Opening doors to women at Sabarimala

With a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court lifting the decades-old ban on women in the 10-50 age group from entering the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, it is up to the Kerala government and the Travancore Devaswom Board to ensure that women who may choose to offer prayers at the temple …

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CJI Gogoi retains a tight grip on PIL petitions

Follows the practice of hispredecessor with a slight exception The new subject-wise roster, introduced by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as the master of roster, continues the legacy of his immediate predecessor Dipak Misra, keeping a tight grip on public interest litigation petitions. Among the Supreme Court’s 11 Benches, …

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SC: nativity cannot be a predominant criterion

For allotment of judicial officers between AP and Telangana Nativity cannot be the predominant criterion for allotment of judicial officers between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Supreme Court held on Wednesday. The judgment by a Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was based on the issue of bifurcation …

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Rajasthan HC upholds verdict under adultery law

Shortly before the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which defined adultery as a punishable offence, the Rajasthan High Court upheld a man’s conviction under the law. Last conviction This was probably the last conviction under the legal provision described by the apex …

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Leaders will have to pay for damage by cadre: SC

Calls for setting up Rapid Response Teams to curb mobs Leaders of outfits who instigate a mob to an act of vandalism, which results in death or loss of public and private property, will personally face criminal action and are liable to compensate the victims of the violence, the Supreme …

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Our judiciary the most robust: CJI

Attorney-General wants salaries of SC, HC judges doubled or tripled and retirement age raised Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday called the Indian judiciary the “most robust in the world”. The outgoing Chief Justice’s declaration, in his farewell speech a day before he retires, comes even as Attorney-General …

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Create an equal, free society: Justice Gogoi

What we wear, eat, say, read and think are no longer “small and insignificant” questions about our personal lives. They have become issues which “cut and divide us.” They make us hate and despise those who are different, Chief Justice of India-designate Justice Ranjan Gogoi said on Monday in the …

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A crusade for women’s rights

The Supreme Court’s challenge to patriarchy has been on-going across Benches, CJIs The past two years have seen the Supreme Court progressively question patriarchy in religion to ensure emancipation for women, and set the course for the future. But majority decisions in the court continue to rely on legal technicalities …

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Justice Chandrachud overrules father again

This time in adultery law verdict This is the second time Justice D.Y. Chandrachud has contradicted the verdict of his father, former Chief Justice of India Y.V. Chandrachud. Thirty-three years after his father upheld the validity of adultery law, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud ruled on Thursday that the earlier view cannot …

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