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ex-mp cm arjun singh’s 83-yr-old widow forced out of her house by sons and daughters-in-law, moves court

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.even the most influential politicians the country has had are not immune to domestic violence, especially their spouses, when they reach old age. a case has come to a judicial magistrate’s court in bhopal, where former madhya pradesh chief minister arjun singh’s widow saroj kumari on wednesday (june 20) reached the court and filed a complaint under the protection of women from domestic violence act saying that her sons abhimanyu singh and ajay singh were harassing her and had forced her out of her house.and ajay is not just another son of a former congress leader. he is at this point the leader of the opposition (lop) in the madhya pradesh assembly.kumari, 83, has said in her com...




missing girl: delhi hc asks for proof of marriage with person girl is said to be living with

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the mother of a missing girl had filed a habeas corpus petition before the delhi high court which had asked the police to investigate. on wednesday (june 20) delhi police filed a status report before the bench of justices a k chawla and navin chawla saying that the girl was married to a person and the two were living...




polluting badarpur power plant offers afforestation in lieu of closure

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the issue of the hugely polluting badarpur thermal power plant, which was closed down during the massive delhi smog (and restarted on march 16, 2017), has come up before the delhi high court. the environment pollution prevention and control authority (epca) wants to shut it down permanently by july 2018.the ntpc-owned plant is the worst polluting power plant in the country and the least efficient. it contributes only 8 per...




nri admission to minority college: sc refers case back to high court

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the supreme court vacation bench of justice s abdul nazeer and indu malhotra on wednesday (june 20) referred a case of nri admissions to the christian medical college ludhiana society back to the punjab and haryana high court for appeal.the case is of a writ petition relating to admission in nri quota which has been implemented by way of notification published by the state of punjab. this notification has been challenged by the college since it is a minority non-aided institution.on wednesday senior counsel meenakshi arora appeared for the college and said that the institution is functioning since 1881 and it...




australian court slaps fine of rs 45 cr on apple for misguiding customers

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.an australian court on tuesday (june 19) slapped a fine of rs 45 crore on apple for misguiding customers who purchased its devices between february 2015 and february 2016.the australian federal court gave the verdict on the plea filed by the australian competition and consumer commission (accc) against apple and its subsidiary in the country after examining hundreds of customer complaints regarding to the “error 53”.accc had filed the lawsuit against apple as it violated customers’ rights under a...




bihar ec issues notice to dms, district election officers on recent transfer of bdos

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the state election commission, bihar has issued notice to district magistrates and district election officers on the recent transfer of 358 block development officers (bdos) asking them to explain why, when the panchayat sub-elections were in process, were they transferred, because they play a major role in carrying o...




bihar cm asked to explain why he should not remain a party in copyright violation case

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.bihar cm nitish kumar received a major jolt on monday (june 18) when he was issued notice by top court to justify why he should not remain a party to the intellectual property rights infringement case.a bench headed by justice rohinton f nariman issued notice on a petition filed by former scholar-turned-politician atul kumar singh.the bench also stayed an interim order by the delhi high court, which had give...




sc tells petitioners to approach delhi hc first

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the supreme court on monday (june 18) told the petitioners who had challenged their debarment from appearing in their law exams due to low attendance to approach delhi high court as they had not challenged the delhi hc’s order dated may 9 given in the same case and instead filed new case at this court.during today’s hearing, the petiti...




sc refuses to grant urgent hearing to plea challenging i&b ministry’s move to monitor social media buzz; asks to approach hc

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.a plea filed by trinamool congress mla mahua mitra challenging a recent move by the i&b ministry to monitor social media buzz at district level came up before the supreme court today.however, sc’s vacation bench refused to grant urgent hearing, asking petitioner to approach high court.the i&b ministry had floated a tender for the creation of a social media communication hub which will enable the ministry “to grasp the affect of various social media campaigns conducted on various schemes run by the governm...




bjp mla approaches delhi hc seeking end of strike by delhi cm kejriwal

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: bjp mla vijender gupta bjp mla vijender gupta on monday (june 18) approached delhi high court seeking an order to end strike by delhi cm arvind kejriwal.kejriwal along with his cabinet members satyender jain, gopal rai and manish sisodia have been camping in the official accommodation-cum-office of lt. governor anil baijal. they are pressing for their demands to be met from the office of lt....




gutka scam: chew on this!

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: a representative image of a gutka shop. the illicit business of gutka in tamil nadu is worth several hundred croreswith the apex court upholding a madras high court judgment ordering a cbi probe into the gutka scam, many police officers who were involved in it are rattled  by r ramasubramanian in chennaithe supreme court’s order justifying the madras high court’s judgment directing the cbi to investigate the multi-crore gutka scam has rattled the tamil nadu police. right from the rank of director-general of police to inspectors, several of them are allegedly involved in this multi-crore scam.according to conservative estimates by both central and state government agencies, ...




karti chidambaram case: investigation or witchhunt?

