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11-Judge HC bench suspends order of Judge who alleged Judicial corruption

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On Thursday, an 11-judge bench of the Patna High Court suspended an order by fellow judge Justice Rakesh Kumar who, while ruling on an anticipatory bail matter, alleged corruption & nepotism in the judiciary. Justice Kumar’s order, the bench said, is “to shake the confidence of the public in the judiciary & to lower its […]

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Corruption Here an Open Secret, Says this State High Court Judge, Chief Justice Withdraws All Work from Him

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Chief Justice of High Court of Patna has withdrawn judicial work from the senior-most Judge in the HC after the latter delivered an order on how the judiciary in Bihar had plunged deep into corruption. “Corruption in this HC is (an) open secret,” Justice Rakesh Kumar had held in his 20-page order delivered on Wednesday. […]

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Patna HC dismisses bail pleas of senior IAS officer, 13 others

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The Patna High Court today dismissed the bail applications of 14 persons, including senior IAS officer and former Bihar Staff Selection Commission (SSC) chairman Sudhir Kumar, who are in jail in connection with a paper leak scam that had surfaced in February. A bench of Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha dismissed the bail pleas of the […]

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Patna HC quashes lower court order against Taslima Nasreen

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The Patna High Court has quashed a six-year-old order of a lower court which took cognizance of a complaint against controversial Bangladeshi write Taslima Nasreen for allegedly hurting religious sentiments with a tweet. The writer’s tweet was neither malicious nor was it made to intentionally disturb any public order, Justice Arun Kumar said in his […]

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HC adjourns till Monday petitions challenging new Nitish govt

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The Patna High Court today adjourned till Monday the hearing on two PILs challenging the formation of the new government by Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) along with the BJP After a brief hearing, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Upadhyay adjourned the matter. Two PILs were filed and their […]

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CS, DGP assure HC of traffic regulation

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Appearing before the Patna High Court, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and DGP P K Thakur today assured the court that traffic would be regulated during the human chain programme tomorrow and participation of students and teachers would be voluntary. The undertaking on traffic and participation of schools teachers and students was given by two […]

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Bihar govt tells Patna HC human chain participation voluntary

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The Bihar government today assured the Patna High Court that participation in Saturday’s human chain, billed as the world’s largest, was voluntary and alternative routes are being created to avoid traffic chaos due to closure of national highways and state highways for five hours. Principal Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore gave the state’s reply to […]

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Ban on use of alcohol in ayurvedic medicines junked

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The Patna high court today quashed the Bihar government’s notification banning use of alcohol for manufacturing ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines in view of prohibition in force in the state. The state government through a notification dated March 17, 2016 denied issuing further licences to manufacture ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines having alcohol content in view of […]

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SC favours RJD MLA’s custody till victim deposes

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The Supreme Court today rejected a plea by suspended MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav, accused in a rape case, to remain outside Bihar, favouring that the RJD legislator should remain in jail till the victim records her statement “fairly and without any fear”. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana, which rejected […]

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SC stays Patna HC order quashing Bihar liquor ban law

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Supreme Court today stayed the operation of the Patna High Court judgement quashing the Bihar government’s law banning sale and consumption of all types of liquor in the state. A bench, comprising justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit, issued notices to all respondents including some liquor manufacturers on whose plea the high court had […]

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Bihar moves SC against Patna HC order on liquor ban

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Bihar government today moved the Supreme Court challenging the Patna High Court order quashing the notification banning consumption and sale of liquor in the state. The appeal against the high court’s September 30 decision was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur which agreed to give Bihar government an urgent hearing […]

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Patna HC dismisses PIL for spl pkg of Rs 1.25 lakh cr

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The Patna high court today dismissed a PIL seeking its direction to the central government for implementation of the special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for Bihar which was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during last Assembly polls. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmad Ansari and Justice Anjan Mishra dismissed […]

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SC to examine whether ‘netas’ need to declare every offence

