Voters needn’t know source of political funding: govt.

The government has told the Supreme Court that anonymity should be maintained in the electoral bond scheme to protect donors and recipients right to privacy. The government’s statement came during a hearing on electoral bonds in the Supreme Court.The petition had challenged the validity of the Electoral Bonds scheme on the grounds that (a)It keeps… Continue reading Voters needn’t know source of political funding: govt.

Vedanta moves SC seeking access to Sterlite Copper plant

Vedanta group firm Sterlite Copper has approached the Supreme Court to seek access to its closed smelter unit in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. Earlier,the Supreme Court had set aside the order of the National Green Tribunal which permitted the re-opening of the Sterlite plant.However,the apex court gave the liberty to the Vedanta group to approach… Continue reading Vedanta moves SC seeking access to Sterlite Copper plant

Too late to order probe into Dabhol project: SC

The Supreme Court has ordered to close the case of alleged corruption involving politicians,bureaucrats and corporates in the Enron-Dabhol power project.The court said that delay of over 25 years will serve no purpose in continuing with the judicial commission of inquiry. US-based Enron and its associate Dabhol Power Corporation had set up the 2,550 megawatt… Continue reading Too late to order probe into Dabhol project: SC

SC Collegium recommends 5 new Chief Justices of HCs

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as chief justice of Rajasthan,Chhattisgarh,Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka High Courts. The High court for Andhra Pradesh was created on January 1,2019. It was created following the division of a combined high court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Collegium system in India is… Continue reading SC Collegium recommends 5 new Chief Justices of HCs

Anonymity of poll bonds must go: EC

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has told the Supreme Court that it was not opposed to the use of Electoral Bonds as an instrument but did not want the donations to remain anonymous. Earlier,the Election Commission had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal… Continue reading Anonymity of poll bonds must go: EC

Rahul on the verge of contempt of court, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister has said that the Congress president’s comments on Rafale review petition amount to contempt of the Supreme Court. Earlier,Congress President has thanked the Supreme Court for rejecting the Centre’s objections over the admissibility of the leaked documents cited by petitions seeking a review of the Rafale verdict. Contempt of court is an offense… Continue reading Rahul on the verge of contempt of court, says Nirmala Sitharaman

RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

The Supreme Court has said that the Centre cannot withhold documents from disclosure under the RTI Act citing national security and relations with a foreign state.However,the applicant must establish that withholding of such information produces greater harm than disclosing it. The observation was made by a Supreme court judge in which the Court has allowed… Continue reading RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

SC rejects Centre’s plea to keep Rafale documents secret

The Supreme Court has dismissed the central government’s plea that the documents related to the purchase of Rafale fighter jets should not be part of the review petition moved in the case. The government had argued that documents linked to the Rafale deal were stolen from the defence ministry and newspapers that published these files… Continue reading SC rejects Centre’s plea to keep Rafale documents secret

Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments

Central Government has denied a Right to Information (RTI) request for details of the ongoing recruitment process for four vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC).It was denied despite a recent Supreme Court order mandating that such information be made public. Earlier,the Supreme Court has directed the Centre and the States  to ensure transparency in… Continue reading Centre defies SC order on CIC appointments

SC lifts stay on KC Valley project

The Supreme Court has lifted a stay it imposed earlier on the Karnataka government’s scheme known as K&C Valley.KC Valley project envisages filling several tanks in Kolar district with treated water from Bengaluru. The project will help in improving ground water level. The apex court said that the scheme was in compliance with similar practices… Continue reading SC lifts stay on KC Valley project

In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI

The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in a case whether the Chief Justice of India’s (CJI) office is covered under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI). The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the Supreme Court secretary-general against the January 2010 judgment of the Delhi High Court that declared… Continue reading In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI

Stressed assets circular to be revised soon

The RBI governor has said that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue a revised circular for resolution of stressed assets following the Supreme Court verdict striking down its February 12,2018 circular as ultra vires which means that the RBI had gone beyond its powers in issuing the circular. The Supreme Court had said that… Continue reading Stressed assets circular to be revised soon

RTI scrutiny will ruin judicial independence

The Supreme Court has commenced hearing on its own appeal whether the Chief Justice of India’s office is covered under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI). The issue has arisen from an appeal filed by the Supreme Court against the January 2010 judgement of the Delhi High Court that declared the CJI’s… Continue reading RTI scrutiny will ruin judicial independence

SC holds ultra vires RBI’s February 12 circular mandating insolvency proceedings

The Supreme Court has struck down the Reserve Bank of India’s February 12 circular that dealt with resolution of stressed assets in the economy.The Supreme Court has held the February 12 circular ultra vires as a whole which means the RBI had gone beyond its powers in issuing the circular.Earlier,the apex Court had stayed the… Continue reading SC holds ultra vires RBI’s February 12 circular mandating insolvency proceedings

Borrower behaviour will deteriorate

According to analysts,Supreme Court judgment striking down the Reserve Bank of India’s February 12 circular that dealt with the resolution of stressed assets will lead to deterioration of borrower behaviour and increase delays and litigation. On 12th February 2018,RBI had put out a circular on classification of non-performing assets that required (a)Banks to stipulate a… Continue reading Borrower behaviour will deteriorate

