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first_imgLearn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLearn Africa Plc publishes and distributes educational material for the pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in Nigeria. The company markets reference material, professional material, and general reading material as well as provides teacher training, education development programmes, digital content and educational consultancy services. Established in 1961 and formerly known as Longman Nigeria, the company was wholly-owned by Longman Group UK Limited, now Pearson Education. Pearson and Longman Nigeria mutually agreed to become separate corporate entities in 2011. Learn Africa Plc is the largest educational publisher in Nigeria with the widest range of books and educational resources as well as an expansive distribution network. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Learn Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgP Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng)  2021 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePZ Cussons Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of consumer products and home appliances in Nigeria. Personal care products include Premier Cool Deo antiseptic soaps, Carex hand hygiene products, Cussons baby products, Venus Gold fragrances and a Morning Fresh dish washing product. PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc sells milk products under the Coast, Nunu and Olympic brands, refined palm oil and red palm oil under the Mamador and Devon King’s brans, and YO! Yoghurt drinks. Household appliances sold under the Haier Thermocool brand include computers, televisions, DVD players, home entertainment systems, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, generators, inverters, stabilisers, automatic voltage regulators, fans and air coolers, washing machines, water dispensers, water heaters, gas cookers and microwaves. The company sells its electrical appliances through its own CoolWorld retail stores located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. It also exports products to Angola, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Togo. Established in 1899 and formerly known as Paterson Zochonis Industries Plc, the company changed its name to PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc in 2006. The company is a subsidiary of PZ Cussons Plc. Its head office is in Ikeja, Nigeria. PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img 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  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Revolution in the Mailbox: Your Guide to Successful Direct Mail Fundraising Howard Lake | 26 October 2007 | Newslast_img read more

first_img New Seed Treatment Options for Indiana Soybean Growers Home Indiana Agriculture News New Seed Treatment Options for Indiana Soybean Growers SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Apr 22, 2012 center_img [audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/04/bayerseed.mp3|titles=New Seed Treatment Options for Indiana Soybean Growers] More and more of the seeds being planted in Indiana this spring have been treated with special seed treatments. Seed treatments have come a long way in recent years, and a new product from Bayer Crop Science is offering soybean growers some new options in seed treatments. Ethan Luth, product manager for seed treatments with Bayer, says Poncho Votivo is available for soybeans this year, “Indiana soybean growers now have another tool in their fight against nematodes.”In addition to nematode control, Poncho Votivo has some other unique advantages, “Votive is a biological seed treatment, so it is very safe for producers to handle.” He told HAT that it is a living organism that grows along with the soybean plant to provide protection as the plant develops.In addition to disease and insect protection, seed treatments have proven to be a significant factor in boosting yield by getting plants off to a strong start in the spring. Luth says Votivo will provide better plant health during the early stages of development, “You get a healthier plant coming out of the ground than, with non treated seeds. We will often produce another tri-foliate on plants from treated seeds.” Previous articleWhile You Plant, The World WatchesNext articleGood Indiana Planting Progress and Tomatoes are Next in the South Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

first_img RSF_en January 4, 2019 Serbian authorities must protect journalists who are targets of violence SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence July 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Serbian authorities not to minimize threats and physical attacks against journalists, of which there have been several cases in recent weeks, and to provide journalists with better protection. Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Serbia Newscenter_img Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? to go further Protest against the Serbian President in Belgrade, on December 29, 2018 © OLIVER BUNIC / AFP News June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says The latest case was an attempt on 30 December to break into the apartment to which Milan Jovanovic – an investigative reporter who has covered corruption involving local politicians – was forced to move after his Belgrade house burned down in a fire started by a Molotov cocktail on 12 December. Jovanovic, who was in the apartment at the time, has not been getting police protection despite his requests and says he fears for his safety. Reacting to his statement, President Aleksandar Vucic dismissed the attack as “just a burglary.”