DailyOh! What punishment can Prashant Bhushan get, to why Sushant Singh’s sister threatened staff

The Supreme Court has held Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court.

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Lawyer Prashant Bhushan has argued and won many cases in court but his lawyer Dushyant Dave argued and lost Bhushan’s own case in Supreme Court. Bhushan has been held guilty for contempt of court and contempt of the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde. There is no confirmation on whether Bhushan has experienced any guilt pangs but the SC has confirmed it will order Bhushan’s punishment on August 20.

1-2_081420043948.jpgPrashant Bhushan has been held guilty for contempt of court. (Photo: Reuters)

What can the punishment be? A jail term of up to six months, or a fine up to Rs 2,000, or both.

What could be the punishment for transferring money from a star’s account to that of a staff of the star? According to Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Priyanka, a jail term of 10 years. A video of Priyanka and her husband Siddharth Tanwar shows the two quizzing a staff member of Sushant, Rajat Mewati, and threatening him with jail. Priyanka is apparently quizzing Mewati about a money transfer to a man named Pankaj from Sushant’s account, even while Sushant was alive.

Meanwhile, actor Jiah Khan’s mother Rabia Khan has said both Jiah and Sushant were ‘killed’ similarly. She has alleged both were strangulated and then the deaths were made to appear like suicides.

Many in Bollywood have now joined the chorus to hand over the probe to CBI. The CBI on its part has already taken the probe in its hands and has been questioning people.

It’s not just the Sushant probe which could move out from Maharashtra to CBI via Bihar; BJP leader and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis too could be moving out of Maharashtra – for now. Fadnavis has been reportedly called in to steer the way for the BJP in Bihar, along with state in-charge and BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav. Bihar goes to polls in October and that is one reason many say the Bihar government has taken a keen interest in Sushant’s death. Everyone likes a good mystery, except those on the receiving end of it.

Father of Disha Salian, Sushant’s ex-manager, has filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police against three people for allegedly spreading rumours about her death. Salian died on June 8 after allegedly jumping off her 14th-floor house. Some then said she was raped and thrown off the building and that Sushant was killed on June 14 because he knew who killed Disha.

The killer or killers should be found if the two were killed but Russia has found a buyer for its vaccine Sputnik V. Vietnam has registered to buy 50-150 million doses of the vaccine.

Covaxin trials in India are set to begin in September and the hunt for volunteers for the trial is on. Talking of the vaccine, let us talk about the virus and its victims. Popular playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in early August, is now reported to be critical. 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has, however, defeated the virus. The Home Minister will for now remain in home-isloation because that is what procedure says.

India’s Madhya Pradesh, meanwhile, has found a unique yoddha (Ayurvastra) to take on the shatru – Wuhan virus. The Madhya Pradesh Handloom and Handicrafts Corporation has started making and selling herbal saris which once draped, promise to keep the virus away. The saris have reportedly been treated with ancient herbal spices. If you sense gender discrimination there, do know that the corporation is also making herbal masks. Herbal or not, the mask is a must.

Guess who is the strongest Congress yoddha in Rajasthan? Sachin Pilot. After a month of fighting for justice, suffering humiliation and reaching a truce, Pilot has landed on the border from where he now wants to protect the party.

Pilot, who was deputy chief minister when he last sat in the Rajasthan assembly, was seated on the opposite side of the house, right next to the opposition benches. Pilot said he has been given the seat because only the bravest and most powerful warriors are sent to the border. If he meant it as a joke, no one laughed. If was serious about it, no one bought the argument.

Soldier or no soldier, Pilot is up for a fight because the BJP wants to bring in a no-cofidence motion against the Congress government. BJP does not have the numbers to win the motion but maybe it has taken the saying - winning is not important, playing is – at face value.

There is peace for now in Rajasthan and there is peace between Israel and UAE after what many have called a peace deal. The two sides were not at war but they were not talking. In a US-mediated deal, Israel and UAE have decided to start diplomatic engagement. UAE has become the third Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan to start normal diplomatic relations with Israel. In return, Israel for now would have to give up on its annex occupied West Bank territory. So you see, there is an element of peace in the deal.

Pakistan is however not happy with the deal because a lot of its terror deals hinge on the hostilities between Israel and the Muslims of the world. Talking of Pakistan reminds us that today happens to be Pakistan’s Independence Day. Pakistan’s independence came the same day as India, but is celebrated a day ahead of India. Was this Pakistan’s way of gaining supremacy over India? No, it was because Lord Mountbatten wanted to have two, not one, parties. If both countries would have celebrated the same day, Mountbatten would have had to choose which one to attend.

mountbatten_690_081420045543.jpgLouis Mountbatten (centre) with Jawaharlal Nehru (extreme left) and Mohammad Ali Jinnah (right) (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

That is not the only reason however. The other reason is that in 1947, the 27th day of Ramzan fell on August 14 and the 27th day of Ramzan is considered very auspicious by Muslims. Prayers happen all through the year. For Muslims, more prayers happen during Ramzan. And then on the 27th day, the most intense prayers happen because that is when Laylatul Qadr (night of power) falls. Laylatul Qadr is believed to be the holiest night of the year because this is when it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

In Meerut, Shahzeb Rizvi has announced a Rs 51 lakh reward for beheading the nephew of Bengaluru Congress MLA for a Facebook post considered derogatory to the Prophet. As a punishment for his act, Rizvi has been booked.

The drift from Pakistan’s Independence Day got us to the FIR against Rizvi. Let’s retrace the drift and get back to Pakistan’s Independence Day, celebrated a day ahead of India’s Independence Day.

We celebrate our Independence Day tomorrow and today we should do some digging into the word independence. Digging is important because when you dig you don’t know what you may find. Also, you may dig and not find anything.

But independence, the Word Of The Day, finds its origin in the French word depenre. Depenre means ‘to hang from’ or ‘to hang down’. In Latin, ‘in’ stood for ‘not’. So independence meant ‘not hanging from’. When we threw the colonisers out and away, we stood on our own and stopped ‘hanging from’ or ‘hanging down’. A colonial hangover is what we continue to suffer from though.

India is a free country but some parts of India are under Pakistani and Chinese control, warned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who said that China is trying to grab more territory and that India will pay a heavy price.

Two American senators have introduced a resolution in the Senate condemning China's aggression towards India. Even if that is part of worsening US-China relations, India has a reason to smile if not totally break into laughter.

Keep smiling or laughing or whatever you want to keep doing, because you are free after all.

We will take your leave now.

See you Monday, but for tomorrow: Happy Independence Day!

Also Read: Why the new Pakistan map is just more propaganda from Imran Khan 


Vandana Vandana @vsinghhere

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