Mangaluru: Tragedy struck on Sunday, February 11, as a 34-year-old two-wheeler rider lost his life in a collision with a KSRTC bus near Arkula Dwara at Adyar on the national highway.

The victim, identified as Charanraj, a local resident, was entering the highway from an inner road when the bus collided with his vehicle.

Survived by his wife and child, Charanraj had been married for just a year and was the only son of his parents.

The incident sparked anger and frustration among locals, who blocked traffic to protest the lack of safety measures implemented by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Residents expressed grievances over inadequate safety precautions and alleged unscientific work on the highway.

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Reports revealed that the accident spot had a barricade intended to control vehicle speed, but it had fallen down after being struck by a vehicle the previous night. This allowed the bus to approach at high speed, resulting in the fatal collision. Shockingly, locals claim that over ten deaths have occurred in similar circumstances following road construction by the NHAI.

This tragic incident comes in the wake of a similar accident last December, where another bike rider lost his life at the same location in a collision with a bus. Despite repeated pleas from residents, local authorities have failed to address their concerns.

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New Delhi, Mar 4: The Supreme Court on Monday held that MPs and MLAs do not enjoy immunity from prosecution for taking bribe to make a speech or cast a vote in the legislature.

A seven-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud unanimously overruled the 1998 verdict delivered by a five-judge bench in the JMM bribery case by which MPs and MLAs were granted immunity from prosecution for taking bribe to make a speech or vote in the legislature.

Pronouncing the verdict, the CJI said bribery is not protected by parliamentary privileges and the interpretation of the 1998 verdict is contrary to Articles 105 and 194 of the Constitution.

Articles 105 and 194 deal with the powers and privileges of MPs and MLAs in Parliament and legislative assemblies.

The CJI, who read the operative part of the verdict for the bench, said that bribery is not immune under the articles as it erodes probity in public life.