Adoption rights for Muslims

adoption

 

In a small but significant step towards ensuring a uniform civil code in India (a goal enshrined by Article 44 of the constitution), a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi and SK Singh has ruled that Muslims can now adopt children under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, despite their personal law debarring them from doing so. However, they may also choose to abide by their personal law.  Read More

 

Benediction in Mumbaisaviour

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court saved the homes of over five lakh families living in Thane, Mulund, Bhandup, Borivali, Kandivali, Virar, Badlapur and Ambarnath in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It quashed a 2008 Bombay High Court order, which had declared these homes illegal, saying they had been built on forest land bordering the sprawling Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Read More

Insulating babus?

Fighting against corruption is the flavor of the season. A constitution bench of the Supreme Court (SC) recently sought to know from the centre, a list of benefits it had obtained by insulating a small group of bureaucrats in corruption cases.  Read More

Delhi’s power equations

powerDelhi would have plunged into darkness if it hadn’t been for the Supreme Court. It fended off a major power crisis in the capital by directing the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) not to carry out its threat to cut off supply to distribution companies owned by the Anil Ambani Group from February 10, 2014. Both Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES) Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani have to clear outstanding dues of Rs 300 cr. Read More

 

Batting for cricket

betting

Cricket and its murky affairs too have grabbed the attention of the Supreme Court. Though BCCI
president N Srinivasan has emerged as the most powerful man in the world of cricket, his son-in-law’s involvement in illegal betting has come back to haunt him.  Read More

Black deaths

Green concerns in the face of growing pollution are welcome. A bench comprising Justices AK
Patnaik, SS Nijjar and FMI Kalifulla sought a reply  Read More

Delayed justice and leniency

Taking note of the inordinate delay in the trial process in India, the apex court has ruled that people affected by it must be given a lenient punishment in case of delay.  Read More

PIL on army rejected

PIL armyCaste and creed play a major role in India. Surprisingly, the army is not immune to this. A PIL seeking abolition of recruitment in the army on the basis of caste, region and religion was recently dismissed by the Supreme Court. A bench of Justices TS Thakur and C agappan closed the hearing, saying they did not want to rock the army’s boat and certain institutions must be left to manage their own affairs. Read More

Gas price woesgas price

The Kejriwal government may have escalated tempers by lodging a case with the Anti-Corruption Branch regarding the gas price hike, but it wasn’t the first one. PILs on the issue were filed earlier  Read More 

RTI blues

rti blues

 

You thought the Right to Information Act instilled transparency in governance? Think again. A PIL filed by advocate Sanjeeb Panigrahi in the Supreme Court cited documentary evidence to show that principal information officers (PIOs) demanded money for parting with required information asked by RTI applicants, when, in fact, it should be free.  Read More

 

A question of propriety

Considering the hue and cry over the selection process for appointment of judges in the Madras High Court, a Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam withdrew all the names it had earlier recommended to the centre. The decision was based on two counts: unparalleled non-acceptance of the names and elevation of Justice RK Agrawal to the Supreme Court. It
was under Justice Agrawal’s tenure as chief justice of the Madras High Court that the names had been decided.

Judiciary not weak: CJI

Chief Justice P Sathasivam himself had to set a record straight. When Law Minister Kapil Sibal observed that accountability was unusually weak in the judiciary, it was not taken kindly by him. The chief justice said that the apex court had cleared all requests of government or its agencies and that a comprehensive mechanism was already in place in the in-house procedure for addressing complaints against sitting SC and high court judges. He further said that complaints received by him were thoroughly examined and, if need be, a three-member committee was set up to probe the matter.

APPOINTMENTS
For the first time in several years, the Supreme Court has its full strength of judges after the swearing in of Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal of the Madras High Court and Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana from the Delhi High Court.However, many vacancies are expected to be created in the Supreme Court in the near future, as around half of its bench will retire. Justice HL Gokhale will leave office in March, while both Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice GC Mishra will retire in April this year. This will be followed by the retirement of Justice Radhakrishnan in May and Justices AK Pataki and SS Ninja in June.

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