Utkarsh Anand


Non-gazetted posts: In line with PM’s resolve, only online tests
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

The government’s view is that interviews should be discontinued for recruitment to junior level posts where personality or skill assessment is not absolutely required.

Standing for Anthem: Between choice and convention
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Is it mandatory to stand during the Anthem, or to sing along? What can happen to someone who does not do so? What is the legal position on this matter?

Has law against dowry been diluted? Supreme Court to examine
Mon, Nov 30, 2015

According to National Crime Records Bureau data, a total of 24,771 dowry deaths have been reported in the country in past three years while 3.48 lakh cases have been registered under Section 498-A.

Bihar poll effect: Reach out to public, PMO tells ministries
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

The letter states that “more needs to be done” to devise an effective communication strategy that plays a vital role in disseminating information about the initiatives undertaken by the government.

SC sets aside order of taking back plot allocated to Sadananda Gowda
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

Gowda and other BJP leader had appealed against the Karnataka High Court order that questioned raising of five storey building for commercial purpose against the lease agreement as well as the building plan.

Telephone exchange case: SC directs Dayanidhi Maran to appear for CBI questioning for 7 days
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

The DMK leader is being investigated in connection with an FIR lodged in 2013 for allegedly installing more than 300 BSNL telephone lines, which were used commercially for his family-run Sun TV network, at his residence.

Essar case: Petitioner has touched some raw nerves, says Supreme Court
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

A bench of Justices T S Thakur and Kurian Joseph gave them six weeks to submit counter affidavits, spelling out their stand on the issues raised in the PIL filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL).

Issue licences to dance bars in two weeks: Supreme Court to Maharashtra
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

Disapproving of a “puritan” approach, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Maharashtra government to start issuing licences for re-opening of dance bars within two weeks.

Essar Group calls its favours to govt officials ‘common courtesies’
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

The company has said there is no wrongdoing in giving gifts to people in public life or in the civil service since there has been no attempt to obtain undue favour.

Can Muslims in forces sport beard? SC no to urgent hearing
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

Petitioner says he will approach Centre to seek change in service rules

Supreme Court: Gods, religious texts can’t be trademarked
Wed, Nov 25, 2015

The court added that an entity, wanting to register the ‘Ramayan’ as a trademark, would have to add another word or symbol as suffix or prefix.

PM Narendra Modi to take Shinzo Abe to Varanasi in December
Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Varanasi Additional District Magistrate Om Prakash Chaubey confirmed to The Indian Express that the administration had received a tentative protocol of the one-day visit by the two PMs.

‘No licence for noodles’: FSSAI slaps showcause on Patanjali
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Issues notice to manufacturer too, seeks replies in 15 days

Collegium: Supreme Court gives nod for appointment of new judges
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Govt stays away, declines to submit draft on procedure of appointment.

SC judge takes citizen’s route to seek changes to Collegium
Thu, Nov 19, 2015

The judge’s suggestions primarily related to ensuring transparency in judicial appointments and the manner of setting up a secretariat.

Centre backtracks on Subramanian Swamy prosecution
Thu, Nov 19, 2015

In an affidavit on October 28, the Home Ministry had told the apex court that Swamy violated IPC provisions with his writing.

Officer who stood up to Mulayam Singh Yadav gets SC relief
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

After Mulayam came to power in August 2003, Raja Bhaiya came out of jail and was made the Minister of Food and Civil Supplies.

Govt asks SC to close proceedings against ex-CJI K G Balakrishnan
Wed, Nov 18, 2015

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra that after the income tax inquiry against the former CJI and his family “yielded nothing”, there should not be a fresh probe by the CBI or any other agency.

Centre to SC on release of French woman: No distinction between countries
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

The apex court had earlier questioned the Centre as to why it allowed two Italian marines, accused of shooting two Kerala fishermen, to be released when it has now opposed the release of a French woman.

Judge’s letter on Taj mahal: Supreme Court asks UP to consider shifting cremation site
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Supreme Court Monday asked Uttar Pradesh government to consider shifting a cremation site to ensure that the Taj Mahal is not damaged by smoke.

Country need not be called Bharat, govt tells apex court
Mon, Nov 16, 2015

This comes in response to a PIL seeking a declaration that the Republic be called ‘Bharat’ for official and unofficial purposes by Union and state governments

SC judge to CJI: Remove cremation site, save Taj
Mon, Nov 16, 2015

Fumes from pyres may affect the monument’s white marble.

Enter the Well of a courtroom and be slapped with a contempt notice
Sat, Nov 14, 2015

No less than a court registrar and the deputy commissioner of police (DCP), in charge of the court’s security, learnt it the hard way when they were slapped with contempt notices.

Estranged wife of Colonel to share penalty for not vacating quarter: Supreme Court
Wed, Nov 11, 2015

A bench of Justice Anil R Dave and Justice Adarsh K Goel held that the estranged wife shall also have to bear half of the total rent amount.

Transgenders treated unjustly, govt needs to change outlook, says Narendra Modi
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

“We will have to bring changes to the legal system, amend the rules. The government will have to change its outlook,” said Modi.

Justice Thakur wants a song for legal awareness
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Justice Thakur prefers celebrities playing their part so that they are looked upon as ambassadors of raising legal awareness.

Legal services do not encroach on the executive’s domain, says CJI designate
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Justice Thakur added that the legal services authorities acknowledge that the government has its own schemes and specific obligations.

Italian marines released, why not French woman, SC asks Centre
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

If you respect Italian govt, you should also respect French, says apex court in the case of 55-yr-old woman accused in the assassination of Chilean senator.

Sedition case: Supreme Court decides to wait, Hardik Patel to stay in jail
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

The FIR was lodged against Hardik, 22, on October 18 under various provisions relating to the offence of sedition, abetment of an offence, spreading rumour or false statement and criminal intimidation.

Panel must look at complaints on judges: Report
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

These suggestions would be taken up by the court on November 18. At present, there is no formal mechanism in place to deal with such complaints.

CJI, top judges to decide if Collegium should make new appointments: Supreme Court
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

The Collegium is headed by the CJI and comprises four other seniormost judges in the court.

SC transfers corruption case against Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh to Delhi HC
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Seeking the transfer of the case out of Himachal Pradesh, the CBI had alleged that the judge, who had stopped them from arresting Virbhadra and his wife, had been his lawyer earlier.

Supreme Court creche opens, CJI Dattu welcomes first guest with chocolates, flowers
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

The CJI told her parents he was elated to receive the first entrant, who appeared sleepy-eyed, to the crèche, which became functional Wednesday.

T S Thakur to be next Chief Justice of India
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Justice Thakur, the senior-most judge of the apex court, will take over as the CJI after Justice Dattu retires on December 2.

Meet Justice T S Thakur, man behind the verdict on reforming BCCI
Thu, Nov 05, 2015

The law ministry will forward the file of Justice Thakur's appointment to the Prime Minister's Office. His Warrant of Appointment will be issued after the President approves it.

NDA backs prosecution of Subramanian Swamy for ‘hate speech’ book
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

"The book (is) to be considered in all its aspect as it contains matter which "promotes feelings of enmity and hatred between Hindus and Muslims in India." Therefore, the petitioner has violated the sections of IPC," the MHA said in its affidavit.