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After getting talaq through post, woman moves SC [Times of India (Jaipur) 19th May 2016]
Afreen Rehman (25), from Jaipur, recently received something shocking in the mail and not just via regular mail but through 'Speed Post'. It was a divorce, or to be precise, 'triple talaq'. After the initial shock, the young woman on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against Islam's 'triple talaq' provision. Talaq-e-bidat is a practice by which a Muslim man can...
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SC to decide if killing strays should attract tough penalty [Times of India (Kolkata) 13th May 2016]
Law Biased Against Strays, Says NGO In a shot in the arm for animal lovers, the Supreme Court has agreed to examine an anomaly in law that discriminates between a stray animal and a pet, stipulating a paltry fine of Rs 50 for the killing of a stray while a similar offence against a house pet can attract a jail term of up to five years. The Indian Penal Code does...
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SC: Free speech mustn't sully reputation [Times of India (Kolkata) 14th May 2016]
Protection Of Dignity Key In Today's World: AG Otherwise a champion of free speech, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that an individual's reputation was part and parcel of the most fundamental right to life which could not be allowed to be besmirched in allowing free speech to others. “Reputation of one cannot be allowed to be crucified at the altar of the...
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HC can decide on venue in multiple cases: SC [Times of India (Kolkata) 14th May 2016]
Taking note of concerns on multiple criminal defamation cases instituted to harass a person, the Supreme Court on Friday said the high courts concerned were empowered under the Criminal Procedure Code to determine which trial court was competent to hold trial on identical complaints filed in different courts. “Section 186 of CrPC gives the HCs power to...
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Section 66A logic fails to cut ice with apex court [Times of India (Kolkata) 14th May 2016]
Why did the Supreme Court quash Section 66A of Information and Technology Act as unconstitutional and term it an impediment to free speech but uphold the validity of Sections 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code? The judgment quashing Section 66A of IT Act by justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman on March 24 last year on a petition by law student Shreya Singhal was...
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DEFAME DEBATE SC stays proceedings for 8 weeks [Times of India (Kolkata) 14th May 2016]
Upholding the constitutional validity of criminal defamation provisions in the IPC drafted during the colonial era, the Supreme Court on Friday said these do not muzzle free speech and asked politicians Rahul Gandhi, Subramanian Swamy and Arvind Kejriwal and others to face trial for alleged statements harming others' reputation. The bigger the stature of a person...
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Funds crunch is no reason to deny drought relief: SC [Times of India (Kolkata) 14th May 2016]
Orders Govt To Enforce Welfare Laws The Supreme Court on Friday said that Centre cannot take the excuse of budgetary constraints to deny funds to drought-hit states which would enable them to provide relief to distressed people under various social welfare schemes. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and N V Ramana passed a slew of directions for implementation of...
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SC: Age-proof docus must be unambiguous [Times of India (Kolkata) 13th May 2016]
In an important ruling, the Supreme Court said a juvenile accused of heinous crime would be tried as an adult if the court found documents produced to support that heshe was below 18 years when the offence was committed were unreliable. The ruling came from a bench of justices A K Sikri and R K Agrawal, which sent one Parag Bhati, accused of murdering a man in...
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Plea in SC for more judges [Times of India (Kolkata) 13th May 2016]
The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the Centre's response to a PIL seeking doubling of judges' strength in all tiers of the judiciary , days after the NDA government strongly opposed the creation of National Courts of Appeal in four metros as the final forum for civil and criminal cases. A bench of justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi issued notice to the Union...
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Implement law to fight drought, SC tells Centre [Times of India (Kolkata) 12th May 2016]
Holding that over one-fourth of the population reeling from drought cannot be left to fend for themselves, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to put in place a mechanism to handle such crisis and asked it to be “liberal“ in granting funds. A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and N V Ramana directed the Centre to implement the Disaster...
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SC's summer break faces dissent [Times of India (kolkata) 18th May 2016]
As the Supreme Court commences its 48-day summer vacation, many former Chief Justices of India said their efforts to reduce pendency by shrinking the holidays were frustrated by both judges and advocates. Just a few weeks back, CJI T S Thakur had become emotional while appealing to the government to speed up the appointment of judges to high courts as the huge...
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