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  • Convict of Rajeev Gandhi assassination seeks mercy killing

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    New Delhi:One of the convicts, Robert Pious, one of the convicts who has been behind bars for more than 26 years for the assassination of Rajeev Gandhi has submitted a request for mercy killing to the prison authorities.

    Pious had been sentenced to life imprisonment. The state government had decided to release all 7 of the convicts imprisoned for the assassination, but Supreme court had blocked the remission process.

  • 'We will stop producing girls if our traditions will be questioned'

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    Right after a day when the apex court harshly came down on Khap panchayat and asked the Centre to take the stand to protect inter-faith and inter-caste couples, khap leaders have threatened to "not give birth to girls at all" if the judiciary passes judgments on their traditions, as per media reports.

    "We do respect the SC but cannot take such decisions on interference in our age-old traditions. If these kinds of orders are passed by the Supreme Court, we will stop producing girls or won't let them study so much that they start taking their own decisions. Just think, what will happen to society if girls become lesser and lesser in numbers?" The Times of India quoted Naresh Tikait, head of Balyan Khap, as saying.

    The report quoted Rajbir Singh Malik, head of Malik Khap, as saying, "Maybe the Supreme Court has taken this stand influenced by the vulgar exhibition of modernity in cosmopolitan cities, but they must understand that village life is different, and we are bound by our traditions."

    On Monday, Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said, "If people decide to marry, they are adults and you are nobody to interfere," in response to a plea seeking to ban khap panchayats and establish guidelines regulating their authority, Livemint reported.

    (With agency inputs)

  • 2008 Malegaon blast case: Supreme court granted bail to Colonel Purohit

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    In the 2008 Malegaon blast case, the Supreme Court bail granted to Colonel Shrikant Purohit 9 years later. Let you know that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was accused of conspiracy of terror and murder. He is the first military officer, against whom the case was registered under the terrorist act. The Purohit was accused of stealing 60 kg of RDX from the army, some of which were allegedly used in the Malegaon blast. He was accused of giving funds and training to Hindu extremist groups such as Abhinav Bharat.

  • Data protection integral to right to life: Centre to SC

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    The Centre told the Supreme Court that data of users was “integral” to the Right of Life and Personal Liberty guaranteed under the Constitution and it would come out with regulations to protect it. 

    The Centre said there is a need for intervention by the State in the matter as data is connected to the personality of a user. 

  • Inter-faith/caste marriage: Nobody should interfere if the 2 ready to marry says SC

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    The Supreme Court of India on Monday firmly stood on the decision on "inter-faith/caste" marriages, says "no one should be allowed to interfere in marraige of two consenting adults."

    A three judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar said, "Where two consenting adults agree to enter into matrimony, no individual rights, group rights or collective rights shall interfere therein or harass the couple," 

    When the lawyer appearing for Khap Panchayats (Caste Panchayat) objected over marriages between Sapindas (same gotra marriage), said that they are considered siblings, the CJI retorted countered, "Who are you to interfere?"

    "Don't be conscience keepers. If two adults want to get married nobody should interfere," said the Court.

    The hearing comes at a time when Delhi is till recovering from the shock over the killing of a 23-year-old Ankit Saxena by the family of his Muslim girlfriend.

    The murder was raised before the judges, but the CJI said immediately, "Do not get into it. That case is not before us," reported NDTV.

    Earlier, while hearing the same petion, the apex court had termed as "absolutely illegal" any attack by khap panchayats or associations against an adult man and woman opting for inter- caste marriage.

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    The apex court had sought suggestions from an NGO 'Shakti Vahini', amicus curiae and 'Khap Panchayats' on the issue.

    Khaps are caste or community organisations in villages which at times act as quasi-judicial bodies and pronounce harsh punishments based on regressive and age-old customs and traditions. The NGO had moved the top court in 2010 seeking directions to the central and state governments to prevent and control honour crimes by taking a number of measures.

    The apex court had also invited 'Khap Panchayats' to hear their views before issuing any order to stop them from harassing and killing couples and women in the name of honour.

    The Centre had pleaded with the apex court to put in place a mechanism to monitor crimes against women by Khap Panchayats, as the police was not able to protect women facing ordeal at their hands. The top court had also said that as a pilot project, it would examine the situation in three districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh where Khap Panchayats were active.

    (With agency Inputs)

  • Madras HC extends stay on Centre's order regulating cattle trade

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    The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has extended its stay against the Central Government order regulating cattle trade in the country until further orders.Hearing a batch of petitions against the May 23 order by the Union Government that put restrictions on cattle trade for slaughter, the court granted an interim stay of four weeks.

