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Pegasus Row: Union govt denies snooping allegations in SC, to set up committee to probe the issue

The Union government has denied allegations of snooping and illegal surveillance levelled against it in the Pegasus snooping row. Several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping matter. The government, through an affidavit submitted by the Ministry of Electronics and IT’s additional secretary Rajendra...

SC upholds stay on Reliance-Future Retail deal; big win for Amazon

Future Retail to explore legal remedies to finalize the deal    New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has upheld the single-judge bench stay order on the sale of Future Retail Ltd (FRL) to Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group. The order comes in favour of Amazon which has been embroiled in a bitter battle Reliance over...

2015 Kerala Assembly ruckus case: SC rejects state govt’s plea to withdraw cases

In the case of alleged vandalism in Kerala Assembly in 2015, SC said that legislators get privileges to be able to work fearlessly, not as a mark of status that puts them on a pedestal New Delhi: Privileges and immunity are not a gateway to claim exemption from criminal law, the Supreme Court bench observed...

Total lockdown in Kerala this weekend amid spike in Covid cases

Thiruvananthapuram: Having come under severe criticism from the Supreme Court for announcing easing of Covid-related restrictions for Bakri Eid, the Kerala government on Wednesday announced total lockdown on July 24 and 25. The Pinnarayi Vijayan-led government had earlier announced three-day relaxation for Bakri Eid. The move did not go well with the SC which called...

SC orders immediate release of Manipur activist Erendro Leichombam booked under NSA

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Erendro Leichombam, a Manipur-based activist who was arrested under the National Securities Act (NSA) for a controversial Facebook post. Notably, the 40-year-old activist had said that cow dung and cow urine do not cure COVID. The activist, along with a local journalist, was arrested on...

SC lambasts Gujarat government over a notification on fire safety in hospitals

The Supreme Court on Monday lambasted the Gujarat government for coming up with a notification to reverse its order on fire safety norms in COVID hospitals. It was done despite the fact that several patients have lost their lives in fire accidents in hospitals. The apex court said that the state government’s move was a...

SC to examine the constitutional validity of sedition law, raises concerns over its misuse

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the government if the British-era sedition law was still required in India after 75 years of independence, terming the law as “colonial”. The remarks came from the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana as the apex court said it would examine the validity of the sedition law and sought...

SC seeks reply from Uttar Pradesh govt for allowing Kanwar Yatra amid COVID-19 threat

At a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise in several parts of the world and experts have warned of an “inevitable” third wave, the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to allow Kanwar Yatra from next week has irked the Supreme Court. The top court has initiated a proceeding on the issue and has sought...

Anti-terror law should not be misused for quelling dissent: Justice Chandrachud

Speaking at the Indo-US Joint Summer Conference on Indo-US legal ties, Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud has said that the anti-terror law should not be misused for quelling dissent. Justice Chandrachud said, “Criminal law, including anti-terror legislation, should not be misused for quelling dissent or harassment to citizens. As I noted in my judgement...

SC rejects Facebook’s plea against summons to appear before Delhi Assembly panel

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea filed by Facebook India vice-president Ajit Mohan challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly’s peace committee that is probing the Delhi violence case. Following the verdict, Facebook officials will now have to appear before the committee. However, the court also said that the social media giant...

Supreme Court relief: Convicted as juveniles, 13 get interim bail after at least 13 years in jail

New Delhi: Thirteen convicts, who were declared juveniles at the time of committing respective offences and had been serving jail term since then, were given interim bail by the Supreme Court. The convicts have already served between 13 and 22 years of jail term. They are currently lodged in Agra Central Jail. The Supreme Court’s...

SC upholds Odisha govt’s order restricting Rath Yatra celebrations to just Puri

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the Odisha government’s order confining the Rath Yatra celebrations scheduled on July 12 to the Puri Jagannath Temple. The state government had issued the order due to the rising concerns of a fresh wave of COVID-19. Multiple petitions were filed in the Supreme Court against the...