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The Supreme Court today stayed a Patna High Court order setting aside the election of BJP MP Chhedi Paswan and said it would examine whether politicians need to mandatorily declare every offence or only the heinous crimes registered against them at the time of nomination. The court made the observation as it stayed the High […]

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Patna HC sets aside BJP MP’s election

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The Patna High Court today set aside the election of Chhedi Paswan, the BJP Lok Sabha MP from Sasaram (reserved) parliamentary constituency, for “suppressing” details of criminal cases pending against him. A bench of Justice Kishore Kumar Mandal held Paswan’s election as “null and void” on a petition filed by Ganga Mishra, a voter, challenging […]

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crimes against women

Patna HC orders interim stay on inspection of B.Ed colleges

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The Patna High Court today ordered interim stay on the inspection of private B.Ed colleges carried out by the state government. Justice V Nath ordered that inspection should be kept in abeyance till the next date of hearing on June 21. The stay came on a petition of B R Ambedkar college, a private B.Ed […]

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Patna HC upholds Narendra Singh’s disqualification

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The Patna High Court today upheld the Bihar Legislative Council chairmans decision to disqualify Narendra Singh from the membership of the Upper House. “There is no reason to interfere with the order passed by the Chairman of Bihar Legislative Council and hence the petition is dismissed,” a bench of Justice K K Mandal said. The […]

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PIL filed in Patna High Court challenging total ban on alcohol

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A public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed today in the Patna High Court challenging the Bihar governments decision to clamp total ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in the state. An ex-serviceman A N Singh filed the PIL in the Patna High Court, a day after the Nitish Kumar ministry declared Bihar a total […]

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PM raises pendency issue asks courts to highlight oldest cases

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mooted a novel idea of courts coming out with an annual bulletin to highlight the oldest cases being tried by them to help create sensitivity on pendency of cases in the country. Speaking at the closing ceremony of centenary celebrations of Patna High Court, he also sought suggestions on […]

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M Shahbuddin gets bail from HC in twin murder case

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The Patna High Court today granted bail to former MP and RJD strongman Mohammad Shabuddin in a case relating to the killing of two brothers by drenching them in acid 12 years ago. A division bench of Justice Anjana Mishra and Justice R K Mishra granted bail to Shahbuddin in the case for want of […]

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HC bars CM from announcing decisions with financial implications

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Patna High Court restrained from taking any policy decisions which have financial and major administrative implications A division bench of the court comprising Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and Justice Samarendra Pratap Singh passed the order while hearing a petition filed by JDU MLC Neeraj Kumar, a Nitish Kumar loyalist.   On February 13, Neeraj filed […]

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Court breather for 4 disqualified JD(U) MLAs

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The Patna High Court on Tuesday reinstated membership of four rebel Janata Dal-United MLAs, who were earlier disqualified by the Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhury for their alleged “anti-party activities”.“The activities of the disqualified MLAs were not an act of defection but dissension,” the court in the judgment said. In November 2014, the Speaker […]

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar files writ in HC

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A writ petition in Patna High Court has been filed by the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar  seeking the closure of a road constructed on her land at Chandwa village in Bihar’s Bhojpur district without consent here in Patna on Monday Hearing the petition, a single bench of Justice Jaynandan Singh directed Principal Secretaries of Panchayati […]

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Thousands of lawyers abstain from judicial work in Bihar

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Thousands of lawyers in civil courts across the state and also in Patna High Court abstained from their judicial work on a call from the Bar Council of India (BCI) to protest lathi charge on lawyers in Jaipur and Chandigarh recently. Judicial work in civil courts and Patna High Court remained paralysed as lawyers abstained […]

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LJP leader Surajbhan acquitted of murder

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Stay has been taken by the Patna High court on the arrest of LJP leader Surajbhan Singh in connection with the murder of an additional public prosecutor. Justice DK Singh passed the order after hearing the bail application filed by Singh, a former MP, in the case. Ordering that no coercive step be taken against Singh […]

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