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SC quashes ED case against Karnataka deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar

Shivakumar and a few others were accused of establishing a network of across Bangalore and Delhi with the purpose of transporting and using unaccounted cash.

KPCC president and Karnataka deputy chief minsiter DK Shivakumar. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 02:55 PM IST

SC strikes balance between graft charges, parliamentary privilege

In its Monday verdict, a seven-judge bench ruled there is no immunity for lawmakers who receive bribes for casting votes on the floor of the House.

A 7-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud delivers the judgment on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 05, 2024 04:17 AM IST
ByAbraham Thomas, , New Delhi

SC gives AAP till June 15 to vacate HQ, says land to expand HC infra

The Supreme Court has directed AAP to vacate its political headquarters in Delhi by June 15, 2024, for expanding judicial infrastructure.

The top court allowed the party to approach the Centre’s Land & Development Office (L&DO) for allotment of a different land for its offices. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 07:04 AM IST

SBI wants till June 30 to reveal details of electoral bond donors

SBI seeks more time to submit electoral bond details to ECI, citing complexity. SC had earlier declared 2018 EB scheme unconstitutional for anonymizing contributions.

On February 15, a five-judge bench struck down the Centre’s 2018 EB scheme of political funding. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

No immunity in bribery cases to MPs, MLAs: SC

Supreme Court reverses 1998 ruling, MPs and MLAs can't escape punishment for accepting bribes to vote or speak in House. PM Modi hails clean politics.

A 7-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud delivers the judgment on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Explained: Supreme Court ruling on no immunity for bribe-taking lawmakers

The verdict defines parliamentary privilege and its boundaries especially in relation to freedom of speech

The Supreme Court of India. (File photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 07:37 PM IST
By, Abraham Thomas

No immunity from prosecution if MP/MLA takes bribe to vote or make speeches: SC

The Supreme Court, in a 3-2 verdict, decided in 1998 that MPs who took bribes and voted in the House could not be prosecuted as they enjoyed immunity

The Supreme Court said the offence of bribery is agnostic to the performance of the agreed action. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 11:55 AM IST

Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu to remain shut, SC dismisses Vedanta plea

The health and welfare of the residents of the area is again a matter of utmost concern, said the court

Sterlite Copper plant in TN has remained shut since 2018.(Reuters)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 04:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Supreme Court: Govt also at fault for unauthorised colonies

The apex court was hearing a case concerning demolition of commercial and residential units in Lucknow’s Akbar Nagar

The bench was seized of a clutch of petitions challenging the demolition of 24 commercial spaces in Lucknow’s Akbar Nagar after the Allahabad High Court dismissed the pleas of the occupants on February 27. (ANI)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 11:46 PM IST

Stay orders can’t be limited to six months: Constitution Bench

The five-judge bench held that there cannot be a generic direction for vacation of stay in all types of cases after six months.

The bench was headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud. (File photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 01:05 AM IST

‘Criminal justice system can be punishment in self’: SC acquits man after 30 yrs

Supreme Court clears man charged with abetting wife's suicide after 30 years, citing lack of evidence.

When a person is accused of aiding and abetting suicide, the court should seek “cogent and convincing proof” of the act of inciting the suicide, and the offending action should occur close to the time of the incident, the top court held. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 04:31 AM IST

Persons must appear on ED summons: Supreme Court

Supreme Court suspended a Madras high court order that restrained ED from seeking the personal presence of five district collectors of the state

The SC called the state government’s petition “thoroughly misconceived” because it sought a relief that the court said would indirectly derail ED’s investigation into the case.
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 05:01 AM IST

Illegally built structures can’t be right place to preach religion: SC

Unauthorised religious structures on public land can never be a venue for preaching religion, the Supreme Court remarked on Monday

The bench was hearing an appeal filed by a Muslim religious body against the November 2023 judgment of the Madras high court. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

All state govts must abide by PMLA, says top court

All states governments are obligated to comply with federal legislations, including the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the Supreme Court observed on Monday

The Supreme Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide an explanation for its opposition to ED investigation into alleged illegal sand mining in the state. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Guarding principles, protecting people’s will

As the electoral process confronts myriad challenges, the judiciary must safeguard its integrity and hold accountable those who seek to undermine democracy

The Supreme Court. (ANI)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Constitution bench to decide if courts can modify arbitral awards

SC refers issue of modifying arbitral awards under Arbitration Act 1996 to Constitution bench for clarity on court’s power.