RBI order on defaulters lacked govt. nod, says SC

The Supreme Court has struck down the Reserve Bank of India’s Feb. 12 circular on the grounds that the regulator can give directions to banks on stressed assets only upon the central government’s authorisation and in case of a specific default. Several companies in the power,sugar,fertiliser and infrastructure sectors objected to the circular’s one size… Continue reading RBI order on defaulters lacked govt. nod, says SC

Andhra Pradesh MPs have highest average annual income: report

The Association of Democratic Rights (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) has analysed the self declared affidavits of the outgoing Lok Sabha MP’s. The analysis has shown that Member of Parliament(MP’s) across the country have an average annual self-income of Rs 30.29 lakh.Further, Andhra Pradesh tops the charts with its members of parliament earning an… Continue reading Andhra Pradesh MPs have highest average annual income: report

Buyers can’t wait indefinitely for flat, says SC on 7 Year delay

The Supreme Court has upheld orders of a state consumer commission and the national consumer commission.The commission had asked the developer to refund the payment with interest to a homebuyer for over seven years delay in handing over possession of the flat.The court said a buyer cannot be required to wait indefinitely for possession of… Continue reading Buyers can’t wait indefinitely for flat, says SC on 7 Year delay

Plea in court against drug pricing regulator’s move to cap trade margin for cancer medicines

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) decision to cap the maximum trade margin for cancer medicine has been challenged in the Karnataka High Court by a private hospital group. Earlier,National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had invoked powers under Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 and brought 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control by capping trade… Continue reading Plea in court against drug pricing regulator’s move to cap trade margin for cancer medicines

SC to hear pleas on 10% economic quota on April 8

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear pleas which challenged the Constitution(103rd Amendment) Act on April 8. The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act provides for 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker section in the unreserved category. The Act amends Article 15 and 16 to provide for reservation based on economic… Continue reading SC to hear pleas on 10% economic quota on April 8

SC seeks Centre’s view on bringing all tribunals under one umbrella

The Supreme Court has sought the Centre’s view within two weeks on bringing all the Tribunals under one central umbrella body to ensure efficient functioning and streamlining the working of tribunals. Earlier, the Supreme Court in its two verdicts of 1997 and 2010 had directed government to bring all the tribunals under one central umbrella.… Continue reading SC seeks Centre’s view on bringing all tribunals under one umbrella

SC sentences lawyer to 3 months in jail for contempt, suspends term on apology

The Supreme Court had sentenced an advocate to three months jail for committing contempt of court by browbeating the judges.However the apex court suspended the sentence with a condition that he would abide by his own undertaking that he won’t insult judges in future. Contempt of court is an offense of being disobedient to or… Continue reading SC sentences lawyer to 3 months in jail for contempt, suspends term on apology

Electoral bonds hit transparency in political funding, says Election Commission

The Election Commission of India has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal of the cap on corporate funding by the government will have a serious impact on the transparency of political funding. EC has said that the amendment made to the Foreign Contribution Regulation… Continue reading Electoral bonds hit transparency in political funding, says Election Commission

SC to hear plea to stay poll bonds on April 2

The Supreme Court has decided that it will hear on April 2 the petitions which have challenged the issuance of electoral bonds by the government. The petitioners have challenged the electoral bond scheme on the grounds that it (a)keeps the identity of the donor absolutely confidential (b)would enable corporate houses to anonymously donate their unaccounted… Continue reading SC to hear plea to stay poll bonds on April 2

SC to consider AAP govt plea on services

Delhi government has decided to move to the Supreme Court seeking constitution of a larger bench to expeditiously decide the issue of who controls the administrative services in Delhi. Earlier,theSupreme Court had delivered a split verdict on the issue of division of powers between the Delhi government and the Centre over control of services covering… Continue reading SC to consider AAP govt plea on services

Sacking of soldier for taking unauthorised leave not harsh, says Supreme Court

Recently,Supreme Court in one of its judgement has held that dismissal of a soldier for taking unauthorised leave is not a harsh move. This judgement comes in the backdrop of soldier who was dismissed for his unauthorized absence over a period of 302 days. The recent SC judgement sets aside a 2015 decision of the… Continue reading Sacking of soldier for taking unauthorised leave not harsh, says Supreme Court

GoMs on lynchings on hold

The government has put on hold Groups of Ministers (GoMs) constituted to suggest measures on anti-lynching due to upcoming lok sabha elections. The Government had created a Group of Ministers (GoM),headed by Home Minister and the other committee headed by Union Home Secretary.Both the Government panel will suggest ways and legal framework to effectively deal… Continue reading GoMs on lynchings on hold

Life imprisonment is the rule to which death penalty is the exception, says Supreme Court

In a recent judgement,Supreme Court has said that if court finds it difficult to make a choice between death penalty and life imprisonment,it should opt for the lesser punishment. The judgment was based on an appeal filed by a man sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a five-year-old in Madhya Pradesh.The Supreme… Continue reading Life imprisonment is the rule to which death penalty is the exception, says Supreme Court

