In reaching this conclusion, the five-judge Bench relied on an order passed more than four years ago by Justice S Abdul Nazeer, a member of the Ayodhya Bench who was then a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
One of the key legal questions the five-judge Constitution Bench on Saturday answered was related to “adverse possession”, raised by the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board, in its suit filed in 1961.
Ayodhya verdict: The Supreme Court will decide on the 2010 ruling of the Allahabad High Court that had directed a three-way partition of the disputed land. What were the questions the HC had examined, leading to the appeals in the SC?
Initially charged with rape and abetment to suicide of the young air hostess — the charge of unnatural sex was added later — Gopal Kanda went on trial, along with alleged associate Aruna Chadha, in May 2013.
The government has now filed the reply before a bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and informed that the detention order under PSA has been revoked and police has been directed to release the detainee.
The Srinagar wing of J&K High Court has ordered its own inquiry into a habeas corpus petition filed by a relative of a detainee who claims he is a 14-year-old boy and has been detained under the stringent Public Safety Act.