The bench framed five questions for consideration by the larger bench. (File)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 09:08 AM IST

‘Vedanta can’t have free run’: SC on plea to reopen Sterlite plant

SC bench opined that it is crucial to take into account whether the alleged norm violations by Vedanta

Sterlite Copper plant in TN has remained shut since 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:16 PM IST

SC seeks Google India’s assistance on location sharing as bail condition

The Supreme Court asked Google India to file an affidavit explaining the working of the Google PIN in the context of putting it as a condition of granting bail

A bench of justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan issued a notice to Google India. (ANI)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 04:44 PM IST

Is new law on bail being drawn up, Supreme Court asks Centre

In its July 2022 judgment, the top court emphasised that India should never become a “police State” where investigating agencies act like vestiges of the colonial era

The significant intervention of the top court came at a time when numerous arrests and protracted bail application delays cast doubt on the objectivity and efficacy of the judicial approach to such matters. (FILE)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Can’t allow reopening of plant straightaway: SC on Vedanta case

The plant by Sterlite Copper, the Indian subsidiary of Vedanta Resources -- a global mining and metals conglomerate -- has remained shut since 2018 over alleged violation of environmental norms and protests of the local population against its operation

The Supreme Court as hearing an appeal by the Sterlite Copper against a judgment of the Madras high court. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 09:00 AM IST

A masterful advocate who left his imprint on landmark cases

HT documents some of the landmark cases that Nariman was a part of as an advocate whose expanse of legal arguments transcended courtroom outcomes and resonated with the broader public conscience

Fali S Nariman has an exemplary career spanning over seven decades. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, Abraham Thomas

Judicial giant Fali S Nariman leaves an unmatched legacy

Fali S Nariman, a legal luminary, Padma Vibhushan recipient, and champion of justice in India, passed away at 95, leaving behind a legacy of integrity and impact.

Eminent jurist Fali S Nariman (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 05:56 AM IST

Eminent jurist, and senior advocate Fali S Nariman passes away at 95

A Padma Vibhushan recipient, Nariman, often referred to as “Bhishma Pitaamah” (father figure) of the Indian judiciary, was at the forefront of landmark judgments

Nariman was born in Rangoon on January 10, 1929, in then British India. (PTI)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 09:19 AM IST

Homemaker’s work no less than salary-earning spouse’s: Supreme Court

According to the bench, the worth of a woman looking after the household is of a “high order” and her contributions are hard to quantify in monetary terms.

Supreme Court was hearing a motor accident case arising out the unfortunate death of a woman from Uttarakhand in a road accident in 2006. (Representational Image) (File)(AP)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 04:48 AM IST

Every pregnancy, kid in jails accounted for: Bengal govt to SC

Bengal govt informed the bench that women prisoners with children in jails were either pregnant upon arrival or during parole.

A view of the Supreme Court of India (SCI) building, in New Delhi (ANI)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 03:04 AM IST

Rouse Avenue party office not encroachment, allotted under L&DO rules: AAP to SC

The AAP has told the Supreme Court that the Rouse Avenue premises was allotted to the party long before it was earmarked for the court complex

HT Image
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 02:19 PM IST

The reasoning and fallout of the electoral bonds verdict

The electoral bond judgment privileges the right to information of the voter, referring to Supreme Court's jurisprudential voyage on the subject since 1960s.

Electoral bonds are unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. (AP)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, New Delhi

SC verdict on electoral bonds nullifies 3 amendments made through finance act

To bring in the EB scheme, the Centre made multiple amendments by way of two Finance Acts— Finance Act, 2017 and Finance Act, 2016

The Constitution bench held that the amendments violated “the right to information” under Article 19(1)(a) and are thus unconstitutional (Sanjay Sharma)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 06:08 AM IST

Supreme Court scraps electoral bonds

The verdict came ahead of the Lok Sabha elections expected to take place in April or May this year and was immediately welcomed by opposition parties.

A view of the Supreme Court in Delhi. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 02:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Transparency vital for free, fair polls: Justice Khanna on electoral bonds

Justice Sanjiv Khanna of the SC has declared that the electoral bond scheme must be reviewed in order to ensure transparency and fairness in elections

In his 74-page judgment, justice Sanjiv Khanna underlined that the right to know is paramount for free and fair elections
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 05:56 AM IST
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