The court also asked a Parsi trust in Gujarat to explore an amicable settlement regarding the demand of a Parsi woman, who had married a Hindu, to allow her to attend the last rites of her parents when the need arises.
Instituted on January 16, 1950, by Ayodhya resident Gopal Singh Visharad, who prayed that he be allowed to offer worship at the birthplace of Lord Sri Ram Chandra and sought a permanent injunction prohibiting removal of the idols from the Janmasthan.
The Allahabad High Court verdict of September 30, 2010, dividing the 2.77 acre disputed site in Ayodhya equally among the Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Central Wakf Board, UP, and Ramlalla Virajman, came after proceedings that lasted 14 years.
Instant Triple talaq: The proposed law, which empowers Muslim women, applies to instant triple talaq in “oral, written, electronic or any other form”. Any declaration of talaq-e-biddat by a Muslim man shall be “illegal and void”, says the draft law.
As per the judges’ salary Acts, the Chief Justice of India currently draws a “salary” of Rs 1 lakh “per mensem” (per month) while fellow judges of the Supreme Court and Chief Justices of High Courts get Rs 90,000 each.
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of TMC-ruled West Bengal, spoke out against the protests and urged the film industry to “come together and protest in one voice” against the “calculated plan of a political party to destroy the freedom to express ourselves”.
Aadhaar relief for NRIs, PIOs, OCIs: Government agencies can now exempt those belonging to these categories from furnishing Aadhaar identity for availing services as they are not eligible for enrolling for the unique ID.
“Any film or drama or novel is creation of art. An artist has his own freedom to express himself in a manner which is not prohibited in law and such prohibition are not read by implication to crucify the rights of expressive mind.”
Medical college bribe case: The Supreme Court said “though it is true that no one is above the law, no person in the higher echelons is above the law, but at the same time, it is the duty of both the Bar and the Bench to protect the dignity of the entire judicial system”.
The Supreme Court also referred to a report submitted to it which said there were 1,581 criminal cases pending against lawmakers at the time of filing nominations to the 2014 elections and asked the government to inform it about the status of these cases
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.”
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.
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.