The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama requires voters to submit a photo identification when they apply for an absentee ballot, and it requires that ballot to be returned along with the signature of two witnesses or a notary. A US district court judge in Birmingham, Alabama's largest city, issued a ruling in June that would have effectively freed voters from the photo ID requirement, in some counties, if they are 65 or older or have a disability. Under that ruling, voters with medical conditions that put them at risk of COVID-19 could sidestep the requirement to have their ballots signed by a
NEW DELHI: Two top lawyers in the country on Wednesday said that they will not appear for Chinese video app 'TikTok' in the court against the government of India. Former attorney general and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and senior Congress leader and Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that he will not be representing in courts the Chinese app 'TikTok', which along with 58 others were banned by the Centre on June 29. Former attorney general Rohatgi said, "It does not feel right to appear for a Chinese company in view of the current tension." Rohatgi, who remained attorney general for India for three years from June 19, 2014 to June 18, 2017 after being appointed to the post
NEW DELHI: A group of parents from different states has moved the Supreme Court to seek directions to the Centre and state governments to direct all private unaided/aided schools to not charge fees for April-July or till commencement of physical classes. The petitioners also sought directions to the Centre and state governments to direct schools to only charge proportionate fee based on actual expenditure on online classes till the commencement of normal classes. The parents also urged the court to issue directions that schools should charge only tuition fee until schools begin to function normally. The plea said that since the students may get exposed to hazards associated with online education, there is a need for uniform and safer guidelines across
NEW DELHI: Beer and liquor manufacturers procuring empty bottles from scrap dealers to refill and sell their produce are in for a few hiccups as the Supreme Court ruled that brewers and distillers are liable to pay purchase tax on procurement of empty bottles. Manufacturers, including Mohan Breweries and Distilleries Ltd, had challenged the Tamil Nadu commercial tax officer’s decision to impose purchase tax on empty beer and Indian Made Foreign Liquor bottles from unregistered dealers on the ground that these bottles were not part of the manufacturing process. The law mandates that purchase tax will be levied on any item “consumed”, “used”, “or otherwise” in the manufacture of beer and IMFL. The brewers and distillers argued that the bottles
JAMMU: Apprehending that the newly introduced domicile law in Jammu & Kashmir will not provide the people of Ladakh job protection, Kargil advocate Najumul Huda and his aide have filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court. Ladakh was part of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir but now is a separate Union Territory, as is J&K. According to a statement issued on Tuesday, Huda and his aide, Nishant Khatri from Haryana, claim there is resentment over the recent J&K domicile law, despite some amendments by the Union home ministry, and thus they had filed a petition on June 15 (diary number 12903/2020) which was registered on June 23 (WP (C) No 598/2020) after all defects in the petition
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked ministry of home affairs to clarify its stand about the status of visa of around 2,500 citizens from 35 countries, who were blacklisted for ten years for their alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities. The top court asked the Centre to place on record whether individual notices were issued with regard to cancellation of visas of the foreign nationals. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, which took up a batch of pleas filed by foreign nationals against their blacklisting for hearing through video conferencing, posted the matter for further hearing on July 2. The bench told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and advocate Rajat Nair appearing for
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Sunday in an urgent hearing dismissed a plea seeking cancellation of the remaining two Class X examinations scheduled to be held on June 29-30, to be conducted by the board of secondary education of Rajasthan, said a lawyer appearing for the state government. The bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna, in an urgent hearing conducted on Sunday evening through video conferencing, dismissed the plea filed by one Maghi Devi. Senior advocate Manish Singhvi who appeared for the State government said the bench after hearing the petitioner and the state dismissed the plea.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea filed by bar leader Mian Abdul Qayoom challenging his detention under Public Safety Act since August 7 last year. A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai issued notice to the UT's administration and sought its reply by first week of the reopening of the top court. