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Rape cases trials in fast track courts mooted

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The home ministry is mulling a proposal to try rape cases in fast track courts, an official said Friday. Sangeeta Verma, economic advisor to the women and child development ministry, told : ‘We completely agree with the demand for setting up fast track courts to try rape cases and have submitted the proposal to the […]

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Governments get notice on Afzal Guru’s transfer plea

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The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments on a petition by Afzal Guru, on death row for his role in the 2001 parliament attack, seeking his transfer from Tihar Jail to a prison in Srinagar. The Supreme Court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and R.M. Lodha issued notice after the […]

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Law giving voting rights to NRIs comes into force

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Non-resident Indians can now get their names registered in the electoral rolls, with the amended legislation coming into force Thursday. A press release by the law and justice ministry Thursday said the government has issued the necessary notification bringing the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2010 into force on Feb 10. ‘The amending act […]

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Binayak Sen’s bail plea rejected

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A court in Chattisgarh has rejected the bail application of Dr Binayak Sen. He was sentenced to life in prison in December after he was convicted of sedition on the basis of his alleged links to Naxals in the area. Binayak Sen’s wife, Ilena expressed her disappointment at today’s court order. She told NDTV, “We […]

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Black money: Where is Hasan Ali, asks Supreme court

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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central Government to tell it where was the country’s top tax evader Hasan Ali, who has stashed away a huge amount of money in banks in Switzerland and other countries. The apex court bench of Justice B Sudershan Reddy and Justice SS Nijjar told Solicitor  General Gopal Subramanium […]

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Doctrine of separation of power must be respected: Congress

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The Congress on Wednesday expressed reservations over a Supreme Court judge’s remarks about continuance of Vilasrao Deshmukh in the Union cabinet and said every institution must respect the doctrine of separation of power enshrined in the Constitution. ‘Within the constitutional scheme, there is a very time tested and enduring concept called the doctrine of separation […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

PM Manmohan Singh calls for legal system supporting development

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Gujarat High Court

Gujarat High Court Friday recalls order of costs for frivolous lawsuit

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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 […]

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Lowering age of sex

Lowering age of sex to decriminalise innocent behaviour

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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 […]

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RJD legislator Surendra Prasad Yadav

RJD legislator Surendra Prasad Yadav surrenders in Bihar court

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Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Surendra Prasad Yadav surrendered in a Gaya court Friday, the fifth day of the junior doctors strike in the state after his security guards allegedly fired at interns of a medical college. The government was under pressure to nab Yadav, who surrendered before a chief judicial magistrate’s court, as hundreds […]

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Tamil Nadu school fire case

Supreme court issues notice in 2004 Tamil Nadu school fire case

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The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the central and Tamil Nadu governments on a petition seeking compensation for the 94 students who died in a fire in a primary school in Tamil Nadu’s Kumbakonam town in July 2004. An Supreme court bench of justice Dalveer Bhandari and justice Deepak Verma issued notice on the […]

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Court moved over CBI probe into Orissa pulses scam

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The Orissa High Court was Thursday moved by a petitioner seeking a CBI probe into an alleged multi-crore rupee scam involving supply of poor quality pulses under government welfare schemes. A team of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also plans to inquire into the allegations. Petitioner Dilip Mohapatra said he filed the petition because […]

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Supreme Court slaps Rs.10 lakh fine on frivolous litigant

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The Supreme Court Wednesday slapped an exemplary cost of Rs.10 lakh on an appellant for filing a frivolous litigation aimed at frustrating attempts to acquire his land for the Bangalore-Mysore road project. The litigant was penalised for embarking upon a second round of litigation on an issue identical to the earlier phase of court hearing. […]

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DJB asked to pay Rs.3.5 lakh to kin of drowned kids

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The Delhi High Court Wednesday awarded a compensation of Rs.3.5 lakh each to the families of four children who died last year after falling into a pit dug up by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said the DJB failed to fence the area […]

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Government questioned on school’s refusal to admit poor

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The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought a response from the central and Delhi governments on a plea opposing a private school’s refusal to reserve seats for poor students claiming exemption from provisions of the right to education law. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued the notice to the human resource development ministry and the directorate of […]

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Radia tapes’ leak: Government trying to track source

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The Supreme Court has been told that the government was doing its utmost to track the source that leaked in public domain the telephone intercepts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. In an affidavit filed Monday, the government rejected the allegation that it was lackadaisical in its effort to unearth […]

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CWG scam: Court issues notice to CBI on accused’s bail plea

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The CBI was Tuesday issued notice by the Delhi High Court on the bail plea of Binu Nanu, an official of a private firm who is in jail for his involvement in the controversy over granting Rs.600 crore overlays contract for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) last year. Justice Ajit Bharihoke asked the Central Bureau of […]

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