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Triple talaq arbitrary, violates right to equality: SC

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The practice of triple talaq was “manifestly arbitrary” as the marital tie could be broken “whimsically” by a Muslim man and it must be held to be violative of fundamental right of equality, the Supreme Court today said. One of the two separate majority judgements, penned by Justice R F Nariman, said the provision of […]

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Riots over cow: SC raps MP police for non-examination of VCD

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The Supreme Court today castigated the Madhya Pradesh police for not getting a video pertaining to the 2013 communal riots over rumours of cow slaughter and producing them as crucial evidence before a trial court, warning the officials of action. “You (Deputy Superintendent of SIB) are in for a serious trouble, sir! Why have you […]

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Central selection in lower judiciary won’t affect state rules: SC

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The Supreme Court today sought to dispel the apprehension that a proposal for a centralised selection mechanism for appointment of judicial officers in subordinate judiciary would affect the rules and regulations formulated by the states. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said the proposal has come forward so that vacancies could […]

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How can ‘sinful’ triple talaq be a matter of faith: SC asks Muslim bodies

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The Supreme Court today asked Muslim bodies how can a practice like triple talaq be a matter of “faith” when they have been asserting that it is “patriarchal”, “bad in theology” and “sinful”. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also reserved its verdict on a clutch of pleas challenging the […]

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SC reserves verdict on triple talaq

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The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of the practice of triple talaq among Muslims. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar heard the issue for six days during which various parties including the Centre, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, All India […]

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Triple talaq not integral to Islam, is intra-community tussle

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Triple talaq is neither integral to Islam nor a “majority versus minority” issue but rather an “intra-community tussle” between Muslim men and deprived women, the Centre today told the Supreme Court. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, in his rebuttal to the arguments favouring the 1,400 year-old practice of triple talaq, made a strong pitch for judicial […]

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Will deal with only triple talaq due to paucity of time: SC

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The Supreme Court today said it was keeping open for adjudication in the future the issues of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims as the Centre insisted deliberations on these aspects as well. The observation was made when Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, said the issues of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ […]

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Triple talaq is worst form of marriage dissolution, says SC

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The Supreme Court today said the practice of triple talaq was the “worst” and “not desirable” form of dissolution of marriages among Muslims, even though there were schools of thought which termed it as “legal”. There are “school of thoughts (which) say that triple talaq is legal, but it is the worst and not desirable […]

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Right to refuse medical treatment: Govt to take call, says SC

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Terming as “sensitive” the issue of right to have a ‘living will’ to refuse life support in the last days of an ailing person, the Supreme Court today said the issue should be decided by the government. The apex court declined to give any direction on the issue and said it was for the government […]

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Absence of timely legal help to poor affects credibility: CJI

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The credibility of the legal system and the rule of law have come under “severe strain” in the absence of timely help to poor and illiterate Indians, Chief Justice of India J S Khehar said today. The CJI made the observations while highlighting the importance of Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) who, according to him, enabled […]

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India becoming hub of international arbitration: CJI

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Chief Justice of India J S Khehar today said India is becoming a hub of international arbitration and the government’s initiative to work towards zero interference in the process will promote confidence among foreign traders. Justice Khehar said that potential for international arbitration is increasing due to foreign investment. Speaking at a two-day seminar ‘Engaging […]

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Can’t pass an order on reclaiming Kohinoor: SC

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The Supreme Court today said it could not pass an order for reclaiming the Kohinoor from the United Kingdom or to stop it from being auctioned. Disposing of a plea seeking directions to bring the treasured diamond back to India, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said it could not ask a […]

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Policeman declines SC’s offer for reinstatement if he shaves

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A policeman from Maharashtra, who was suspended for not adhering to no-beard policy of the state reserve force, has not agreed to the offer of the Supreme Court that it would revoke his suspension if he shaves. Zahiroddin Shamsoddin Bedade had approached the top court in 2013 after the Bombay High Court did not find […]

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CJI criticises electoral politics, unfulfilled poll promises

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Chief Justice of India J S Khehar today criticised the electoral politics in the country, saying poll promises are “routinely unfulfilled”, caste issues projected differently to get a majority and party manifestos do not have any linkage to socio-economic justice. The CJI said that electoral politics in India centres around “mobilisation and politicisation” of the […]

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Use of pellet guns: Centre asked to consider other means

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The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to consider effective means other than use of pellet guns to quell stone pelting mobs in Jammu and Kashmir as it concerns life and death. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also expressed concern over injuries suffered by minors involved in protests in the Kashmir […]

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Constitution bench to decide petitions on triple talaq: SC

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A five-judge constitution bench would be set up by the Supreme Court to hear and decide on a batch of petitions relating to the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar took on record three sets of issues framed by parties with regard […]

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Enemy property must go to the State: SC

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Enemy property must go to the State if at all it is an enemy property, the Supreme Court today said. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice N V Ramana said that it is a sensitive matter and it is for Parliament to debate on it and not the court. “Enemy property […]

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Train young lawyers to understand profession,ethics

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Chief Justice of India J S Khehar today urged the Bar Council of India to train young lawyers to make them understand the profession and its work ethics. He also asked the apex lawyers’ body, BCI, to improve the quality of legal institutions by training and helping litigants and make the lawyers competent enough to […]

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Babri Masjid: SC irked at delay in challenging Allahabad HC order

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The Centre as well as the CBI has been lambasted by the Supreme court for deliberate delay in challenging the order of Allahabad High Court dropping charges of criminal conspiracy against Sangh Parivar leaders including L K Advani in Babri Masjid demolition case.  The Allahabad High Court had quashed the charges of criminal conspiracy against senior BJP […]

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Supreme Court: death penalty for kidnapping, killing child

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  A man hailing from Tamil Nadu, who kidnapped and strangulated a seven-year old boy to death in 2009 when Rs five lakh ransom was not paid for his release, lost out today in the Supreme Court which upheld the death sentence slapped on him by lower courts. Refusing to show mercy, a bench of […]

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SC OKs online counselling for quota med seats”

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The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to begin online counseling for allotment of over 2,000 seats in medical colleges for MBBS and BDS courses under 15% all-India quota from this academic session. After the regulator, Medical Council of India (MCI), said it had no objection to online counseling, a […]

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