Former SC Justice MB Lokur appointed to Supreme Court of Fiji; Government extends ban on LTTE- Current Affairs
Justice Lokur was invited by the Chief Justice of Fiji to be part of the Fiji Supreme Court a day after he retired from the Supreme Court of India.
Story 1- Retired SC Justice MB Lokur appointed to Supreme Court of Fiji
Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur, who retired as the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court in December 2018, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji’s non-resident panel for the duration of three years.
Justice Lokur received the appointment letter for the same on December 31, 2018, a day after he retired from the Supreme Court of India. Speaking on the same, Justice Lokur said that he was invited by the Chief Justice of Fiji to be part of the Fiji Supreme Court and he accepted the offer.
• The Supreme Court of Fiji consists of the Chief Justice, who is also the President of the Supreme Court, all Justices of Appeal who are also members of the Court of Appeal and others specifically appointed as Supreme Court judges.
• The court has three sessions in one year and Justice Lokur would be attending the August session from August 15- 30, 2019.
• Fiji has previously invited judges from other nations including Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Africa and Malaysia to be a part of its non-resident panel.
• An Honours graduate from Delhi University’s St. Stephen's College, Justice Lokur obtained his law degree from Faculty of Law, which is also a part of DU.
• Justice Lokur was enrolled at the Bar in 1977 and practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.
• He was enrolled as Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court in 1981, after qualifying the required examination.
• He continued to hold the post until he joined the Delhi High Court as an Additional Judge in February 1999. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the Delhi High Court in July 1999.
• He also served as the Editor of Indian Law Review (Delhi Series) from February 1983.
• Further, he functioned as the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court from February 2010 to May 2010 before being appointed as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court and then the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
• He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court in June 2012. He retired as the senior-most Supreme Court judge on December 30, 2018, after serving a term of more than 6 years.
Story 2- Government extends ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
In its latest notification, the Union Home Ministry extended the ban imposed on the militant group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its strong anti-India posture and the threat it poses to the nation.
According to the Indian Government, the LTTE has been covertly working towards the creation of Tamil Eelam, a proposed independent state for Tamils, and has been undertaking fundraising activities for the same.
• The Home Ministry’s notification noted that the activities of LTTE’s remainder cadres, dropouts and supporters who have been traced recently in Tamil Nadu suggest that the LTTE cadres sent to Tamil Nadu would ultimately be utilised by the militant group for unlawful activities.
• The notification stated that despite the ban, many pro-LTTE organizations and individuals were trying to extend support to the outfit.
• As per the Central Government, the activities of LTTE continue to pose a threat and are detrimental to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India as well as the public order. Therefore, the government felt that it should extend a ban on the outfit and declare it as an unlawful association.
• According to the official notice, the LTTE leaders, operatives and supporters have been vehemently opposing India’s policy on their organisation and the action of the State machinery in curbing their activities.
• The militant outfit also continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.
The Indian Government has banned as many as 41 terrorist outfits under the first schedule of the unlawful activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
The LTTE has been declared as a terrorist organisation by over 32 countries, including the European Union.