“We strongly condemn the Serbian president’s comments minimizing the threats to journalists,” RSF said. “Such violence cannot be taken lightly. The authorities must accept that they have a duty to protect all journalists who are targets of harassment in connection with the provision of news and information or as a result of their investigative reporting.”The Vojvodina Journalists’ Association (NDNV) has also condemned the president’s comments as “very dangerous” because they played down “the journalist Jovanovic’s obvious vulnerability” and because it was unthinkable that “future attacks against journalists and other people who irritate this regime could be minimized in the same way.”Tatjana Vojtehovski, a well-known investigative reporter who often criticizes President Vucic on Twitter, was the target of death threats and rape threats on Twitter at the end of December, in which threats were also made against her daughter. Vojtehovski was previously the target of a wave of hatred and threats several months ago doing after series of TV reports about alleged embezzlement at a factory in the town of Lucani. Although a suspect was arrested and a warrant was issued for a second suspect, she has continued to receive constant threats.During an interview for N1 TV on 30 December, President Vucic had a vigorous exchange with a team of journalists about the recent attacks on reporters and the current climate in the Serbian media. While continuing to minimize the recent events, Vucic claimed that he was combatting impunity and that those responsible for violence against journalists critical of the government had been arrested.Anti-media rhetoric is being fuelled at the highest government level as Serbia continues to be embroiled in a deep political and social crisis, with the result that the press freedom situation and the climate for journalists are worsening by the day.Serbia is ranked 76th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, after falling ten places in the space of a year. News June 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgPrint Linkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsMan accused of running cocaine operation refused bail following €1 million seizure of drugs and cashBy David Raleigh – November 4, 2020 5772 Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement A man described by gardai as running a cocaine operation has been refused bail at Limerick District Court following his arrest in connection with a seizure of €1million worth of drugs and cash, last Saturday.James Curtis, (49), with an address at Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, was “caught red handed” in a field, located near his home, in possession of a potatoe bag containing 5kg of cocaine, gardai alleged during a bail hearing at Limerick District Court, Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardai discovered €41,000 cash and a further 4.25kg of cocaine in a barrel buried in the field, as well as a plastic Pennys bag containing €336,000, the court heard.Mr Curtis is charged with possession of an estimated €647,000 worth of cocaine for sale or supply, contrary to Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, as well as a charge of simple possession contrary to Section 3 of the Act.Detective Sergeant Andrew Lyons, Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit, told the court, he believed Mr Curtis was “in the upper echelon of a criminal fraternity”.“He is not receiving orders from other people, it’s his own operation,” Det Sgt Lyons alleged.He further alleged the accused has “access to considerable resources” and is “a man of substantial means”.Detective Lyons objected to bail on the “nature, degree and seriousness of the offences”, as well as his belief that, Mr Curtis would “abscond” and continue selling cocaine if granted bail.Detective Sgt Lyons said an analysis of a sample of the items found in the field by a scientist at Forensic Science Ireland “confirmed” it to be cocaine.Further charges against the accused were being contemplated, he said.He said gardai “observed” Mr Curtis leaving his house in Reiska, “under the cover of darkness”, on the 30th of October, walking along a “secluded country road” and crossing into a field were he was found in possession of the drugs.He alleged Mr Curtis “dropped” the bag of cocaine as gardai approached him.Detective Sgt Lyons said the accused, if convicted, faced a sentence of up to life in prison, and the offences against him were “of the higher end of the scale”.He said Mr Curtis walked at night to the field near a wood, without the aid of a torch, and he wore “latex gloves” to “prevent forensic evidence” being detected on the items found in the field.Detective Lyons said the accused had not given gardai any explanation “for his presence” in the field.Detective Lyons further alleged “the cocaine, and the cash – from the sale and supply of drugs – were the property of Mr Curtis”.Objecting the garda’s reference to cash, Mr Curtis’s solicitor, Tom Kiely, said his client was not charged with possession of cash allegedly found at the scene.Both prosecution and defence agreed Mr Curtis does not have an addiction to drugs.Mr Kiely said Mr Curtis was transferred by ambulance from garda custody to hospital after claiming he sustained injuries during the course of his arrest.Detective Lyons said he could not comment on this.He said it was agreed the accused be taken to hospital after he informed gardai and paramedics that he had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous week. Mr Curtis had since tested negative for the virus, the court heard.Cross-examining Det Sgt Lyons, Mr Kiely asked if he agreed that it is the “responsible thing to do” for people to wear latex gloves in these days of the coronavirus”, to which Lyons replied, “I don’t believe (the gloves) had anything to do with COVID.”Mr Kiely said his client was in court “sporting a nice black eye”, and while he was “not making an allegation” against anyone, that “questions need to be answered” about the injury.Mr Kiely said there was “no escaping the seriousness of the charges” but his client “enjoys the presumption of innocence”.He added there was “no evidence” the accused would abscond if granted bail.Judge O ‘Leary said she was only “dealing with the cocaine” charges, and that the cash was “a matter for another day”.She refused bail and remanded Mr Curtis to appear before Nenagh District Court, via video ink, for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions, on November 11th.center_img Previous article“Ringleader” of Limerick burglary gang, that lost safe containing €21,000 from getaway car, has been jailed for five yearsNext articleTom Savage: Ireland need to learn from their mistakes or face full reset David Raleigh Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

