Case update

Case update

Ajay Kumar Bassi files petition in SC

A K Bassi, DSP CBI and former Investigation Officer (IO) in the FIR against Rakesh Asthana has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging his transfer to Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands adding that the impugned order intends to victimize him and that this is the first step to implicate him in false criminal cases/departmental proceedings.

January 21,2019

Case update

Appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim Director CBI challenged in SC

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has recuses himself from hearing a PIL challenging the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim director of CBI. The PIL will now be listed before a bench presided over by Justice A K Sikri.

January 21,2019

Case update

Supreme Court orders round the clock security

The Kerala Government to provide round the clock adequate security to two women, Bindu & Kanakdurga, who entered the Sabrimala temple. The counsel for the state of Kerala submitted that a total of 51 women of the age group between 10-50 years have already entered the temple.

January 18,2019

Case update

[Read Petition] Two women who entered Sabrimala temple approach Supreme Court

Senior advocate Indira Jaising mentioned the petition before CJI Ranjan Gogoi today. The Petitioners have approached the Supreme Court seeking direction from the Court that all concerned authorities be directed to allow women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple without any let or hindrance, and without danger to life and liberty, to ensure security and safe passage, including police security to women wishing to enter Sabarimala temple in future.

January 17,2019

Case update

PILs against MHA's ‘snoop diktat’: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Kishan Kaul has issued notice to the Central Government on a batch of Public Interest Litigation (PILs) seeking quashing of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification dated December 20, 2018 authorising ten central agencies to “intercept, monitor, and decrypt (collectively described as “Electronic Surveillance”) any information generated, transmitted, received, or stored in any computer resource.” The PILs have been filed by Manohar Lal Sharma, Amit Sahni, Mahua Moitra, Shreya Singhal and Internet Freedom Foundation respectively.

January 14,2019

Transparency and Accountability

Why the VVPAT petition matters

On January 7, 2018, a Supreme Court bench presided over by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued a notice on a plea seeking 30% of VVPAT slips to be cross-verified in each of the constituencies. Advocate Prasanna S appeared for the petitioners - former civil servant, M G Devasahayam, former Secretary Haryana Government, Kalarickal Pranchu Fabian and retired bank officer, Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev.

January 14,2019

Case update

Appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim Director CBI challenged in SC

NGO Common Cause and noted RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj have approached the Supreme Court of India seeking quashing of the appointment of IPS officer M Nageswara Rao as the interim Director CBI. Rao was given charge of the office of the Director CBI by an order dated January 10, 2019 issued by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet.

January 14,2019

Case update

Ayodhya: Further orders on Jan 29; Justice UU Lalit recuses himself

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has made it clear that the five-judge Constitution bench will hear the Ayodhya case on merits. After the recusal of Justice U U Lalit, the bench will be reconstituted to that effect, and will assemble again on the date fixed, i.e. January 29, 2019, for fixing the schedule of hearing, so that hearing can commence on the batch of appeals against the Allahabad High Court order dated September 30, 2010.   

January 10,2019

Case update

Cross-verification of VVPATs: SC seeks reply from ECI

The Petition — jointly filed by one, M G Devasahayam, former Secretary Haryana Government, two, KP Fabian, former ambassador to Italy and three, Thomas Franco, former General Secretary, All India Bank Officers Confederation, and argued by  advocate Prasanna S — contended that such cross-verification and counting of VVPAT slips is essential in the interests of “democracy principles” that elections should adhere to transparency of the process, examinablity, ease of understanding and verifiability.

January 9,2019

Analysis

SC verdict in Alok Verma case: No embargo on probes

Doing investigation and registering preliminary enquiry into corruption cases or otherwise is a routine matter for the CBI and for that any other investigating agency. It is neither a fresh initiative, nor a policy decision that may or may not have institutional implications. Further, the policy decision with regard to CBI is taken with the consultation of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) which is the nodal ministry for the CBI.

January 8,2019

Case update

Supreme Court rejects PIL seeking AMU name change

A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul today dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer Rudra Vikram Singh, seeking change in the name of Aligarh Muslim University.  The moment PIL was taken up for consideration; CJI remarked: “You want us to do that. Dismissed”. 

January 7,2019

Case update

Supreme Court expresses horror at UP asylum keeping mentally challenged patients in chains

The Petitioner Gaurav Kumar Bensal has filed a Public Interest Litigation seeking effective implementation of Mental Healthcare Act, 2017.  The Petitioner placed before the Court the photographs of such persons showing that the mentally challenged patients have been kept in chains in district Badayun, Uttar Pradesh.

January 3,2019

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