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Utkarsh Anand

Utkarsh Anand is Legal Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on law, judiciary and governance.

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SC issues notice to Lok Sabha secretary general on Mahua Moitra’s expulsion

The Supreme Court has asked the Lok Sabha secretary general to respond to a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra challenging her expulsion from the Lok Sabha over alleged "ethical misconduct." The court refused to let Moitra participate in the House proceedings in the meantime. The court agreed to examine Moitra's plea in detail, but noted that issues regarding jurisdiction and the power of judicial review would arise in the case. The next hearing is scheduled for March.

SC issues notice to Lok Sabha secretary general on Mahua Moitra’s expulsion
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 03:07 PM IST

SC stays Himachal Pradesh HC order shifting DGP Sanjay Kundu

Sanjay Kundu’s transfer as principal secretary in the Ayush department will be on hold until the high court decides the IPS officer’s application

The Supreme Court of India. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 03:31 PM IST

Adani-Hindenburg case: Supreme Court to deliver verdict today

Hindenburg's report, published in January 2023, claimed "brazen accounting fraud" and "stock manipulation" by the Gautam Adani-led group.

The SC on March 2, 2023, set up a six-member panel, led by retired Supreme Court judge AM Sapre, to look into regulatory failure by Sebi and alleged breach of laws by the Adani group.(HT Photo/ Sonu Mehta)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 04:46 AM IST

SC notice to Centre, UP and Gujarat over sacking of a trans woman teacher

The petitioner is seeking reinstatement and proper guidelines to prevent discrimination against transgender individuals.

The Supreme Court bench admitted the petition moved by Jane Kaushik (AP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 02:51 AM IST

Supreme Court to deliver verdict on Adani-Hindenburg issue today

​The SC will rule on a bunch of petitions, demanding investigation into allegations of accounting fraud and stock manipulation against Adani group companies

Hindenburg’s report, published in January 2023, claimed “brazen accounting fraud” and “stock manipulation” by the Gautam Adani-led group. (Sanjay Sharma/ANI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Tech is a great enabler, but digital divide is real: SC

The Supreme Court highlighted on Tuesday as it came to the rescue of a young man whose aspiration to join the police force in Bihar was crushed because of a typographical error

The petitioner had applied for the post of constable in 2017 under the reserved category. (Jitender Gupta/ANI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 05:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Data from caste survey should be made public, says Supreme Court

Data from caste surveys should be made public to let people mount legal challenges to the decisions taken by the governments based on such data, the court said

The top court also sought to know from the Bihar government the extent to which it put out the data of its 2023 caste survey. (Sanjay Sharma/ANI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 03:05 AM IST

SC notice to Centre, UP and Gujarat over sacking of trans woman teacher

The petitioner said she was fired by a private school in UP in December 2022 and told not to join by a Gujarat school in July 2023 for being open about her gender identity

The Supreme Court told the Centre, UP and Gujarat to respond to the trans woman teacher’s petition within four weeks (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 01:48 PM IST

Top court delivers assortment of milestone verdicts

A run-down of the outgoing year will demonstrate that 2023 was as striking as any other year for the Supreme Court of India

In October, the top court, by a 3-2 majority, refused to recognise a fundamental right to marry and denied legal recognition to same-sex couples. (File)
Published on Dec 31, 2023 03:26 PM IST
By, Abraham Thomas, New Delhi

NJAC with tweaks could’ve worked... was buried before it began: Justice SK Kaul

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul spoke on a host of issues including the functioning of collegium and the possible reforms in judicial appointments

interview Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul has authored several path-breaking judgments protecting personal liberty, creative freedom and gender justice
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 11:25 AM IST
By, Abraham Thomas

'Collegium not the best system to pick judges…': Justice SK Kaul

Justice Kaul also expressed concerns about the government's influence on appointments and the perception of nepotism within the system.

Justice SK Kaul(HT File)
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 04:07 AM IST
By, Abraham Thomas, New Delhi

Discrimination exists in both public, private spaces, says CJI

According to the CJI, laws ought to act as powerful tools in opening our public spaces as well as curbing private discrimination

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud with justice BV Nagarathna during the inaugural ‘Justice ES Venkataramiah Centennial Memorial Lecture’, in Bengaluru on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 18, 2023 05:38 AM IST

SC, its judges don't have to be fund collectors for govt: Justice SK Kaul

Justice SK Kaul, on his last working day, was emphatic that the judges must be “bold” and remain committed to the administration of justice.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul
Published on Dec 16, 2023 08:32 AM IST

SC extends Narwekar’s deadline to decide on Shiv Sena MLAs disqualification pleas

The Supreme Court on Friday extended by 10 days the December 31 deadline set by it earlier for the Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar to decide on a bunch of disqualification petitions linked to the vertical split in the Shiv Sena

Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar had sought three week time to decide on a disqualification pleas of Shiv Sena MLAs. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 07:42 AM IST

Supreme Court issues directions for places of worship in Manipur

SC also directed the Manipur government to bring out a proposal or response regarding the rehabilitation of those whose homes were destroyed in the violence.

