed extension to the Croke Park deal, and as fear begins to show throughout the country in light of the murder of det garda Adrian Donohue last week, TD’s, local representatives and the public at large are calling on Minister Alan Shatter to put a halt on the closure of 100 garda stations in Irleand, and six in Limerick. Willie O’Dea, Fianna Fail TD, has slammed the closure of Mary Street Garda station this week calling it “a dreadful decision by the Government. The fact that this is one of the oldest Garda stations in the country and is located in the heart of a regeneration area, parts of which in the past have been unfortunately associated with gangland activity, makes the decision all the more ludicrous.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previously, councillor John Gilligan, said that the “garda retreat from the inner city is a worrying development”. Niall Collins, FF spokesperson on Justice has again called on Minister Shatter to “put aside his plan to close the garda stations, to cut resources and to further cut the member numbers. On Budget Day last December, as part of the Garda Consolidations programme, it was announced that districts would be merged and stations would close including six in Limerick. Galbally, Kilfinnane, Castletown/Conyers, Kilmeedy, Tournafoulla and the city centre station at Mary Street. Niall Collins said that; “The Minister sneakily announced this slash and burn on Budget day, hoping it seems that people wouldn’t pay too much attention. He is sorely mistaken. Removing the garda presence from our communities on such a large-scale at a time when the rate of burglaries has increased makes absolutely no sense. The presence of a local garda station, however small, acts as a deterrent to criminals who target vulnerable households. “Limerick has fared one of the worst in Minister Shatter’s hit list. We will have 6 less garda stations and many of our communities will have lost their local station. Minister Shatter countered that; “It is, of course, previous Fianna Fail led Governments which are responsible for the financial disaster that has impacted on the State and has so severely effected the lives of everyone who resides in the State”, adding that it was the previous Government that agreed with the Troika the expenditure reductions and reductions in Garda numbers.“If I were Deputy Niall Collins, I would refrain from making hypocritical comment and engaging in self-serving disingenuous political rhetoric based on the assumption that the general public is suffering from amnesia. It is time that he acknowledged that it is his Party that is responsible for the position in which we find ourselves”.But as the political football continues to be kicked around, Deputy O’Dea reminded that the fear of gang reprisals and an upsurgance is still very real according to his information. “As I have stated previously, it is my understanding that some of the remnants of the gangs in Limerick are getting together in an attempt to re-establish themselves to their former strength and with the closure of Garda stations like Mary Street combined with the reduction in overall Garda numbers, this could bring the gangland problem right back to where it was a few years ago.“Lets not forget, that it was as a result of long hours of painstaking policing by Gardai, including those based at Mary St, that the problem has thankfully abated in recent times, but as we witnessed with the callous murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Louth last weekend, gangland crime is a constant threat to society.“Since 2011, Limerick has lost 40 members of An Garda Síochána who have not been replaced and there are no Detective Inspectors at all in the Limerick division and there is a reduction of 18 in the number of Sergeants.”Deputy O’Dea concluded, “The closure of Mary street Garda station is another open invitation from Minister Alan Shatter to potential gangland kingpins to takeover where predecessors left off. The underhand, dishonest way in which these cuts are being foisted upon An Garda Síochána tells us all we need to know about Mr. Shatter and his priorities. At a time when we should be maintaining all Garda stations and Garda strength in Limerick, we are now facilitating criminals to once again potentially gain the upper hand.” Facebook Advertisement Previous articleLimerick models launch new Gathering stampNext articleUL well beaten in Sigerson Cup admin Twitter Print WhatsApp Linkedin
ColumnsLearning Advocacy : Things Learnt After 11 Years At Bar Goutham Shivshankar25 April 2020 6:06 AMShare This – xA good advocate helps judges realize when they make mistakes, but to the best extent possible, doesn’t let the world know that the judge has erred.I’m in my eleventh year of practice as an advocate, still very young by the profession’s standards. A decade and some, being knocked about in courts across the country and even abroad. Fali Nariman calls it the “School of Hard Knocks”. I’ve been knocked hard indeed. If words could cut visibly, I would have many bruises to show. I like to believe I’ve learnt a little at that school,…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?LoginI’m in my eleventh year of practice as an advocate, still very young by the profession’s standards. A decade and some, being knocked about in courts across the country and even abroad. Fali Nariman calls it the “School of Hard