Verdict on Manu’s plea in Jessica murder likely Monday

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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce Monday its verdict on the appeal of Manu Sharma, the son of former Congress parliamentarian Venod Sharma, against his conviction and life term for murdering ramp model Jessica Lall in 1999. A bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Swantanter Kumar had reserved its verdict on Feb 18… Read more »

Seventeen acquitted in a Kandhamal riot case

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A fast track court in Orissa on Saturday acquitted 17 people in a case of rioting in Kandhamal in 2008. All the 17 were accused of torching houses in Shashipadar village Aug 26, 2008. “All the seventeen accused have been acquitted as the charges leveled against them could not be proved for want of evidence,”… Read more »

Lajpat Nagar blast sentencing deferred to April 22

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 A city court Saturday deferred to April 22 the sentencing of six people, including a woman, convicted for the 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast that claimed 13 lives. Earlier this week, the prosecution had argued for the death penalty for the convicts while the defence had asked for mercy in the form of life imprisonment… Read more »

President calls for affordable justice for India’s poor

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President Pratibha Patil Saturday called for affordable and accessible justice for India’s poor and said a large number of pending cases at various levels of the judiciary was a matter of serious concern. “Litigation is not an inexpensive option. For the poor and disadvantaged sections of society, approaching courts without legal aid is not possible…. Read more »

Bhopal gas victims accuse CBI of delaying case

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Charging the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with deliberately delaying the Bhopal gas disaster case by seeking repeated adjournments, the victims of the world’s worst industrial disaster Friday said they were planning to appoint their own counsel to fight the legal battle. ‘The CBI perhaps wants that the case is delayed to such an extent… Read more »

GPS operational in 100 Delhi buses, court told

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 The Delhi government Friday told the Delhi High Court that the Global Positioning System (GPS) is operational in 100 buses and would be installed in 1,000 more buses in four months’ time. Delhi government counsel Meera Bhatia told a division bench of Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice A.K. Pathak earlier this week that 100 buses… Read more »

Gujarat challenges SIT power to summon Modi

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The Gujarat government Friday contended that neither can the Supreme Court halt trials of various post-Godhra riot cases and nor can the special probe panel appointed by it summon Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others accused in the murder of ex-Congress MP Ehasan Jafri. The state government’s contentions came in an affidavit filed in the… Read more »

Court reserves order on Sajjan Kumar’s demand

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A city court Friday deferred its decision on a plea by Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, that he has not been given all the documents by the Central Bureau of nvestigation (CBI). Sajjan Kumar has claimed that extracts of certain documents were not given to him by the CBI…. Read more »

Government seeks two weeks to settle Lafarge mine issue

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Court to decide if the French firm Lafarge should be given a forest clearance certificate to resume limestone mining in Meghalaya, halted by the apex court Feb 5. Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati pleaded before a special forest bench, headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, to adjourn the hearing for two weeks to enable the… Read more »

SC gives government 3 weeks to explain why ‘no OBC census’

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The central government on Monday assured the Supreme Court it would respond within three weeks to a public interest lawsuit that seeks a separate headcount of people belonging to backward classes. The fresh lawsuit for enumeration of people of other backward classes (OBC) came up for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan… Read more »