first_img Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, March 1. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. An Odessa man is in critical condition following a shooting that occurred early this morning in South Odessa.2. City officials say the November election will be the first ever forced by voters. After the Odessa City Council refused to call one voluntarily on a proposal to expand the board, thousands of voters who wanted a chance to decide on the changes signed a petition that forced the council’s hand.3. The Midland County Attorney’s Office released a partial list of fire code violations discovered over the weekend at La Hacienda Event Center, located on Highway 191 in Midland County.4. Candidates in the District 31 Texas Senate race, two of whom are backed by Texas Right to Life, had mixed reactions to the dispute between Texas Right to Life and the Catholic bishops who have severed ties with the organization.5. Three suspects were charged by police Monday with reportedly stealing a vehicle from an apartment complex. Pinterest Local News Five things you need to know today, March 1 Jonathan Jackson, an Odessa College Physics major adjusts the idle on his 1949 Dodge Coronet, in the Odessa College Parking lot before class Wednesday. Jackson’s car has a 230 cubic inch six cylinder flathead motor. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionSummer Spaghetti SaladVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay By admin – March 1, 2018 Facebook OC employee of the year always learning Twittercenter_img Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleOdessa police investigating shooting at Arbor Oaks ApartmentsNext article11-year-old robbed while walking home from school admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Home Local News Five things you need to know today, March 1 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Facebooklast_img read more

Hoax device brings Derry to a standstill

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first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – September 3, 2010 Hoax device brings Derry to a standstill WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous articleFall in those signing on doesn’t tell the full storyNext articleDonegal woman makes history by swimming North Channel News Highland WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twittercenter_img Google+ A security alert which closed the Craigavon Bridge in Derry for several hours yesterday was declared a hoax.A controlled explosion was carried out on a suspicious object at about 5 o clock.An item was removed from the scene and was examined by army technical officers.The Craigavon Bridge is one of only two city bridges across the river Foyle.SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey condemned the attack and said the bomb scare brought Derry to a standstill:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/rams1pm1.mp3[/podcast] News Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesCRPF Officers Face Stagnation In Promotion: Delhi High Court Directs Centre To Look Into Plea Shreya Agarwal5 April 2021 2:20 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to decide on a plea by a group of officers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) upon their stated grievance that they have not been promoted in the past 10 years.The petition was moved by directly appointed Assistant Commandants of the Executive Cadre, who claimed that despite having put more than 10 years of service “they have not earned…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 Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to decide on a plea by a group of officers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) upon their stated grievance that they have not been promoted in the past 10 years.The petition was moved by directly appointed Assistant Commandants of the Executive Cadre, who claimed that despite having put more than 10 years of service “they have not earned any promotion till date”, and that as per the current official calculations taking into account the numbers of vacancies, superannuation and promotions, no promotion could be expected for another 5-6 years.Hearing the petition, a bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Asha Menon said, “We direct that the respondent committee while carrying out the cadre review exercise would consider the present writ petition as a representation and take the same into account.”The plea also stated that some officers had given a host of suggestions to the Director General, CRPF for the next cadre review, which was slated to be completed in June, 2021, however, they did not receive any reply on the representation.It further directed that, “While carrying out the Cadre review, the respondent-Committee shall focus on the aforesaid problems and give reasons if the suggestions put forth by the petitioners are not accepted.”The officers pointed out that they faced stagnation despite being in the Executive Cadre which is an organized Group A Service, and the apparent “main pillar” of all other auxiliary branches of the force, which was putting them at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their counterparts in other Armed Forces like the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and vis-à-vis their counterparts in other cadres of the CRPF itself.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