Knocks”. I’ve been knocked hard indeed. If words could cut visibly, I would have many bruises to show. I like to believe I’ve learnt a little at that school, though still young. At law school, I learnt some law. I graduated, enrolled at the Bar, and was then told I had become an “advocate”. This didn’t ring any alarm bells for me at the time. In hindsight, it should have. I didn’t have a clue what “advocacy” was about, and what being an “advocate” meant. At best, I could call myself a fledgling “lawyer”. I knew how to read statutes and judgements, discern the principle that turned cases, and string together a logical argument of what would be the result if “the law” applied to “the facts”. I thought I was rather clever. I believed, naively, that that was all there was to it. I hadn’t considered the possibility that someone would disagree with me on what “the law” and “the facts” were, at least not in a way that mattered to me. I was in for some rude shocks. It turned out nobody cared one bit for what I had to say on anything. Not my chamber-colleagues, not my seniors, and certainly not those judges. I learnt slowly, very slowly, that it wasn’t enough for me have an argument. I had to have a convincing argument. But it turned out even that was not enough. I discovered that I would still lose my battles, even against other lawyers whose arguments were clearly unconvincing. Repeatedly. Ingloriously. Painfully. And slowly, I learnt that it wasn’t enough to have a convincing argument. I also needed, myself personally, to be a convincing person. I had to get people to first listen to me. Then, I had to get them to take me seriously. If possible, I needed to get them to like me. Then, only then, would my convincing argument stand a shot being a winning argument. It took many years for me to learn that this process of converting a “logical argument” to a “winning one” was called “advocacy”. That’s why we are called “advocates”. It turns out that there’s only one really sure-shot way of becoming a good “advocate”. That way is called “practice” and that’s why we “advocates” have a “practice”. To be fair to myself, I studied at the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. My law school’s motto, inscribed in tiny words in its logo, reads in Sanskrit as follows: “युक्तिहीने विचारे तु धर्महानि: प्रजायते”, which is often crudely translated to mean “Judgment devoid of logic destroys Dharma”. This, whilst true, is only partly true, since it emphasizes, primarily, “logic”. For another part of the truth, we must look to Oliver Wendell Holmes, that famous American judge, who said “The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.” Logic has its rightful and important place in advocacy. But experience teaches us that several other things matter. The ancient Greeks knew this too. Aristotle, in his Rhetoric, spoke of “ethos, pathos and logos” as modes of persuasion used to convince an audience. Logos is logic. Ethos refers to the distinguishing moral character of the person making the arguments. This is why we say Senior Counsel have “standing” – what we mean is that they have ethos, a special, distinguished moral character which the Bar and the Bench hold in high regard. Pathos refers to the emotional content of one’s speech. It is what pulls at a judge’s heartstrings. It is the sort of stuff that led judges to entertain PILs by litigants like Charles Sobhraj, a convicted serial killer, and pass judgements to effectuate prison reforms in Tihar jail. A good advocate must have ethos, pathos and logos. Closer home, and in our own times, Mr. Janak Dwarakdas, the highly respected Senior Advocate from Bombay, in a speech he gave in 2018 on “The Art of Advocacy”, highlights this difference between being a “lawyer” and an “advocate”. This is a wonderful speech that is available on Youtube here. I would urge everyone to watch it. So, without much further ado, what are these small things that I have learnt? I list out only a few. At the end of this article, I point you to some good resources on the art of advocacy, both written and oral. Many books have been written on the subject, and I wish someone had told me about them in law school. The points I state below may seem extraordinarily simple, but I have learnt them the hard way. I don’t know if there is an easier way to learn these things, but if there is, I hope you figure it out. The little I can do to help you along the way, is to tell you what I have understood myself. So here goes. Let’s begin with your client. He’s a very important guy, but not the most important guy. He pays your bills and gives you his case. He wants you to win, and you owe it to him to try your best to win. But this does not mean that you win at all costs. This is important. I will explain what I mean below. Next, your opposition. Assume you are arguing against the best. Be that well prepared. It will save you a lot of pain and embarrassment in court. But more importantly, always be courteous to your opponent. Even when he doesn’t deserve it. Especially when he doesn’t deserve it. This does not mean you should be a push-over. Stand your ground, but politely. Now, let’s come to the most important people. These are the court staff and the judges. Do not underestimate the importance of the court staff. They are the kindly people who tell you what happened in your case if you missed it. They are kind, however, only if you