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Judicial backlog of 31 mn cases worries president

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President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday expressed concern over the 31 million pending cases in Indian courts, noting that justice delayed is justice denied. He said that the strength and effectiveness of the judiciary, which is the guardian of the country’s democracy, depends on the two pillars of justice delivery system – quality and speed. “Of these […]

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Ganguly writes to CJI over sexual harassment issue

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Denying allegations of sexual harassment, retired Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly Monday wrote to Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam raising several questions about the apex court panel’s report which indicted him of “unwelcome behaviour”. “After deep consideration of all that is going on in the media with reference to some allegations of an intern […]

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Home, law ministries meet to discuss Ganguly case

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The union home ministry is consulting the law ministry on demands for removal of Justice (retd) AK Ganguly as the chief of the West Bengal human rights panel following allegations of sexual harassment against him, official sources said. The sources said consultations have begun over letters written by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to […]

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Mayawati demands President’s rule in UP

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Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati Friday met President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him to impose President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh following the Muzaffarnagar communal violence that claimed 48 lives. “We requested the president to impose Article 356 of the constitution in Uttar Pradesh as the law and order situation in the state has gone out […]

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Directive principles are transformative: President

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Describing the Directive Principles of State Policy as the “most magnificent Magna Carta of social and economic transformation”, President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said the principles’ history goes back to 1937. The Congress gained majority in eight states that year after elections were held under the Government of India Act, 1935. And with elections, the Congress […]

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As service ends; street children to send out 1000 telegrams

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A thousand telegrams will go out from street children to various authorities, including President Pranab Mukherjee, apprising them about the issues they face, a non-government organisation (NGO) said Thursday. “Street children from Agra, Delhi, Gwalior, Jhansi and Mathura will be sending telegrams from today (Thursday) till 6 p.m. Monday to various authorities about the issues […]

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Plea in SC seeks quashing of food security ordinance

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A day after President Pranab Mukherjee promulgated the national food security ordinance, a petitioner claimed it was “unconstitutional” and urged the Supreme Court to quash it for allegedly being inspired by the UPA’s pre-poll propaganda. Petitioner advocate Manohar Lal Sharma said that the constitutional provisions on powers of the president to promulgate ordinances during recess […]

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India needs army of committed people: Pranab

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India requires smart, committed and idealistic people to give voice to the voiceless, President Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday. “We need an army of smart, committed and idealistic people to give voice to the voiceless and produce tangible change in our society,” he told the first batch of graduates from National Law University, Delhi. Expressing hope […]

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President appeals for awareness on women’s rights

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President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday appealed for creation of adequate social awareness on women’s rights and against “barbaric” acts of violence against them. Mukherjee said that women have played and aspire to play a pivotal role in shaping the socio-political and economic development of our country. “Only when our ancient civilisational values of treating women with […]

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Delhi considering increasing contribution to bar council fund

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The Delhi government might increase its contribution to the Bar Council of Delhi’s corpus fund for welfare measures, Chief Minister Sheia Dikshit said Saturday. The government had provided Rs.1 crore for the constitution of the corpus fund. “Since it was long time ago, I am sure that the time has come to take a review […]

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SC grants four weeks more to Sanjay Dutt to surrender

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Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has got four more weeks to surrender to serve the remaining period of sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case by the Supreme Court of India. Sanjay will now have to surrender on May 16. Sentenced for five years for possessing weapons illegally during the 1993 Mumbai riots, Dutt wanted six more […]

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SC stays execution of eight death row convicts

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The execution of eight death row prisoners, convicted in different murder cases has been stayed by the Supreme court of India whose clemency pleas were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this week. In an urgent hearing which took place late in the evening on Saturday at Justice P Sathasivam’s residence here, a bench which also comprised […]

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President Pranab Mukherjee gives assent to anti-rape Bill

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Assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, making anti-rape laws very stringent has been given by the President Pranab Mukherjee. on March 19 the had been passed by the Lok Sabha by Rajya Sabha on March 21. The President accorded assent to the Bill and it would now be called the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, […]

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Execution of Veerappan aides stayed for 6 weeks

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The stay on the execution of four associates of the slain forest brigand, Veerappan has been extended by the Supreme Court extended who were convicted of killing 22 persons in a landmine blast in 1993 and whose mercy petitions were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee. A Bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices Anil R. […]

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Superme Court extends stay on execution of death sentence of Veerappan

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Hanging of four aides of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan has been further delayed with the Supreme Court extending its interim order staying the execution of death sentence imposed on them for killing 22 police personnel in a landmine blast in Karnataka in 1993. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said it was […]

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Women activists urge president not to sign sexual crime ordinance

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Women groups on Saturday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to sign the ordinance of Criminal Law amendments passed by the Cabinet. Human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover said, “The ordinance is complete betrayal of the people’s faith.” She also questioned as to why the ordinance remained silent on Armed s Special Powers Act. “Justice Verma Committee […]

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Judges appointed to Bombay High Court

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Seven additional judges of the Bombay High Court as Judges of the High Court has been appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed. ‘In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Filomeno Manuel Lopo Sales Rosario Dos Reis, Justice Rajesh Govind Ketkar, […]

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Delhi Gang rape victim a 23 year old girl has got dead in Singapore

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Delhi Gang rape victim a 23 year old girl has got dead in Mount Elizabeth Hospital here in Singapore early this morning. The victim was brutally gang raped and assaulted in Delhi. The girl, who was admitted to the well-known multi-organ transplant facility in Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday morning in an extremely critical condition, breathed her last […]

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Sangma’s plea ill-conceived, Pranab tells Supreme court

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President Pranab Mukherjee has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in response to a petition, filed by his opponent in the presidential election PA Sangma, challenging his appointment. Describing the petition as “ill-conceived and baseless”, Mukherjee told the Supreme Court that at the time of filing his nomination papers he held no office of […]

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Judicial activism shouldn’t erode constitutional principles: President

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President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday cautioned against judicial activism resulting in the erosion of constitutional principles of separation of powers between the three pillars of state and and called on Indian judiciary to reinvent itself through introspection and self-correction. Speaking at the valedictory function of the sesquicentennial celebrations (150 years) of the Madras High Court here, […]

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Ansari sworn in as 14th Vice-President

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Hamid Ansari was sworn-in as the Vice-President of the country for the second consecutive term by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Saturday. Mr Ansari, 75, was administered the oath by the President at a grand ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He had defeated NDA candidate Jaswant Singh with a comfortable margin earlier this […]

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