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SC agrees to hear plea seeking protection for Kashmiris

Senior Advocate Gonsalves in his petition seek directions from the Supreme Court to prevent threats, assault, violent attacks, social boycott, ostracism, evictions and other coercive acts by groups and mobs against Kashmiris in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack on CRPF jawans.

February 21,2019

Case update

Student leader Veewon Thokchom granted bail by CJM, Imphal East court [Read order]

The CJM Nigthoujam Lanleima, in its order asserted that the “contents of Facebook post as mentioned above cannot be states to bring into hatred or contempt or excite or attempt to excite disaffection towards the Government establishment by law. At most, the accused (Veewon) mention the incident of burning of assembly with approval, but I do not find any attempt or incitement to commit violence”.

February 20,2019

Case update

SC holds Anil Ambani guilty of contempt of court

Ericsson India had signed a seven-year deal with Reliance Communication in 2014 to manage and operate its network. In 2018 Ericsson went to the Supreme Court against Anil Ambani's company over unpaid dues of Rs. 550 crore. Ericsson had argued before the court that while the Reliance Group had the money to invest in the Rafale jet deal, it had failed to clear its dues. Reliance Communication has now been directed to pay Rs. 453 crores to Ericsson within 4 weeks to purge the contempt.

February 20,2019

Case update

Supreme Court dismisses plea

On the issue of the appointment of regular CBI director, the court held “In case the due process has not been followed in the appointment, it is always open to any incumbent, if so advised, to question the appointment in accordance with law but not in the routine manner and undue haste as shown in the petition”. Further, on the issue of lack of transparency, the court noted that petitioner has not taken recourse the procedure for appeal under the RTI Act, and therefore no ground to interfere in the matter is made out

February 19,2019

Case update

Supreme Court refuses to interfere in appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim Director, CBI

On February 19, 2019, the Court refused to interfere with the decision of the high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Leader of single largest opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, to appoint M Nageswara Rao as Interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

February 19,2019

Case update

Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea against I&B Ministry advisory on the term 'Dalit'

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna today, February 18, 2019 refused to entertain a petition challenging a circular dated August 7, 2018 issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to all private satellite TV channels asking them to “refrain from using the nomenclature Dalit” and, instead, use only the Constitutional term, "Scheduled Caste". 

February 18,2019

Proper implementation of RTI Act has the potential to bring about good governance: Supreme Court

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices A K Sikri and Abdul Nazeer has issued slew of directions on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by noted RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.) and Amrita Johri seeking filling up of the vacancies at Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and also the direction to adhere to the transparent process in the selection process of the Information Commissioners.

February 15,2019

Judiciary

SC Collegium met on Feb 12 for the appointments of judges at five High Courts

Supreme Court Collegium comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI), Justices A K Sikri and Justice S A Bobde in a meeting of the Collegium held on February 12, 2019, took certain decisions for the appointment of judges in the five High Courts- Allahabad High Court, Kerala High Court, Calcutta High Court, Madhya Pradesh High Court and Orissa High Court. The Collegium agreed to relax the income criterion to a reasonable extent in cases where such recommendees belong to categories of SC/ST/OBC or represent Government in their capacity as Standing /Panel Counsel before the Courts.

February 15,2019

Case update

Non-bureaucrats can be considered for posts of Information Commissioners: SC

two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices A K Sikri and Abdul Nazeer has issued slew of directions in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by noted RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.) and Amrita Johri seeking filling up of the vacancies at Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions and also the direction to adhere to the transparent process in the selection process of the Information Commissioners.

February 15,2019

Judiciary

Re-instatement as ADJ: SC orders Madhya Pradesh HC to hold a full court meeting

The Bench emphasised that the issue was  about a good judicial officer who seeks to join service again. Justice Sikri, in the first of its kind order, the bench passed an order requesting  the High Court to  hold a full court enquiry and come back within a week, with a decision on her reinstatement with seniority. They  pointed out that video conferencing facilities were available in the High Court and there should be no logistical problem in taking a decision as soon as possible. If indeed the High Court agrees to reinstate her with seniority but without back wages, it will indeed set a precedent for women in the judiciary and ensure a working environment free form discrimination.

February 14,2019

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