Respond to allegations that you met accused: SC to CBI chief Ranjit Sinha

The Supreme Court Monday asked CBI director Ranjit Sinha to respond to allegations by an NGO CPIL saying that he has been frequently meeting accused in 2G case and others being probed by the investigating agency. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice designate Justice H.L. Dattu while giving a week’s time to the […]

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Prior sanction needed for action against officials? SC reserves verdict

The Supreme Court Thursday reserved verdict on the validity of a legal provision that mandates the CBI to seek the government’s prior sanction before proceeding against an officer of the rank of joint secretary or above on charges of corruption. However, the six-bench constitution bench said that if it had to invalidate section 6A of […]

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SC to hear natural gas pricing matter March 4

The Supreme Court will hold March 4 hearing in the plea by Communist lawmaker Gurudas Dasgupta and NGO Common Cause seeking review of the government decision to hike the natural gas price from $4.2 to $8.4 million British thermal unit (mmBtu) from April 2014 . Common Cause has sought a court monitored probe by a […]

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Prashant Bhushan apologises to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court took exception to counsel Prashant Bhushan’s comment that it was hesitant in taking action against Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati, but later Wednesday accepted his apology that he did not intend to lower the esteem of the court or hurt judges. The apex court bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha, hearing the matter […]

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SC to examine curbs on news on private FM radio

The Supreme Court, hearing a PIL by an NGO, Thursday said it will examine the rules that bar private FM radio channels and community radios from broadcasting news and current affairs. It also issued notice on the issue to the central government, returnable in two weeks. As a bench of Chief Justice P.Sathasivam and Justice […]

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Centre wants ban on nicotine-laced gutka, chewing tobacco

The government Tuesday pitched for a ban on all forms of chewing tobacco, gutka or supari laced with nicotine, saying these products fell under the prohibition prescribed under the food safety provisions. “Gutka by its definition is a food added with nicotine and flavours” that is prohibited under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and […]

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Natural resources are also for future generations: SC

The Supreme Court Wednesday said the right to life belongs not only to the present generation but also the future generations when it comes to the exploitation of natural resources. “It is not just right to life of present generation but also of the future generations,” said the apex court green bench of Justice A.K. […]

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NGO asks SC to cancel all coal block allocations

The Supreme Court should cancel all the coal blocks allocated to private and public sector companies in a non-transparent and unfair manner and in violation of rules, a petitioner said Thursday. Petitioner NGO Common Cause has sought the cancellation of coal blocks allocated to state-owned companies which had in turn entered into joint venture agreements with the […]

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SC asks why agencies sat over Radia tapes

The Supreme Court Wednesday wondered why the agencies that knew about instances of illegalities that surfaced in former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s tapped phone calls in 2009 did not act for four years. The court’s observation came as it perused the files of the Income Tax Department relating to Radia tapes that gave details of […]

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SC nod sufficient to probe corrupt officials: CBI

The CBI Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it did not require the government’s sanction for a corruption probe against public servants in court-monitored cases but the government disagreed with this. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told an apex court bench of Justice RM Lodha, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph it […]

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