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9 top stories: Rushdie ‘sub-standard’ writer, says #Katju; Facebook deletes defamation against Star News; Banning books; Fake encounter & more

Earlier: journalists thick. Now: Rushdie glorified ‘sub-standard’ writer in Justice Markandey Katju’s opinion [Hindu]

How to ban a book: Excellent and sound legal analysis, finally [Indian Express]

Star Group and ABP joint venture slaps legal notice on Facebook, gets allegedly defamatory content deleted in a first in India [Mint]

SC hears Gujarat fake encounters SLP. Justices Alam and Prasad direct Supreme Court Monitoring Committee to investigate allegedly fake killings [Hindu]

Bombay HC takes cognizance of graft, directs FIR against BMC thugs demanding protection-money [TOI]

External affairs minister SM Krishna filed SLP against Karnataka HC’s order permitting Lokayukta probe into his year 2002 dereservation of forestland pursuant to national mineral policy [Deccan Herald]

Delhi HC directs CBI, Essar and Loop to seek SC’s wisdom on question of magistrate’s or special judge’s jurisdiction [Financial Express]

Ex-ISRO chief Madhavan Nair is set to challenge no-chargesheet-no-hearing government order that bars him and 3 other ISRO scientists from government jobs. Follows Antrix-Devas deal granting S-band spectrum at prices that’d have likely caused Rs 2 lakh crore loss to exchequer [NDTV]

Bombay lawyers Manoj Saklecha, Ramesh Dhanuka, Nitin Jamdar and Aurangabad lawyers Sunil Deshmukh and Sadhna Jadhav sworn in as Bombay HC judges [Law et al News]

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