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‘Remove bar on giving advice to ministries directly’

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Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has urged the government to junk a rule which bars him from giving legal advice to various ministries without involving the Law Ministry, saying it delays decision-making on important matters. Rohatgi has also said the rule which requires law officers to give legal opinion to various central ministries and departments only […]

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Decide death row convict’s plea in 2 months:SC to HC

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The Supreme Court today asked the Delhi High Court to decide within two months the plea of a death row convict seeking commutation of his sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of delay to decide his mercy petition. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi passed the order after taking into account […]

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SC reserves order in call drop case

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the telecom companies’ plea against the Delhi High Court order making it mandatory for cellular operators to compensate for call drops. The Delhi High Court had earlier this year upheld October 16, 2015 decision of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), making it mandatory for cellular […]

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NCA: SC to refer PIL to five-judge bench

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The Supreme Court today said it may refer to a five-judge constitution bench a plea seeking setting up of National Court of Appeal with regional benches in major cities for deciding cases arising from high courts. A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur also sought Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s response on suggestions submitted […]

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Judiciary independence doesn’t necessarily require collegium system

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BJP-ruled states today strongly supported in the Supreme Court the creation of the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) saying that the independence of judiciary does not necessarily require that judges be appointed by the collegium system. Senior advocate T R Andhyarujina, appearing for Maharashtra, told a five-judge bench headed by that the independence of judiciary […]

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Collegium recommended names despite adverse reports: SC told

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The Supreme Court collegium recommended and reiterated the appointments of people as judges despite adverse Intelligence Bureau reports and judges’ critical comments against them, the central government on Wednesday told the apex court. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday submitted to the court a list of a few names running into 10 pages with comments […]

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Collegium system opaque and has failed: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

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Putting up a strident case for the new system of judges appointment, government on Wednesday submitted before the Supreme Court that the collegium method has failed because it was an “opaque mechanism” which has “stifled democracy”. On a day, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi attacked the collegium system and demanded a revisit of the 1993 verdict […]

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Justice Khehar to head the Constitution bench

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Setting at rest issues, the Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the decks for commencing the hearing on the validity of the new law on appointment of judges with a Constitution Bench rejecting demands for recusal of judges. “Justice J S Khehar will not recuse himself from hearing,” Justice J Chelameswar said on behalf of the […]

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Uber rape case: Will lay down law on whether accused has right to recall witness, says SC

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will lay down a law as to whether an accused has got the right to get witnesses recalled for their re-examination in a criminal case.”We are going to lay down the law that whether witnesses can be recalled at the behest of an accused,” a bench headed […]

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Quota for disabled can’t be confined, can be for promotion: SC

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The Supreme Court on Friday held that three percent reservation for differently-abled persons cannot be restricted to entry level of government jobs and should be applied for considering promotions to Group A and Group B officers category. “Why confined it to entry level? They are disabled means disabled. We seriously feel they should be given […]

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SC rejects plea challenging Coal Ordinance

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The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a plea challenging the ordinance on coal blocks, providing for retrospective recovery of a levy of Rs. 295 per metric tonne of extracted coal and linking its payment as a qualification to participate in the cancelled . The Coal Mines (Special Provision) Ordinance, 2014, was promulgated for the allocation of […]

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Sanskrit to be third language in Classes 6-8 in KV: Centre to SC

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The Centre today submitted before the Supreme Court that Sanskrit will be the third language in classes 6 to 8 in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Appearing before the Bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi sought its permission to file an affidavit on the controversy arising out of Centre’s decision to drop German […]

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Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s broom sweep away legal cobwebs?

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The Narendra Modi government is determined to clean up the country in more ways than one. In an ambitious move, the government intends to junk in one stroke at least 287 obsolete laws and thousands of old appropriation bills which are choking the statute book. Not only does India have one of the lengthiest constitutions […]

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PIL seeks Leader of Opposition status for Congress in Lok Sabha

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 The Supreme Court was moved Saturday seeking that Congress leader in Lok Sabha be conferred the status of the leader of opposition as it is the largest party in the opposition as provided under the 1977 law on salary and allowances of leaders of opposition in parliament. Contesting the opinion of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, the […]

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Difficult to find suitable persons to man tribunals: SC

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The setting up of tribunals have come under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which on Thursday cast doubts as to whether they have achieved the desired objectives or not as competent persons are averse to presiding over them and keen ones are not suitable for such assignments. “Many retired judges who are fit to […]

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Legalising euthanasia be left for Parliament to debate and decide: Centre

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The Centre on Tuesday opposed in the Supreme Court the plea for legalising passive euthanasia by allowing a person in vegetative condition to die by withdrawing life-support systems, saying such issues should be debated and decided in Parliament and not by court. Appearing before a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha, Attorney […]

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CBI quizzes West Bengal governor in VVIP chopper deal

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The CBI Friday questioned West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan as a “witness” in connection with its ongoing probe into the procurement of AgustaWestland VVIP choppers for 556.262 million euros (Rs.3,726.96 crore). Narayanan, 80, was quizzed in the Kolkata at the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He was asked to appear before the […]

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