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Apex court reserves order on Lokpal appointment
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

“Unless the proposed amendment making Leader of the largest Opposition party as Leader of Opposition is passed by Parliament, the Lokpal cannot be appointed,” Rohatgi said.

Farmer suicides: Supreme Court seeks Government plan
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

The bench pointed out that it would want to first focus on Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Gujarat, where the problem is “severe”.

Should non-muslims in J&K get minority tag, SC asks govt
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

A PIL was filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were the majority in Jammu and Kashmir.

Govt can make Aadhaar mandatory in non-benefit services: Supreme Court
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

“If we understand the previous orders in the right context, we think you cannot enforce it (Aadhaar) for extending benefits but you can do it otherwise...something like opening a bank account...it is not a benefit, so Aadhaar can be pressed,” said Chief Justice of India J S Khehar.

SC on J&K: Consider options other than pellet guns in Valley
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

The Supreme Court Monday asked the central government to consider using alternative means other than pellet guns for crowd-control and to deal with protesters in Jammu and Kashmir.

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Show records of 199 cases closed by SIT, SC tells Centre
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

The court order came even as Rohatgi argued that 33 years have gone by since the incident and that the investigation could not go on forever when victims, accused or eye-witnesses remained untraced.

SC orders CBI probe into girl’s death on Expressway almost 20 months later
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

At this, the court underlined that the investigation was initially with Noida Police but it had to be transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch over inaction by the former.

Statement in SC: CBI bid to shunt out coal scam probe DIGs
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Agency says Ravi Kant’s departure will ensure better investigation, Bhushan objects: CBI wants to dismantle team

Supreme Court asks BCCI CoA to release funds to state units
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

The Supreme Court asked the CoA to honour its contracts with the state associations.

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