India has four lakh men who have sex with men

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The government Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there were four lakh men who have sex with men (MSM) in India and face a high risk of AIDS. A rough estimate of high-risk MSM who could be infected with HIV was between 28,000-31,000, the health and family welfare ministry told the court. In an affidavit… Read more »

Review sought of ruling on public servant’s prosecution

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The central government Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking the review of its Jan 31 verdict, which held that the sanction for the prosecution of a public servant could be applied for even before a complaint is filed against him/her. A bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice A. K.Ganguly (since retired) had, on their… Read more »

Government seeks time till March 2013 for 2G licence auction

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The central government on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking time till March 2013 for auctioning the 2G licences and allocation of spectrum, cancelled by the apex court by its Feb 2 order. The application for clarificatory orders/direction has sought the court’s nod for conducting the auction of the cancelled 2G licences broadly in accordance… Read more »

Supreme Court assails state’s neutrality on gay sex

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The Supreme Court Wednesday assailed the “new phenomenon” of the government not taking any position on the Delhi High Court verdict decriminalizing consensual gay sex. A bench of Justice G.S.Singhvi and Justice S.J.Mukhopadhaya said: “It is a new phenomenon. The state says we are neutral. He (Additional Solicitor General Mohan Jain) says that he has… Read more »

Supreme Court rebuffs government for flip-flop on homosexuality

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The Supreme Court Tuesday rebuffed an attempt by the government to distance itself from submissions made by Additional Solicitor General P.P. Malhotra that homosexuality was immoral. An apex court bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhyay said it could not accept new submissions of the government that there was nothing wrong with a Delhi… Read more »

Supreme Court asks states for details of pending mercy pleas

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The supreme court here Wednesday directed the home secretaries of all states to send all records pertaining to the pending mercy petitions to the union home secretary. The court directed that these records should be sent through special messengers within three days. The apex court bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi gave this direction after… Read more »

Scope of penal provision on gay sex wide: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Thursday said the scope of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was wide and could not be limited to holding homosexuality or sex between the same sex as being against the order of nature and criminal. The apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya said that… Read more »

Radia tapes: Supreme Court notice to government on Tata plea

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The Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to the central government on a plea by Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata seeking a copy of the income tax department’s report on its probe into the leak of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s taped conversations. The apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya, while… Read more »