Plea challenges extension of 77th, 103rd amendments to J&K

A petition has been filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court challenging the extension of 77th and 103rd amendments of the Indian Constitution to the J&K state through a presidential order. Earlier,Union cabinet had approved Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019.The order serves the purpose of application of relevant provisions of… Continue reading Plea challenges extension of 77th, 103rd amendments to J&K

Govt has to frame schemes; courts should stay out of governance, says Supreme Court

Supreme Court has ruled that High court cannot frame a scheme for the government or direct it to frame one but only ask it to consider framing a particular scheme. Central Government had approached the Supreme Court against the Uttarakhand High Court order which framed a scheme by itself to regularize the services of the… Continue reading Govt has to frame schemes; courts should stay out of governance, says Supreme Court

SC stays contempt order against The Shillong Times editor and publisher

The Supreme Court has stayed the judgment passed by Meghalaya High Court.The court had held Shillong Times editor and publisher guilty of contempt of court and had asked them to pay fine of Rs. 2 lakh. Contempt of court is an offense of being disobedient to or being disrespectful towards a court of law.A judge… Continue reading SC stays contempt order against The Shillong Times editor and publisher

Govt. defends electoral bonds scheme in SC

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court asking for it to strike down the Electoral Bond Scheme 2018 and amendments in the Finance Act, 2017.The act says that political parties are not required to maintain any record of the names and addresses of donors of these bonds. Government has defended the electoral bonds… Continue reading Govt. defends electoral bonds scheme in SC

Officers with six months’ tenure can be named DGP: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has issued clarification on its last year order on police reforms.It said that officers who have a minimum of six months tenure left in service shall be considered for the post of director general of police (DGP). Earlier,the court had ruled that a person appointed as the DGP must have a minimum… Continue reading Officers with six months’ tenure can be named DGP: Supreme Court

SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

The Supreme Court has refused to allow miners to transport extracted coal lying at various sites in Meghalaya.There have been allegations that mine owners are misusing the relaxation on transportation of extracted coal to flout the ban on rat-hole mining. Earlier,The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned rat-hole mining in 2014,and retained the ban in… Continue reading SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

We cannot kill jobs in firecracker industry, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said that it cannot ban firecrackers as it would deprive the livelihood of lakhs of families dependent on manufacturing firecrackers by creating unemployment. The court asked the authorities to conduct a comparative study to identify the proportionate levels of pollution caused by vehicles and firecrackers before any decision is taken. The court… Continue reading We cannot kill jobs in firecracker industry, says Supreme Court

Relevance of proof matters, not means

The Supreme Court has disagreed with the government’s view that the documents relied on by petitioners were inadmissible since they were stolen.A petition have been filed in the Supreme court to review its earlier refusal to order an investigation into the Rafale deal. Supreme Court has said that the evidence obtained through illicit means can… Continue reading Relevance of proof matters, not means

Names for Lokpal shortlisted, SC told

The Government has informed Supreme court that Lokpal Search Committee headed by former Supreme Court judge has forwarded three panels of names for chairperson, judicial members and non-judicial members to the selection committee for appointment of lokpal. Supreme Court is hearing a PIL filed for seeking a direction to the government to appoint the Lokpal… Continue reading Names for Lokpal shortlisted, SC told

Media gag on lawyers, litigants violates public’s right to information, eminent persons tell SC

Eminent persons from various fields have filed an application in the Supreme Court against its order which examined the possibility of curbing advocates from speaking on pending cases. They have argued that the order is in violation of freedom of press under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. The order came in the backdrop… Continue reading Media gag on lawyers, litigants violates public’s right to information, eminent persons tell SC

ecourts app brings reforms in justice delivery system

eCourts,a mobile app has been lauded as a revolution in court management in the country.It is expected to speed up India’s goal for attaining top ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. The app lists down services under different tabs—(a)Search by CNR, (b)Case Status (c)Cause List (d)Calendar and (e)My Cases.CNR is a unique… Continue reading ecourts app brings reforms in justice delivery system

SC pulls up States for not recruiting judges

SC pulls up States for not recruiting judges News: The Supreme Court (SC) recently pulled up the state governments and their respective high courts for the delay in filling up the vacant posts in higher and subordinate judiciary and infrastructure for the functioning of the courts. Important Facts: A SC bench headed by Chief Justice… Continue reading SC pulls up States for not recruiting judges

New rules for foreigners in detention centres

New rules for foreigners in detention centres News: The government has informed the Supreme Court that new guidelines are being framed for keeping foreign nationals in detention centres across the country. Important Facts: 2.    Background: The issue of framing of detention manual for keeping foreign nationals had cropped up when the apex court was hearing… Continue reading New rules for foreigners in detention centres

SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020

SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020 News: The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on sales of vehicles compliant with BS-IV emission norms in India starting 1st April 2020. Important Facts: Background: The BS-IV norms have been enforced across the country since April 2017. In 2016, the Centre had announced the country would… Continue reading SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020