SC rejects Romila Thapar’s review plea for release of activists

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by historian Romila Thapar seeking a review of the September 28 majority verdict by which the apex court had refused immediate release of five rights activists held in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices A M Khanwilkar and […]

Hapur lynching case: Supreme Court directs Police IG Zone to supervise the investigation

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Inspector General of Police of Meerut zone in Uttar Pradesh to directly supervise the probe into the lynching of a Muslim man by a mob in Hapur. A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said the officer will also act in accordance with the apex court’s […]

SC dismisses plea to ban book ‘Meesha’, says craftsmanship of writer deserves to be respected

The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking to ban the book ‘Meesha’ for allegedly depicting Hindu women visiting temples in derogatory light, saying “craftsmanship of a writer deserves to be respected”. A bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Misra said a book must not be read in a “fragmented manner” but as a whole. […]

Supreme Court, orders house arrest for 5 activist till september 6 in Bhima Koregaon Case

NEW DELHI: Describing dissent as a safety valve, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the five human rights activists arrested by Maharashtra Police should be kept under house arrest until the next date of hearing on September 6. Bhardwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves, be kept under house arrest […]

Sabarimala temple case: Kerala govt to SC ‘ban on women unconstitutional’

New Delhi: The Kerala government today told the Supreme Court that the custom of barring entry of women between the age group of 10 to 50 years into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala is not permissible under the Constitution. It said that celibate status of deity cannot be a ground for barring entry of women as […]

SC allows transgender, to amend plea, denied job as cabin crew in Air India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed a transgender, who had undergone sex change in 2014, to amend her plea challenging Air India’s decision to deny her a job as a cabin crew to assail the grounds of conducting personality test for third gender candidates by the national carrier. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra […]

SC: Liquidation of Jaypee group firm would serve no purpose

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said Liquidation of real estate firm Jaypee Infratech Ltd (JIL) would not “serve” the purpose of either home buyers, financial institutions or the promoters. The apex court also reserved its order on “interim reliefs” prayed by various stakeholders including the home buyers of JIL, Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) which is […]

SC refuses to stay new amended rules on health warning for tobacco products

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to stay the operation of new amended rules of the Union Health Ministry directing the manufacturers to have graphic warning images on packets of cigarettes and other tobacco products and helpline numbers for those who wanted to quit the habit. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices […]

SC asks Parliament to consider enacting new law to deal with mob lynching

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also passed a slew of directions to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” […]

SC asks AG to assist on poor facilities in jails

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today took note of lack of facilities in jails, leading to delayed trials and prolonged incarceration of under-trial prisoners, in the country and sought assistance of the Attorney General in issuing directions to deal with the situation. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on its own, initiated the judicial […]