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking- High Courts Shall Not Pass Order Of ‘Not To Arrest’ Or ‘No Coercive Steps’ While Dismissing/Disposing Petition U/s 482 CrPC: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2021 4:10 AMShare This – xThe High Court while dismissing/disposing of the quashing petition under Section 482 Cr.P.C and/or under Article 226 of the Constitution of India., shall not pass order of not to arrest and/or “no coercive steps” either during the investigation or till the investigation is completed and/or till the final report/chargesheet is filed under Section 173 Cr.P.C., the Supreme Court held.”We caution…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 High Court while dismissing/disposing of the quashing petition under Section 482 Cr.P.C and/or under Article 226 of the Constitution of India., shall not pass order of not to arrest and/or “no coercive steps” either during the investigation or till the investigation is completed and/or till the final report/chargesheet is filed under Section 173 Cr.P.C., the Supreme Court held.”We caution the High Courts again against passing such orders of not to arrest or “no coercive steps to be taken” till the investigation is completed and the final report is filed, while not entertaining quashing petitions under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or Article 226 of the Constitution of India”, the Supreme Court held in the case Neeharika Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. vs. State of Maharashtra.The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, MR Shah and Sanjiv Khanna observed that when the investigation is in progress and the facts are hazy and the entire evidence/material is not before the High Court, the High Court should restrain itself from passing the interim order of not to arrest or “no coercive steps to be adopted” and the accused should be relegated to apply for anticipatory bail under Section 438 Cr.P.C. before the competent court.The court issued the following guidelines explaining when and where the High Court would be justified in passing an interim order either staying the further investigation in the FIR/complaint or interim order in the nature of “no coercive steps” and/or not to arrest the accused either pending investigation by the police/investigating agency or during the pendency of the quashing petition under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or under Article 226 of the Constitution of India pending before the High Court.Police has the statutory right and duty under the relevant provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure contained in Chapter XIV of the Code to investigate into a cognizable offence; Courts would not thwart any investigation into the cognizable offences; It is only in cases where no cognizable offence or offence of any kind is disclosed in the first information report that the Court will not permit an investigation to go on; The power of quashing should be exercised sparingly with circumspection, as it has been observed, in the ‘rarest of rare cases (not to be confused with the formation in the context of death penalty). While examining an FIR/complaint, quashing of which is sought, the court cannot embark upon an enquiry as to the reliability or genuineness or otherwise of the allegations made in the FIR/complaint; Criminal proceedings ought not to be scuttled at the initial stage; Quashing of a complaint/FIR should be an exception rather than an ordinary rule; Ordinarily, the courts are barred from usurping the jurisdiction of the police, since the two organs of the State operate in two specific spheres of activities and one ought not to tread over the other sphere; The functions of the judiciary and the police are complementary, not overlapping; Save in exceptional cases where non-interference would result in miscarriage of justice, the Court and the judicial process should not interfere at the stage of investigation of offences; Extraordinary and inherent powers of the Court do not confer an arbitrary jurisdiction on the Court to act according to its whims or caprice; The first information report is not an encyclopaedia which must disclose all facts and details relating to the offence reported. Therefore, when the investigation by the police is in progress, the court should not go into the merits of the allegations in the FIR. Police must be permitted to complete the investigation. It would be premature to pronounce the conclusion based on hazy facts that the complaint/FIR does not deserve to be investigated or that it amounts to abuse of process of law. After investigation, if the investigating officer finds that there is no substance in the application made by the complainant, the investigating officer may file an appropriate report/summary before the learned Magistrate which may be considered by the learned Magistrate in accordance with the known procedure; The power under Section 482 Cr.P.C. is very wide, but conferment of wide power requires the court to be more cautious. It casts an onerous and more diligent duty on the court; However, at the same time, the court, if it thinks fit, regard being had to the parameters of quashing and the self-restraint imposed by law, more particularly the parameters laid down by this Court in the cases of R.P. Kapur (supra) and Bhajan Lal (supra), has the jurisdiction to quash the FIR/complaint; When a prayer for quashing the FIR is made by the alleged accused and the court when it exercises the power under Section 482 Cr.P.C., only has to consider