A plea seeking stay on dismantling India's decommissioned Navy aircraft carrier 'INS Viraat' was rejected by the Supreme Court. The bench headed by the Chief Justice S.A. Bobde chose not intervene as 40% of the iconic ship has already been dismantled. Filed by M/S Envitech Marine Consultants Private Limited, the plea sought to convert the 65-year-old aircraft carrier into a museum. The ship was inducted into Indian Navy in 1987.
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The Supreme Court judges have resorted to virtual hearing from home on April 12, as around 50% of the staff tested COVID-19 positive. Moreover, as a precautionary measure, all courtrooms and the court premises were sanitised as 44 staff members had tested positive for coronavirus. The apex court benches will function with a delay of an hour from the earlier scheduled time.
The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana governments over the plea which demands decriminalisation of begging. The apex court said despite February 10 notice, only Bihar has submitted its response. It has deferred the submission date by three weeks. The plea filed by Vishal Pathak challenged the Delhi HC order, saying that the criminalisation of begging violates constitutional rights… read-more
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The Supreme Court on April 8 criticised the Centre for failing to propose a water sharing scheme in the Cauvery dispute. Calling it a "sheer contempt" of its direction, the court asked the Water Resources Ministry to furnish Cauvery Management draft on May 14. However, the Centre said it could not met the parties concerned: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Puducherry (UT), due to the ongoing Karnataka Assembly polls campaigning.
Italy has agreed to pay Rs 10-crore compensation to the kin of two Indian fishermen killed by Italian marines. The Centre on April 9 informed the Supreme Court about the latest development in the 2012 case in which the fishermen, misunderstood as pirates, were killed off the Kerala coast. While Rs 4 crore will be given to the each fisherman's family, Rs 2 crore is for the injured boat owner.
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Dismissing the pleas filed by the Maharashtra government and State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court on April 8 chose not to interfere with the Bombay High Court order. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave a nod to the Bombay HC’s decision directing CBI to conduct an enquiry against Deshmukh. However, representing the petitioners, Kapil Sibal argued against the CBI inquiry on the basis of "unsubstantiated allegation".
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The Supreme Court, on April 9, has agreed to hear the Centre's plea seeking closure on the case of two Italian Marines killing Indian fishermen. The court announced that a bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian will take up the matter as the Italian government is involved. The two fishermen were killed off the Kerala coast in February 2012.
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As per reports, the three-member committee appointed by Supreme Court to assess controversial farm laws has submitted its report in a sealed envelope on March 19. The committee consulted with 85 farmer organisations to derive solutions. However, one of the committee members and agricultural economist Anil Ghanvat refused to comment on details by stating it as a "confidential process". Appointed on January 11, the committee also included Ashok… read-more
Expressing her horrific experience during a hearing, the 22-year-old woman penned a letter to CJI SA Bobde to take the necessary steps. According to the letter, sessions judge Sanjay Khanagwal laughed at insensitive remarks made by the accused's counsel Vijay Aggarwal. Besides accusing the judge of laughing at multiple instances, the woman accused Aggarwal of maligning her character. Reportedly, the woman had filed a rape case against ET Now… read-more
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The Supreme Court refused to bar the sale of electoral bonds ahead of the election in poll-bound states on March 26. Moved by NGO 'Association for Democratic Reforms', the application reportedly raised concerns about illicit funding of political parties, if electoral bonds are sold beforehand. Moreover, the NGO represented by Prashant Bhushan urged to stall such proceedings between April 1 and April 10. However, CJI SA Bobde found the reason… read-more
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