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Cops court contempt, re-arrest Irom Sharmila despite judicial release order

Manipur hunger striker and activist Irom Sharmila was re-arrested today by local police two days after a court ruling that she shoudl be released and could not be charged with attempted suicide for her refusal to eat, reported NDTV.

Gov't to amend Lokpal & to explain Leader of Opposition selection to SC after Cong trouncing

The Supreme Court told the government that it should explain within four weeks how the “leader of opposition” post should be interpreted under the Lokpal Act, since the Congress party lost to the BJP so badly that it can’t muster enough members in the Lok Sabha to count as an opposition. 55 MPs was stipulated by speaker Sumitra Mahajan as a minimum required to be allowed to choose a leader of the opposition in the house. NDTV.

India Today reported that the Supreme Court “made it clear that if the government fails to resolve LoP issue, the court may give a larger interpretation to the term LoP so that it may include leader of the largest party or leader of the larger group”, as attorney general Mukul Rohatgi said the government would review and seek to amend certain provisions of the Lokpal Act.

Furthermore, the apex court questioned why none of the nine members of the Lokpal have been appointed to date.

Police mysteriously lost records in Salman Khan hit-and-run trial

The criminal trial against actor Salman Khan, who allegedly killed a pavement dweller when driving while drunk more than a decade ago, has hit a new roadblock with the police telling the court that its case diaries have disappeared. In addition, only seven out of 63 original witness statements were traceable, though true copies still existed. The documents were lost, according to the police, after the case was moved out of the magistrate’s court to the sessions court, after the magistrate decided that the higher court would have to examine a culpable homicide not amounting to murder charge.

Khan’s defence lawyer srikant Shivade argued that only original witness statements could be used in court; the prosecution claimed that true copies would suffice, reported the PTI.

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BKC HC: Advocates group wants to expand Bombay HC into Bandra-Kurla Complex

The Advocates’ Association of Western India (AAWI) has asked chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that an extension to the Bombay high court should be built in the Bandra Kurla Complex in the Mumbai suburbs, to allow for more courts, chambers and storage of documents DNA

Bombay judge suspended for inappropriate & offensive staring at woman

Sessions court judge MT Gaikwad has been suspended in South Mumbai after a preliminary inquiry about a complaint from a female member of the court staff complained of his “inappropriate behaviour” - in particular, by staring at her in an offensive manner, reported the PTI. The preliminary inquiry was conducted by special judge SD Tulankar, with Gaikwad now facing a departmental inquiry.

'Gulami Bhasha': Advocate petitions SC to replace English with Hindi as judicial lingua franca

A petition in the Supreme Court pleaded for a constitutional amendment to make Hindi an official language to conduct high and apex court proceedings in.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice HL Dattu issued notice to the government about the petition that was filed by advocate Shiv Sagar Tiwari, who argued that English was a British colonial legacy and “Ghulami Bhasha” (a language of slavery), reported the PTI:

Time has now come that language of the Supreme Court should be ‘rashtra bhasha’ as defined under Article 343 of the Constitution and it has to be amended.

Sex harass investigation panel biased: Gwalior judge

The former Gwalior district judge who alleged she was sexually harassed by a high court judge who transferred her, said she would not cooperate with the panel set up to investigate her complaint until the panel is reconstituted.

The panel set up by Chief Justice of India RM Lodha to probe the allegations could not do its job while the judge she accused continued in his role because witnesses would not be able to depose freely, and one of the judges on the panel had transferred her before and could be biased, she wrote in a letter NDTV.

Her original account included reference to an inappropriate request the Madhya Pradesh high court judge had allegedly sent her via a court official.

Delhi HC upholds stay on CCI's case against CA regulator's education monopoly abuse

A Delhi high court bench of chief justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw rejected the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) appeal against a stay order in the same court by Justice Manmohan Singh, reported Mint.

Justice Singh had stayed a CCI investigation into the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), which informant and chartered accountant (CA) Arun Anandagiri alleged had abused its dominant position by not permitting anyone else to conduct continuing professional education (CPE) programmes, which the ICAI, as the profession’s regulator, has made compulsory for CAs to attend.

In dismissing the appeal and telling the CCI to fight it out in front of the single-judge bench where the case is currently listed, the bench had complained that the informant had not appealed against the stay. The CCI’s counsel, additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, argued that the CCI investigated matters independently.

Update: The petitioner, who is the founder of tax website Tax Sutra, wrote on Twitter that he'd already filed his counter before the single high court judge.

3 HC judges & UU Lalit take SC strength to 30

Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre, R Banumathi and Prafulla Chandra Pant, together with former senior counsel UU Lalit today took up their post as Supreme Court judges to take the bench strength of the apex court up to 30 out of 31 sanctioned judges. PTI

Connected: Bangalore's high court to get WiFi

The Karnataka high court will introduce wireless internet in six to seven months, reported the Deccan Herald.

The advocates association had made the request for a court-based wireless internet network to the registrar general, who have now started the tendering process to find a provider of the internet service.

In March, the Bangalore Mirror had reported a tender to buy 40 iPhones for judges.

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