The top court clarifies that all religious places that were destroyed during riots since May would be indentified. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 04:35 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Supreme Court refuses to stay survey at Eidgah mosque complex

Allahabad High Court on Thursday went ahead and directed the appointment of an advocate-commissioner to oversee the survey of the mosque.

By an order on November 10, the Supreme Court fixed January 9 for considering the objections of the Eidgah committee and UP Sunni Waqf Board to the high court order deciding to hear nearly 18 suits. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 16, 2023 02:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Supreme Court suspends Ansari’s conviction

Ansari, a five-time assembly member and two-time parliamentarian, was disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha on May 1 after being convicted and sentenced to four years in prison

The court, however, allowed Afzal Ansari to contest the next general election in 2024 (Wikimedia commons)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 08:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Can’t club punishments to disqualify lawmakers, says Supreme Court

A lawmaker cannot be disqualified on being sentenced to prison for less than two years, the Supreme Court said

The bench further pointed out that the legislative intent of a statute ought to be viewed at the time of interpreting a provision (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 03:17 AM IST

Agencies will follow CBI manual on seized devices, Centre tells SC

In order to protect the authenticity of the seized electronic devices, the Information Technology Act mandates the generation of their hash values.

The bench of Supreme Court was hearing a batch of three connected petitions, seeking regulation of the powers of investigating agencies to search and seize digital devices. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 02:58 AM IST

'Permit me to die': UP woman judge alleges sexual harassment; CJI seeks report

The woman judge asked for the CJI’s permission to end her life following the abuse and harassment she had endured in her career during her posting in Barabanki

Chief Justice of India (CJI) justice DY Chandrachud (ANI)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 09:28 AM IST
By, New Delhi

All judges equal for us, CJI tells lawyers over arbitrary listing allegations

Justice Chandrachud’s remarks on Thursday came in the wake of a recent controversy, sparked by letters shot to the CJI and the court registry

Chief Justice of India (CJI) justice DY Chandrachud speaks at the Supreme Court employees' event in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 14, 2023 10:55 PM IST

SC suspends Afzal Ansari’s conviction, paves for restoring his status as Lok Sabha MP

The Supreme Court said Afzal Ansari will not be able to vote in Lok Sabha or draw perks though he can attend the proceedings of the House

Afzal Ansari can contest the next Lok Sabha election in 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 05:23 PM IST

SC overrules Aprilorder on stamping of arbitration pact

By 3:2, the majority verdict in April said that a court could go into the aspects of stamping and other compliances before the arbitrator is appointed

The court underscored that the Arbitration Act is a special law and that one of the objectives of the Act was to minimise the supervisory role of courts in the arbitral process (HT File photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 07:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

TN row: SC says business of governance must go on

the court took up a plea filed by the TN government against a stalemate over 10 bills that governor RN Ravi sent to the President after state assembly had re-enacted them in a special session last month

uring the last hearing of this case on December 1, the court observed that governors cannot “kill bills” passed by state legislatures (HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2023 07:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Seven-judge bench overrules SC’s judgment on stamping of arbitration agreement

By 3:2, the majority verdict in April said that a court could go into the aspects of stamping and other compliances before the arbitrator is appointed

The Supreme Court. (ANI)
Published on Dec 13, 2023 12:40 PM IST

Understanding the significant changes in 3 criminal law bills

Union government proposed to expand definition of “terrorist act” under the penal law by bringing within its fold threats to “economic security” of the country.

Union home minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 03:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The unanswered question in the Article 370 order

The Supreme Court should have clarified whether Parliament can extinguish the character of statehood by converting a state into one or more UTs

The Supreme Court (Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2023 10:00 PM IST

Need ‘truth, reconciliation’ panel: Justice Kaul highlighted ordeal of the Kashmiri Pandits

New Delhi: A judgment authored by justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on the abrogation of Article 370 on Monday highlighted the ordeal of the Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to flee their homeland over three decades ago in the face of brutal violence by fundamentalists, recommending a structural investigation of the events and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to rebuild the social fabric and heal wounds

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul , a native of Srinagar, penned an emotional epilogue (ANIe)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 08:04 AM IST

Article 370 verdict disapproves of back-door amendments

Parliament brought in a new clause under Article 367 to state that the “Constituent Assembly” of J&K would now mean “Legislative Assembly” under Article 370

The five-judge bench held by unanimity that the constitutional order by which Article 370 was altered by amending Article 367 was ultra vires to the extent it used an interpretation clause for amending Article 370. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 09:45 AM IST

Breaking down the Supreme Court judgment on J&K, and its wider implications

The judgment on dwelled on historical treaties, interpretation of constitutional & legal provisions, procedural proprieties, & principles of sovereignty

India's top court on December 11 upheld a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to revoke the limited autonomy of Muslim-majority Kashmir. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 07:36 AM IST
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