As the Bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, concluded the hearing, the Centre defended the secrecy clause of the Rafale deal, saying adversaries may get an advantage if all the details are disclosed.
Concluding his submissions while defending the Rafale deal, Venugopal said that he was told that many of the lives lost in the Kargil War was because the enemy was on top of hills at an advantageous position.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta handed over the report in sealed covers to a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul. They took it on record and fixed November 16 for hearing the matter next.
Pricing details of 36 Rafale fighters being bought from France submitted in sealed cover to Supreme Court. On October 31, hearing PILs questioning the government-to-government deal between India and France for purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft in flyaway condition.
The solution, the bench said, was “rigorous verification” as suggested by coordinator Hajela. It “allowed” Hajela “through his team” to carry out “a vigorous process of verification to ensure that only eligible persons are included in the NRC”.
While the CPM-led ruling LDF is going to launch a campaign at the district level from Tuesday “to expose the BJP stand on the issue’’, the BJP will decide its next course of action after the Supreme Court decides on listing the hearing of review petitions.
CJI Gogoi, who took over on October 3, has repeatedly expressed concern about the mounting backlog of cases. Moving to tackle this, the CJI last week came out with some directions and asked judges not to take leave on working days, except in emergencies.
On the plea for random VVPAT verification, the bench noted that similar prayers had been raised in an earlier petition and the Attorney General had then informed the court that “guidelines have already been brought by the Election Commission of India”.
The committee’s report concluded that the Indian arm of Johnson & Johnson “suppressed” key facts on the harmful aftermath of surgeries conducted on hundreds of patients in the country using “faulty” hip replacement systems it imported and sold.
An official at the Myanmar Embassy in New Delhi told The Indian Express that the men were detained on arrival in the “illegal migrant case” for verification, and would be allowed to go back to their villages.
Stating that he has always dealt with cases with equity, Dipak Misra said: "The tears of a poor man are equal to the tears of a rich man. Tears are tears and, to me, tears are pearls. I have to collect them with equity, justice and my Constitutional perception," Misra said.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar, who delivered the majority decision and said the “investigating officer is free to proceed” against the accused, rejected the plea to order a probe by a Special Investigation Team.
Justice Indu Malhotra said, “The religious practice of restricting the entry of women between the ages of 10 to 50 years is in pursuance of an ‘essential religious practice’” and “notions of rationality cannot be invoked in matters of religion by courts”.