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QUOTA VIEWS TRIGGER MOVE - HC judge faces impeachment [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 18th Dec 2015]
Parliamentarians are likely to seek impeachment of the Gujarat high court judge who dubbed reservations as a drag on the country's progress. A group of MPs from Rajya Sabha have started collecting signatures of fellow members in accordance with the requirement of 50 MPs for impeachment. The motion, criticizing the judge for “behavioural misconduct“,...
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SC: Streedhan a right after separation [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 22.11.2015]
A woman has an inalienable right over `streedhan' and can claim it even after separation from her husband, the Supreme Court said in a ruling that makes clear that denial of her claims can amount to domestic violence. According to Hindu law, streedhan is whatever a woman receives prior to and after marriage. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant...
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SC: Treat acid attack victims as disabled [Reported in Times of India (kolkata) 8th Dec 2015]
This Will Open Up Benefits Under Disabilities Act: Court The Supreme Court on Monday asked state governments to treat acid attack survivors as disabled persons to enable them to get benefits of reservation in government jobs and other social welfare schemes. A bench of Justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan said that steps must be taken to bring acid attack victims to...
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Birds have basic right to free sky, HC had ruled [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 21st Nov 2015]
Does caging birds amount to violation of their fundamental right to fly? The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up an issue that evokes the theme of author Richard Bach's top-selling fable `Jonathan Livingston Seagull' -which is about a young gull who breaks from the humdrum of feeding and nesting to fully explore his love of flight. A bench of Chief Justice H L...
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SC allows collegium to fill vacancies [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 20th Nov 2015]
The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it would not formulate the draft Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on the functioning of the collegium system for “judicial vetting“. It instead suggested that the task of reforming the system of appointment of judges should be left to the government, a plea which was rejected by the SC. A five-judge...
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Apex court asks Bar to frame rules [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 28th Nov 2015]
Expressing serious concern over the justice de ivery system being brought to astandstill by lawyers going on strike, the Supreme Court on Friday said advocates don't have the right to strike work, while expressing its inability to restrain them from doing so. A bench of justices Kurian Joseph and Arun Mishra asked the advocates' associations and Bar Council of India...
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Rape violates right to life, says HC [Reported in Times of India (kolkata) 23rd Dec 2015]
Rape violates the fundamental right to life of a woman and inadequate punishment shakes society's conscience, the Bombay high court ruled on Tuesday . Citing the case of Aruna Shanbaug, where her alleged rapist got off lightly , Justice Sadhna Jadhav sent a Kalyan youth, who had served five years in jail for raping an HIV-positive minor, back to jail for five years...
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HINDU LAW RULING - Widow maintenance absolute right: SC [Reported in Times of India 14th Nov 2015]
The right to maintenance of a Hindu widow is not a “mere for mality“ but a spiritual and moral right that can be judi cially enforced upon by claiming “absolute right“ on the property given to her for sustaining herself, the Supreme Court has ruled. A bench, headed by Jus tice M Y Eqbal, while up holding a Andhra Pradesh high court verdict in...
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PARTICIPATORY APPROACH - Rush of reform opinions tests SC [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 6th Nov 2015]
The cacophony created by too many loud voices suggesting reforms in the collegium system forced a fivejudge bench of the Supreme Court to comment adversely on the conduct of lawyers who appeared to have no regard for the traditional mode of addressing judges. In the garb of suggesting reforms, most advocates ­ M Nedumpara, R P Luthra and Virag Gupta being the...
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SC warns of Army cover for High Court [Reported in Times of India (Kolkata) 5th Nov 2015]
In a stern message, Justice T S Thakur, who will be the next Chief Justice of India, on Wednesday said the Supreme Court would not allow anyone, much less lawyers, to hold Madras high court to ransom and warned it would not hesitate to go to any extent, even calling in the Army , to protect the institution and its dignity. A bench of justices Thakur and P C Pant...
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