Another ex-judge backs Justice Katju, alleges ‘political influence’ in high court appointment

Former law minister HR Bhardwaj, who served from 2004 to 2009, on Monday admitted that a district judge who was appointed as additional judge of Madras high court in 2003 and was later confirmed despite adverse intelligence reports, had significant political backing. However, Bhardwaj, who was law minister when the controversial judge was given extensions […]

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Make serving on bench mandatory for senior counsel

 will always be a headache in this country as long as senior lawyers are queasy about crossing over from the bar to the bench. Being a practicing advocate has its advantages: One is free to take up cases one likes, there’s more money to be made, not to speak of the freedom from reading monotonous […]

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Press Council chief for probe into charges against Khurshid

Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju today urged former Chief Justice of India and National Broadcasting Standard Association (NBSA) chief Justice J S Verma to probe allegations against Law Minister Salman Khurshid as also against India Today group and come out with its report. In a letter to Verma, Katju said, “I would request you […]

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Canal water allocation not in judicial domain: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Monday said the decision on releasing water from rivers’ canals is in the domain of the government and the judiciary has no role to play in it. The court have the ruling while dismissing an application filed by an organisation from Gujarat’s Kutch region, which sought more water for canals in the […]

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Apex court appoints panel for sex workers

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

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

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

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

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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Khap panchayats’ diktats must be ruthlessly stamped out: Apex court

The Supreme Court Tuesday held that diktats by ‘khap panchayats’ (caste councils) — aimed at coercing or committing atrocities on young boys and girls who wish to marry inter-caste/religion — were wholly illegal and should be ruthlessly stamped out. ‘We have, in recent years, heard of ‘Khap Panchayats’ (katta panchayats in Tamil Nadu) which often […]

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