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Bombay high court

14 June 2016

>In the last month alone, at least four “John Doe” orders have been issued by courts in India, for blocking access to any website which might be deemed to host links to pirated content. Producers of films such as Housefull 3, Waiting, Veerappan and Azhar have received orders from the Bombay high court, which allow them to ask the ISPs to block user access to any website they believe hosts links which allow downloading of pirated content. One of the older orders also lists torrent sites, and users have been complaining of torrent sites being blocked in India.<

13 June 2016

The Bombay high court on Monday overruled the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) recommended 13 cuts for Bollywood film "Udta Punjab" and cleared the film for release with one cut and three disclaimers by the filmmakers here.

10 June 2016

The censor board on Friday told the Bombay high court that some of the scenes recommended for deletion in the Hindi movie "Udta Punjab" were "very vulgar".

09 June 2016

Studio fights back against censor's reign of terrorNaik Naik & Company managing partner Ameet Naik with senior advocate Ravi Kadam acted for Phantom Films in their Bombay high court appeal against the censor board’s decision to ban the film Udta Punjab.

02 June 2016

Lawyers Collective (LC) – the NGO founded by senior advocates and spouses Indira Jaising and Anand Grover – responded to the home ministry’s 6-month ban order on it receiving foreign funds, by claiming that the ban order was “a malafide act and an act of vindictiveness on the part of the Government” against which the NGO had fought several cases.

13 May 2016

Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and the former additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao were sworn-in as judges of the Supreme Court on Friday.

12 May 2016

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a plea by income tax authorities challenging a Bombay high court order that had permitted Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tax relief in earnings made from "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC).

06 May 2016

Once you chip away on right to privately eat beef, you chip away at the 'core of our being': Haresh Jagtiani, advocate-petitioner-in-personThe right to eat beef is a part of the right to privacy, which is a part of a citizen’s fundamental right to life, affirmed the Bombay high court today.

06 May 2016

In a significant verdict, the Bombay high court today ruled that possession of beef slaughtered outside Maharashtra would not be a criminal offence but it upheld the government's decision to ban the slaughter of bullocks in the state.

03 May 2016

At Court No 3 before noon today, the going was tough for the special leave petitions (SLPs), in direct proportion to the persistence of the counsel with their pleas.

25 April 2016

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur’s cricket team – the CJI XI – won in its face-off against the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) team, by 35 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi cricket stadium yesterday, reported the Times of India.

The Bombay high court’s justice RV Ghughe, batting 53 runs, was the top-scorer among the judges of the various high courts and the Supreme Court who had come together in the CJI’s XI in their annual cricket match with members of the bar part of the SCBA XI

The CJI XI made 195 runs in 20 overs, while the SCBA XI made 160. The CJI XI had won the toss and chose to bat first.

SCBA vice president Ajit Kumar Sinha told TOI that the purpose of the annual match is to “reduce the tensions between the bar and the bench and to have fun together”.

13 April 2016

The Bombay high court today ordered that all IPL matches after 30 April should be shifted outside Maharashtra.

The matches scheduled until 30 April can, however, be held in the state, the court said, adding it could not afford to ignore the plight of people affected by drought.

06 April 2016

Bollywood star Salman Khan has told the Supreme Court that he was not driving his Toyota Land Cruiser when it killed a man in Mumbai in 2002 but police were trying to implicate him in the case.

Claiming that his driver Ashok Singh was at the wheels, Salman said in an affidavit filed on 17 March that the prosecution had failed to produce a single witness or a photograph showing that he was driving it.

The affidavit became public knowledge only on Wednesday.

The statement followed a notice issued by the apex court issued on 19 February on a Maharashtra government’s petition challenging the Bombay high court verdict acquitting the film star in the case.

The high court had on 10 December, 2015 acquitted Salman, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the actor on all counts.

Salman was found guilty by a sessions court on 6 May last year and convicted for, among others, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and sentenced to five years in jail for the accident which killed one man and injured four others. All victims were sleeping on the pavement.

Salman also denied he was drunk at the time of the accident, saying he was keeping away from alcoholic beverages in preparation for the shooting of the film “Garv”.

Telling the apex court that the accident took place as the left front tyre burst resulting in the vehicle spinning out of control, Salman said driver Ashok Singh was driving towards his home at 40-50 km an hour from JW Marriott to Hill Road.

At the time of the accident, Salman said some repair work was going on near the junction, as a result of which there were stones and rubble lying on the road.

“When the vehicle approached the junction of St. Andrew’s Road and Hill Road, the left front tyre of the said vehicle burst, due to which the said vehicle swerved sharply to the left. 

“Ashok Singh tried to apply the brakes and tried to control the vehicle but by then (it) climbed the stairs and came onto the platform outside the American Express Laundry, hit the shutter and stopped,” he said.

24 February 2016

The Maharashtra Government may well regret its decision to seek custody of alleged Maoist activist, Prof G Saibaba – who is suffering from 90 per cent disability and moves in a wheel chair due to post polio paralysis - at the Nagpur Central Jail during the trial against him.

19 February 2016

The Supreme Court today issued notice to filmstar Salman Khan on the Maharashtra government’s petition challenging a Bombay high court verdict acquitting him in a 2002 accident case.

16 February 2016

Adding to his list of failed litigations, Supreme Court of India has dismissed a public interest litigation filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, in which Sharma had urged the Court to take judicial note of a statement made by actor Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan that the Khan family had spent Rs 25 crore on the litigation involving 2002-hit and run case.

15 February 2016

Chief Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela of the Orissa High Court on Monday was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of the Bombay high court here, following the collegium’s recommendation last month.

Governor CV Rao administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Waghela at Raj Bhavan.

Present on the occasion were Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ministers, judges, legal and civil officials and other invitees.

Chief Justice Waghela, 61, who was transferred from Orissa to the Bombay high court, succeeds Chief Justice Mohit Shah who retired on 8 September last year. Since then, Justice (Mrs.) Vijaya K Tahilramani served as the Acting Chief Justice.

Born in Rajkot on 11 August, 1954, Chief Justice Waghela belongs to a family of artists and artisans. He studied B Com besides attending to the family business for five years.

He topped the Saurashtra University in General LLB (1974) and in Special LLB (1975), and completed LLM (Master of Law) in 1976-1977.

In 1978, he launched his own private practice at the labour and industrial court, and on 17 September, 1999, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Gujarat High Court.

Waghela was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka high court in March 2013 and transferred as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court on 4 June, 2015.