Supreme Court


Ousted Anurag Thakur apologises in Supreme Court

New Delhi: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur has tendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court which had held him guilty of perjury and contempt of court. The court in its earlier order had held that Thakur prima facie appeared to have committed perjury in relation to demanding an intervention via a letter from the International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar in order to sidestep the implementation of the Justice RM Lodha-led committee recommendations. Manohar had refused to issue the letter. Thakur had, accordingRead More

Supreme Court to examine legal validity of ‘triple talaq’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said it will not go into the question of Uniform Civil Code, but confine itself only to the legal validity of “triple talaq” raised in various petitions. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justices N.V. Ramana and D.Y. Chandrachud gave the clarification when the counsel sought to know whether UCC was one of the issues to be taken up for consideration. “UCC is not an issue at all in this case. It is a pure question of law. ItRead More

Supreme Court says can’t lay down rules to ban ‘sardar’ jokes

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, which had earlier decided to frame guidelines to regulate/ban Sikh jokes in circulation on social media, on Tuesday indicated its inability to do so, saying courts cannot “lay down moral guidelines” for citizens, doubting their enforceability if they were to do so. A Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R. Banumathi said courts cannot pass any regulations asking people to behave in a “particular manner in public,” and even if they do, “Who will enforce them on the streets?” “We are clear… the courts cannotRead More

If you don’t vote, you can’t blame govt: Supreme Court

New Delhi: If you don’t vote, then you have “no right” to question or blame the government, the Supreme Court has observed. The candid admission of an activist seeking a blanket order to remove encroachments in the country and saying he has never cast his vote, did not go down well with the apex court, leading it to make the observation. Observing that the court cannot pass a sweeping order on encroachments in a matter involving all states, the bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said, “One can’t blameRead More

Jagdish Khehar takes oath as 44th Chief Justice of India

New Delhi: Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on Wednesday assumed the office of Chief Justice of India (CJI) as the tenure of Justice TS Thakur ended yesterday. On December 19, President Pranab Mukherjee had cleared the name of Justice Khehar. 64-year-old Justice Khehar, who was sworn in by Mukherjee, will be the 44th Chief Justice of India and will hold the post of seven months. The Supreme Court yesterday once again dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Justice Khehar as the next CJI, saying, it is in the public interestRead More

SC removes Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke as BCCI president, secretary

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday removed Anurag Thakur from the post of BCCI president. The apex court also removed BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke from his post. SC, which was hearing perjury charges levelled against Thakur by Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam, asked, “Why prosecution should not be initiated against him”? and also sought a reply from Thakur in this regard. The next date of hearing in the matter is January 19th. SC said as per July 18, 2016 order, Thakur and Shirke did not comply with its order and therebyRead More

SC upholds acquittal of ex-Army officer in murder case

New Delhi: It is “unfortunate that a crime is going unpunished”. This was the observation and finding of the Delhi High Court as it acquitted a former Army officer in a 34-year old murder of a Delhi businessman, saying it “cannot hang any person” if evidence on record does not conclusively establish his guilt. The order has now been upheld as “plausible, logical and persuasive” by the Supreme Court that also rapped CBI for failing to bring home the guilt of the accused. The case relates to the murder ofRead More

Supreme Court to hear plea on security nod to Sun network

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to examine the validity of the national security clearance granted to Sun TV network to enable it to participate in the public auction for obtaining FM Radio licence. A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued a notice to the Centre, seeking its response to a public interest writ petition filed by BJP Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy challenging the security clearance and licence granted by Sun TV network after it participated in the FM radio auction. MrRead More

SC to hear pleas against demonetisation on December 2

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on December 2 hear all pleas including the transfer petition filed by the Centre on the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday told the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur that he had placed the affidavit on record in connection with the demonetisation issue. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who appeared for one of the petitioners, told the bench that people are starving in the streets as there was no cashRead More

Supreme Court calls for witness protection scheme

New Delhi: Pointing out that threat and intimidation has been one of the major reasons for witnesses turning hostile in criminal cases, the Supreme Court has called for an effective witness protection programme, at least in sensitive and high-profile cases. A bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Amitav Roy said time has come for a comprehensive law being enacted for protection of the witness and members of his family. It said witnesses are the eyes and ears of justice. When the witnesses are not able to depose correctly in theRead More