Allocation of a coal block amounts to largesse: SC

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The Supreme court today said that allocation of a coal block by the Centre amounts to grant of largesse, rejecting government contention that it is only a first statutory step. “The allocation of coal block by the Central Government results in the selection of beneficiary which entitles the beneficiary to get the prospecting licence or… Read more »

SC moves on sexual harassment plea against retired judge

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The Supreme Court Wednesday issued notice on a law graduate’s plea to put in place a permanent mechanism to attend to complaints of sexual harassment by sitting and former judges at all levels, including the apex court. The law graduate has alleged sexual harassment by a judge whom she worked with as an intern in… Read more »

SC panel to probe sexual harassment

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The Supreme Court Tuesday set up a committee of judges to go into a newspaper report in which a law graduate from Kolkata has alleged sexual harassment by a now retired Supreme court judge while she interned with him in December last year. Soon after lunch break, Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, heading the three-member bench,… Read more »

SC takes cognizance of contempt by army chief

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The Supreme Court Monday took suo motu cognizance of the former Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh finding fault with its verdict on his age row last year. A special bench of Justice R.M.Lodha and Justice H.L.Gokhale will Tuesday take up for hearing a suo motu contempt petition by the court’s own motion taking note… Read more »

SC slams government for double-speak on coal blocks

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The government once again was rapped by the Supreme Court Tuesday for not giving details about each coal block it had allotted since 1995, saying its latest affidavit was completely opposite of what was said earlier. “This affidavit is completely opposite to what you have told the court,” the apex court bench of Justice R.M…. Read more »

Were allocated coal blocks leaseheld with CIL, SC asks

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The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the government whether coal blocks allocated to the private companies were in the leasehold area of the public sector undertaking Coal India Limited. The court’s query came as it perused the paper placed before it by the government indicating that the coal blocks allocated to the private companies were in… Read more »

SC seeks details on power to allocate coal blocks

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The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the central government to clarify as to who had the power to allocate coal blocks – the centre or the states – and sought details about a committee that vetted applications for the allocation of blocks. The poser came from a bench of Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Madan B. Lokur… Read more »

SC poser on government nod preceding graft probes

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The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the central government why its sanction was necessary for the investigation of its officials by the CBI in corruption cases being monitored by the court. An apex court bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha sought the government’s response in respect of the court-monitored corruption cases as it (government) strongly resisted… Read more »

SC rejects magistrate’s report in Tarn Taran incident

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The magisterial probe has been rejected by the Supreme court of India here in New Delhi of the Tarn Taran incident in which a girl was beaten up by Punjab Police saying it does not have the value more that of a “scrap paper”. A bench of justices G S Singhvi and Kurien Joseph said that… Read more »

SC seeks explanation from Punjab, Bihar

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Taking strong exception of recent incidents of police beating protesting contractual teachers in Bihar and a girl in Tarn Taran in Punjab, the Supreme Court today sought explanation from the two states on the conduct of police personnel. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, a bench of justices G S Singhvi and Ranjana Prakash… Read more »