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No unauthorized structures, including religious, permitted near Yamuna: HC

Yamuna floodplain, an eco-sensitive zone, has to be zealously protected from encroachment and no structure, religious or otherwise, can be permitted to stand there and has to be necessarily removed, the Delhi High Court has said. A division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan refused to interfere with an order of a single judge allowing demolition of 'Prachin Shiv Mandir' -- which was built near the river in Geeta Colony area, noting that the appellant, 'Prachin Shiv Mandir Avam Akhada Samiti', did not have even a "single scrap of a document" to show any legitimacy. "(The appellant) does not dispute that the said temple was on a site which is located within the Restoration and Rejuvenation of Yamuna River Floodplain Asita, East U.P. land (86 Hectares) from ITO Barrage to old Iron Railway Bridge.. It is apparent that the temple has been constructed unauthorizedly on encroached land in an eco-sensitive zone area. If that is so, no structure, religious or otherwise, can be ..

No unauthorized structures, including religious, permitted near Yamuna: HC
Updated On : 19 Jul 2024 | 4:56 PM IST

Nithari killings: SC to hear pleas by CBI, UP govt against HC verdict

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear separate pleas filed by the CBI and the Uttar Pradesh government challenging the Allahabad High Court's verdict acquitting Surendra Koli in the sensational 2006 Nithari serial killings case. A bench of Justices B R Gavai, K V Viswanathan, and N Kotiswar Singh issued a notice and sought a response from Koli on the petitions and tagged them with similar pleas which are already pending before the apex court. "Notice. Tag," the bench said. The top court on July 8 sought a response from Koli on separate pleas filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the high court's October 16 last year verdict. The apex court in May agreed to hear a plea filed by the father of one of the victims challenging the high court's order acquitting Koli in the case. In this case, Moninder Singh Pandher was acquitted by the sessions court while Koli was awarded the death penalty on September 28, 2010. The high court had acquitted domestic help Koli

Nithari killings: SC to hear pleas by CBI, UP govt against HC verdict
Updated On : 19 Jul 2024 | 1:51 PM IST

HC reserves order on Kejriwal's pleas challenging arrest, seeking bail

The bench of Justice Neena Bansal Krishna after hearing the arguments at length, decided to reserve the order on Kejriwal's plea challenging his arrest

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Updated On : 17 Jul 2024 | 6:49 PM IST

Delhi HC allows sale of conman Sukesh's 26 cars, says 'subject to decay'

These cars were attached and in possession of the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in a money laundering case linked to the Rs 200 crores extortion case

Delhi HC allows sale of conman Sukesh's 26 cars, says 'subject to decay'
Updated On : 17 Jul 2024 | 1:00 PM IST

SC to regain full strength as Centre notifies appointments of two judges

The Supreme Court will function with its sanctioned strength of 34, including the Chief Justice of India, after the swearing-in of Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice R Mahadevan

SC to regain full strength as Centre notifies appointments of two judges
Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 6:02 PM IST

Legitimate right of Rahul Gandhi for speedy decision on defamation case: HC

The Bombay High Court has said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a legitimate right for an expeditious decision on merits over a 2014 defamation complaint for his alleged remarks against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. A single bench of Justice Prithviraj Chavan in the order of July 12 said Article 21 of the Constitution provides the right to a speedy trial for everyone and a free and fair trial is something that is absolutely necessary. The court made the remarks while allowing Gandhi's petition to quash a magistrate's order permitting an RSS worker to submit fresh and additional documents in the pending criminal defamation complaint. A detailed copy of the order was made available on Tuesday. In 2014, Sangh worker Rajesh Kunte lodged a defamation complaint before the Bhiwandi magistrate's court, claiming the Congress leader had made false and defamatory statements during a speech that the RSS was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. In 2023, the magistrate court

Legitimate right of Rahul Gandhi for speedy decision on defamation case: HC
Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 2:24 PM IST

ASI submits scientific survey report of Bhojshala complex to MP HC

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday submitted its scientific survey report of the disputed Bhojshala-Kamal-Maula mosque complex to the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. ASI's counsel Himanshu Joshi handed over the more than 2,000-page report to the HC's registry. "I have submitted the report," Joshi told PTI over phone. The HC will hear the case on July 22, he said. On July 4, the HC ordered the ASI to present by July 15 the complete report of the nearly three-month-long survey on the premises of the disputed 11th-century monument, the subject of a wrangle between Hindus and Muslims. The Hindu community considers Bhojshala as a temple of Vagdevi (Goddess Saraswati), while the Muslim side calls it Kamal Maula mosque. The HC on March 11 ordered the ASI, the country's premier agency for archaeological researches and protection of cultural heritage, to conduct a scientific survey of the complex on an application by 'Hindu Front for Justice'. It then gave

ASI submits scientific survey report of Bhojshala complex to MP HC
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 1:02 PM IST

