Supreme Court

  • SC asked to hear pleas for uniform minimum age for marriage
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of pleas pertaining to a "uniform minimum age of marriage" for both men and women from the Delhi and Rajasthan High Courts to the top court, so as to evade conflicting views and multiplicity of litigations. The plea, filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, said: "The fundamental basis of the legal system is that the dispute should be finally settled... when the same/si
  • Over Democratic objections, Senate panel sets Oct. 22 vote on Trump court pick
    WASHINGTON, October 15 (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday scheduled an Oct. 22 vote to advance conservative appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court to the full Senate for confirmation, rejecting Democratic objections. The last day of the four-day confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee began with committee Democrats protesting what they called the needlessly rushed nature of proceedings and
  • SC seeks Centre's response on use of 'plain English' in court matters for commoners' sake S
    A plea filed by an advocate in the Supreme Court said that the writing of most Lawyers is ‘wordy, unclear, pompous and dull, as they use eight words, instead of two, to say something’ New Delhi, October 15 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from Centre on a plea seeking direction to the Department of Justice to issue guides/handbooks in plain English and in vernacular -- easily understandable by laymen explaining the law and procedure for vin
  • PIL in SC: Use plain language to facilitate access to justice by common man
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10 (IANS): A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Department of Justice to issue guides/handbooks in plain English and in vernacular -- easily understandable by laymen explaining the law and procedure for vindication of rights and redressal of grievances under the law. The plea filed by advocate Subhash Vijayran said the writing of most lawyers is wordy, unclear, pompous and dull, as they use eight words, instead of two, to say somethi
  • Right to freedom of speech most abused these days: SC observes
    New Delhi, October 8 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Centre for filing an affidavit short on details in a plea seeking strong action against media houses for demonizing the Muslim community in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat event. The top court highlighted the abuse of freedom of speech during the hearing. A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: "You can
  • Horrible, shocking, extraordinary: CJI calls Hathras incident, seeks details of witness protection
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Tuesday termed the Hathras incident horrible, shocking and extraordinary as it sought an affidavit from the Uttar Pradesh government on three aspects: how the family and witnesses are being protected; has the family chosen a lawyer to assist them in the matter and what is the scope of the Allahabad High Court proceedings and how could it widen its scope. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said the court will ensure the invest
  • Plea in SC seeks President's rule in UP, cites rising crimes
    New Delhi, October 5 (IANS): A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh in the backdrop of the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman by upper caste men in Hathras, who succumbed to her injuries last week in Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. The plea filed by advocate C R Jaya Sukin said Uttar Pradesh ranks as the most unsafe state for women in the country and cited a string of incidents establishing gross violation of human
  • Secret proceedings on in Mallya case in UK, delaying extradition: Centre to SC
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 5 (IANS): The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that beleaguered business tycoon Vijay Mallya's extradition case is over, but some "secret" proceedings is on in the UK and government is not a party to it, which is delaying his extradition to India. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, contended before a bench headed by Justice U.U. Lalit that it is neither aware of the nature of these secret proceedings nor it is a party
  • SC: Covid-led economic slowdown no ground to deny proper wages to workers
    New Delhi, October 1 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday said the burden of economic slowdown cannot be put on workers alone, who are the backbone of the economic activity, and quashed the Gujarat government notification exempting factories from paying overtime wages to the workers. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the court is aware of the financial hardships faced by the factories, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and also due to the lockdowns. However, this eco
  • SC approves DGCA's proposal on air tickets refund booked during lockdown
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 (IANS): In a big relief to thousands of air passengers, the Supreme Court on Thursday approved the Directorate General of Civil Aviation's (DGCA) proposal on air tickets refund and credit shell on flights booked prior and during lockdown. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said the court cannot lose sight of the present situation prevailing in the country and across the globe in the backdrop of Covi
  • Class 12 compartment exams results by Oct 10: CBSE to SC
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 (IANS): The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will declare the compartment results for Class 12 students on or before October 10. Even as the counsel for University Grants Commission (UGC) submitted before a bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna that as per its academic calender the admissions will close by October 31. The bench recorded the submissions of the counsel. On Tue
  • As U.S. Supreme Court nomination looms, a religious community draws fresh interest
    Washington, September 23 (Reuters): People of Praise, a self-described charismatic Christian community, has faced renewed interest since U.S. President Donald Trump put one of its purported members, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on his short list of candidates for elevation to the Supreme Court. The group says on its website it is made up of liberals and conservatives, with a mixture including Roman Catholic and Pentecostal traditions, though
  • Centre to SC: Digital media completely uncontrolled, courts should make rules for it first
    New Delhi, September 21 (IANS): In the Sudarshan News controversy, the Centre has reiterated that there is no need for the Supreme Court to embark on an exercise to lay down guidelines for print and electronic media in the backdrop of the existing codes and their self-regulatory mechanism, instead it should begin the exercise on issues in the context of digital media. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said in an affidavit that if the apex court considers it necessary to l
  • Relief for Anil Ambani as SC dismisses SBI plea
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 17 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea by the State Bank of India (SBI) seeking a vacation of the stay granted by Delhi High Court on personal bankruptcy proceedings against Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Group. The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao, directed the Delhi High Court to consider the issue on October 6. The bench, also comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat, gave liberty to SBI to seek mod
  • It is digital media which needs regulations: Centre to SC
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS): The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has informed the Supreme Court that if it is keen to begin an exercise to regulate media, then it should be the digital media instead of mainstream media, as it has wider viewership and also has the potential to turn viral. The Ministry in an affidavit in the Supreme Court said while in a mainstream media (whether electronic or print), the publication or telecast is a one-time act, the digital media has fas
  • Centre to SC: Will welcome any order on speedy trial against sitting & ex-MPs/MLAs
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it would welcome any order for the speedy trial of sitting and former MPs/MLAs facing criminal and corruption charges. Solicitor General, representing the Centre, submitted before a bench headed by Justice N. V. Ramana that the apex court can fix time frame for the completion of trials in pending cases against Legislators, sitting and former. Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is a court appointe
  • States should implement Centre's SOP on Covid-19, says SC
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday said state governments are obligated to implement the Centre's standard operating procedure (SOP) on the Covid-19 pandemic, including on transporting a confirmed case or a person suspected of infection. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said all states should follow the SOP and take appropriate measures in connection with augmenting the capacity of ambulances. The observation b
  • SC agrees to examine if religious places of all faiths can be reopened
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the Centre on a plea seeking to open all religious places of worship across the country, which were closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A plea seeking opening of the places of worship in the country has been filed by Ahmedabad-based Gitarth Ganga Trust, a religious research institute. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian issued notice to
  • Don't postpone reappear exams, all measures in place: CBSE tells SC
    New Delhi, September 4 (IANS): The CBSE on Friday opposed in the Supreme Court a plea for postponement of reappear exams for Class 10 and 12, telling the court that all health safety measures are in place for holding the exams this month amid the coronavirus pandemic. The CBSE's counsel said that the number of examination centres has been increased from 575 to 1,278, and that only 12 students will sit in a classroom for reappear exams in view of the social distance norm. Duri
  • SC: No promotion without exams; states can consult UGC for postponement
    New Delhi, August 28 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday said the University Grants Commission's guideline for conducting the final year university examination before September 30 is correct, and states and universities cannot promote students without holding exams. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said: "We, thus, conclude that the State Disaster Management Authority and the State Government has no jurisdiction to take a decision th