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Can’t allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic : Maharashtra government to Bombay High Court

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The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it could not permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state said that opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, […]

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

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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 […]

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SC orders ban on Maharashtra construction

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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 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) […]

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

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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 […]

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HC raps Maharashtra government over delay in serving warrants and summons

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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State must acquire private land within fixed time period: Bombay HC

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The Bombay High Court has observed that the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot hold on to a private plot of land without officially acquiring it within the period stipulated under the Land Acquisition Act. A bench of Justices Riyaz Chagla and Vasanti Naik observed this recently while hearing a petition filed […]

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Stop boasting about remedial measures: HC to Maha govt on tribal kids’ death

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Taking note of increasing instances of malnutrition-related deaths of children in tribal areas across Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court today came down heavily on the state government over its failure to implement curative measures. A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar reprimanded the state for “boasting” about its various remedial […]

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Can’t control nature but haven’t moved an inch: Bombay HC on Mumbai floods

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The Bombay High Court has said we cannot control nature but the situation in the city of Mumbai which has been facing floods during monsoons regularly has not improved in the past few years. The remarks were made by a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice N M Jamdar while hearing a […]

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Maha govt withdraws bias charge against HC judge

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The Bombay High Court today took to task the Maharashtra government for the manner it was withdrawing its charges of bias against Judge A S Oka in the noise pollution matter, saying it should “show remorse” through an affidavit. The direction was given after the Maharashtra government said it was “withdrawing unconditionally” the charges made […]

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Maha govt to HC: Mulling to set up drought monitoring panel

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The Maharashtra government has informed the Bombay High Court that while there is no separate crisis management plan for drought, it was considering to form a committee to assess prevalence of water scarcity. “There is no separate crisis management plan for drought in the state. However, the component of drought has been integrated into the […]

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Govt alleges bias; seeks transfer of noise pollution case

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The Maharashtra government today filed an application before the Bombay High Court’s Chief Justice seeking that all matters pertaining to noise pollution rules be transferred to another bench, while alleging that one of the judges hearing the matter is “biased” against the state government. “One of the judges is harbouring a serious bias against the […]

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Bombay HC bars govt from unseating corporator over caste issue

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The Bombay High Court today restrained the state government and the civic body from disqualifying Congress corporator from suburban Kalina, Tulip Miranda over the issue of her caste validity certificate. The caste verification committee, on August 14, rejected Miranda’s claim of belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC), and declared her caste certificate invalid. She moved […]

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Courts cannot introduce fundamental rights: Maha govt to SC

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The courts cannot introduce right to privacy as a fundamental right under the Constitution and this can only be done by Parliament, the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court today. A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar is hearing a plea to decide whether right to privacy is a fundamental right […]

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How could jail officials judge Dutt’s good conduct in two months, HC asks govt

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The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government how actor Sanjay Dutt was granted parole and furlough in quick succession and within two months of surrendering to serve his five-year sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The high court also sought to know how is the good conduct and behaviour of a […]

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‘How is Dahi Handi an adventure sport?’

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The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to clarify the grounds for classifying ‘Dahi Handi’ as an adventure sport in 2015 and permitting minors to participate in the festival. A division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav raised the query while hearing a petition seeking contempt action against BJP leader […]

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Don’t just install VC facility, maintain it too: Bombay HC to govt

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The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to not only install video conferencing facilities between courts and prisons but also maintain them for use in case of need. A bench of justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav gave the direction while hearing a plea by an Aurangabad arms haul case accused Shaikh […]

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State gets Bombay HC rap for failing to initiate women safety steps

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The Bombay High Court today rebuked the Maharashtra government for its “lackadaisical attitude” on initiating permanent measures for women’s safety in the state. A division bench of justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav castigated the government while examining suo moto (on its own) the issue of safety of the women in the state. “On […]

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Bombay HC raps Maha govt for failing to improve condition of jails

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The Bombay High Court today ticked off the Maharashtra government for its failure in taking any concrete step to implement its earlier order to improve the conditions of jails in the state. A division bench of justices A S Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi had in March this year given a slew of directions to the […]

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