Supreme Court DecisionsImportant Decisions of Supreme Court & High Courts of India

July 26, 20150

Supreme Court Updates

Install CCTV Cameras at All Prisons in India

The Supreme Court directed the Central government and all the states to install CCTVs in all the prisons across India and take a call on installing them in police lock-ups, if there are incidents.


Living- In Relationship Now Acceptable in Society, Rules  Supreme Court


In a major psychological relief to couples in live-in relationships, Supreme Court for the first time removed the stigma from such liaisons, saying it has now become an accepted norm in society.


Death Sentence Better Than Entire Life Behind Bars


The award of life sentence with a condition that it means “remainder of life” came under criticism from the Supreme Court which said that it would be better to award death penalty to such convicts rather than keeping in jail for whole life.


Supreme Court Refers to Jethmalani As ‘Pitamah’


The SC had consistently followed the norm that no mentioning of a case would be made before a constitution bench. This rule had its exceptions in the past, when seasoned senior advocates in exceptional cases had mentioned and got relief, SC saw glimpses of both ‘Pitamah’ and ‘Abhimanyu’.


Yakub Memon Case: Supreme Court Questions Repeated Mercy Pleas

SC repeatedly asked solicitor general Ranjit Kumar whether a person could endlessly move mercy petitions and whether it was proper for a condemned prisoner to petition the governor after his mercy plea was rejected by the President.


SC Asks Centre: Why Was Mercy to Nalini Not Opposed?


The Supreme Court questioned the Centre, which is anxious to stop Tamil Nadu from remitting the sentences of seven lifers in Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, why it did not challenge similar exercise of the State Power through Governor to commute Nalini’s death sentence term.


Why are States Still Insisting on Aadhar Card: Supreme Court


he Supreme Court observed that despite its ruling that governments should not insist on having Aadhar card for the disbursal of benefits under the social welfare schemes, there were states that were flouting its order.


Supreme Court Rejects Centre’s Petition against Scrapping Quota for Jats


The Supreme Court dismissed the Centre’s plea, asking it to reconsider its verdict that had scrapped the March 2014 notification to include Jats in the central list of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in nine states.


Courts can’t be a Silent Spectator in Criminal Trials


A Court cannot be a “silent spectator” while presiding over a Criminal trial and should see that neither the prosecution nor the accused “corrode” sanctity of judicial proceedings or hijack community interest, the Supreme Court said.



 High Court Updates


Land Belonging to Temples Cannot be Used for Commercial Purpose: Kerala HC


Kerala High Court declined to grant approval for Travancore Devaswom Board’s plan for building a convention centre on a five-acre plot near Shanghumugham in Thiruvananthapuram by spending Rs15 crore and suggested that the land shall instead be used for cultivating non-toxic vegetables.


Delays in Commercial Cases Impacting Business: Bombay HC


The Bombay High Court observed delays in commercial cases and its impact on business, when government lawyers representing government’s food safety regulators were not present for a hearing


Maggi Ban: Alcohol Should Be Banned First, Observes Bombay HC

Bombay High Court while hearing Nestle’s plea on Maggi ban said that Alcohol should be banned first as it is injurious to health.


Maggi Ban: Bombay HC Asks FSSAI why it Banned 9 Variants When Lead Content Was High only in 3


The Bombay High Court questioned FSSAI that if it had found non-permissible levels of lead in three variants of Maggi noodles, then why it banned all the nine variants of the product.



Kerala HC Criticizes Functioning Of Advocate General’s Office in the State


The Kerala High Court Judge Justice Alexander Thomas condemned the functioning of the office of the Advocate General in the state and asked the AG’s office to take lessons in working from neighboring Tamil Nadu.


Rajasthan HC Issues Notice to Raje Govt over Missing Iranian Carpets Case

The Rajasthan High Court sent a show cause notice to the Vasundhara Raje government asking why the case regarding eight Iranian carpets missing from a government-run hotel should not be handed over to the CBI.


Bombay HC Rejects to Stay Salman Khan’s Plea against 5-Year Sentence


Bombay High Court refused an intervening application seeking stay on an appeal filed by actor Salman Khan against the five-year sentence awarded to him in the 2002 hit-and-run case.


Maintain Status Quo on Mobile Towers in Playgrounds: Bombay HC


The Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra government and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) not to pass any directions in furtherance to a March 2014 notification permitting installation of mobile towers in playgrounds, recreation grounds, parks, and gardens.


Gujarat HC Seeks Suggestion from State Govt. on Banning Old Diesel Vehicles


Gujarat HC directed the state government to come up with ideas on discontinuing the use of diesel vehicles that had been plying on roads for more than 10 years.

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