The Supreme would soon decide if a larger bench needs to hear the challenges against Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. A bench comprising CJI NV Ramana, Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Surya Kant has posted the matter on 10th May. The bench stated that the matter would not be adjourned. The Attorney General of India asserted that there is a need to check the misuse of the law.
The apex court has rejected a plea which demanded an inquiry into the Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti violence. The Justice Nageswara Rao-led bench told the lawyer to not expect any relief, and that the court would not grant, saying, "You want an inquiry to be headed by (a) former Chief Justice of India?... Dismissed." The petitioner had prayed for a committee to probe into the clashes.
A letter petition has been filed in the Apex Court, requesting a fair and unbiased probe into the violence that had broken out in Delhi's Jahangirpuri on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Stone-pelting was also reported during the Hanuman Jayanti procession in the north-western area of Delhi., which left many injured critically. This marked the first such clash between two groups in the national capital since 2020 riot.
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SC bench comprising Justice CT Ravikumar and Justice Ajay Rastogi has told the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments to hand over the case files pertaining to the death of a minor to the CBI. The apex court gave the direction while hearing a plea filed by the victim's mother against a High Court order. The Punjab and Haryana HC had earlier rejected her plea for transfer of case.
A three-judge bench of the apex court led by the CJI, on April 11, expressed dissatisfaction over celebratory 'Bhaiya is back' posters and hoardings over the bail of a rape-accused student leader. Acting on the MP-based accuser's petition against his bail, the court issued the accused a notice, pressing him on why his bail should not be canceled. The SC also sought response from the MP government regarding the same.
The Supreme Court said the word ''dowry'' should be granted broader interpretation in order to include any demand made on a woman, be it valuable security or money for the construction of property. Setting aside the verdict of the MP High Court, the SC bench led by CJI NV Ramana penned the judgement and held the husband and father-in-law responsible for the woman's death.
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In view of the harassment and threat against the lives of the judges, the Supreme Court has observed that the judiciary is often "maligned" if unpropitious orders are passed. It also observed that the police and CBI doesn't seem to respond to the complaints filed by the judges. The bench asked all the states to file a status report about the security measures provided to the judges.
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The Supreme Court was shocked after knowing that people are still booked under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, despite it being knocked down and termed as illegal six years ago. The apex court has issued notice to all the states, union territories, and registrar generals of all HCs for using the IT Act of 2000. Reportedly, even after being termed as unconstitutional, there were around 1,307 cases under it.
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The Supreme Court on May 6 lashed out at the Election Commission asking to stop complaining on media reports. The courts response came after the commission complained about media reports on Madras HC's oral observations of booking EC for murder charges for failing to control election rallies. The SC said, the Constitution gives the freedom to speech and expression to media and it will not be restricted from covering court proceedings.
The Supreme Court has stated that any person dealing in narcotic drugs is not entitled to get relaxed punishment even if s/he is poor or sole bread earner. The apex court gave the decision while entertaining a plea that had demanded a respite in a drug accused's 15-year imprisonment punishment on the ground of him being poor. The court observed the narcotic drug dealers are instrument in causing several deaths.