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Supreme Court

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”.

24 April 2016

India cannot achieve its economic growth without a robust judiciary overseen by an adequate number of judges, Chief Justice TS Thakur said on Sunday.

22 April 2016

It was an exchange of barbs, rarely witnessed, in the Supreme Court’s courtrooms. But then it was not an ordinary case, with huge stakes in the outcome, even if there are several rounds of battle ahead.

22 April 2016

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Uttarakhand High Court order, removing President’s rule in the hill state and restoring Congress’ Harish Rawat as chief minister, be kept in abeyance till 27 April.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra, while passing its orders, said the high court will deliver its reasoned judgement by 26 April.

The order came after an hour-long, heated argument on the central government’s petition seeking stay of the high court order.

22 April 2016

After not doing so yesterday despite everyone’s expectations to the contrary, the Supreme Court today asked the central government to approach its secretary general for listing its petition challenging the Uttarakhand High Court order setting aside president’s rule in the state.

An apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice SK Singh asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to approach the court’s secretary general after he mentioned the central government’s plea challenging high court judgement.

The court said thereafter, Chief Justice TS Thakur will decide which bench will hear the matter.

It is likely that the central government’s plea may come up for hearing later in the day or on Monday.

In a major blow to the BJP-led central government, the Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday set aside president’s rule in the state, restoring Congress leader Harish Rawat as the chief minister, nearly a month after he was ousted.

20 April 2016

Ganpathy: To make mark as a seniorAZB & Partners Delhi partner Nanju Ganpathy has been designated as senior advocate of the Delhi high court, and talks to Legally India about his career and plans.

19 April 2016

Mumbai criminal lawyer Ashok Saraogi, who has represented gangster Abu Salem, was arrested on Sunday and sent to jail until 25 April for alleged cheating and forgery to help a client grab land, reported the Times of India.

Lawyers Sohel Kazi and I V Y Tauro, co-accused with Saraogi, will spend three days each in custody starting Monday.

Saraogi was currently representing Rahul Raj in the deceased television actress Pratyusha Bannerjee’s suicide case.

Saraogi was arrested after he withdrew an anticipatory bail application – his third to avoid arrest in the case where he is accused of helping businessman Ashish Bagaria and his father Santosh Kumar Bagaria usurp nine parcels of land belonging Ashish’s estranged wife Nickee in Raigad – in the Supreme Court.

18 April 2016

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the East India Company did not take away the Kohinoor diamond but it was gifted to Britain by Sikh monarch Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The government stand on the matter was conveyed to the apex court bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice UU Lalit in response to a public interest litigation by a non-governmental organisation, which was surprisingly not dismissed by the Supreme Court outright since writs of mandamus can not be issued against non-Indian public bodies.

The NGO, All India Human Rights and Social Justice Forum, has sought directions to the government to make efforts for getting the diamond back to India.

The court, while giving the government six more weeks, said that if it accepted the government position, all avenues for staking claim over the diamond will be shut.

The 108-carat diamond was presented to the then British monarch, Queen Victoria, in 1850 after the Anglo-Sikh wars, in which Britain gained control over the Sikh empire in the then undivided Punjab.

14 April 2016

Item 9 before the bench of Supreme Court Justices JS Khehar and C Nagappan turned out to be an interesting hearing yesterday (13 April) when counsel for Tata Motors, Sidharth Luthra, persisted that there was a case of defamation against the Sunday Indian magazine, edited by the appellant IIPM-Supremo Arindam Chaudhuri, who has been no stranger to strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) against publishers.

13 April 2016

On 12 April, during the hearing of case 20 before justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant in Court 4 yesterday morning, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan was angrily objecting to the appearance of the intervener-in-person, SN Shukla, a former IAS officer.