If parole can be granted to share grief, why not for happy occasions: HC

The Bombay High Court has granted parole to a man to bid farewell to his son, who is going to Australia for further studies, holding that if parole can be granted to share grief, it can also be for a happy occasion. The court said conditional release for a brief time is allowed to convicts to let them be in touch with the outside world and to arrange for their family affairs as though behind bars, the convict continues to be someone's son, husband, father or brother. A division bench of Justices Bharati Dangre and Manjusha Deshpande in its order of July 9 said the provisions of parole and furlough have been time and again looked towards as a humanistic approach towards the convicts. The court was hearing a petition filed by one Vivek Shrivastav seeking parole to arrange the tuition fees and other expenses for his son's education at an Australian university and to also bid farewell to him. The prosecution opposed the plea claiming that parole is normally given in emergency situation

If parole can be granted to share grief, why not for happy occasions: HC
Updated On : 13 Jul 2024 | 10:20 AM IST

Centre fails to form policy on online sale of drugs ahead of HC deadline

The Delhi HC had in March this year, given the government a final opportunity to frame a policy within four months, failing which, the court had stated it would hear the matter on merits

Centre fails to form policy on online sale of drugs ahead of HC deadline
Updated On : 09 Jul 2024 | 7:54 AM IST

Surrogate mothers also have right to avail maternity leave, says Orissa HC

Orissa High Court has recently ruled that female employees who become mothers through surrogacy have the same right to maternity leave and other benefits as provided to natural and adoptive mothers. The single judge bench of Justice S K Panigrahi gave the ruling on June 25 while hearing a petition filed by Supriya Jena, a female Odisha Finance Service (OFS) officer, in 2020. Jena became a mother through surrogacy, but she was denied 180 days maternity leave by her higher authority in the Odisha government. So, she moved the high court against the government. The court observed that a leave of 180 days is granted to female government servants on the adoption of a child up to one year of age in line with maternity leave as admissible to natural mothers for proper care of the adopted child. However, there is no provision for maternity leave for the purpose of rearing a child blessed through surrogacy, it said. "If the government could provide maternity leave to an adoptive mother, it

Surrogate mothers also have right to avail maternity leave, says Orissa HC
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 2:55 PM IST

SBI announces 11 new initiatives to mitigate risks in agri loan portfolio

The country's largest lender SBI on Thursday announced 11 new initiatives -- including enhancement of its digital banking features and opening of 35 new Agricultural Centralised Processing Cells -- to mitigate risks in its agricultural loan portfolio. On the occasion of the 69th Foundation Day, State Bank of India announced these initiatives to widen the bank's accessibility to address the banking needs of its potential customers, the lender said in a statement. SBI has enhanced its digital payment experience, with the introduction of two exciting features like tap-and-pay on the BHIM SBI PAY app and end-to-end digital loans against mutual funds on the YONO app, it added. The bank has also announced an initiative, which is a fully digital end-to-end journey for SBI Surya Ghar Loan, it said, adding that the users can opt for credit to install solar rooftops under the central government's PM Surya Ghar Scheme, offering loans for up to 10 KW capacity. The entire process will be manage

SBI announces 11 new initiatives to mitigate risks in agri loan portfolio
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 12:52 AM IST

Byju's second rights issue: Karnataka HC sets aside NCLT interim order

Byju's recently moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) restraining it from going ahead with the second rights issue

Byju's second rights issue: Karnataka HC sets aside NCLT interim order
Updated On : 02 Jul 2024 | 10:18 PM IST

HC quashes cancellation of registration of Centre for Wildlife Studies

The Karnataka High Court has annulled orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that led to the cancellation of registration of Centre for Wildlife Studies' (CWS) under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Founded by scientist K Ullas Karanth, Bengaluru-based CWS faced "suspension" of registration under the FCRA on March 5, 2021. This suspension was extended and later turned into cancellation of registration on September 4, 2023, following a show-cause notice issued by MHA on December 3, 2021. CWS contested the cancellation, arguing that it lacked justification and that Karanth, son of Jnanpith laureate late K Shivaram Karanth, was not granted a personal hearing as mandated under Section 14(2) of the FCRA. The MHA countered it, contending that personal hearings were not required before cancelling a registration. Justice M Nagaprasanna of the Karnataka High Court noted that while Section 14(2) allows for the cancellation of registration, Section 14(3) prevents the .

