SC to hear plea on Blue Whale ban

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition to ban the online game Blue Whale, which has lead to several deaths and suicide attempts of teenagers.

As per The Hindu, the petition was heard by a bench led by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. The PIL was filed by N.S Ponnaiah from Madhurai through  Advocate C.R Jaya  Sukin  who urged that the Government should take immediate steps to spread awareness about the threats posed by the game and its availability online should be curbed.

Sukin mentioned that the Government has not taken enough measures even after the number of cases of self- inflicted injuries and suicides have substantially increased.

“Till the date September 5, media reported that at least 200 people had committed suicide after playing the online Blue Whale game. Most of them are young children under the age group of 13, 14 and 15 years,” the petition said.

It also said that while all the other countries had taken initiative to curb the online game, India still has not taken necessary actions.

The petition further stated that the parents are in a state of panic as the game has spread its root  across all the cities of the country even encouraging school children to play.

Sources: Business Standard, The Hindu

Justice Dipak Misra becomes 45th Chief Justice of India

Justice Dipak Misra succeeded Justice J.S Khehar as the 45th Chief Justice of India. Justice Misra, who headed the Supreme Court bench that gave capital punishment to four convicts in May this year in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, took oath on Monday in a short ceremony in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The oath of office was administered to Justice Misra in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind. He will hold office till October 2, 2018, that is roughly for the next 14 months.

According to the ongoing practice, Justice Khehar had suggested Justice Misra’s name for the next CJI last month. But with his retirement, the Aadhar Constitution bench has to sacrifice its lead judge. It will now either be headed by Justice Misra or he will make Justice Chelameswar the leading judge of the bench.

Justice Misra was also part of the historic bench that heard terrorist Yakub Memon’s last minute plea against his death sentence in July 2015. Memon was one of the primary accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts which took the lives of 257 people. It was Justice Misra who read out the Court’s decision at 5 A.M.

Justice Misra has been given the tag of a “pro-citizen judge” by his peers. He was the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court before being appointed as a Supreme Court judge in 2011.

Sourced from NDTV and The Hindu