Two PILs in Bombay HC challenge rail fare hike

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Two PILs filed in the Bombay High Court have challenged the steep hike in suburban railway fares announced by the Centre last week. Former journalist Ketan Tirodkar has filed one petition while Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, a consumers’ organisation, has filed the other. Tirodkar’s PIL was today mentioned before the division bench headed by Justice Abhay… Read more »

2 BARC workers move HC to stop Bhabha’s house bid

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The Bombay High Court today declined to stay the auction of the heritage bungalow belonging to the father of India’s atomic energy programme Homi Jehangir Bhabha. The Court said even if the auction takes place before the next hearing, it can be revoked, if required. Two employees of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) moved the… Read more »

Eight persons accused of killing a thief, acquitted

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A local court today acquitted eight persons here, accused of killing a thief in 2010, on benefit of doubt. Additional Sessions Judge A S Waghwase in the order delivered today acquitted eight persons saying the prosecution failed to prove charges against the accused beyond doubt. According to the prosecution, two persons who were trying to… Read more »

Judges seek creation of All India Judicial Services

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The All India Judges Association today passed a resolution seeking creation of an all-India judicial services (AIJS) to reduce discrepancies in subordinate judiciary. The meeting of executive body of the Association, which has nearly 15,000 judges from subordinate judiciary as members, was held at Gujarat Bhawan, where 16 resolutions were unanimously passed. “In order to… Read more »

Delhi Court orders framing of charges against five

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A Delhi court has ordered framing of charges against two engineers of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and three others, including a private company, for allegedly conspiring in award of a contract to the firm for renovation of two stadiums for 2010 Commonwealth Games. Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain ordered framing of charges against… Read more »

Scam-accused former UP minister’s bail plea rejected

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The Allahabad High Court today rejected the bail plea of former Uttar Pradesh minister Badshah Singh, an accused in the multi-crore Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) scam during the erstwhile BSP regime. Justice Aditya Nath of the Lucknow Bench passed this order on an application for bail moved on behalf of Singh. Opposing the… Read more »

HC restrains Centre from encashing bank guarantee

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The Delhi High Court today stayed the Centre’s move to invoke the bank guarantee furnished by private firm Bhushan Steel Ltd in relation to de-allocation of a coal block in Chhattishgarh. “The Union of India is restrained from invoking the bank guarantee till further orders. The petitioner (firm) is directed to keep alive the bank… Read more »

CIC imposes Rs 25K fine on Delhi’s Bar Council secretary

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Taking exception to non compliance of its order to appear before it and failure to provide information under RTI Act, the central information commission has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Delhi’s Bar Council secretary. Expressing “shock” for non-implementation of the transparency law at Bar Council of Delhi, Chief Information Commissioner Sushma Singh asked… Read more »

HC seeks Centre’s report on Govindacharya”s plea

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The Delhi High Court today sought a status report from the Centre on a plea by former BJP leader K N Govindacharya seeking a direction to the Centre to safeguard the interests of Indians who do business through the internet. A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul directed the Centre’s standing counsel… Read more »

Comply with orders or pay penalty: NGT to UP govt

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The National Green Tribunal today warned Uttar Pradesh government that a penalty would be slapped on it in case it fails to furnish within seven days the list of water bodies and details of encroached ponds in Ghaziabad district which had been sought from it. “If the orders, passed on January 28, March 7 and… Read more »