are nice to them. Smile at them. Even if they think you’re a bit off your head. That leaves the judges. But before we get to the judges, I’ll remind you of something very important. You are an advocate. An advocate is bound by rules. More importantly, you are bound by honour. You must act honourably at all times. Even when no one is watching. Especially when no one is watching. You must not lie. To your client. To the court. To anyone. Never, ever lie when at work as an advocate. Don’t be a shyster. Just don’t do it. Instead, work hard, research well, write a good brief, and be fully prepared for your hearing. These are the basics. I will assume that you have learnt to do most of this well at law school and the “not lying” bit from your mother. This is the least you owe your client, no matter how much or how little he pays you. I do not discuss written advocacy here. Now, to the judges, and more generally, the Court. This is what I have learnt about judges and courts. Firstly, one learns that courts both have power of their own and limit the power of others. To advocate well to a court, you must acknowledge that it has power over your client. Your job as an advocate, then, is to convince the court to exercise its power a certain way. You must convince the court that your way is the best amongst the various options before it. Notice that I said the word “power” thrice and even underlined it. This is because understanding how “power” works is fundamental to your job as an advocate. Introspect on this. We must learn to “speak truth to power”. But this leads us to a second problem. Judges have their own instincts about what the law is and what the truth is. They are confident, experienced, and very clever men and women. They are judges for precisely those reasons, and their truth and instincts are very real to them. An advocate who hopes to convince the court of a different truth, must do so tactfully. Good advocates convince the court with the least friction. Thirdly, we like to believe that judges are entirely rational and logical. But often, they appear to arrive at decisions first and rationalize them later. Good advocacy then, helps to sway a judge first emotionally, and then lays down the easiest logical route to support that emotion. Note that I said “easiest” logical route. Good advocates don’t make convoluted arguments unless left with absolutely no choice. No one cares if you’re very smart. You’re not important. Yes, you heard that right. You, advocate, are not important. Your case is important, your client is important, land the court is most important. Fourthly, you know starting out that some of your cases are hopeless ones. Your job in these cases is then, not to secure an impossible win using dishonourable means. It is to make traction. To move the judge a little now, so that he may perhaps be moved further another day. Fifthly, and lastly, judges are human. They like praise when they do things right. They dislike being told they are getting things wrong. A good advocate helps judges realize when they make mistakes, but to the best extent possible, doesn’t let the world know that the judge has erred. The worst thing, the absolute worst thing you can do as an advocate, is to appear cleverer than the judge. This is especially true if you are indeed cleverer than the judge (which, by the way, you never are). That’s it. It’s that simple. Now, I recommend just two books to read on Advocacy to begin with. They are: 1. Devil’s Advocate – A spry polemic on how to be seriously good in Court by Iain Morley QC (for oral advocacy) 2. Bryan A. Garner – The Winning Brief (for written advocacy) I hope you have an enjoyable time learning how to do advocacy. Actually, I rather hope you will have a terribly, horribly painful time. Because, then, I know you would have learnt it well. And remember this always. In most Indian courts, “good advocates” get the Court to “Notice”. But “great advocates” get the Court to “Notice and Stay”.(Goutham Shivshankar is an Advocate at the Supreme Court. He tweets @gousgame) Next Story
News UpdatesSupreme Court Dismisses UP Govts’s Challenge To Bail Granted To Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, Wife, Son In Forgery Case Mehal Jain21 Jan 2021 9:32 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed three separate pleas of Uttar Pradesh government challenging the bail granted to Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife and son in a case of alleged forgery of birth certificate. The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah dismissed the appeal filed by the state government against the October 13, 2020, order of the Allahabad…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed three separate pleas of Uttar Pradesh government challenging the bail granted to Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife and son in a case of alleged forgery of birth certificate. The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah dismissed the appeal filed by the state government against the October 13, 2020, order of the Allahabad High Court.The Special Leave Petitions are dismissed. We make it clear that any observation made in the impugned order shall have no bearing in trial since it was only with regard to granting bail, the bench said in its order.The state of UP was represented by SG Tushar Mehta and the respondents by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal.The