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Criticism of govt does not amount to sedition: Soli Sorabjee
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

To a question on why a judge should be treated any different from the Prime Minister or the President, the senior lawyer said that this was “because of the unique position they (judges) occupy in our scheme of things.”

Need to balance national interest, human rights: Supreme Court on Rohingya refugees
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

At one stage, the CJI even suggested ordering the Centre not to deport the refugees till the next date of hearing, but stopped short following objection from Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who said it will have international ramifications.

Sex with wife below 18 years is rape, rules SC; underlines girl’s right to choose
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape. However, the age of consent is 18 years.

Passive euthanasia Bill ready, but ‘living will’ may be misused: Govt tells SC
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Shanbaug, a nurse at KEM Hospital in Mumbai, remained in a vegetative state for almost 42 years after she was sexually assaulted and choked by a ward boy. She died in May 2015.

Hadiya ‘love jihad’ case: Petitioner’s counsel refers to Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath, irked SC defers hearing
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The Supreme Court, which deferred the hearing to October 30, reiterated the question whether the High Court could annul the marriage.

Citing ‘alarming’ air quality, Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in NCR
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice A K Sikri, upheld the November 11, 2016 Supreme Court order, suspending all licences that “permit sale of fireworks wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”.

Hadiya case didn’t warrant probe by NIA, Kerala government tells Supreme Court
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

The Kerala government said the police investigation was on when the Supreme Court directed the NIA to conduct an investigation into the Hadiya case.

Hadiya ‘love jihad’ case: No need for NIA probe, Kerala government tells SC
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The case pertains to the conversion of a Hindu girl Akhila Ashokan to Islam and her marriage to one Shafin Jahan. Acting on a petition by her father that she was forcefully converted, the marriage was annulled by the Kerala HC which found inconsistencies in the claims made by the parties.

Collegium gives nod to six names for Madras HC, rejects three
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The names were recommended by the HC Chief Justice in consultation with two of his seniormost colleagues and had the concurrence of the Chief Minister and Governor.

Supreme Court opens a window to itself, starts to disclose appointment decisions
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Five most senior judges, led by Chief Justice, decide to go public with Collegium decisions and reasons for each

Unfair to say we have pro-government judges: Supreme Court bench
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

Harish Salve, who is an amicus curiae in the case, said people holding high offices like ministers cannot make irresponsible statements on matters under investigation.

Hadiya ‘love jihad’ case: SC has a question — Can High Court annul a marriage?
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Kerala love jihad case: Appearing for Shefin Jahan on Tuesday, senior counsel Dushyant Dave vociferously contested the order for NIA probe saying "it struck at the very foundation of this multi-religious society" and was "sending terrible signals across the world".

Karti Chidambaram went abroad, closed many accounts: CBI to SC
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

The High Court had put a stay on the lookout circular issued against Karti on June 15 this year in the case of alleged corruption in FIPB clearance to a media house.

Compensate cow violence victims, punish violators: SC to states
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Taking serious note of violence in the name of saving cows, the Supreme Court had on September 6 passed a slew of measures and asked states to appoint a senior police officer in every district as a nodal officer.

No bail for Unitech MD, SC says ‘have to equate tears of 16,300 with one’
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The apex court clarified that the company will have to either give possession of flats to the buyers or refund them, failing which its properties will be auctioned to raise money to compensate the parties.

Decades after testifying on sex abuse in Canada, Indian doctor wanted for sexual assault there
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

As a practising psychiatrist in St John’s in Newfoundland in the 1970s, Dr Omesh Chandra Kashyap had a role in blowing the lid off Canada’s first and the world’s biggest paedophilia scandal, involving the Roman Catholic Church.

Supreme court warns BCCI officials of ‘very serious consequences’
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Supreme Court noted that the obstinate behaviour of BCCI's acting President CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry was creating problems in carrying out court-monitored reforms in the cricketing body.

Looking for former judge in medical scam, CBI knocks on wrong door
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The Bar Association held an extraordinary general body meeting and decided that its executive body would meet the High Court Chief Justice with a request for an inquiry into the incident.

