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Much is happening in West Bengal : Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court, while hearing a plea seeking a CBI probe into the alleged killings of BJP workers in West Bengal, on Tuesday said “much is happening in West Bengal”. The top court’s observation came after petitioner Gaurav Bhatia, a lawyer, told a bench of justices A K Sikri, S A Nazeer and M R […]

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Process to appoint CIC should be same as chief election commissioner: Supreme Court

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 The Supreme Court on Friday passed a slew of directions on filling up vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and state information commissions (SICs) and said the process of appointments must start one to two months before a post falls vacant. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S A Nazeer said the […]

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Judging is ‘under stress’ in digital era, says Justice A K Sikri

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Judging is “under stress” in the digital era, a Supreme Court judge said Sunday, lamenting that even before a case is taken up by the court, people start discussing on social media what the outcome “should be” which has an influence on the judges. Talking on “Freedom of press in the digital age” at the […]

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Supreme Court turns down sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhat’s plea seeking security for his family

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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain sacked Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhat’s plea seeking security for his family. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer asked Bhat to approach the Gujarat High Court with his plea. On October 4 last year, the apex court dismissed his wife Shweta […]

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Why only ‘babus’ shortlisted for appointment as information commissioners : Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Centre as to why only retired or sitting bureaucrats were being shortlisted by the search committee for appointment as information commissioners. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer was told by the government that chief information commissioner and four information commissioners have already been appointed […]

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Justice A K Sikri recuses himself from hearing plea on interim CBI Director M Nageswara Rao

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Supreme Court judge Justice A K Sikri on Thursday recused himself from hearing a plea challenging the Centre’s decision to appoint M Nageswara Rao as interim CBI director. A bench headed by Justice Sikri listed the matter for Friday for hearing before a different bench. As soon as the matter came up for hearing, Justice […]

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Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, Sanjiv Khanna sworn-in as SC judges

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Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna were sworn-in as Supreme Court judges on Friday. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath of office to justices Maheshwari and Khanna during the swearing-in ceremony held in court number 1 of the apex court. The sanctioned strength of judges in the Supreme Court is 31. […]

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SC to check whether there should be total ban on firecrackers

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said it would examine whether there should be a total ban on use of firecrackers as it noted that air pollution reached hazardous proportions during Diwali. It said around 20-25 per cent of children in the city suffer from respiratory problems due to abnormally high levels of pollution during the […]

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1000 standard-floor cluster buses will be fitted with hydraulic lifts, says Delhi govt to SC

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New Delhi: The Delhi government today told the Supreme Court that it will install hydraulic lifts in 1,000 standard-floor buses to be procured under the cluster scheme on its own cost to make them accessible for differently-abled persons, especially those on wheel chair. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has […]

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SC slams govt over non-compliance of verdict on making public institutions disabled-friendly

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today slammed the Centre over non-compliance of its last year verdict of making public institutions disabled-friendly and said the government had to follow the law and order. The top court also expressed annoyance over the states not complying with its order and warned that respective chief secretaries will be called to explain […]

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SC lifts ban on rallies, dharnas at Jantar Mantar, Boat Club

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today lifted a blanket ban on rallies, dharnas or sit-ins at the Jantar Mantar and Boat Club areas, saying there could not be an “absolute” ban on protests in such localities. The top court also asked the Centre to frame guidelines within two months for according sanctions to such events. A […]

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Kamala Mills owner says it’s illegal detention in Supreme Court.

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The owner of Mumbai’s Kamala Mills today moved the Supreme Court challenging his arrest in connection with a fire that claimed 14 lives in December last year. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked Ravi Bhandari to serve a copy of his petition to the Maharashtra government. The top court listed […]

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SC sets aside HC order on strictures against judicial officer

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 The Supreme Court has set aside an order of the Himachal Pradesh High Court by which action was recommended against a judicial officer for granting bail to an accused within four days of rejection of his pre-arrest bail by a higher court. The high court had termed the action of the magistrate as “judicial impropriety” […]

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Prohibiting dubbed serial on TV violates Competition Act: SC

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Prohibition on exhibition of dubbed serial on television hinders competition in the market and such an act amounts to violation of the Competition Act, 2002, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court said such prohibition prevents competing parties in pursuing their commercial activities and amounts to “creating barriers” to the entry of new content […]

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Coal scam: SC-appointed team seeks former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha’s visitors’ diary

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The Supreme court had on September 14, entrusted M L Sharma with the power to summon any person in his inquiry against Sinha, accused of scuttling probe in the coal block scam as the agency’s chief. The apex court-appointed probe team led by ex-CBI Special Director M L Sharma today moved the Supreme Court seeking […]

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SC asks Bagrodia to appear before special court in coal block case

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked former union minister Santosh Bagrodia to appear before a special CBI court here on September 8 in coal block allocation case. A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice A.K. Sikri said it will examine Bagrodia’s plea soon while declining him relief. Bagrodia, a minister of […]

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SC gives Sahara 18 months to pay up Rs.36,000 crore

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While approving the manner in which Sahara would furnish its bank guarantee, the Supreme Court on Friday directed that the group will have to pay the remaining liability it owes to the market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), within 18 months from the time its chief Subrata Roy is released. Accepting the […]

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Graft allegations against Bhujbal; SC rejects plea against HC

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The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea filed against a Bombay High Court decision ordering a SIT probe into graft allegations against former and others in connection with contracts awarded to some private firms. “No. We will not entertain it,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri […]

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SC likely to pronounce verdict tomorrow on pleas of Mittal & Ruia in spectrum case

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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce tomorrow its verdict on pleas of Bharti Cellular Ltd CMD Sunil Bharti Mittal and Essar Group promoter Ravi Ruia against a trial court order summoning them as accused in a corruption case related to allocation of additional spectrum during NDA rule in 2002. A three-judge bench comprising Chief […]

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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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Sahara’s fresh plea in SC for Subrato Roy’s release

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Sahara Group on Friday came out another plea for the release of its jailed chief Subrato Roy before the Supreme Court which asked those involved in the negotiation processes for sale of its three offshore hotels to prove their bona fide in raising the money to get him out.Roy, who was sent to jail on […]

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2G PMLA case: Not going to stay ongoing trial

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that it was not going to stay the trial in the money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam and posted the plea of accused persons for quashing of charges against them on November 26.“There will be no stay of the trial,” a bench headed by […]

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Can’t restrict companies from extracting coal: SC

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The Supreme Court Thursday said that it cannot restrict the companies whose mining licences have been cancelled by it from extracting coal as they have been asked to continue with their operations for six months till alternate arrangements are made. The apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice […]

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Centre gets one more week to notify SIT to probe black money

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The Supreme Court Friday gave the central government one more week to notify the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the flight of black money to tax havens abroad and to bring it back. The apex court bench of justices B.S. Chauhan and A.K. Sikri while extending the time limit by […]

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