A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna today, February 25, 2019 issued a notice on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kajal Mishra And Preeti Kedar Gokhale, daughters of army personnel seeking protection of Human Rights of Armed Forces personnel.
A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna today, February 25, 2019 has agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Sona Khan, K.P. Fabian Prof Atul Sharma and others seeking expunction of observations recorded in the judgment of Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen Meghalaya High Court wherein Justice Sen had said among other things that India should have been declared a Hindu Rashtra at the time of partition.
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna today, February 25, 2019 dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking direction from the Court to all the political parties requiring them to not field a candidate to contest election if he/she has more than two children.
CIC relying upon the Section 2(f) of the RTI Act held: “Thus, the EVM which is available with the respondent in a material form and also as samples, as admitted by the respondent during the hearing, is an information under the RTI Act."
Attorney General of India K K Venugopal appearing for the Central Government submitted before the bench presided over by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi that Centre has already issued an advisory to all states. CJI directed the Nodal Officers (who were appointed in pursuance of the Supreme Court orders in mob lynching case filed by Tehseen Poonawalla and Tushar Gandhi) to ensure safety and protection of Kashmiris and other minorities in the wake of Pulwama attack.
It has been five years since the lady ADJ first complained of discrimination to the Chief Justice of India, and her battle continues as with the order of recusal of the Bench of Justices Sikri, Nazeer and Shah, the matter would have to be argued afresh before a new bench.
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.
The two-judge bench comprising Justices Rohinton F Nariman and Naveen Sinha held that NGT has no jurisdiction to entertain Vedanta appeals against Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to close down Sterlite copper plant. While refusing to allow the reopening of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant on the ground of maintainability, the Court asked Vedanta to approach Madaras High Court against Tamil Nadu government’s order to close down the Sterlite units.
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”.
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.
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
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).