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

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

Chief Justice of High Court of Patna has withdrawn judicial work from the senior-most Judge in the HC after the latter delivered an order on how the judiciary in Bihar had plunged deep into corruption.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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