Direct EC to fix mismatch before declaring results: PILThe PIL claimed that research showed discrepancies in EC’s voter turnout data and votes counted. The discrepancies ranged between 1% to 10% and amounted to 7,39,104 votes. The petition claimed that it wasn’t questioning the results but wanted EC to evolve a protocol and handle such situations in a transparent way.
Govt must regulate social media, telcos to protect citizens’ privacy: Salve to SCSenior advocate Harish N Salve has been fighting for citizen's rights and privacy in the Supreme Court against social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook as well as telecom companies and cricket board. To safeguard the privacy controls, Salve has suggested state intervention in the same by creating a protective ecosystem.
Supreme Court upholds NCLAT order against encashing IL&FS’ guaranteesMaharashtra Metro Rail Corp had approached the top court seeking to encash bank guarantees after IL&FS Engineering & Construction Co failed to fulfil its contracts. However, the apex court has upheald the NCLAT order dated October 15, 2018 disallowing any such move. SBI alone has given bank guarantees worth around Rs 700 crore on behalf of IL&FS companies.
No stay on Sabarimala order: Supreme CourtThe Kerala government had come up with a common Act which would govern all temples in the state and had proposed a one-third reservation for women on the proposed temple advisory committees as part of its liberal push. The bench though wasn’t too happy with it, and directed the state to come up with a separate law dealing with only Sabarimala by mid-January.
SC ought to have put everything aside for this: Dushyant Dave on J&K hearing delay“This involves the fundamental liberties of seven million people. They are as much citizens of India as anyone else. Nothing is more important than this,” he told a three-judge bench, headed by Justice NV Ramana. “This court ought to have put everything aside and heard this matter as it involves the fundamental rights of so many,” he said.
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde takes oath as 47th CJIJustice Bobde took oath at a brief ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Justice Bobde had said that he would prefer a conservative approach on the issue of disclosing the Collegium's entire deliberations on rejection of names for appointment in the higher judiciary. He succeeds Justice Ranjan Gogoi who demitted office on Sunday.
Justice R Banumathi joins collegium as Gogoi demits officeJustice R Banumathi, in the news recently for dealing with P Chidambaram’s bail plea, will be the first woman judge in more than 13 years to be inducted into the Supreme Court collegium, after Ruma Pal. As part of the collegium, she will have a say in all appointments to the top court, which has only had eight woman judges since Independence.
CJI: Bitter truths must remain in memoryRanjan Gogoi, one of the four judges who went public with their grievances over former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s style of functioning, also said that judges must reach out to the “citizenry” through the press only in extraordinary situations.
Government not keen on obeying SC orders: Justice NarimanA bench led by Justice RF Nariman said the government is not interested in implementing court orders. In his dissenting verdict, Justice Nariman had not even spared outgoing CJI Ranjan Gogoi for keeping the reviews pending instead of deciding them immediately.
Smog-hit Delhi should consider 'car planning': Supreme CourtA policy limiting cars per family will need the Centre and the Delhi government to take on board the SC’s observation that the capital’s pollution levels require measures much more “substantive” than odd-even, which the bench critiqued as “half-baked”.
Supreme Court clears Arcelor's takeover of Essar SteelIn a major judgement that will help facilitate the biggest takeover of bad debts in Indian corporate history, the court also said that the committee of creditors will have a final say in the resolution plans under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The NCLT and NCLAT cannot interfere with the commercial decisions taken by the CoC.
Set norms to avoid Jammu & Kashmir repeat, Ghulam Nabi Azad to Supreme Court“This court must lay down principles to ensure that this is never repeated,” he said. He argued that terrorism has been there for the last 20 years and therefore it cannot be a reason to deny fundamental rights to an entire state, he said. The court cannot decide fundamental rights of citizens on the touchstone of state interest alone, he said.
SC dismisses Rafale review pleasThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed pleas seeking a review of its December order against investigating the Rafale deal, insisting it was “satisfied” with the material produced by the government to support the pricing of the fighter jets.
No stay on 2018 Sabarimala verdictThe Supreme Court has refused to stay its 2018 ruling allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine but left it to a larger bench to decide constitutionality of religious practices that restricted women from entering temples, mosques or fire temples.
