Talwar couple to be tried for daughter’s murder

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Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were today made an accused in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi by a special CBI court which rejected the agency’s closure report in the over two-year old double-murder case. Judge Preeti Singh took cognisance of CBI’s closure report and issued summons to the parents to appear before her on… Read more »

Court verdict on Aarushi case closure report Wednesday

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A special CBI court here Tuesday adjourned till Wednesday its ruling on the investigating agency’s closure report in teenager Aarushi Talwar’s murder case.The CBI said before the court that it had not found any substantial evidence in the case and a closure report was its only option. “The fingerprints found on the wall also could… Read more »

Girls unsafe in Uttar Pradesh, say women’s panel, activists

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The National Commission for Women (NCW) Monday formed a committee to investigate the shocking case of a Dalit minor who was brutally attacked for resisting rape in Uttar Pradesh, a state where, activists say, the situation for women, ruled by a woman chief minister, is going from bad to worse. NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said:… Read more »

High court to decide on Kasab death sentence Feb 21

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The Bombay High Court Monday set Feb 21 as the date when it will pronounce its verdict on the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. The court announced that it will give its verdict Feb 21 confirming or commuting the death penalty of… Read more »

2G scam, black money cases in Supreme court this week

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Cases related to the 2G spectrum allocation scam and black money stashed by Indian citizens in foreign banks in tax heavens are likely to be closely-followed in the Supreme Court in the week ahead. The on-going hearing on a plea against appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas and a case related to Rajya Sabha… Read more »

PM Manmohan Singh calls for legal system supporting development

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday said that developing countries need a legal system conducive to both rapid economic development and promoting equitable distribution of the fruits of development. “The developing countries need a legal system which is conducive both to rapid economic development and which also has built-in mechanism to promote the equitable distribution of… Read more »

Government can’t provide food to all : Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia

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Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia Sunday said the government can’t be expected to provide food, education and healthcare to all but advocated relief to the deprived sections. Addressing the 17th Commonwealth Law Conference, he said while it was not possible to have access for everyone to everything, the needs of those below the poverty… Read more »

Subramanian Swamy names Karunanidhi as co-accused in 2G case

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Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Saturday named Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief M. Karunanidhi as a co-accused along with former communications minister A. Raja in the 2G spectrum scam in his complaint to a CBI court here. “I have named DMK chief Karunanidhi as a co-accused along with Raja in the matter and… Read more »

Gujarat High Court Friday recalls order of costs for frivolous lawsuit

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Gujarat High Court

The Gujarat High Court Friday recalled its order of imposing Rs.20,000 costs on a petitioner for filing a frivolous public interest litigation after his lawyer said costs should be recovered from him instead. The bench of Chief Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice K.M. gave the order after advocate Girish Das submitted his client was not… Read more »

Lowering age of sex to decriminalise innocent behaviour

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Lowering age of sex

India’s apex child rights body Friday said that its suggestion to bring down the age of a consensual, non-penetrative sexual act between two children to 12 years was meant to decriminalise ‘normal’ and ‘innocent’ behaviour by kids. ‘The reason for this formulation is not to promote child sexual promiscuity or sexual aggression among children but… Read more »