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Babri demolition case: SC defers hearing by two weeks
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

A bench of Justices P C Ghose and Rohinton F Nariman asked all the parties in the case to file their written arguments by April 6 and posted the matter for further hearing on April 7.

Babri Masjid case: CBI plea stays before same bench
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The proceeding began as advocate M R Shamshad sought an adjournment for a week to file documents relating to the status of the cases before trial courts in Lucknow and Rae Bareli.

Law prevails over PM Modi’s word: A-G tells SC on note ban deadline
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

The bench said the “nation has to know” through an affidavit whether the government was willing to give another chance to people to deposit old currency and if not, why.

Ayodhya dispute: In 2010, SC delayed judgment for reconciliation effort
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Justice Gokhale had said the apex court would be the first to be blamed if “passions rise” after the verdict by the high court.

In SC, Lucknow and Rae Bareli, Ayodhya battles over the decades
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Indian Express recaps the background and charges, and the list of accused in the major cases related to the Ayodhya dispute and Babri Masjid demolition

Narada tapes: Setback for Mamata Banerjee as SC allows CBI probe, rejects her govt plea
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

“This is rarest of the rare case... undisputed political people are involved,” retorted the bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Sanjay K Kaul.

Law matters, not PM’s word: A-G to SC on note ban deadline
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

"There is no question of PM’s speech...if PM says March 31, 2017 but the law says December 30, 2016, the law will prevail over the PM. Let’s be clear about that first,” the A-G submitted before a bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar

Supreme Court Chief Justice offers an Ayodhya roadmap — out of his court
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

The CJI stated that he would not hear the case in court if the parties wanted him to help them in mediation.

Conscience of the Bar, Anil Divan dies at 86
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The senior lawyer underlined that Divan fought not just for clients but for people’s rights and freedoms.

Election Commission supports lifetime ban on convicts from contesting
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Most reforms pending or have not been approved, EC tells court

Fill up vacancies before asking for more judges: SC
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Chief Justice of India observed that there was an increase in the number of judges in the 24 high courts by 25 per cent in 2014 but half the seats in high courts were still vacant

Need culture of settling disputes amicably outside courts: SC judge
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Judge of the apex court said that access to justice for all is a pledge that could be fulfilled more effectively if people are encouraged to resort to an alternate dispute resolution system

Strange… Terror convict gets access to justice, what about victims: CJI
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Convicted as “a driving spirit” for the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed, Memon had failed in his second review petition and in the curative petition, following which his mercy petition was also rejected by the President

Justice Misra At NALSA Meet: ‘Legal aid not charity, lawyers should work sincerely’
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Justice Misra said that more than 11 lakh people were benefited in the last National Lok Adalats, held in February, as 6.41 lakh cases were settled

Former CJI says he couldn’t have known about Justice Karnan
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

On March 10, a seven-judge Constitution Bench of the apex court invoked the possibility of arresting a sitting high court judge

SC turns down Congress plea to stall Parrikar’s swearing-in, orders floor test
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

The court shot down Goa Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavlekar’s plea that the Governor should not have appointed Parrikar as Chief Minister in the first place.

Goa election results: Fali S Nariman cites law to disagree— Single largest party should be called first
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Goa elections: Chandrakant Kavlekar, Leader of the Congress Legislature Party, complained that he was not called even once by the Governor to form the government.

To cut backlog, Supreme Court deadline for bail and trial in lower courts
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

According to records, there were more than 43 lakh cases pending for five years or more at the end of 2015 while 3,599 undertrials were in custody for more than five years, awaiting disposal of cases.

Can’t allow bid to throttle freedom of media, says SC
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

On the alleged “media management” plan, the court asked how an investigation against the media could be ordered when the contract is between an individual and companies.

SC warrant against HC judge who hits back: it’s caste bias
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Alleging that he was “being targeted for being a Dalit”, Justice Karnan said that the Constitution clearly underlined that the Supreme Court was neither a master nor a high court its servant.

Vijay Mallya asks Supreme Court: Bank NPAs at Rs 7 lakh crore, why am I the poster boy?
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

According to Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, Mallya did not deserve even a hearing by the court.

O Panneerselvam to move Supreme Court today on confidence vote
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

In the proposed writ petition, sources said, Panneerselvam will challenge the validity of the assembly proceedings on February 18 when a confidence motion was passed in favour of Palaniswami.

National Register for Citizens: Won’t appeal order rejecting 45 lakh citizen papers, says Assam government
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

On February 28, the high court had held that residency certificates issued by panchayats would no longer be considered as valid documents for NRC.

Uttar Pradesh: Two more arrested in gangrape case, minister still missing
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

With this, three accused in the case — in which Prajapati and six others have been booked — have been arrested.

Need Panama probe status so we can take a call on SIT, says SC
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

“We direct the Union of India to file all six reports in a sealed cover within four weeks,” ordered the bench, fixing the matter for hearing next on April 18.

Aadhaar, midday meals and key questions in SC
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

Govt has linked Aadhaar to school midday meals, among several other schemes. The Indian Express explains details of the move, and recap the pending legal challenges to Aadhaar

SC seeks Kerala govt reply on ex-DGP’s plea
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Advocate Dushyant Dave, who appeared for the former DGP, told the court that his client had an unblemished career

SC tells former Karnataka Lokayukta to face trial
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

The bench not only declined to set aside the criminal proceedings against Rao but also shot down his plea to exempt him from personal appearance before the trial court.

Demonetisation: SC notice to Govt for not taking old notes
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

Reluctant to entertain the plea initially, the bench, later decided to seek replies from the government and the central bank.

SC questions clean chit to LK Advani and others in Babri case
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

The CBI, which is prosecuting both cases, had filed an appeal in the top court against the order dropping the conspiracy charges.

25 years after Babri, where the conspiracy case stands
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

The Supreme Court has said there is ‘something peculiar’ about the clean chit given to top BJP leaders, and expressed concern over the delay in closing the matter. The Indian Express recaps the story.

Ensure no farmer is pushed to commit suicide: SC to Centre
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

The court regretted that situations on the ground remained adverse for the farmers and they have to face hardship in all situations.

SC quashes engagement of 121 lawyers by Railways
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

It noted that the Railways had no records to show that a selection process, including an interaction with the candidates, was actually carried out before engaging these lawyers.

SC heard seven death penalty appeals in 2016, confirmed none
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

In three cases, accused were acquitted; 397 on death row

When two opposing sides claim the same right: SC shows way
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Lays down principle of ‘interest of collective or social order’ in cases of ‘intra-conflict’ of fundamental right

Kalikho Pul’s wife withdraws her probe plea from Supreme Court
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

After the judges had a brief discussion, they said the court would allow them to withdraw the plea