Supreme Court to rule on 2 crucial corporate cases todayA 3-judge bench led by Justice R.F. Nariman will rule on the legality of a NCLAT decision of July 5, 2019, ordering all creditors, operational and financial, to be treated on par in sharing the proceeds from the winning bid from the sale of ailing Essar Steel.
SC refers Sabarimala case to 7-judge bench, no stay on entry of womenA five-judge bench, led by former CJI Dipak Misra, eventually struck down the rules as discriminatory of women’s right to equality and worship on Sept 28, 2018. In doing so, the court had shrugged of the temple management’s claim that the practice has been in existence for centuries and should be left alone.
Supreme Court sounds alarm bells over Delhi air pollution“Little constructive efforts have been made by the government and other stake holders to find a solution to the problem,” a bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said. “The whole of north India is suffering, but little has been done,” the bench said taking up the issue suo motu.
Disqualified Karnataka MLAs can contest bypolls: Supreme CourtThe court upheld the Speaker's disqualification, but clarified that it will be till their re-election and not till the end of the term of the House as he had ruled. If elected in bypolls, these disqualified Karnataka MLAs can become ministers or hold public office. "We do not appreciate the manner in which the petitioners came to the court," the judge remarked.
Governor didn’t give time: Shiv Sena’s Supreme Court pleaThe party was asked to make a mention of the case for out-of turn hearing on Wednesday morning. Not leaving anything to chance, Sena is readying a petition challenging President’s rule imposed in Maharashtra after the governor’s report claimed that no party was in any position to form a government.
Courts should not question faith: Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court in its Ayodhya ruling on Saturday said that courts cannot and should not question the faith of worshippers. The observation is likely to impact the Sabarimala review pending before the court.
Appoint judges within 6 months, Supreme Court tells CentreSC said that the government must clear all appointments to the superior courts within six months of any recommendation being sent to it even as the law ministry issued a formal notification appointing Justice Akil Kureshi as the Tripura High Court Chief Justice after much delay.
A timeline of the Ayodhya Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title disputeAs the crucial verdict in the Ayodhya title suit will be announced by the five-judge bench today, here's a timeline of the events right from where the dispute actually began. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm ahead of the verdict and the Uttar Pradesh government has ordered all schools and colleges to remain shut tomorrow.
SC refuses to reopen verdicts which created collegium systemUnder the collegium system, the top court’s five senior-most judges have overwhelming say on who can be appointed a judge. The government can send back names for reconsideration, but should the collegium reiterate its recommendation(s) the government is bound to accept the decision.
Give Rs 100/quintal to farmers to curb stubble burning, SC tells state govtsA top court bench ordered that all farmers be given a Rs 100 per quintal incentive to prevent them from setting their fields on fire in preparation for the next crop, and provide them free machines to get rid of the agriculture residue. The bench also demanded an action plan within three weeks to deal with the problem from Centre and the states
SC sets aside green nods for Tata Housing Project in ChandigarhThe Supreme Court set aside all environmental clearances given to a Tata Housing Development project near Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake. The court cited ecological disasters due to rapid urbanisation and the impact of that, such as in causing the floods of Uttarakhand in 2013 and Kerala in 2018, to set aside the clearances for the Camelot apartment project.
SC questions Odd-Even, summons 4 chief secretariesA bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta took serious note of crop burning in Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh and said it cannot go unabated every year. "Delhi is choking every year and we are not able to do anything. Question is that every year this is happening," the bench said, adding, "It cannot be done in a civilised country".
Supreme Court calls telcos’ objections frivolousThe Supreme Court in its order, upheld the TDSAT's ruling that most items would be included in AGR included dividends and capital gains. The court also said that telcos would additionally have to pay penalties and interest on any late payment of dues
SC asks Centre to rebuild Ravidas temple at the same spotIn order to mollify the Dalit comunity against April 8 demolition of Ravidas temple, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to rebuild the temple Tughlaqabad area. The government offered to revise its offer from 200 sq m for the temple to 400 sq m.
CJI Gogoi recommends Justice S A Bobde as his successorJustice Gogoi, who was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018, will demit the office on November 17. The chief justice has gone by the convention to recommend the name of the next senior judge after him as successor.