Courts must ensure speedy trial in rape cases: SC

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Rape trials must end within two months as stipulated under law, the Supreme Court has said directing trial courts to “strictly adhere” to existing norms while asking them to rule out the possibility of “manoeuvring” through undue long adjournments. A bench of justices Swatanter Kumar and Fakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla gave their judgement on December 6, 10 days before the Delhi gang-rape which… Read more »

Courts must ensure speedy trial in rape cases: Supreme Court

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Before the brutal gang-rape of the medical student in Delhi, the Supreme Court judgement was made in 10 days which has triggered nation-wide protests and calls for fast track courts to adjudicate rape cases. A bench of justices Swatanter Kumar and Fakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla gave their judgement on December 6, 10 days before the Delhi… Read more »

Yamuna water worsened in 10 years: SC

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The Supreme Court today expressed concern over the quality of Yamuna water deteriorating in the last decade despite it’s intervention to clean the river and hundreds of crores spent on the project. “It is unfortunate that huge public fund has been spent without showing any improvement in the quality of water in Yamuna,” a bench… Read more »

SC pulls up Centre on Endosulfan use

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The Supreme Court today pulled up the Centre for not taking a clear stand on banning Endosulfan and appointed an expert committee to submit a report on whether use and manufacture of the pesticide can be stopped forever. “Why does Centre not take a stand on this issue and why it is left for the… Read more »

Notify fresh guidelines on tiger reserves in a week: SC

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The Supreme court today allowed the Centre to notify within a week its fresh guidelines on tiger conservation and indicated that it may modify its July 24 order staying all tourism activities in the reserved areas across the country. A bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, however, made it clear that the… Read more »

Case against Rahul based on non-existent claims: CBI

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CBI on Monday told the Supreme Court that the case of alleged illegal confinement of a girl in which Rahul Gandhi’s name was dragged was found to be based on “non-existent” claims. Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval, who placed the status report of a CBI probe in a sealed cover, said the address and names… Read more »

Appoint people with judicial background to CIC: SC

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Holding that Central and state Information Commissions perform quasi-judicial functions, the Supreme Court today asked the government to appoint people from judicial background also as its members. A bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar also lifted the stay on appointment of information commissioners. The bench passed the order on a PIL challenging… Read more »

SC extends ban, hints regulated tourism in tiger areas

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Extending the ban on tourism in core tiger reserve areas till September 27, the Supreme Court today indicated it was not averse to permit regulated tourist activities, subject to the Centre evolving suitable revised guidelines to protect the depleting wild cat. A bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar granted four weeks to… Read more »

SC extends ban on tourism in areas of tiger reserves

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the Union government for changing its stand on core areas of tiger reserves being kept out of bounds for tourists. The apex court extended the interim ban on tourism in core areas till August 29. The SC said that because of callous attitude of the authorities in enforcing rules… Read more »