RTI, the common man’s tool to get things done

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Ram Vilas, 32, a small-time shopkeeper in a village in Bihar, now knows the power of the Right To Information (RTI) Act after he used it successfully to get the provident fund money of his ailing retired father, an ex-civic employee. A school drop out, Ram Vilas sought help from one of his former classmates,… Read more »

Will strive to make RTI more effective, accessible: New CIC

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The empowering Right To Information Act (RTI) completes five eventful years Oct 12 (Tuesday). Newly-appointed Chief Information Commissioner Anugraha Narayan Tiwari, who has a very short tenure to work in, is keen to make the act more powerful and more accessible. Tiwari, a 1969 batch IAS officer and former secretary, Department of Personnel and Training,… Read more »

Computer knowledge must for budding judges: Apex court

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The Supreme Court has said that the new judges being appointed in lower courts must have the basic knowledge of computer operations. ‘It will be unfair to overlook basic knowledge of computer operation for being a judge’ when the steps were being taken for the computerization of the courts for their efficient management, said a… Read more »

Hang bride burners: Supreme Court

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Unless all those who burn their wives are hanged, the barbaric crime would not stop, the Supreme Court has said. “This (bride burning) is barbaric and wild animal like behaviour and only when the perpetrators of such a crime are sent to the gallows the people will realise that bride burning is a crime,” said… Read more »

Few isolated incidents in marriage not cruelty: Apex court

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The Supreme Court Friday said married life should be assessed as a whole and few isolated incidents over a period of time would not amount to cruelty. “Sustained unjustifiable and reprehensible conduct affecting physical and mental health of the other spouse may lead to mental cruelty,” said a bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice… Read more »

Second appeal under Hindu Marriage Act allowed, rules court

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A second appeal under the Hindu Marriage Act is maintainable, the Gujarat High Court has ruled. Deciding the case of Varshaben Suthar vs Jayshankar Mistri, Justice K.A. Puj ruled, in a judgment made available Friday, that the second appeal against the judgment and decree of the first appellate court under the 1955 act would be… Read more »

CBI seeks more time for 2G scam probe

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The Central Bureau of Investigation Friday told the Supreme Court that it would require six more months to complete the probe in the 2G spectrum scam. It said it needed more time as a lot of investigation has to be done within the country and possibly outside also. Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium told the court… Read more »

Bangalore cabbie gets life term for Pratibha murder

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Bangalore taxi driver Shiva Kumar was Friday sentenced to “life imprisonment till death” for the 2005 rape and murder of Hewlett Packard (HP) India employee Pratibha Murthy, prompting her mother to say tearfully that her daughter’s soul would now rest in peace. Judge B.V Guddali of the 11th fast track court pronounced the judgment in… Read more »

Kasab death penalty: Arguments in high court begin Oct 18

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The decks were finally cleared Thursday in the Bombay High Court for the commencement from Oct 18 of the second phase of the legal case against Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab. The Maharashtra government’s counsel Ujjwal Nikam, who appeared in the trial in the special court which awarded Kasab the death sentence May 6,… Read more »