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Vaccine wastage will affect state’s allocation, says Centre

Vaccine wastage by states will affect the allocation of jabs to them, the Union government said Tuesday in the revised guidelines for the national vaccination drive. The revised guideline comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, post the Supreme Court’s criticism, announced free vaccines for all above 18. The Centre has clarified that it will procure...

SC quashes sedition charges against Vinod Dua, says “journalists entitled to protection”

Days after saying that criticising the government cannot be termed sedition, the Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled a sedition case against veteran journalist Vinod Dua. The apex court also clarified that a 1962 order in the Kedar Nath Singh case protects every journalist from such charges. Case against Vinod Dua Based on a complaint by...

SC slams govt’s vaccination strategy for 18-44 age group

The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Union government for its vaccination policy for the 18-44 age group terming it as “arbitrary and irrational”. The criticism comes days after the apex court said that vaccine prices should be the same across the country. It also observed that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has...

Retired SC judge Arun Mishra made chief of National Human Rights Commission

Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Arun Mishra, on Wednesday took charge as the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Justice Mishra had retired from the Supreme Court in September last year. A selection panel comprising of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh, Lok Sabha...

SC says criticising the govt cannot be termed sedition

The Supreme Court on Monday said that criticising the government cannot be termed sedition and it is high time for the court to define what sedition is in the context of freedom of the press. The bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud made the remarks while hearing a plea filed by two Telugu news channels—TV...

Supreme Court flags issues in Centre’s vaccination strategy, seeks reply in 2 weeks

The Supreme Court on Monday posed several relevant questions to the Union government related to the national vaccination drive against COVID-19. The issues were raised by the apex court after the Centre submitted that it intends to complete the vaccination drive in Indian by December-end. The court was hearing a suo motu petition related to...

Rajasthan fails to procure vaccines through global tender, may move SC

Like many other states, the Rajasthan government’s efforts to procure COVID-19 vaccines through global tendering have failed. Notably, seven other states including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana that have adopted the global tender mode have found that procurement through the global tender process has many ifs and buts and is not workable. The few bids...

EC lawyer in SC quits over ‘values not in consonance’

A lawyer in the Election Commission’s panel of advocates for the Supreme Court has resigned stating that his ‘values are not in consonance with the EC. The lawyer Mohit D Ram has been a counsel for the Election Commission since 2013. “I have found that my values are not in consonance with the current functioning of...

SC asks Centre to revamp oxygen allocation, consider oxygen demand of people at home

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the system of oxygen allocation across the country based on the number of beds and ICU usage needs to be completely revamped. The court said that the Centre must also take into account evolving needs such as home quarantine and ambulance usage while allocating oxygen to states. Notably,...

SC rejects EC’s plea, says media can report court observations

The Election Commission (EC), which received flak for the lackadaisical approach in which the Assembly elections were held in five states in gross violation of COVID safety protocols, has now failed to get a reprieve from the Supreme Court. The top court has dismissed the petition filed by the poll panel seeking a restraining order...

SC says no patient can be denied treatment, medicines for lack of local residential or ID proof

In a development that would certainly benefit thousands of people battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court has directed the Union and state governments that no patient shall be denied hospitalisation or essential drugs across the country for not possessing a local residential or ID proof. The apex court issued a host of directions to...

Can’t stop media from reporting court hearing, SC tells EC

The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission (EC) that media cannot be stopped from reporting any court hearing. The court went on to say that the media must report fully what happens in court. The poll panel had approached the apex court complaining that it was being castigated without any evidence on political...