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: karti chidambaram talks to supporters during the cbi raid at his chennai home  in their pursuit of chidambaram and his family members, the enforcement directorate, the cbi and the it department have displayed a tenacity seldom seen before~by india legal bureauafter months of interrogation, even intimidation, the enforcement directorate (ed) on june 13, 2018 finally filed a chargesheet against karti chidambaram, son of former finance minister p chidambaram in the aircel-maxis deal.the chargesheet was filed before the patiala cbi special court which has listed the matter for further hearing on july 4. this is the first chargesheet filed by the ed in the aircel-maxis money launder...




gauri lankesh murder case: the noose tightens

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: citizens in mumbai demand arrest of the killers of journalist gauri lankesh who was shot outside her home in bengaluru (file picture)the karnataka government has accelerated the investigation into this case and arrested various hindutva activists who had a role to play in this dastardly killing~by stephen david in bengaluruthe karnataka congress-jds government is stepping up pressure in the case related to journalist gauri lankesh’s murder which took place on september 5, 2017, and is arresting hindutva suspects linked to it.when the congress government set up a special investigation team (sit) to go after lankesh’s killers, the brief to its head, bk singh, a veteran with 25...




aap agitation: back on dharna mode

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: arvind kejriwal (centre) with his ministers manish sisodia (left), satyendar jain and gopal rai at the lt governor’s residence/photo courtesy: twittereven as the aap’s strike inside the l-g’s official residence over its ias officers continues, the people of delhi are being neglected and administration has come to a halt~by ashok damodarandrama has always been an important part of arvind kejriwal’s life, both as a civil servant, and lately, as a politician. the last time he played out a drama was more than three years ago and it had the desired effect. as chief minister of the minority aap government supported by the congress, he sat on a dharna outside the parliament hou...




legalising marijuana: an intoxicating affair

the narcotics control bureau (ncb) and other enforcement agencies are mandated to destroy cannabis cultivation, seize marijuana or its derivatives from anyone found in their possession and book him/her under relevant sections of the ndps act. a cursory glance at data accessed by india legal from ncb on seizure of ganja and hashish (the two main derivatives of cannabis used as soft drugs) and destruction of the marijuana crop is enough to prove that efforts to curb circulation of hemp have not yielded the desired results—even over three decades after the enactment of the ndps act. (see boxes)instead, the ban has triggered a massive shadow economy for cannabis cultivation and trafficking. in amsterdam, for instance, where recreational use of...




raining gifts and freebies in poll-bound chhattisgarh

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: rural women with mobile phones/photo courtesy: indianfolk.comthe chhattisgarh government’s poll-eve decision to distribute 50 lakh smartphones to all bpl card holders has raised questions about electoral and constitutional propriety~by neeraj mishra in raipurthe supreme court has time and again been faced with the issue of free consumer goods distributed by various state governments. it has shied away from interfering as it believes that policy is a state function and courts should not interfere. the state governments, in turn, have strongly pitched for their independence and right to decide what is in public interest under article 41 of the constitution.but with each passing ...




whatsapp hartal call: a dangerous hoax

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: a protest against the hartal in thiruvananthapuram/photo: unithe kerala high court has cracked down on those who forwarded messages which spawned hartals  in north kerala districts and led to massive violence. it is a lesson for others~by india legal bureau“the enforcement of a hartal by force, intimidation—physical or mental—and coercion amounts to an unconstitutional act. a political party has no right to enforce it by resorting to force or intimidation.”—a supreme court judgment in may 2002despite this clear directive from the apex court, it has done little to dampen the appetite of politicians and political parties to bring normal life in kerala to a standstill by...




rape case: a compromised police?

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: the petitioner has filed a separate case in the delhi high court seeking registration of an fir against his daughter-in-lawin a scathing indictment of the police, a senior citizen accused of rape by his daughter-in-law filed a pil in delhi high court seeking the framing of guidelines on how the force should handle marital rows ~by india legal bureaua division bench of the delhi high court recently issued a notice to the delhi police in a case related to a senior citizen accused of rape by his daughter-in-law. he claimed that the police had colluded with her while the “victim” had also alleged that her mother-in-law had aided in the alleged sexual assault when her husband was...




abetment to suicide: what a relief!

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.high courts have reinforced that a suicide note naming a person is not sufficient evidence of the offence of abetment. this will relieve innocent people framed of these charges ~by upendra baxi in the popular mind, a mere mention of names in a suicide note is sufficient, if not clinching, evidence of abetment to this crime. but this is scarcely so in law; nor is a first information report (fir) or even a charge-sheet always decisive; these can be quashed by courts. the criminal justice system is based equally on presumption of innocence and jurisdiction of strong suspicion upon which investigation and prosecution rests. justices have to find the right balance between guilt beyond rea...




media watch: latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.dutt’s not the waythis government—and its army of trolls—has made no bones about its animosity towards ndtv and in particular, former ndtv anchor barkha dutt. dutt is currently the target of threats, including to her life, if she dares to start a tv channel. she has revealed the threats to herself and her family, in her usual feisty manner in interviews and online. she says she has been asked to stay away from tv news “till 2019”. on twitter, dutt wrote: “received chilling veiled threats and ‘messages’ from powerful people in the establishment today that my family and i are under surveillance—and that i will be smeared & maligned to stop me from starting any new proje...