Allahabad High Court had on October 13 last year held that its verdict disqualifying Mohd. Abdullah Azam Khan from the membership of the State Legislative Assembly for falsifying his age in the affidavit, is not conclusive for the purpose of consideration of bail application in the criminal case arising out of such falsification.”A judgment of public nature should be such which declares, defines or otherwise determines the status of a person, or a jural relation of that person to the world generally. In the Election Petition merely a statutory challenge was made to the election of a third applicant (Abdullah Azam Khan) to the Legislative Assembly on the grounds available under Section 100 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.It was not an action for establishing the status of third applicant. It was also not an action initiated by the State to have the status of the third applicant established or his jural relation to the world generally established. The Election Petition is not a suit of general nature or representative action for adjudication of the status of a person. Hence it cannot be considered to be a judgment of public nature as per Section 42 of Evidence Act,” the Single Bench of Justice Siddharth said.(Section 41 of the Evidence Act contemplates Judgments in-rem (regarding status of a person are effective against everybody while judgment), whereas Section 42 contemplated Judgments in-personem (binds only parties and not relevant in any case of subsequent proceedings))Abdullah Azam Khan, son of former Cabinet Minister Mohd. Azam Khan and Dr. Tazeen Fatima, was Samjwadi Party’s MLA from Rampur. He was disqualified from the membership of the State Legislative Assembly for being less than 25 years of age as on the date of election, in December last year.The Court found that his parents had manipulated his birth certificates for the purpose of election and he was otherwise, ineligible to hold the office.In this backdrop, a criminal complaint was filed against the family under Section 420 (Cheating) and for Forgery under Sections 467, 468, 471 IPC.It was alleged that the accused persons got two birth certificates issued from two places. First birth certificate, recording his date of birth as 01.01.1993, was used for making passport, etc., and it was misused in foreign travel. Second birth certificate, recording his date of birth as 30.09.1990, was misused in government documents, contesting election to Legislative Assembly of State.The present order pertains to a bail application moved by Khan and family. Noting that Abdullah Azam was not instrumental in fabricating the documents and was “only beneficiary”, the Court allowed his bail plea.”The third applicant has although contested and won election of the State Legislative Assembly on the basis of fabricated document, yet he was not instrumental in getting it issued by giving any affidavit before the Nagar Nigam, Lucknow. He was only beneficiary of the act done by other two applicants,” the Court said.The Bench has also permitted to release Ms. Fatima, under Section 437 (1) of CrPC.”This Court is of the view that since 3rd applicant has not given any affidavit for changing his date of birth before Nagar Nigarm, Lucknow, but it has been done by the 1st and 2nd applicants, namely, Tazeen Fatima and Mohd. Azam Khan, hence he is entitled to be released on bail forthwith. 1st applicant deserves to be given benefit of Section 437 (1) Cr.P.C. being woman and shall be enlarged on bail.”Whereas, the former Cabinet Minister shall be released on bail only on the date the statement of the informant gets recorded.Collusive allotment of Govt land to Khan’s familyThrough a separate order, Single Bench of Justice Siddharth allowed the bail application moved by Mohd. Abdullah and his mother Tanzeen Fatima, in connection to a case alleging that they had influenced the Zila Adhikari, to get a government land allotted in their favour.The Bench noted,”After considering the rival submissions, this Court finds that the applicant was although beneficiary of the allotment made in his favour and co-accused Smt. Tazeen Fatima, his mother, but the main allegation is against his father, who was Cabinet Minister in the State Government at the relevant time and who got the land in dispute allotted in favour of his wife and son by misusing his official position. There is no allegation against applicant that he indulged in any manipulation for getting the land allotted in favour of his mother and later for himself.”The Court also noted that prior to allotment of the land to Khan, the property was rented out to one Gagan Lal, and the District Magistrate had been inept in protecting the property since 1947.”It cannot be said that for the first time the land in dispute was allotted to the applicant and his mother by commission of alleged offences by the Zila Sahkari Vikas Sangh, Rampur. The State had not been vigilant in protecting the properties vested in it since the year 1947 and the Zila Sahkari Vikas Sangh, Rampur was treating the property as its own, whether malafidely or under some bonafide mistake is yet to be decided. The applicant may be having criminal history of 44 cases but there is no material on record proving his conviction in any case,” the Court said.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
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