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave and advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for Qayoom said that they have challenged the order of the high Court which had upheld his detention under the J&K Public Safety Act. The bench also passed an interim direction for providing some daily essentials to him while in detention at Tihar Jail.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday approved the proposal of CBSE and ICSE to cancel the remaining board examinations for class X and XII which was scheduled from July 1 and allowed them to declare results by July 15 by alloting marks on the basis of assessment scheme. A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar expressed satisfaction over the scheme framed by the boards and allowed them to notify it. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CBSE, told SC that the board's decision is pro students and that they students should not be forced to opt for the examination within stipulated time after declaring the results as contended by a group of parents. He said that students will
NEW DELHI: In view of increasing Covid-19 infections across the country, CBSE has decided to cancel the remaining Board exams for Class XII and X which were scheduled to be held in July. The Board told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Class XII students, not happy with the marks to be accorded to the pending papers, will also be given an option of taking the exam to be conducted when the atmosphere becomes “conducive” while the re-exam option will not be available for Class X. The ICSE Board also cancelled the exams and informed the bench that it would not be giving re-examination option to students of Class X and XII and results would be declared on the basis
NEW DELHI: The Centre and CBSE on Thursday told the Supreme Court that students of Class X will not have to take the test for remaining paper and class XIIth students will have an option to opt for a test or get marked on the basis of assessment in their previous two exams. The board said that it will issue a notification by tomorrow to withdraw its decision to conduct the test of remaining papers from July 1 as the environment is not conducive to conduct exams in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Centre and he CBSE, told a bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar that 12th class students will have the liberty
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted people on the occasion of Lord Jagannath Yatra, hoping that it brings good health and prosperity. "My heartiest greetings on the auspicious occasion of Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra," the prime minister tweeted in Hindi. भगवान जगन्नाथ की रथ यात्रा के पावन-पुनीत अवसर पर आप सभी को मेरी हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। मेरी कामना है कि श्रद्धा और भ… https://t.co/Lcg6upSoLF— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1592881974000He wished that the occasion brings happiness, prosperity, good luck and health to the lives of the people. "Jai Jagannath," he said. The Supreme Court had on Monday allowed holding of the historic Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra at Puri with certain conditions.
(Representative image)CHENNAI: The Supreme Court rejected a request by power producers to extend a deadline to install equipment to cut emissions by two years to 2024, according to an order uploaded on the court's website late on Monday. India has a phased plan for plants to comply with emissions standards, which involve installing Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) units that cut emissions of sulphur dioxide - known to cause lung diseases. More than half of India's coal-fired power plants ordered to retrofit equipment to curb sulphur oxide emissions are set to miss deadlines which go up to the end of 2022. "We are not inclined to allow the prayer made in the application," the Supreme Court said in the order. Power
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow four petitions seeking modification of its earlier order of June 18, which had stayed the 'Rath Yatra' in Puri and all other places in Odisha keeping in view the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court's single-judge bench comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat will hear the matter in chamber hearing at 11 am tomorrow. Earlier on June 18, a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde said that such gatherings cannot take place at the time of the pandemic. "Lord Jagannath will forgive us if we stay the Rath Yatra this year... In the interest of public health and safety of citizens, Rath Yatra
NEW DELHI: A lawyer appeared in a virtual hearing in the Supreme Court while lying in his bed in a T-shirt, drawing the displeasure of the judge who observed that “minimum court etiquette” should be followed given the public nature of hearings. The SC observed that lawyers appearing via video-conferencing should be "presentable" and avoid showing images that are not appropriate. Justice S Ravindra Bhat accepted the apology tendered by the advocate, who said it was “inappropriate on his part to make a court appearance whilst lying in bed dressed in a T-shirt”. In its June 15 order, the SC said: “We are all passing through trying times and hearings by virtual courts have become an order of the day.