HC quashes cancellation of registration of Centre for Wildlife Studies
Updated On : 29 Jun 2024 | 1:08 PM IST

Jharkhand HC grants bail to former CM Hemant Soren in land scam case

The former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in January over a land scam case in Ranchi

Jharkhand HC grants bail to former CM Hemant Soren in land scam case
Updated On : 29 Jun 2024 | 12:58 AM IST

SC fixes Jun 26 for hearing Delhi CM's plea against HC's stay order on bail

The Supreme Court on Monday fixed June 26 for hearing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea against the Delhi High Court order putting interim stay on his bail in the money laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam. A vacation bench of Justices Manoj Misra and SVN Bhatti said it would like to wait for the pronouncement of the high court order on the issue. Senior Advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for Kejriwal, sought vacating of the interim stay on the bail order. ASG SV Raju, appearing for the ED, opposed the plea of Kejriwal, and said the high court is about to pronounce the verdict on its stay application. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21, could have walked out of Tihar jail on Friday last had the high court not granted the interim stay relief to the federal anti-money laundering agency.

SC fixes Jun 26 for hearing Delhi CM's plea against HC's stay order on bail
Updated On : 24 Jun 2024 | 10:48 PM IST

Bail order perverse, Kejriwal neck deep in money laundering: ED tells HC

The Enforcement Directorate on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the trial court order granting bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was based on "perverse" findings as it did not consider the material demonstrating his "neck deep involvement" in the offence of money laundering linked to the alleged excise scam. In a written note filed in relation to its plea seeking a stay on the trial court's decision, the agency contended the order suffers from a "jurisdictional defect" since it was not given a proper opportunity to argue its case. It also said the trial judge did not record her satisfaction that there are reasonable grounds for believing that he is not guilty of such offence as per section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). On June 20, Special Judge Niyay Bindu, who sat as the vacation judge, granted bail to Kejriwal in the money laundering case, saying the Enforcement Directorate (ED) failed to furnish direct evidence linking him to the proceeds of crime

Bail order perverse, Kejriwal neck deep in money laundering: ED tells HC
Updated On : 24 Jun 2024 | 6:59 PM IST

HC reduces life sentence in POCSO case, cites no valid reason for penalty

The Karnataka High Court has reduced the sentence of an accused in a POCSO Act case from life imprisonment to 10 years, emphasising the need for valid reasons when imposing the maximum penalty. The accused, a 27-year-old man from Chikkamagaluru, had his appeal partially allowed by a division bench consisting of Justices Sreenivas Harish Kumar and C M Joshi. However, the court increased his fine from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000. The case involved the accused befriending and repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor girl in his neighborhood in June 2016. The girl's mother filed a complaint in December 2016 after finding that her daughter was pregnant. A DNA test confirmed the accused as the biological father. The police registered an FIR and filed a charge-sheet following their investigation. On June 11, 2018, a special court in the district headquarters town of Chikkamagaluru sentenced the accused to life imprisonment under Section 6 of the POCSO Act and imposed a Rs 5,000 fine after finding

HC reduces life sentence in POCSO case, cites no valid reason for penalty
Updated On : 24 Jun 2024 | 1:05 PM IST

Excise policy scam: Kejriwal moves SC against HC's stay on bail order

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court's interim stay on a trial court's order granting him bail in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged excise scam. The high court on Friday paused the release of the embattled chief minister after the trial court granted him bail on June 20. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21, could have walked out of Tihar Jail on Friday had the high court not granted the interim relief to the federal anti-money laundering agency. "Till the pronouncement of this order, the operation of the impugned order shall remain stayed," a vacation bench of the high court said and asked the parties to file written submissions by June 24. The high court said it was reserving the order for two-three days as it wanted to go through the entire case records. It also issued a notice to Kejriwal seeking his response to the ED's plea challenging

Excise policy scam: Kejriwal moves SC against HC's stay on bail order
Updated On : 23 Jun 2024 | 10:22 PM IST

Is it confinement to keep in custody after bail: HC in Pune Porsche case

The Bombay High Court on Friday queried if it amounted to confinement when the juvenile accused in the Pune Porsche case was granted bail but was taken back in custody and kept in an observation home. A division bench of Justices Bharati Dangre and Manjusha Deshpande said there was no denying that the accident was unfortunate. Two people have lost their lives. There was trauma but the child (juvenile) was also in trauma, the court said. The bench also questioned the police under what provision of law, the order granting bail to the minor accused in the Porsche accident case was amended and how he has been kept in confinement. In the early hours of May 19, the juvenile was allegedly driving a Porsche car at very high speed in an intoxicated state when the vehicle crashed into a bike, killing two software engineers Aneesh Awadhiya and Ashwini Koshta in Pune's Kalyani Nagar. The 17-year-old was granted bail the same day by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB), which ordered that he be

Is it confinement to keep in custody after bail: HC in Pune Porsche case
Updated On : 21 Jun 2024 | 2:47 PM IST

Court stays arrest of BS Yediyurappa, says, 'He's no Tom, Dick or Harry'

The Karnataka High Court questioned the urgency of arresting BS Yediyurappa, stating, 'He is not some Tom, Dick or Harry to flee'

Court stays arrest of BS Yediyurappa, says, 'He's no Tom, Dick or Harry'
Updated On : 14 Jun 2024 | 6:25 PM IST