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Supreme Court Adjourns Contempt Case Against Kunal Kamra.

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The Supreme Court Friday observed that criticism of courts is “growing and everybody is now doing it” now, while giving three weeks to cartoonist Rachit Taneja to file her reply on the plea seeking contempt action for her alleged scandalous tweets against the judiciary. The top court also adjourned hearing for two weeks on separate […]

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SC issues show-cause notices to comedian Kunal Kamra and comic artist Rachita Taneja in contempt cases

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 The Supreme Court issued show-cause notices to comedian Kunal Kamra and comic artist Rachita Taneja on Friday for their alleged scandalous tweets against the apex court. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R S Reddy and M R Shah sought response from the two in six weeks on the notices issued in two separate cases. […]

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AG K K Venugopal refuses consent for initiating contempt action against Swara Bhaskar

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Attorney General K K Venugopal has refused his consent for initiating criminal contempt of court proceedings against Bollywood actor Swara Bhaskar for her alleged “derogatory and scandalous” statements against the Supreme Court over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case verdict. The consent of either the Attorney General or the Solicitor General is necessary, under section 15 […]

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Live streaming of court proceedings: Matter to be dealt with by CJI on administrative side

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The Supreme Court Tuesday said the issue related to implementation of its 2018 verdict allowing live streaming of court proceedings of cases of constitutional and national importance would be dealt with by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on the administrative side. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said it would not pass any […]

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Supreme Court directs political parties to furnish receipts of electoral bonds and donors’ identity details to EC

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The Supreme Court Friday directed all political parties to furnish receipts of political funding received through electoral bonds and details of identity of donors in a sealed cover to the Election Commission. In an interim order, the apex court also directed all political parties to provide details of the amount of the bond and bank […]

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Nobody for opaqueness, but judiciary can’t be destroyed in name of transparency: SC

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Nobody wants a “system of opaqueness” but in the name of transparency the judiciary cannot be destroyed, the Supreme Court said Thursday, while hearing the appeals of its registry against the Delhi High Court order that the CJI’s office falls under the ambit of RTI Act. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan […]

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Contempt plea against Prashant Bhushan : Activists move Supreme Court in his support

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Ten social activists have come out in support of lawyer Prashant Bhushan in the Supreme Court, contending that the contempt proceedings initiated against him appears to be an assault on freedom of speech and expression. The activists have filed an application to intervene in the contempt plea filed by Attorney General K K Venugopal against […]

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Supreme Court issues notice to lawyer Prashant Bhushan on contempt plea by AG and Centre

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on contempt pleas by Attorney General K K Venugopal and the Centre for his tweets allegedly criticising the court over the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim CBI director. Bhushan was given three weeks to reply. A bench of Justices […]

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Supreme Court expresses displeasure at non-appointment of regular CBI director

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The Supreme Court Friday asked the Centre why it has not appointed a regular CBI director and said it was “averse” to the appointment of an interim chief for the agency for a long period. A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha said the post of CBI director was sensitive and the government […]

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Rafale deal: SC seeks pricing details of 36 fighter jets from Center in sealed cover

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Center to place before it in a sealed cover within 10 days the pricing details of 36 Rafale fighter jets India is buying from France. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also said that details, including the steps in the decision making process for the […]

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SC: No coercive action against anyone on basis of draft NRC of Assam

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said there will be no coercive action by authorities against over 40 lakh people, whose names do not figure in Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), observing that it was merely a draft. The top court asked the Centre to formulate modalities and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including timelines […]

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SC shows dissatisfaction over Centre’s response on Lokpal matter

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre’s response on appointment of search committee members for a Lokpal. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and Navin Sinha asked the Centre to file a fresh affidavit giving relevant details of the search committee. During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal submitted […]

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SC says No stopping sealing, demolition of unauthorised constructions in Delhi

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said there would be “no stopping of sealing or demolition” of unauthorised constructions in Delhi. The apex court’s direction came after the Centre told a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that it had not given any instructions to authorities in Delhi to stop their sealing drive […]

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SC asks AG to assist on poor facilities in jails

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today took note of lack of facilities in jails, leading to delayed trials and prolonged incarceration of under-trial prisoners, in the country and sought assistance of the Attorney General in issuing directions to deal with the situation. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on its own, initiated the judicial […]

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Supreme Court apprehends more emergency hearings: Karnataka row

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The Supreme Court, which had to conduct emergency hearings on the bitter power tussle in Karnataka, today apprehended that it might be forced to do it again if this legal fight is not put to rest. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Congress-JD(S) combine, at the outset expressed his regret to a three-judge bench […]

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Supreme Court on Karnataka tussle: Trend of past judgments not to restrain Guv

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With the Karnataka power tussle turning into a midnight courtroom battle, the Supreme Court said the general trend of its past judgments was not to restrain the governor, as it heard a plea by the Congress-JD(S) combine against the governor’s decision to invite BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa to form the government. The apex court also […]

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Supreme Court rejects K’taka’s plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme

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The Supreme Court today rejected Karnataka’s plea that finalisation of the draft Cauvery management scheme should be put on hold as the process of formation of a new government in the state is underway. The supreme court also asked the Centre to modify a provision in the draft Cauvery management scheme that authorises the Union […]

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Supreme Court: Centre seeks stay of SC order on SC/ST law

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The Centre today demanded a stay on the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST Act, with the top court saying it was “100 per cent” in favour of protecting the rights of these communities and punishing those guilty of atrocities against them. The observations by a bench of Justices A K Goel and U U […]

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Supreme Court to hear review pleas on SC/ST verdict on May 3

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The Supreme Court will hear the Centre’s plea seeking review of its judgment on the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (SC/ST Act) on May 3. Attorney General K K Venugopal mentioned the matter for early hearing before a bench comprising Justices A K Goel and Deepak Gupta and said he […]

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Supreme Court terms public statements on impeachment of judges unfortunate

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The Supreme Court today termed as very unfortunate the public statements, including those made by lawmakers, on impeachment of judges. “We are all very disturbed about it,” a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said after the counsel appearing for the petitioner raised the issue of politicians making public statements on impeachment […]

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Centre tells Supreme Court: Process to appoint eminent jurist to select Lokpal underway

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The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the process to fill up the vacancy of an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointing Lokpal was going on. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that recommendation for induction of an eminent jurist in the panel has been […]

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Supreme Court allows Centre to withdraw CAPF force from Darjeeling hills

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The Supreme Court today allowed the Centre to withdraw the remaining four companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from West Bengal’s violence hit Darjeeling area after March 8. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered Attorney General K K Venugopal’s submission that the deployment of the central armed forces fell under the Central […]

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PNB fraud: Centre opposes plea for SIT probe

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The Centre today opposed in the Supreme Court a PIL seeking an independent probe and deportation of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi in the over Rs 11,000 crore PNB fraud case, saying an FIR has been lodged and a probe was on. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D […]

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Four senior judges say situation in SC “not in order”

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 In an unprecedented move, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court today called a press conference and said the situation in the top court was “not in order” and many “less than desirable” things have taken place. Unless this institution is preserved, “democracy will not survive in this country,” the four judges said. Justice […]

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