NEW DELHI: An Odia Muslim has moved the Supreme Court with a fervent prayer — allow the world-famous Rath Yatra at Puri this year as discontinuance of the religious tradition would ritually mandate its stall-ing for next 12 years. Hailing from Itamati in Nayagarh district of Odisha, Aftab Hossen sought modification of the SC’s June 18 order banning not only the Rath Yatra but also all religious and secular rituals associated with it. “There is anger all over Odisha. People are ready to self-abstain from the yatra if it can be conducted by sevayats for the purpose of continuity in observance of the Jagannath culture and rituals associated with the religious tradition,” he said. In the long tradition of noted
NEW DELHI: Clarifying that the Centre’s decision to impose lockdown to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic is not akin to the proclamation of Emergency, the Supreme Court on Friday said the right of an accused to get bail by default for non-filing of chargeshgeet within the stipulated time cannot be taken away on the ground that there was lockdown and probe could not be completed. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, M R Shah and V Ramasubramanian set aside a Madras High Court order which had held that the statutory period to file chargesheet within 60/90 days was not applicable during lockdown. It said that the HC had wrongly interpreted its order by which limitation period for filing appeal and approaching
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Rs 20,000 crore project of the Central government for the redevelopment of the Central Vista in the national capital. A bench of the apex court headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar also sought a detailed response from the Central government on a plea seeking to stay the Central Vista redevelopment plan in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The top court also allowed a request by petitioner Rajeev Suri to amend his plea and slated the matter for further hearing on July 7. During the hearing held through video conferencing, the lawyer for the petitioner told the apex court that the environmental clearance committee had passed some order yesterday in connection
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a petition for directions to the Central government to drag China to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking compensation to the tune of $600 billion for spreading coronavirus. A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde rejected the plea filed by a Madurai resident KK Ramesh. As coronavirus emerged from China's Wuhan city, there have been speculations that the deadly coronavirus might have been produced by the country in attempts to develop biological weapons of mega destruction. This comes as the lockdown, induced in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus for over two months now, has severely affected India's economy
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government for threatening coercive action against doctors and healthcare workers who made public the sorry state of affairs in the capital's hospitals and ordered it to forthwith revoke the suspension order against a healthcare worker who had made a video of bodies lying in patient wards of Lok Nayak Hospital. "You are shooting the messenger. You do not want the truth to come out. You must withdraw the suspension and take back all coercive steps. Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers are your warriors in the fight against Covid-19. They need support. But you are taking coercive action against them. What is happening? The administration must understand that coercing doctors and
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday tore into the Delhi government for the pathetic condition of public hospitals. The court cited low number of daily tests, improper treatment of Covid- 19 patients, undignified handling of dead patients’ bodies and denial of salaries to doctors to question the government’s claims of its preparedness to fight the pandemic. The apex court observed that the situation was grim in Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal too, and issued notices to the chief secretaries of the four states, ordering them to give reports on hospitals, patient care and details of staff and infrastructure by Wednesday. About Delhi, the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay K Kaul and M R Shah said, “Look at
CHENNAI: Her legal heirs have been determined, but what is the fair market value of Jayalalithaa’s sizeable list of assets? Three figures have been presented before the Madras high court. Jayalalithaa’s legal heirs — J Deepa and J Deepak — said the total value of their aunt’s properties was Rs 188 odd crore; two AIADMK functionaries who wanted to be made administrators told the court that the late Tamil Nadu CM’s assets were worth Rs 913.14 crore. During arguments, they said the value would be more than Rs 1,000 crore. These figures pertain only to what Jayalalithaa had acquired between 1991 and 1996 —during her maiden stint as chief minister. The assets she added in the 25 years since
NEW DELHI: Amid reports of spiralling cost of Covid-19 patients’ treatment in private hospitals, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre why such hospitals, most of which were given land free of cost or at nominal rates, not be asked to treat coronavirus patients without charge or at reduced cost. Acting on an application filed by advocate Sachin Jain alleging commercial exploitation of Covid-19 patients, a bench of CJI SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy asked solicitor general Tushar Mehta why private hospitals be not made to comply with an executive order to treat Covid-19 patients free. Mehta told the bench that it was a policy issue and needed to be considered by the government for
