Madras HC adjourns hearing on pleas on nomination of 3 MLAs to

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The Madras High Court today adjourned hearing on petitions relating to nominations of three MLAs in the Puducherry Assembly by the Centre which was later cancelled by the speaker. The petition were filed by V Saminathan, K G Shankar and S Selvaganapathi challenging the notice issued by the Puducherry Assembly Secretary refusing them permission to… Read more »

Gram Panchayat certificates no proof of citizenship: SC

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A certificate of residency issued by the gram panchayat is not a document of citizenship and is “meaningless” unless supported by some other valid record to make a claim for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), the Supreme Court said today. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said no… Read more »

Trial of Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case set to start

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The trial in the case related to the alleged fake encounters of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati will start from next week, with the special CBI court here issuing summonses to over 20 witnesses. “The court has issued summons to Sohrabuddin’s brother Nayamuddin and some others, and the recording of evidence will start from November… Read more »

Will not modify Govt order banning pet coke, furnace oil: SC

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The Supreme Court today refused to modify the Centre’s notification banning the use of furnace oil and pet coke in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana and asked the NTPC, which was seeking relaxation till it switches over to alternative fuel, to approach the government. The top court said this while hearing a plea by National… Read more »

Coalscam: Docs supplied to Jindal and others, CBI tells court

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The CBI today told a special court that it has handed over various documents filed along with the charge sheet to industrialist Naveen Jindal and others in a coal scam case against them regarding the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh. Special Judge Bharat Parashar was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation… Read more »

Noted jurist Habibullah Basha passes away

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Veteran lawyer Habibullah Basha, one of the finest jurists of the Madras Bar, passed away here today after a prolonged illness. A philanthropist and founder-director of the Apollo Hospitals, 84-year old Basha died at his house, the Madras Bar Association said. Basha is survived by wife Shyamala Basha, his college-mate, a son and two daughters…. Read more »

SC restrains directors of JAL from alienating properties

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The Supreme Court today directed 13 directors, including five promoters of embattled Jaiprakash Associate Limited (JAL) not to alienate their personal properties and asked the firm to deposit Rs 150 crore and Rs 125 crore by December 14 and December 31 respectively. The bench accepted a demand draft of Rs 275 crore by the real… Read more »

SC examines admissibility of uncertified digital records

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The issue whether electronic records like uncertified receipts pertaining to business transactions with a bank can be relied upon as evidence in judicial proceedings, is being examined by the Supreme Court. With the growing number of electronic evidence being relied upon in judicial proceedings, the apex court today said it needed to be examined whether… Read more »