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SC rejects plea seeking counting of votes for civic body polls in Gujarat together

Clearing the way for the declaration of results of the elections for the six municipal corporations in Gujarat, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking counting of votes on the same date for two different phases of Gujarat civic polls. Following the apex court’s verdict, the counting of votes for two different phases...

SC seeks reply from Facebook, WhatsApp over users’ privacy

Acting on a plea concerning the privacy of users on Facebook and WhatsApp, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the social media giant and its messaging app directing them to file their replies in the matter within four weeks. Notably, the petitioner has sought a stay on implementation of the new WhatsApp privacy...

SC grants interim bail to stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui

The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui. The 29-year-old stand-up comedian has been behind bars for over a month for allegedly insulting Hindu Gods and Goddesses during a show at a café in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore. The apex court also sought a reply from the Madhya Pradesh government on...

SC refuses to entertain petitions related to violence during farmers’ tractor rally on R-Day

The Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified that it will not entertain a batch of petitions demanding a probe into the violence that erupted in the national capital during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day. The court meanwhile gave the liberty to the petitioners to approach the Union government with a representation. The bench headed...

Stand-up comic Kunal Kamra justifies his “scandalous” tweets in contempt case

Stand-up comic Kunal Kamra has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court justifying his alleged scandalous tweets against the judiciary for which he is facing a contempt case. He pointed out that a comedian raises issues of public interest in his own unique way and if the powerful people and institutions continue to show their...

SC stays controversial order of Bombay High Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Bombay High Court order that said groping a minor cannot be considered sexual assault without “skin-to-skin” contact or if clothes were not removed. The order had resulted in a national outrage, especially among women groups. Attorney General KK Venugopal termed the order “disturbing” that could create a dangerous...

Talks between protesting farmers and Centre postponed by a day

The scheduled talks between the protesting farmers and the Centre that was supposed to be held today have been postponed by a day. Now, the tenth round of discussions will be held on Wednesday. “The government’s ministerial meeting with farmers unions will be held on January 20 at 2 pm at Vigyan Bhawan, instead of...

SC says Delhi Police will have to decide on tractor rally by protesting farmers on Jan 26

The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Delhi Police will have to take a call on the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day by protesting farmers as it is a matter of law and order. The Centre has moved the apex court through Delhi Police expressing apprehensions against the tractor rally on Republic Day...

Ninth round of talks between farmers & Centre remains inconclusive

The ninth round of discussion between the agitating farmers and the government on Friday remained inconclusive. The next round of talks is likely to be held on January 19. Notably, January 19 is the day that the Supreme Court had fixed for the committee formed by it to start the stakeholder consultation process. However, the...

Bhupinder Singh Mann recuses himself from SC-appointed committee on farm laws

Following a controversy over the members in the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Bhupinder Singh Mann, one of the four members of the committee, has recused himself from being a part of the committee. Notably, several farmers’ bodies have rejected the committee claiming that all the members have already...

Supreme Court suspends controversial farm laws

The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the new farm laws passed by the Centre that has resulted in countrywide protests, with farmers alleging that the laws are not in their interest and would benefit the corporate players. The court’s decision has come as a major blow for the Union government that was hell-bent on implementing...

SC lambasts Centre for poor handling of farmers’ protest

The Supreme Court on Monday lambasted the Union government for its poor handling of the farmers’ protest. The court said that the situation has become worse and it was disappointed with the manner in which the negotiation with farmers was handled by the Centre. The apex court’s remarks came during the hearing on petitions challenging...