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Finality key to death sentence, can’t be kept open-ended: Supreme Court
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde's remarks come at a time when convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape-and-murder case have been filing petitions one after another to delay their execution ordered by a Delhi court.

Supreme Court declines to stay CAA or defer NPR, seeks Govt reply in four weeks
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

“I don’t think anything is irreversible,” CJI Bobde said as senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for a petitioner, sought interim directions, saying states had already started the process under the impugned legislation and rules, and that the process would be irreversible.

SC reinstates woman employee who levelled charges at ex-CJI
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

The women staffer, who had withdrawn from the proceedings of the inquiry committee on the ground that she was not allowed legal representation, had expressed disappointment over the findings.

Disqualification of lawmaker: Apex court tells Parliament to ‘rethink’ Speaker’s powers
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Asking the Speaker to take a decision within four weeks, the Supreme Court said: “In case no decision is forthcoming even after a period of four weeks, it will be open to any party to the proceedings to apply to this Court for further directions/ reliefs.”

People feel values of Constitution under siege, says Ashwani Kumar
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh added that “in recent days, young people across the country have reminded us that freedom is best secured in the custody of enlightened citizens...”.

Chhattisgarh’s Congress govt challenges NIA Act, a UPA-era law
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The Chhattisgarh petition, filed through Senior Advocate Vivek K Tankha and Advocate Sumeer Sodhi, said the NIA Act, in its present form, not only takes away the state’s power of conducting investigation through police but also confers unfettered discretionary and arbitrary powers on the Centre.

CAA violates basic structure: Kerala is first state to move SC against new law
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

it’s a colourable legislation... in violation of the secular nature of Constitution: Plea

Freedom of speech via Internet is protected, review J&K curbs: SC
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

The bench said “expression through the internet has gained contemporary relevance and is one of the major means of information diffusion. Therefore, the freedom of speech and expression through the medium of internet is an integral part of Article 19 (1) (a) and accordingly, any restriction on the same must be in accordance with Article 19(2) of the Constitution.”

Underlining press freedom, SC draws on US case laws, explains ‘chilling effect’
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

One of the petitions was filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, who contended that the cumulative effect of the restrictions, such as imposition of Section 144 and restrictions on Internet and communication, has had a chilling effect on free speech and the freedom of press in the Valley.

There’s so much violence, the endeavour must be for peace, says CJI on CAA
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

The bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, expressed surprise at the prayer to declare the Act as Constitutional, saying there was already a presumption of Constitutionality to a law passed by Parliament.

HCs may give different orders, so call all anti-CAA petitions, Govt tells SC
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant that there was a possibility that High Courts may give different orders which will create confusion.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Jamia issue, but says ‘all rioting has to stop’
Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Calling for an “end to rioting”, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde warned protesters that “if you want to take to the streets, do that, but don’t come to court”.

Satisfied with report saying no J&K minors detained, says SC
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

The committee, in its first report submitted to the court in October, had said that 144 juveniles between the ages 9 and 17 in conflict with the law were held, mostly in preventive detention, in J&K since August 5.

Justice DY Chandrachud: ‘Scrutinise actions of those in power each day’
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Justice Chandrachud said “India’s excellent democratic record shows that in our seventy plus years of independence, regular general elections and the peaceful handover of power have been the overriding norm.

Creamy layer principle in SC, ST quota for promotion: judgments, appeals
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

It is made clear that even if the State has compelling reasons, the State will have to see that its reservation provision does not lead to excessiveness so as to breach the ceiling-limit of 50% or obliterate the creamy layer

Chidambaram gets bail after 106 days, told not to speak on case
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

He was also told to deposit his passport with the trial court and not leave the country without permission from the trial court judge.

SC upholds Kerala HC order on terms for minority school tag
Thu, Dec 05, 2019

The bench observed during the hearing that it was clear that under Article 30(1), for an institution to claim minority status, it has to be both "established and administered" by the community.

PIL says burning Ravan effigies ‘inauspicious practice’, SC junks it
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

The bench, also comprising Justices K M Joseph and V Ramasubramanian, dismissed the petition on November 29, finding “no merit” in it.

Refer SC/ST creamy layer matter to larger bench: Govt
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant that the question decided by a five-judge bench in the Jarnail Singh case last year must be sent to a seven-judge bench.

Ayodhya review plea filed, says court has rewarded illegalities
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

It stated that “there can be no lasting peace without justice and accountability” and that the “Court erred in rewarding the crimes committed in 1934, 1949 and 1992, by giving title to the Hindu parties, when it had already ruled that the said acts were illegal”.

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