New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will begin hearing from Wednesday on five matters, including whether a member of legislative assembly can escape criminal prosecution for accepting or offering bribe by citing immunity under Article 194(2) of the Constitution.
Other matters before the Constitution bench include the interpretation of Section 24 of the right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, whether a citizen is entitled to seek information on the appointment of top court and high court judges and challenge to the restructuring and re-organisation of 19 tribunals that was brought by the 2017 Finance Act.
The question whether Article 194(2) of the Constitution confers any immunity on the members of the legislative assembly for being prosecuted in a criminal case for an offence involving offer or acceptance of bribe is rooted in the election of two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand in March 2012.
The Jharkhand High Court had by its February 17, 2014 order rejected the plea for quashing a trial court order taking cognizance by one JMM lawmaker Sita Soren for allegedly accepting money from a contestant.
Later Election Commission countermanded the election to the Rajya sabha from Jharkhand.
In the right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, the bench would examine the correctness of the payment of compensation to the land owners whose land has been acquired as well as when the award granting compensation would come into effect.
The matter was referred to the Constitution bench following conflicting judgements by two bench of the top court - each bench with three judges.
Another significant hearing would be challenge to the Finance Act 2017 relating to the restructuring and re-organisation including the appointment, removal and the service conditions of the members of 19 tribunals.
The Tribunal, Appellate and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2017 was brought as a part of the Finance Act, 2017.
The hearing on the appeal by top court's Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) challenging November 24, 2009, Central Information Commission's order directing the CPIO to furnish the information sought by one Subhash Chandra Agrawal on the appointment of judges to top court could bring it in the ambit of Right to Information Act.
The matter was referred to the Constitution bench on August 17, 2016.
The Constitution bench would adjudicate the question "whether the concept of independence of judiciary demands the prohibition of furnishing of the information sought and whether the information sought amounts to interference in the functioning of the judiciary.
By Subhash Narayan
Paris, March 26 (IANS) Chinese telecommunications and consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei on Tuesday launched two industry-first, advanced camera smartphones -- Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone to have a 5x periscope-like optical zoom and four cameras on the back.
The four rear-camera system on P30 Pro has 20MP ultra-wide, 40MP wide-angle, 8MP 5X telephoto and a ToF (time-of-flight) depth-sensing lens.
Huawei P30 has a "SuperSensing" 40MP Leica triple camera setup -- 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide and 40MP wide-angle lens.
Both handsets come with a 32MP selfie camera. Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro will be powered by the Kirin 980 SoC and will run Android Pie with an EMUI 9.1 custom skin on top.
Currently launched for the European and Chinese markets, the devices will come to India in April.
"The latest Huawei P30 series represents a breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development that will rewrite the rules and reshape the perception that consumers have of mobile photography," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, told the audience at a glittering launch event in Paris.
"Innovations such as the Huawei 'SuperSpectrum Sensor' and 'SuperZoom Lens' allow us to push the envelope of not just photography, but videography as well - a frontier long overdue for disruption," Yu added.
Huawei P30 Pro will come with a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) OLED display with curved edges and a "water-drop" notch.
Huawei P30, on the other hand, will have a usual non-curved 6.1 inch display with a waterdrop notch and thin bezels.
Huawei P30 Pro will be packed with a 4200mAh battery. On the other hand, P30 will have a smaller 3,650mAh battery, screen fingerprint reader, will be water and dust resistant and will come in five colours (body).
"The Huawei P30 series will set the pace for the next several generations of smartphones," said Yu.
The company has been looking to provide its customers with phones to rewrite the rules of photography, he said.
The Huawei P30 series is available in Europe with a starting price of 799 euros. The variants of P30 Pro have been priced at 999, 1,099 and 1,249 euros.
The Chinese company also unveiled smartwatches in new colours, wireless charging pads, a 12000mAh power bank and smart eyewear at the event.
(Subhash Narayan is attending the event at the invitation from Huawei. He can be reached at email@example.com)