Supreme Court Weekly Round-Up

Supreme Court Weekly Round-Up

A Female Child Is Entitled To Enjoy Equal Right Of A Male Child

Supreme Court on Tuesday in Voluntary Health Association Vs State of Punjab, issued additional directions to curb female foeticide by effective implementation of the ‘The Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994’. 

TN Govt’s 5% Relaxation To Reserved Category TET Candidates Upheld

The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the state government cannot be faulted for altering the selection criteria by relaxing marks in favour of reserved category candidates. It upheld relaxation of 5% marks to reserved category candidates in the Tamil Nadu State Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).

Grave Suspicion Can’t Substitute Proof In Criminal Trials

Suspicion, howsoever grave, cannot substitute proof, said the Supreme Court while setting aside a high court and trial court judgment that had found a duo guilty for murder. The high court, in this case, had affirmed the trial court findings that one Gurunathan was murdered by his wife and her alleged paramour.

Appeal Before DRT Maintainable Even If Amount Involved Is Less Than Rs 10 Lakh

The Supreme Court in State Bank of Patiala vs. Mukesh Jain, held that the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) has jurisdiction to entertain an appeal as per Section 17 of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, even if the amount involved is less than Rs 10 lakh.

Landlord Can Evict Tenants For Bona Fide Need Of Premises For Business Purpose

The Supreme Court in Bhupinder Singh Bawa vs. Asha Devi, upheld an order of eviction on the ground of bona fide requirement of tenanted premises for the business requirement of the son of the landlady.

The Constitutional Validity Of Entry Tax Upheld by 7:2 Majority

A Nine Judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court of India on Friday upheld the constitutional validity of Entry Tax imposed by States on goods coming in from other states. The Bench has also directed the three Judge Bench to decide whether the States’ entry tax laws on the basis of Guidelines issued by this Bench.

#Saumya case: Review Petitions Dismissed: Contempt Notice Issued To Justice Katju Amidst An Ugly spat Between Him And Justice Gogoi

Supreme Court of India on Friday dismissed the review petitions filed against the Judgment in Saumya rape and murder Case. The bench also issued contempt notice to Justice Katju, after hearing him, amidst an ugly spat between him and Justice Gogoi.

Murder Accused Acquitted, Thanks To Lacklustre Police Investigation

“The Investigating Officer, while dealing with a murder case, is expected to be diligent, truthful and fair in his approach and his performance should always be in conformity with the police manual and a default or breach of duty may prove fatal to the prosecution’s case,” said the Supreme Court while setting aside the High Court judgment convicting an accused in a murder case.

Sutlej-Yamuna Canal: Punjab Act Terminating Water Sharing With Other States Unconstitutional

A Constitution Bench of Supreme Court of India on Thursday unanimously held that Punjab Termination of Agreement Act, 2004 which terminated the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal water sharing agreement with Haryana and other neighbouring states is unconstitutional.

SC Frames Issues InNeyyar River Water Dispute Between Tamil Nadu And Kerala

The Supreme Court bench, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Abhay Manohar Sapre, on November 8, framed issues in the ongoing dispute over sharing of water in Neyyarriver between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Smog:

Emergency Pollution Control Plan Sought

The Supreme Court expressed concern over the sudden worsening of the pollution levels in Delhi and surrounding areas and directed the Centre to respond within 48 hours and give details about its policy or a “disaster management plan” to deal with the prevailing situation.

“Citizens Gasping For Breath. You Waiting For Them To Die” SC To Pollution Board

The Court on Thursday asked the Central Pollution Control Board in cooperation with other authorities to set up sufficient number of control rooms in the capital to monitor the air and take time action.

DND Flyway: No Stay For HC Order: CAG Audit Of Toll Company Accounts Ordered

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the CAG to audit the accounts of the Noida Toll Bridge Company to ascertain if they have already recovered the cost and reasonable profit from the Delhi-Noida DND flyway.

Chinkara Cases: Notice To Salman On Rajasthan’s Appeal Challenging Acquittal

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to bollywood super star Salman Khan on an appeal filed by Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal in two cases of chinkara poaching.

Shelter Homes For Urban Poor In Winters: SC Forms Panel To Study And Recommend Suggestions

The Supreme Court has expressed extreme dissatisfaction over non-implementation of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) Scheme meant to provide shelters for urban homeless. A Bench of CJI TS Thakur, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice L Nageswara Rao made this observation in a writ petition filed in 2003, which had raised the issue of shelter of homeless persons in the urban areas

Lawyer Couple Gets Mutual Divorce As SC Waives Cool-Off Period

In an interesting development, the Supreme Court granted divorce to a lawyer couple, invoking its inherent powers, while dismissing a writ petition filed by the wife.

NDTV Ban: It’s On Hold. Let Us Wait For Final Stand, Says SC

“Let us wait for the centre’s final stand. From newspaper reports we heard it is on hold and they are reconsidering”, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while adjourning the plea filed by NDTV against the one day ban of its Hindi channel for allegedly revealing “strategically-sensitive information” during the course of its coverage of the anti-terror operations at the Pathankot airbase earlier this year.

PIL Seeks Steps To Prevent Discrimination Against Indian Gorkhas

Shedding light on stereotypes attached to people from the North-East and propagation via popular media, a PIL has been filed seeking the Supreme Court’s immediate intervention to check discrimination against the Indian Gorkha community.

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