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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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SC: Liquidation of Jaypee group firm would serve no purpose

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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” […]

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SC asks AG to assist on poor facilities in jails

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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 […]

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SC seeks response on Ahmed Patel’s plea to stay proceedings in Guj High Court

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today sought the response of a BJP leader on a plea by Ahmed Patel seeking a stay of proceedings in the Gujarat High Court which is hearing a petition challenging the senior Congress leader’s election to the Rajya Sabha. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, allowed the Gujarat […]

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SC: The contentious Lodha committee reform stands vindicated

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s observations, dismissing the need for a cooling off period for BCCI office-bearers, came as a ray of hope today for the embattled body, which said its position against the contentious Lodha committee reform stands vindicated. “The Honourable judges heard our plea and made observations which has filled us with positivity. I […]

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Supreme Court rejects PIL to frame rules to regulate composition of benches

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a PIL seeking the framing of rules to regulate the composition of benches, including constitution benches, and the allocation of work. Junking the PIL by advocate Asok Pande, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the CJI was the head […]

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Supreme Court refuses to order CBI probe into cases of fuel adulteration

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The Supreme Court today refused to order a CBI probe into cases of fuel adulteration, saying that the law was already in place to enable the authorities to take action against such malpractices. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra noted that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has filed an affidavit stating […]

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Aadhaar law is just, fair & reasonable: Centre to SC

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The Centre today justified the Aadhaar Act in the Supreme Court, saying it was a “fair and reasonable law” which complied with the tests prescribed by the historic verdict on the right to privacy. A nine-judge constitution bench, on August 24 last year, had declared the right to privacy as a fundamental right and termed […]

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‘Khap panchayat’ interference in marriage of two consenting adults absolutely illegal : SC

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In a relief to inter-faith or inter-caste couples who often face threat to their lives due to their relationship, the Supreme Court today banned any interference by illegal assemblies like khap panchayats into their marriages, terming the intrusions as “absolutely illegal.” A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D […]

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Supreme Court extends protection to Karti Chidambaram till April 2.

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The Supreme Court today extended the interim protection against arrest to Karti Chidambaram, granted by the Delhi High Court in the INX Media money laundering case, till April 2. The order came as the Enforcement Directorate sought an authoritative pronouncement from the top court in view of several conflicting orders of different high courts on […]

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 The Supreme Court closes proceedings against Tej Pratap in murder case.

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 The Supreme Court today closed proceedings against former Bihar minister Tej Pratap, son of jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, in the murder case of a Siwan-based journalist. The Supreme Court had asked the CBI to investigate allegations relating to media reports featuring photographs and videos that showed Pratap, former Bihar health minister, along with […]

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Supreme Court asks Jaiprakash Associates Ltd to deposit Rs 200 crore by May 10

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The Supreme Court today asked the embattled realty firm Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) to deposit Rs 200 crore in two installments by May 10. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the real-estate major to deposit Rs 100 crore by April 6 and the rest by May 10. The bench, comprising justices A […]

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Supreme Court asks all High Courts to give details on setting up of children’s courts

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 The Supreme Court today directed all High Courts in the country to give details on whether special courts to ensure speedy trial of offences against children have been set up in each district. The court considered Section 25 and 26 of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 which provide that there has […]

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Supreme Court asks Centre for report on conditions in Rohingya camps

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The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to file a “comprehensive status report” giving details of conditions in Rohingya refugee camps in various states. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves that conditions at the camps are unhygienic […]

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Supreme Court reserves verdict on pleas for probe into judge Loya’s death

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The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya. Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone […]

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Supreme Court to hear pleas against Karnataka High Court order on warnings on tobacco products

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 The Supreme Court today said it would hear all 45 petitions together including the one filed by the Centre against a Karnataka High Court order quashing the 2014 government regulation that packets of tobacco products must carry pictorial warning covering 85 per cent of the packaging space. The bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and […]

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Supreme Court seeks details of unencumbered assets of Unitech Ltd

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The Supreme Court today sought details of all unencumbered assets of embattled real estate major Unitech Limited and said that they would be auctioned to refund money to home buyers. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also imposed a cost of Rs 25 lakh on J M Financial Asset Reconstruction Company, which had […]

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