Supreme Court of India (File photo)NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea challenging a Delhi high court order in which it had declined to direct linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar, PAN or voter ID card for weeding out fake accounts. A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, however granted liberty to lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay to implead himself as a party in the transfer petition moved by the Centre in the apex court. The lawyer, who argued the case through video-conferencing, said that the Centre had earlier sought transfer of similar cases from some high courts to the apex court. "We see no reason to interfere with the impugned
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the Union government to explain why it forced five lakh employees of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to travel hundreds of kilometres to go before an ill-equipped pendency plagued Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) for adjudication of their service disputes and not set up a tribunal in J&K itself. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy on Friday asked the Centre to respond within four weeks to a PIL filed by Asheesh Singh Kotwal, whose counsel Arjun Garg claimed that pursuant to the Centre's April 29 notification conferring jurisdiction on CAT, Chandigarh, J&K High Court is in the process of transferring around 35-40,000 service
NEW DELHI: In what could come as a relief to around 46,000 Amrapali home-buyers, the Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it is considering to step in to provide funds to complete the housing projects which could not be completed as funds were allegedly diverted by the Group and its directors. After a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit said the Centre should provide funds for completion of Amrapali’s housing projects which have been taken over by NBCC, additional solicitor general Vikramajit Banerjee told the court that the issue is already under considerations of the finance ministry and he will seek instructions on how much money could be given for the stalled projects. Facing a
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response to a PIL seeking a comprehensive technical and security audit of Zoom video application, apprehending that the increase in use of this app for video conferencing and webinars was posing a serious threat to privacy and data security. A bench headed by CJI S A Bobde asked the Union government to file its response to the PIL filed by homemaker and part-time private tutor Harsh Chugh, who appears to have devoted considerable time to cull out data about incidents in other countries relating to security and privacy issues arising from the use of Zoom app. She sought a ban on use of Zoom by the government and people till
NEW DELHI: Payments made by applicants for obtaining documents or availing services under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules such new or renewal of driving licence, learners licence, international driving permit and to undertake any test won’t lapse till June 30. Similarly, the payments made for obtaining or renewing tourist permits will be treated as valid till June end. The road transport ministry has made these relaxations considering that many who had paid for such services or documents could not avail them due to the Covid pandemic. Though the amounts paid in many cases are not that high, the relaxations will bring relief to a large section of people, sources said. “This relaxation will ensure that the state transport authorities don’t
Representative imageAYODHYA: Carvings on sandstone and a Shivling have been found during the land levelling work at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya, said Champat Rai, general secretary of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust. "Debris is being removed and land being levelled at Ram Janmabhoomi since past 10 days. We have discovered pillars in the debris of the structure and carvings on sandstone. Found a Shivling there and a similar one at Kuber Teela," Champat Rai said. According to a statement, the land levelling work started at Ram Janmabhoomi after due permission from district authorities. In March this year, 'Ram Lalla' idol was shifted to a temporary structure near Manas Bhawan in Ram Janmabhoomi premises, till completion of the construction
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a fresh batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) but refused to pass any interim order to stay its operation. A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy issued notice to the Centre seeking its response on the petitions and tagged them with other petitions filed earlier against the citizenship law. The court passed the order on petitions filed by Tamil Nadu Thoweed Jamat, All Assam Law Students’ Union, Muslim Students’ Federation (Assam) and some others. More than 150 petitions have so far been filed in the apex court on the issue. Tamil Nadu Thoweed Jamat, which
Supreme Court of India (File photo)MANGALURU: The Supreme Court has enhanced the compensation awarded to the next of kin of a 45-year-old man who was killed when Air India Express Flight 812 from Dubai crashed on landing in Mangaluru on May 22, 2010 from Rs 7.35 crore to Rs 7.64 crore. Mahendra Kodkany’s wife, daughter and son will now get Rs 7.64 crore plus 9% interest per annum (on the amount yet to be paid). The original compensation awarded by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission was Rs 7.35 crore with 9% interest. Advocate Yeshwanth Shenoy, who represented the family in the NCDRC and the Supreme Court, said this is the highest compensation awarded to any of the victims of