  • Maldives excludes India from 'friendly nations' amid crisis

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    While excluding India for not supporting amid crises, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Wednesday sent his special envoys to three 'friendly nations'- China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

    “On the direction of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, members of the administration's cabinet will visit these three countries, friendly nations of the Maldives and will share current scenario,” Yameen's Presidential Office said in a statement.

    The envoys would travel to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, said the announcement from the President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s office, which came hours after Chinese foreign ministry warned India against military intervention in the island nation and appealed to the international community to “play a constructive role on the basis of respecting the Maldives sovereignty."

    Both Saudi Arabia and China are wooing the atolls with an aim of “gaining concessions for military bases”.

    “China sees the islands as a node in its “string of pearls” – a row of ports on key trade and oil routes linking the Middle Kingdom to the Middle East – while for Saudi Arabia, the atolls have the added advantage of lying a straight three-hour shot from the coast of regional rival and arch-foe, Iran, reported SCMP.

    “Saudi Arabia, to lay the ground for the investment, has in recent years funded religious institutions in the Maldives and offered scholarships for students wanting to pursue religious studies at the kingdom’s ultra-conservative universities in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The funding has pushed the Maldives, a popular high-end tourist destination, towards greater intolerance and public piety. Public partying, mixed dancing and Western beach garb have become acceptable only within expensive tourist resorts.”

    Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, who was country’s first democratically elected President, had sought India’s military help to resolve the crisis in the island nation, which is placed under a state of emergency that gives sweeping powers to the law enforcement agencies and the military. India hasn’t responded to the request but issued a statement expressing worry over the government’s reluctance to abide by a Supreme court verdict. 

    Yameen has defied Supreme Court's order directing him to release former president Mohamed Nasheed and free political opponents from prison. The opposition and general public have been unrelentingly asking President Yameen to step down and allow a new leadership to take charge. 

    Instead, Mr Yameen imposed a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of two of the five judges along former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had sided with the main opposition.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute case: SC to begin final hearing

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    The apex court is likely to commence the important final hearing in the politically controversial Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute case today.

    Today’s hearing assumes significance in the wake of the rejection, by a special bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, of the vehement submission by Sunni Waqf Board and others that the pleas be heard after the next general elections.

    The bench, also comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer, had made clear on 5 December last year that it would begin final hearing on the petitions from 8 February and had asked the parties to file the requisite pleadings in the meantime.

    According to media spokesperson, the bench is scheduled to start the hearing at 2 pm. The report also said that even though the court was expected to hold day-to-day hearings, this may not be possible because CJI Misra is already part of the Constitution bench on the Aadhaar issue.

    Senior lawyers including Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan had contended that the civil appeals be either referred to a five or seven judge bench or posted in 2019, keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the case and its ramifications on the country's secular fabric and polity.

    But the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board had spoken against deferment of the hearing in the apex court till after the 2019 general elections.

    "The board is of the view that hearing in the case be held and the matter be disposed of promptly... I do not know on whose behalf the counsel for the Muslims appearing in the apex court, Kapil Sibal had stated this... No such directive had been given by the board," chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board Zafar Farooqui had said.

    Sibal had also come under stinging attack from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who — at that time — was on campaign trail in Gujarat, for his attempt to link the legal tangle to the next general elections, wondering if such an issue should be kept unresolved for political gains and losses.

    Under attack, Sibal claimed he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court, and mounted a counteroffensive against Modi, saying he should have checked the facts before criticising him.

    (With inputs from PTI)

  • SC agrees to hear plea of CBI or SIT probe into murder of 7-year-old boy at Gurugram School

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    Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea of a father whose seven-year-old son was found murdered in Gurugram's Ryan International School last week. Varun Thakur is seeking investigation by the CBI or SIT into the case. 

    The matter was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which said the plea would be heard today subject to clearance by the apex court registry.

  • SC bench likely to pronounce its verdict on right to privacy issue

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    Supreme Court's nine-judge bench will take up and likely conclude its hearing today on whether Right to Privacy is a fundamental right under the constitution.

    A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, yesterday said, a nine judge bench would examine the correctness of two earlier judgments pronounced by the Supreme Court in which it was held that right to privacy was not a fundamental right.

  • SC decides not to withdraw 1.72 lakh ‘Shiksha Mitra’ in UP

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    The Supreme Court has given a major decision on the appointment of 1.72 lakh educational students in Uttar Pradesh. ‘Shiksha Mitra’ has now been made mandatory to pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). The Supreme Court, while announcing a larger decision, said that the appointment of ‘Shiksha Mitra’ will not be canceled but for that, they will have to pass the TET exam.

