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Justice Nagappan and Justice S.K. Singh sworn in as SC judges

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Justice C Nagappan and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh were on Thursday sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court. They were administered the oath of office by Chief Justice P Sathasivam. With their appointment, the strength of the apex court judges has gone up to 30. It is still one short of its sanctioned strength […]

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SC dismisses Gujarat Police ADG’s petition

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The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition by the Additional Director General of Gujarat Police P.P. Pandey challenging the state high court’s order by which it had handed over to the CBI the investigation into Ishrat Jahan and her associates’ staged shootout killing. The court also directed the registration of a fresh First Information Report […]

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SC refuses to intervene in IPL scandal probe

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The apex court bench of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Madan B Lokur asked the petitioner, Mumbai-based law lecturer Sharmila Ghuge, to wait and watch the ongoing investigation while posting the hearing for July 23. Ghuge sought the handing over of investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as multiplicity of investigation could […]

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SC gives cement makers more time to pay part of penalty

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The Supreme Court Wednesday declined to interfere with the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) order directing 11 cement makers to deposit 10 percent of Rs.6,200 crore penalty imposed on them by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for alleged cartelisation to control cement prices. The apex court bench of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Sudhansu […]

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Medical admissions subject to final verdict: SC

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that admission to the undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses would be subject to the final outcome of the petitions challenging the Medical Council of India’s decision requiring that candidates clear the National Eligibility Entrance Test. The apex court bench of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Madan B Lokur […]

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Medical admissions subject to final verdict: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Tuesday said that admission to the under-graduate and post-graduate medical courses would be subject to the final outcome of the petitions challenging the Medical Council of India’s decision requiring that candidates clear the National Eligibility Entrance Test. The apex court bench of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Madan B Lokur said […]

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SC dismisses Gujarat cop’s plea in Ishrat Jahan shootout

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition by additional director general of Gujarat police PP Pandey challenging an arrest warrant issued against him in the 2004 staged shootout case of Ishrat Jahan and three others. The apex court bench headed by Justice Gyan Sudha Misra said the petitioner, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer, could not approach them for […]

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SC notice on cement makers’ plea

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The Supreme Court Monday issued notice on petitions of four cement manufacturers contesting an order of the Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) asking them to deposit a part of the penalty slapped on them for alleged cartelisation and manipulation of cement prices. The apex court bench of Justice Gyan Sudha Misra and Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya […]

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SC fumes over NHAI’s flip-flop

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The Supreme Court Monday fumed over the National Highways Authority of India going back on its earlier position favouring the shifting of a toll plaza on the road from Panipat in Haryana to Jalandhar in Punjab by the project concessionaire. Soma Isolux NH One Tollway Private Limited had sought the shifting of the toll plaza […]

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Judges suggest speedy trial ways, lawyers boycott

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Amid lawyers refusing to represent the accused in the gang rape-cum-murder case of 23-year-old paramedic, two women judges have come out with suggestions for effective fast-tracking of the trial. While Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, a sitting Supreme Court judge, suggested amendments to the Evidence Act to avoid recording of evidence at multiple stages to “cut-short” […]

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Rehab of sex workers can be gender-neutral, says SC

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The Supreme Court today opined that rehabilitation of sex workers should be gender-neutral so as to include male sex workers and transgenders. “What about male sex workers and transgenders? Rehabilitation should also include male sex workers and transgenders. Transgenders are totally marginalised nobody looks after them,” the apex court said. A bench of Justice Altamas […]

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Court issues notices on release of Maoists for Hikaka

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The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the Centre and the Odisha government on a petition seeking to restrain the release of jailed Maoists in exchange for captive BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. A bench of justice TS Thakur and justice Gyan Sudha Misra asked the respondents to file a reply within two weeks. The […]

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Supreme Court to hear plea on abducted Odisha legislator

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The Supreme Court will Thursday hear a plea seeking restraint on the Odisha government from freeing 29 imprisoned suspected Maoists and their sympathisers in exchange for the release of ruling Biju Janata Dal’s legislator Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by the rebels March 24. The apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Gyan […]

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Sex workers issue trans-gender, rehabilitation key: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court Friday said rescue and rehabilitation of girl sex workers was a complex problem, and could not be solved without schemes for their rehabilitation. The transgender dimension of the issue should also be looked into, it said “It is very complex. It is also a transgender problem and it is not confined to […]

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Supreme Court relief for Krishna

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In a breather for External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, the Supreme Court Friday stayed the probe by the Karnataka Lokayukta police into the de-reservation of 11,620 sq km of forest land for mining when he was the Karnataka chief minister during 1999-2004. An apex court bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra […]

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Supreme Court to hear SM Krishna’s plea today

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The Supreme Court will today hear a petition by External Affairs Minister SM Krishna challenging the registration of an FIR by the Karnataka Lokayukta (ombudsman) police on allegations that he had illegally de-reserved forest blocks for mining when he was chief minister 1999-2004. A bench of Justice Altamas Kabir, Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar and Justice […]

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Paying minimum wages in rural job scheme: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Monday reminded the central government that the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was a socially beneficial legislation and the government could not be seen as being reluctant in releasing funds for the scheme. “It’s (MGNREGA) a piece of beneficial legislation. You should give it yourself instead of being seen […]

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Use discretion to further ends of justice: Supreme court

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The Supreme Court has said that when a court exercises its discretion in either condoning or refusing to condone delay in initiating a proceeding, it should be to further the ends of justice. “The discretion of this court under Article 136 of the constitution is meant to further the ends of the justice and this […]

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Supreme Court declines to oversee CWG probe

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The Supreme Court Friday declined to interfere in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the scam in the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.  A bench of Justice R.M. Lodha and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra said the petitioner Delhi Study Group, an NGO, has not pointed to any deficiency in the investigations already […]

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Apex court appoints panel for sex workers

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday set up a panel to conduct a survey of sex workers and rehabilitate them. A bench comprising of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra said the panel will be headed by senior counsel Pradeep Ghosh and Jayant Bhushan. It will also include three NGOs engaged in helping sex […]

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Power of attorney no licence to argue case: Apex court

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The Supreme Court has said that a person holding a power of attorney but not enrolled as an advocate cannot appear in a case on behalf of another person unless permitted by a court. The apex court bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra in their recent order said that “a power […]

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Award death penalty in staged shootout cases: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court said Friday that staged shootouts involving contract killings by policemen should be counted in the category of rarest of rare cases and those found guilty should be sentenced to death. “We are of the view that in cases where a fake encounter is proved against policemen in a trial, they must be […]

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Throw out corrupt subordinate court judges: Apex court

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Subordinate court judges who indulge in corruption should be “thrown out”, an irate Supreme Court said Tuesday while criticising a woman additional district judge who superseded an apex court order directing a tenant to vacate premises. It also directed the Delhi High Court to take disciplinary action against her.   The apex court bench of […]

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Rehabilitate sex workers, Supreme Court tells states

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The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the states to comply with its earlier order on rehabilitating sex workers, failing which it will summon the chief secretaries of the errant states and seek an explanation. The apex court by its February 14 directions had asked the central and state governments to prepare schemes for giving technical and […]

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