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Madras HC seeks status of missing fishermen

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The Madras High Court today directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to inform it about the fate of 551 fishermen from Kanyakumari region who are reported missing in the aftermath of cyclone Ochki. Issuing notices on a petition filed by a resident of Kanyakumari district, which bore the brunt of the cyclone fury, […]

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SC to pronounce order on mandatory linking of Aadhaar tomorrow

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The Supreme Court today reserved its interim order for tomorrow on a batch of pleas seeking a stay on the government’s decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various welfare schemes, as the Centre extended the deadline up to March 31 next year. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the […]

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Place rules on registration numbers of VVIP cars: HC to govt

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The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and the AAP government to place before it the rules regarding display of just the State Emblem of India on the cars of the constitutional authorities and dignitaries, such as the President, instead of their registration numbers. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice […]

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Centre willing to extend deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhar

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The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend till March 31 next year the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for availing various services and welfare schemes. The Supreme Court now will be setting up a five-judge Constitution Bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay […]

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SC allows Centre to withdraw force from Darjeeling hills

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The Supreme Court today permitted the Centre to withdraw four of the eight companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) from strife-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal for deployment in poll-bound Gujarat. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to the Centre’s plea […]

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Pollution in poultry farms: NGT notice to Centre

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A plea highlighting environmental pollution caused by the improper waste disposal and unregulated use of antibiotics in poultry farms has prompted the National Green Tribunal to seek a response from the Centre and others. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests Food Safety and […]

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Delhi HC asks Centre, WB Govt if Mukul Roy was being monitored

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The Delhi High Court today asked the Centre and the West Bengal government to “unambiguously” inform whether politician Mukul Roy, who recently joined BJP, was being monitored or his calls being intercepted allegedly by the state police. The court’s direction came when it was hearing the former Trinamool Congress MP’s plea seeking a CBI probe […]

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Jantar Mantar bungalow never alloted to Agnivesh, NGO: Centre

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The Centre has informed the Delhi High Court that its records show a bungalow on Jantar Mantar Road in the heart of the national capital was allotted to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Smarak Trust and was not allocated to either activist Swami Agnivesh or his NGO. The response of the Ministry of Urban Development to […]

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Madras HC direction to Centre on transgenders bill

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Voicing concern over the plight of transgenders, the Madras High Court today directed the Centre to inform it whether a follow up action would be taken to make the transgender bill pending in the parliament a statute. Giving the direction on a petition filed by two trangenders, Justice N Kirubakaran said a decision on the […]

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SC notice Centre,states on plea to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR

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With the air quality in Delhi and the national capital region worsening, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre, the AAP government and states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana about remedial steps that can be taken to curb the rising pollution. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the Centre […]

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SC gives time to Centre to reply to plea against hanging

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The Supreme Court today granted six weeks to the Centre to file its response to a plea which seeks to set aside the legal provision that a death row convict would only be hanged to death. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud allowed more time […]

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Polavaram case: SC slaps Rs 25,000 cost on Centre

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The Supreme Court today slapped a cost of Rs 25,000 on the Centre for not filing its response on a plea filed by Odisha government in a matter pertaining to Indira Sagar Polavaram Project on river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. The apex court imposed the cost while expressing dissatisfaction at the Centre’s failure to file […]

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Delhi HC seeks govt’s stand on plea to ban use of Prez, PM’s photo

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The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre on a plea to ban the use of photos of persons holding constitutional posts, including the President and the Prime Minister, in private advertisements. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to the Press Council […]

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SC seeks Centre’s reply on pleas challenging Aadhaar Act

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The Supreme Court today sought the government’s response on four petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and linking of bank accounts and mobile numbers with the 12-digit biometric identification number. The apex court did not pass any interim order in the matter saying that final hearing in all Aadhaar-related issues would start […]

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SC allows Centre to withdraw force from trouble-hit Darjeeling

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The Supreme Court today permitted the Centre to withdraw seven of the 15 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) from strife-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal for deployment in poll-bound states of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Observing that law and order was a “state subject”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak […]

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SC to hear Centre’s plea on withdrawal of forces from Darjeeling, Kalimpong

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The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the Centre’s plea challenging the Calcutta High Court order on withdrawal of security forces from Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal. A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer said the matter will be listed on October 27. Appearing for the Centre, advocate Wasim Qadri said […]

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SC seeks govt’s reply on plea for common electoral rolls

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The Supreme Court today sought a response from the government on a plea seeking a direction to the Centre and the Election Commission for common electoral rolls for Parliament, assembly and local body polls to save public money and manpower. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y […]

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Ban tobacco products outside schools: PIL in Delhi HC

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The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre and city government on a PIL seeking to enforce a complete ban on sale of tobacco and cigarettes near educational institutions in the national capital. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to the governments’ […]

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PIL in SC to bar people from contesting polls from two seats

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A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to restrict candidates from contesting elections for the same office simultaneously from more than one constituency. The PIL has also sought a direction to the Centre and the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take appropriate steps to discourage independent candidates from contesting Parliament and […]

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Five constitution benches of SC to hear matters from Oct 10

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Five constitution benches of the Supreme Court would start hearing from October 10 five key issues, including the power tussle between the Centre and Delhi government over administrative jurisdiction and a matter relating to passive euthanasia. Besides these, the constitution benches, each consisting of five judges, would also deal with issues like whether a parliamentary […]

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Nirbhaya fund: Centre not getting states’ support, SC told

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The central government was finding it difficult to get the cooperation of states on the issue relating to disbursal of compensation to the victims of sexual assault under the Nirbhaya fund, the Supreme Court was today told. The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and […]

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Rohingya refugees illegal, pose security threat: Centre to SC

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The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their countinous stay posed “serious national security ramifications”. The Centre’s affidavit, filed in the apex court Registry, said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and […]

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Frame policy to curb celebratory firing, Delhi HC asks Centre

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The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and other authorities to frame a policy within three months to curb the practice of celebratory firing. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar told authorities that the plea for stringent norms to curb the practice is certainly not adversarial and […]

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SC notice to Centre, states on plea over safety of students

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A plea seeking framing of “non- negotiable” child safety conditions and implementation of guidelines to protect school children from sexual abuse and murder today prompted the Supreme Court to seek responses from the Centre and all state governments. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued […]

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