Madras HC begins hearing pleas challenging disqualification of MLAs

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The Madras High Court today began hearing a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 pro-Dhinakaran MLAs by the Tamil Nadu speaker. Eight of the 18 MLAs had moved court yesterday, challenging the action against them under the anti-defection law. They attacked Speaker P Dhanapal’s order disqualifying them as MLAs as ‘unauthorised’ and ‘illegal’… Read more »

Verifying details of amount for workers welfare plan:CAG to SC

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Govenrment auditor CAG today told the Supreme Court that they were verifying the details of the money collected by states and union territories under the 1996 Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act. A consultant with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) told a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that… Read more »

Rohingya refugees illegal, pose security threat: Centre to SC

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The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their countinous stay posed “serious national security ramifications”. The Centre’s affidavit, filed in the apex court Registry, said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and… Read more »

SC anguished over children deaths in child care institutions

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The government is “oblivious” to the deaths of children in custody, the Supreme Court said today, expressing “distress” that these kids were not only “voiceless” but seem to be “dispensable” as well. Voicing disconcert over the lack of documentation on the number of unnatural deaths of children in child care institutions, a bench of Justices… Read more »

VVIP chopper case: HC denies bail to woman director

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The Delhi High Court today denied bail to a woman director of two Dubai-based firms, arrested in connection with the probe into the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper money laundering case. “The application is dismissed,” Justice A K Pathak said while upholding a trial court’s July 29 order dismissing Shivani Saxena’s bail plea. Saxena is… Read more »