Congress for talks, critics warn against blanket blacklist
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought to intervene in the case “on behalf of three lawyers” told The Indian Express: “India is in breach of all its international obligations when it says it will not accept the refugees.”

Illegal Rohingya are a security threat: Govt tells Supreme Court
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Security agencies had inputs “indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations in other countries”, the government said.

SC seeks changes to reduce unnatural deaths in prisons
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

A monograph by the National Human Rights Commission published in December 2014 pointed out that between 2007 and 2011, suicides accounted for 71 per cent of the total number of unnatural deaths in prison.

Family courts free to waive six-month cooling period in mutual divorce cases: SC
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

The bench noted that the object of the cooling-off period in the Act “was to safeguard against a hurried decision if there was otherwise possibility of differences being reconciled.

Ahead of Diwali, Supreme Court modifies its order against firecrackers in Delhi
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Modifying its November, 2016 order suspending all licenses permitting sale of crackers in NCR, SC lifted the suspension of permanent licenses but ordered that sale of firecrackers by permanent licensees must conform to its directions and comply with Explosives Rules.

Two judicial officers to be Ayodhya observers: Apex court
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The court directed that the officers be of the rank of Additional District Judges or Special Judges.

Income of 7 MPs and 98 MLAs under scanner: I-T
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

“The prima facie verification with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and therefore is taken up for further ‘investigation’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the CBDT said.

Ayodhya temple issue: SC asks Allahabad HC to nominate two judicial officers as observers
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The Supreme Court gave the direction after senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Allahabad HC registry, informed that one of the two officers, serving as observers currently, had retired from service while the second was elevated as a judge of the High Court.

Scrutiny of performance: Centre begins evaluation of judges for HC
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

The step is seen as an attempt by the government to do its due diligence even as the executive and judiciary remain engaged in their battle of turf over judicial appointments.

Supreme Court to states: Pick officers to stop cow vigilantism
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

“The officers shall ensure that vigilante groups don’t take the law into their hands... If any vigilantism takes place, the nodal officer shall take action to ensure that they are dealt with in accordance with the law,” said the Bench.

Supreme Court orders CBI probe into death of Karnataka Deputy SP
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

The order came from a bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit on a plea filed by Ganapathy's father M K Kushalappa.

No country-wide ban on beef, people of each place will decide: New Modi minister Alphons Kannanthanam
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Alphons Kannanthanam takes over as tourism minister, says can go much beyond Incredible India

Alphons Kannanthanam, 64, MoS (Ind.), Tourism: For tapping tourism potential, keyword is ‘civilisational heritage’
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Kannanthamam has his job cut out with the latest mid-year Economic Survey noting that India has a lot of tourism potential that is yet to be tapped.

Privacy ruling to have bearing on beef ban cases: SC
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

“The judgment will have some bearing on these cases,” the bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan remarked while hearing cross-appeals against the Bombay High Court order decriminalising possession of beef in case the animal was slaughtered outside the state even as it upheld the ban on slaughtering of milch cattle.

Right to Privacy: The sweep from Aadhaar data to sexual identity
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The orders — there were six in all — made it clear that this right could not be absolute and would be “subject to the restrictions specified”. Justice Chandrachud wrote for himself, Chief Justice Khehar and Justices Agrawal and Nazeer while the remaining five wrote their own orders.

SC fines Swami Om Baba Rs 10 lakh for plea on CJI selection, calls it stunt
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The timing of the proceeding, perhaps, could not have been more off. The plea came before CJI J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud hours after they had dealt with the weighty subject of citizens’ privacy. Om Baba’s petition was about the selection of the CJI.

Privacy is intrinsic to freedom of life and personal liberty: Supreme Court
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The apex court upholding privacy as a fundamental right has significant consequences for the common man as it will empower him/her with a powerful tool to fight unlawful intrusions by the state into their personal lives.

Is privacy a fundamental right? nine-judge Supreme Court bench will rule today
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The right to privacy question was referred to the nine-judge bench after a clutch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar Act came up before the five-judge bench. These petitions claimed that the Aadhaar Act violated people’s right to privacy.