whether the allegations in the FIR disclose commission of a cognizable offence or not. The court is not required to consider on merits whether or not the merits of the allegations make out a cognizable offence and the court has to permit the investigating agency/police to investigate the allegations in the FIR; The aforesaid parameters would be applicable and/or the aforesaid aspects are required to be considered by the High Court while passing an interim order in a quashing petition in exercise of powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. However, an interim order of stay of investigation during the pendency of the quashing petition can be passed with circumspection. Such an interim order should not require to be passed routinely, casually and/or mechanically. Normally, when the investigation is in progress and the facts are hazy and the entire evidence/material is not before the High Court, the High Court should restrain itself from passing the interim order of not to arrest or “no coercive steps to be adopted” and the accused should be relegated to apply for anticipatory bail under Section 438 Cr.P.C. before the competent court. The High Court shall not and as such is not justified in passing the order of not to arrest and/or “no coercive steps” either during the investigation or till the investigation is completed and/or till the final report/chargesheet is filed under Section 173 Cr.P.C., while dismissing/disposing of the quashing petition under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. Even in a case where the High Court is prima facie of the opinion that an exceptional case is made out for grant of interim stay of further investigation, after considering the broad parameters while exercising the powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or under Article 226 of the Constitution of India referred to hereinabove, the High Court has to give brief reasons why such an interim order is warranted and/or is required to be passed so that it can demonstrate the application of mind by the Court and the higher forum can consider what was weighed with the High Court while passing such an interim order. Whenever an interim order is passed by the High Court of “no coercive steps to be adopted” within the aforesaid parameters, the High Court must clarify what does it mean by “no coercive steps to be adopted” as the term “no coercive steps to be adopted” can be said to be too vague and/or broad which can be misunderstood and/or misapplied.The bench was considering an SLP arising out of a September, 2020 order of the Bombay High Court on a writ petition. While granting time for the filing of a reply affidavit with additional documents, the High Court had in the interim directed that no coercive measures be adopted against the present respondents (director of a real estate development company and his business partners) in respect of the FIR registered by the present petitioner (Neeharika Infrastructure Pvt Ltd) with the Economic Offences Wing for alleged offences under Sections 406, 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120B of the IPCThe court observed that it came across many orders passed by the High Courts passing interim orders of stay of arrest and/or “no coercive steps to be taken against the accused” in the quashing proceedings under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or Article 226 of the Constitution of India with assigning any reasons. The court said that, in the case of Habib Abdullah Jeelani (supra), the Supreme Court had deprecated such practice/orders passed by the High Courts, directing police not to arrest, even while declining to interfere with the quashing petition in exercise of powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C. The bench observed:”We are at pains to note that despite the law laid down by this Court in the case of Habib Abdullah Jeelani (supra), deprecating such orders passed by the High Courts of not to arrest during the pendency of the investigation, even when the quashing petitions under Section 482 Cr.P.C. or Article 226 of the Constitution of India are dismissed, even thereafter also, many High Courts are passing such orders. The law declared/laid down by this Court is binding on all the High Courts and not following the law laid down by this Court would have a very serious implications in the administration of justice.” “Thus, it has been found that despite absolute proposition of law laid down by this Court in the case of Habib Abdullah Jeelani (supra) that such a blanket order of not to arrest till the investigation is completed and the final report is filed, passed while declining to quash the criminal proceedings in exercise of powers under Section 482 Cr.P.C, as observed hereinabove, the High Courts have continued to pass such orders. Therefore, we again reiterate the law laid down by this Court in the case of Habib Abdullah Jeelani (supra) and we direct all the High Courts to scrupulously follow the law laid down by this Court in the case of Habib Abdullah Jeelani (supra) and the law laid down by this Court in the present case, which otherwise the High Courts are bound to follow. We caution the High Courts again against passing such orders of not to arrest or “no coercive steps to be taken” till the investigation is completed and the final report is filed, while not entertaining quashing petitions under Section 482 Cr.P.C. and/or Article 226 of the Constitution of India.”Case:  M/s Neeharika Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.  vs. State of Maharashtra [CrA 330 OF 2021]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud, MR Shah and Sanjiv KhannaCounsel: Sr. Adv K.V. Vishwanathan, Adv Diljeet Ahluwalia, Adv Malak Manish Bhatt, Adv Sachin Patil and Adv Rahul ChitnisCitation: LL 2021 SC 211Click here to Read/Download JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more