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Chief Justice Kapadia releases restatement of law

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Restatements of three Indian Laws– on Legislative Privilege, Contempt of Court and Public Interest Litigation– were released by Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia this evening. The restatements were put together by a Supreme Court Project Committee on Restatement of Indian Law which is chaired by Justice R V Raveendran. As Justice Raveendran put […]

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Voter card no proof of tenancy, rules apex court

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The presence of a person’s name on the electoral roll would only prove that he/she was residing at the premises at a certain point of time but in no way would indicate his/her status as a tenant or a licensee, the Supreme Court has said.  “The electoral roll will not show whether a person is […]

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Don’t open Kerala temple’s vault B for now: Supreme Court

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Reserving its order on opening vault B of Kerala’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, the Supreme Court Friday said it would take into account the traditions and faith of the temple and its devotees but without compromising on its security. However, the court for now would focus on the recommendations of the expert committee on the question […]

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Supreme court cautions chief ministers on discretionary powers

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The Supreme Court has held that a chief minister should eschew arbitrariness and discrimination while using discretionary powers in the disbursal of relief funds as these powers are not unfettered or unaccountable.  “In a democracy governed by the rule of law, no government or authority has the right to do what it pleases. Where the […]

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Draw up workable scheme for free treatment to poor patients: Supreme court

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The Supreme Court Thursday asked the Delhi government to draw up a “workable scheme” for the 27 city private hospitals to provide free treatment to poor patients which they are obliged to in exchange for getting land at concessional rates.  The Supreme court also asked the city government to file an affidavit stating the kind […]

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Supreme court asked to keep Kerala temple’s vault B shut

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The Supreme Court was moved on Friday seeking direction to the apex court appointed committee not to open kallara (vault) B of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala as such a step would hurt the sentiments of a large number of devotees. Rama Varma, a member of the erstwhile Travancore royal family, said in his application […]

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OBC’s 10 percent relief is on eligibility marks: Supreme court

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Other Backward Classes (OBC) students will qualify for admissions if they have 10 percent less marks than the eligibility level fixed for the general category students, the Supreme Court has ruled. The apex court on Thursday clarified that 10 percent relaxation being given to OBC students did not mean it will be 10 percent less […]

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Order CBI probe only in exceptional cases, courts told

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The Supreme Court has said that the high courts while exercising their ”wide powers” should be sparing and cautious in ordering probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as this cannot be done as a ”matter of routine”. Referring to a judgment of the court’s constitution bench, Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik […]

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Can’t touch seats reserved for OBC students: Supreme court

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The Supreme Court Wednesday said conversion of seats reserved for students belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) to general category seats in central educational institutions was not permissible. The apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik said this while reserving its verdict on a petition by P.V. Indiresan, former director […]

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Experts begin documenting Kerala temple treasure

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A Supreme Court appointed committee of experts Monday began documentation of the Rs.1 lakh crore worth of treasure uncovered in the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple here. Director General of the National Museum, C.V. Ananda Bose, who heads the five-member panel, led his colleagues after 3 p.m into the place where the treasure has been stored in […]

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Employer’s stand final on pay for suspended staff: Supreme court

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The Supreme Court has held that even if a suspended government employee was acquitted in a criminal trial, his reinstatement would not necessarily entail payment of wages for the suspension period and the employer’s stand on the issue would be final. The apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik said Thursday […]

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Supreme court bench recuses itself from plea against OBC quota

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Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik, constituting a Supreme Court bench, Wednesday recused themselves from hearing a petition challenging clause procedures being followed by Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University for admitting students against the quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The bench recused itself from hearing the matter after senior counsel […]

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Private hospitals asked for free treatment policy

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The Supreme Court Monday directed private hospitals to submit to the Delhi government proposals for formulating a common policy for providing free treatment to poor patients. An apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik told the private hospitals to submit their proposals within 10 days and thereafter hold discussions for framing […]

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Supreme Court reserves verdict on Kerala temple treasure

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The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on how to preserve and protect the treasures found in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala. The court will pass its interim order Friday. An apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik said: ‘We are looking for an agency that could give suggestions addressing […]

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Return passengers to lounge if take-off delayed: Apex court

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Passengers of any aircraft that does not take off and remains parked on the tarmac for more than three hours after boarding is closed but, should be permitted to go back to the airport lounge, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court bench of Justice R.V.Raveendran and Justice A.K.Patnaik asked the Director General of […]

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Supreme Court seeks source of Kerala temple treasure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to examine the source and antiquity of the treasure unearthed from the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram. An apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik asked the ASI to suggest the steps that can be taken to […]

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Apex court hints at lapses in admissions quota in universities

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The Supreme Court Monday hinted at lapses in procedure adopted by Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for admitting students from the other backward classes (OBC) category. The apex court observation came during the hearing of a petition filed by a former professor of Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, P.V. Indiresan, challenging a Delhi […]

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Supreme Court appoints probe team on money laundering

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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce Monday its verdict on a plea that a special investigation team (SIT) probe the alleged money laundering by suspected tax evader Hasan Ali Khan and Kolkata based-businessman Kashinath Tapuria, among others. The plea by jurist Ram Jethmalani also sought a direction to the central government to disclose names, […]

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Supreme Court ruling on money laundering probe Monday

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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce Monday its verdict on a plea that a special investigation team (SIT) probe the alleged money laundering by suspected tax evader Hasan Ali Khan and Kolkata based-businessman Kashinath Tapuria, among others. The plea by jurist Ram Jethmalani also sought a direction to the central government to disclose names, […]

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Bhopal tragedy: Hearing on harsher charges begins Wednesday

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The Supreme Court will Wednesday hear petitions of the CBI and the central government for restoration of stringent charges against the then head of Union Carbide India Keshub Mahindra and six others in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy case and enhancemment of compensation for victims. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) moved the apex court […]

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Supreme Court lifts ban on Karnataka iron ore exports

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The Supreme Court Tuesday said that the ban on the export and transportation of iron ore in Karnataka will be revoked from April 20. The apex court bench of Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik passed the interim order after it was told that the Karnataka Prevention of illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage of […]

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Exercise caution in reopening cases: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has held that a frivolous application for reopening a case and recalling witnesses for adducing evidence should be rejected with exemplary costs on the petitioner. ‘If the application is found to be mischievous, or frivolous, or to cover up negligence or lacunae, it should be rejected with heavy costs,’ said an apex […]

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More detailed pollution check ordered at Tuticorin plant

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The Supreme Court Friday asked the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to carry out a ‘more detailed inspection’ of the pollution allegedly being caused by a Tuticorin-based copper smelting plant. The smelting plant belongs to Sterlite Industries. Justice R.V. Raveendran and Justice A.K. Patnaik asked NEERI to carry out detailed inspection with reference to […]

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Apex court to hear plea to hike Bhopal gas victims’ relief

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The Supreme Court Thursday said it would hear a petition of the central government seeking enhancement of compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy to the tune of Rs.7,500 crore. The apex court bench of Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, Justice Altmas Kabir, Justice R.V. Raveendran, Justice B. Sudershan Reddy and Justice Aftab […]

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