Madras HC adjourns hearing on pleas on nomination of 3 MLAs to

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The Madras High Court today adjourned hearing on petitions relating to nominations of three MLAs in the Puducherry Assembly by the Centre which was later cancelled by the speaker. The petition were filed by V Saminathan, K G Shankar and S Selvaganapathi challenging the notice issued by the Puducherry Assembly Secretary refusing them permission to… Read more »

Gram Panchayat certificates no proof of citizenship: SC

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A certificate of residency issued by the gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is “meaningless” unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), the Supreme Court said today. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said no… Read more »

Trial of Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case set to start

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The trial in the case related to the alleged fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati will start from next week, with the special CBI court here issuing summonses to over 20 witnesses. “The court has issued summons to Sohrabuddin’s brother Nayamuddin and some others, and the recording of evidence will start from November… Read more »

Coalscam: Docs supplied to Jindal and others, CBI tells court

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The CBI today told a special court that it has handed over various documents filed along with the charge sheet to industrialist Naveen Jindal and others in a coal scam case against them regarding the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh. Special Judge Bharat Parashar was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation… Read more »

Noted jurist Habibullah Basha passes away

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Veteran lawyer Habibullah Basha, one of the finest jurists of the Madras Bar, passed away here today after a prolonged illness. A philanthropist and founder-director of the Apollo Hospitals, 84-year old Basha died at his house, the Madras Bar Association said. Basha is survived by wife Shyamala Basha, his college-mate, a son and two daughters…. Read more »

SC restrains directors of JAL from alienating properties

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The Supreme Court today directed 13 directors, including five promoters of embattled Jaiprakash Associate Limited (JAL) not to alienate their personal properties and asked the firm to deposit Rs 150 crore and Rs 125 crore by December 14 and December 31 respectively. The bench accepted a demand draft of Rs 275 crore by the real… Read more »

SC examines admissibility of uncertified digital records

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The issue whether electronic records like uncertified receipts pertaining to business transactions with a bank can be relied upon as evidence in judicial proceedings, is being examined by the Supreme Court. With the growing number of electronic evidence being relied upon in judicial proceedings, the apex court today said it needed to be examined whether… Read more »

Najeeb case: Court dismisses CBI plea for lie-detection test

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A Delhi court today dismissed a CBI plea seeking to conduct lie-detection test on nine JNU students as part of its probe into the mysterious disappearance of another student, Najeeb Ahmad. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the plea noting that the nine students were “opposing the application of the polygraph test filed by… Read more »

Delhi HC calls for mapping of dengue affected areas in Delhi

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The Delhi High Court today directed the municipal corporations of the national capital to provide a geographic map of the city areas which are usually affected by vector-borne diseases like dengue. A direction was also issued to the Centre by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar to place… Read more »

Pollution in poultry farms: NGT notice to Centre

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A plea highlighting environmental pollution caused by the improper waste disposal and unregulated use of antibiotics in poultry farms has prompted the National Green Tribunal to seek a response from the Centre and others. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests Food Safety and… Read more »