    Let tell you that, Allahabad High Court dismiss the appointment of 1.72 lakh ‘Shiksha Mitra’ as illegal. After this, the unemployed ‘Shiksha Mitra’ had pledged to hear the matter to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had secured this decision under Article 142. The court has given a historic judgment on the same issue.

  • SC grants six weeks time to Centre on SYL canal row

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    The Supreme Court has granted six weeks' time to the Centre to explore the possibility of an amicable solution to the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal row between Punjab and Haryana. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was informed by Attorney General K K Venugopal that efforts were on to resolve the dispute between the two states and sought some more time. 

    The bench considered the statement of the Central government and fixed the matter for further hearing on November 8.The controversial 1981 water-sharing agreement came into being after Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966. For effective allocation of water, the SYL canal link was conceptualised and both the states were required to construct their portions within their territories.

    Haryana constructed the portion of SYL canal in its territory. However, Punjab, after the initial phase, stopped the work, leading to a spate of litigations.

  • SC rejects Congress plea to stay EC notification allowing NOTA in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls

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    The Supreme Court today refused to stay the Election Commission's notification allowing None of the Above (NOTA) option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat. The court's order came on a plea filed by the Gujarat Congress which said that there was no statutory provision for NOTA in the ballot paper for the polls. The court, however, agreed to examine the constitutional validity of the notification.

    The Congress had, earlier, approached the Election Commission against the use of NOTA in the polls. It had claimed that the option was violative of the Constitution and electoral laws. The poll panel rejected the demand saying that NOTA will be applicable in the polls.

  • SC says Right to Privacy cannot be absolute right, State may have some power to put reasonable restriction on it

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    The Supreme Court has said that the Right to Privacy cannot be an absolute right and the State may have some power to put reasonable restriction. The nine-judge Constitution bench was yesterday examining the issue whether Right to Privacy can be declared as a Fundamental Right under the Constitution.

    The bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar also asked the Centre and others to assist it about the contours and ambit of test on which the width and scope of the Right to Privacy will be tested and also of its infringement, if any, by the State. During the day-long hearing, the bench said, Right to Privacy is an amorphous right and not absolute. It is only a small sub-sect of liberty.

  • SC seeks government stand on plea challenging Rohingyas' deportation

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    The Supreme Court has sought the stand of the government on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.

    The matter came up before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The bench asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instruction from the Centre about its response. The petition has challenged the decision on various grounds including that it violated international human right conventions.

  • SC tells TN govt to use NEET as only basis for admissions to medical colleges

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    The Supreme Court has told the Tamil Nadu government to use the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the only basis for admissions to medical colleges in the state. 

    A bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, yesterday directed the state government to start counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats based on the NEET merit list and complete the process by the 4th of next month. The court's direction came after the Centre told the bench that it was not in favour of the recent ordinance passed by Tamil Nadu to exempt it from NEET this year.

  • Supreme Court refuses to stay CS Karnan’s six month sentence

     

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    New Delhi:Justice Karnan, who was finally arrested yesterday in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu will be taken to Kolkatta’s presidency Jail today.  Supreme Court has refused to stay his six-month sentence or grant him bail.

  • Supreme Court restrains JP Infratech from declaring bankruptcy

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    Recently, the National Company Law Tribunal initiated the process of declaring JP Infratech as a bankrupt. This decision was challenged by the JP Group in the Supreme Court and now the Supreme Court has stayed the decision of the National Company Law Tribunal. Its direct meaning is that now the process of declaring bankruptcy of JP Infratech has to stop.

    This decision of the Supreme Court has given the relief to the buyers. Investors have also taken the relief. The process of declaring bankruptcies is quite long. Under this, JP Infratech was received 270 days time. The company was told that it would improve its economic status during this period. If the company succeeds in improving its economic condition then it will not be declared bankruptcy.

  • Supreme Court says minimum cooling period of six months for granting divorce can be waived by trial court

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    The Supreme Court has held that the minimum cooling period of six months for granting the decree of divorce under the Hindu law can be waived by a trial court if there was no possibility of cohabitation between an estranged couple. 

    The 1955 Hindu Marriage Act provides for a statutory cooling period of six months between the first and the last motion for seeking divorce by mutual consent to explore the possibility of settlement and cohabitation. 

  • Supreme Court to become partially paperless from today

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    New Delhi: Supreme Court has made all preparations to implement an ambitious project to make the apex court paperless.