Coast Guard, navy should protect fishermen, says court

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The Madras High Court’s Madurai bench Friday directed the central government to provide two-tier security for Indian fishermen by the Indian Coast Guard and navy. In an interim order made while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer B.Stalin, the court directed deployment of sufficient numbers of Coast Guard vessels to see that… Read more »

Chief Justice Kapadia releases restatement of law

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Restatements of three Indian Laws– on Legislative Privilege, Contempt of Court and Public Interest Litigation– were released by Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia this evening. The restatements were put together by a Supreme Court Project Committee on Restatement of Indian Law which is chaired by Justice R V Raveendran. As Justice Raveendran put… Read more »

Derogatory word to be removed from caste certificates

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The Delhi government Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that it will withdraw the word “chura” from certificates issued to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) stating that the revenue department of the Delhi government used the… Read more »

Take care of mentally challenged, court tells Himachal government

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The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the state government to take the mentally ill, “wandering in inhuman conditions in the street”, into its protection. Issuing the directions on a public interest litigation (PIL) of Shimla resident, the court of Justice Surinder Singh Thursday reminded the state of its duty and said the mentally challenged… Read more »

Jamia to continue with its minority status: High Court

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Students wishing to take admission in Jamia Millia Islamia for this academic session face an uncertain future with the Delhi High Court Wednesday refusing to grant a stay on an amendment conferring it minority status.   The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) headed by Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui had recently granted ‘minority’ status to… Read more »

Only tax payers can file public interest litigation: Court

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The Jharkhand High Court Thursday barred non-tax payers from filing a public interest litigation (PIL). “A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Sushil Harkauli and D.N. Patel set the parameters for filing a PIL. The parameters include a term that only tax payers having a PAN (permanent account number) can file PIL,” Rajiv Kumar, a… Read more »