SC grants time to Centre for assessing 18 hydro power projects

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted two more weeks to the Centre for filing “comprehensive” environment and ecological impact report of 18, out of total 24 hydroelectric power projects, to be set up on Alaknanda and Bhagirathi river basins in Uttarakhand. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit, in its order, noted… Read more »

Lawyers do not need to please judges

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A lawyer “should not agree” with a judge if he has a point to propose which is supported by “precedent or authority”, a Supreme Court judge said today even as he averred that there was no need to please judges. Speaking at the award ceremony of the 11th K K Luthra Memorial Moot Court Competition… Read more »

Adjournment is a disease: Supreme Court Judge

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  Adjournment is a disease and a disorder and young advocates should try to get out of it, Supreme Court Judge Justice Dipak Misra on Saturday said while kick-starting a five-day workshop organised by the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD). Advising young lawyers to be confident yet humble, he said, “Adjournment is a disease, a… Read more »

Supreme Court allows Comedy Central to go on air

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The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Comedy Central to go on air and stayed Delhi High Court’s order upholding the Centre’s decision to stop transmission of the entertainment channel for 10 days for allegedly broadcasting “obscene” and “vulgar” dialogues. “As an interim measure, it is directed that the direction issued by the high court by… Read more »

SC sets up panel to verify figures on child sex ratio

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Expressing its misgivings about the authenticity of the figures of the child sex ratio given to it by various state governments, the Supreme Court Tuesday set up a committee to verify the record on the basis of which these figures were arrived at. The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh… Read more »

Govt concerned about heinous crimes by juveniles

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The government is concerned about growing incidents of heinous crime being committed by minors and the entire issue of juvenility is under its consideration, the Attorney General on Monday told the Supreme Court. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, which had described a juvenile law far too liberal in not giving punishment in grave… Read more »

Don’t sterilize elephants to avoid train-elephant accidents

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The Supreme Court Tuesday took serious view of a report that said the West Bengal government had decided to take “regressive” steps to reduce the elephant population by introducing contraceptives/sterilization to avoid train-elephant accidents.  Taking note, a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Vikramajit Sen said: “If it is so, it is absolutely impermissible… Read more »

Criminalisation of politics is anathema to democracy

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Criminalisation of politics creates a dent in the marrows of the nation which must be curbed, the Supreme Court today said while asking the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers not to induct tainted people in their ministry. A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha, said criminalisation of politics is an “anathema”… Read more »

SC seeks from Centre files on cancer drugs licence

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On Tuesday the Supreme Court directed the Centre’s competent authority to place before it the file relating to licences given for the administration of two vaccines for cervical cancer prevention. The apex court also directed the Centre to place before it the report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare which has dealt… Read more »