HC seeks report on Maha officials’ visits to malnutrition-hit areas

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government on Wednesday to submit a report on visits conducted by its public health and district level officers to the state’s tribal areas that are battling malnutrition. A bench of justices A S Oka and M S Sonak directed the state’s counsel Neha Bhide to submit the report […]

SC orders ban on Maharashtra construction

NEW DELHI: In an embarrassment to the Maharashtra government the Supreme Court order banning construction activity in States those do not have a solid waste management policy should not apply to Maharashtra, said Nitin Kareer, the State’s Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department. The SC on Friday imposed a stay on all construction in Maharastra and slapped a fine of […]

Supreme Court declines to stay its 20 March verdict on SC/ST verdict

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to keep in abeyance its 20 March order on the SC/ST Act but said it will consider in detail the Centre’s review petition. A bench of Justices A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit, while referring to the large-scale nationwide violence during the protest against the verdict, said that people who […]

Bombay High Court asks Maharashtra government to develop a plan for shelter homes

The Bombay High Court has said it is time the Maharashtra government develops a model plan for constant governance and supervision of shelter homes for children in the state. The court also said that the government could also consult social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muuruganantham for supply of sanitary pads for girls staying in these homes. A […]

Consider allotting 2 plots in suburbs to house displaced people: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to consider allotting two plots in suburbs, originally reserved for a cancer hospital and a public housing project, to rehabilitate over 60,000 people whose houses were demolished by the local civic body on the court’s order as they were near the Tansa water pipeline. The high […]

Maharashtra government changed Mumbai DP plan for Metro car shed: HC told

 Some city residents and activists have approached the Bombay High Court alleging the Maharashtra government has illegally modified the draft Development Plan 2034 for Mumbai to show what was previously a green zone as that reserved for a car shed for the Metro rail project. The petitioners had earlier filed a public interest litigation (PIL) […]

Decks cleared to acquire land for new prison in Mumbai: Maharashtra government to HC

The Maharashtra government has told the Bombay High Court that it has finally completed formalities to acquire land for a new prison complex here, four years after it made the proposal. As per an affidavit submitted in the high court by the Maharashtra government yesterday, the city collector will hand over around 52,000 sq mt […]

HC raps Maharashtra government over delay in serving warrants and summons

The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to form a policy, or amend existing laws to ensure that warrants and summons are served expeditiously to accused and witnesses. A bench of Justices S C Dharamadhikari and Bharati Dangre was hearing a PIL claiming that the issue of a large number of pending summons […]

Will revise Manodhairya scheme to hike compensation: Maha govt to HC

Facing flak over its “insensitive attitude” towards victims of rape and other women-related offences, the Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it would revise the Manodhairya scheme, raising the monetary compensation to victims to Rs 10 lakh. Under the Manodhairya Yojana launched in October 2013, the state government gives a compensation of […]

Those with criminal records don’t have rights? HC to Maha govt

The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government if it believed that people with criminal records had no right to a safe life. The government invited the high court’s ire after it submitted that it had decided not to extend police protection to persons who had a criminal record, since any threat to their […]