New Delhi: The Supreme court had a hectic first week in 2020 after an 18-day winter break. It re-opened on January 10 and made some of the remarkable decisions last week.
Freedom of speech and trade through internet is a fundamental right
On January 10, the Supreme Court in a judgement, ordered the Jammu & Kashmir administration to review all restrictive orders passed by the government in Kashmir. The ruling came in view of a hearing a plea, in connection with Internet blockade in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5.
“So much violence, country is going through difficult times”: CJI SA Bobde
On 9 January, CJI S A Bobde refused to hear an urgent hearing on a plea seeking to declare the Citizenship Amendment Act as constitutional. The bench, also comprising justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, said it will hear the petitions challenging the validity of CAA when the violence stops.
Delhi gang rape convicts file curative petition
Mukesh and Vinay Sharma, two of the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, filed curative petitions in the Supreme Court. A curative petition is the last legal remedy available to a convict on death row. The curative petitions will be heard in chambers by a five-judge bench on January 14. Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Singh – and they are scheduled to be executed on January 22 at 7am in the Tihar Jail premises.
SC’s 9 judge bench to hear Sabarimala petitions
The court announced that a nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, will hear the petitions concerning entry of women between the age group 10-50 into the Sabarimala temple, the hill shrine in Kerala dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The hearing in the matter is slated to commence on January 13.
On September 28,2018, a constitution bench had termed the custom unconstitutional and had opened the gates of Sabarimala temple to all women. More than 50 review petitions were filed against the decision.
Muzaffarpur shelter home case: 35 girls believed to be murdered are found alive
35 girls who were believed to be murdered in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case had been found alive as per the CBI told the Supreme court on Wednesday. The investigation agency said that the forensic analysis revealed that two skeletons found in the premises were of a man and a woman. Allegations about the ‘murders’ had first surfaced last year in the statements of girls rescued from the shelter home run by the kingpin, Brajesh Thakur.
2016 Mercedes Hit-And-Run-Case to be tried as Juvenile
The accused who ran over a 32-year-old marketing executive while driving a Mercedes in 2016 will be tried as a juvenile as the crime does not fall under the category of “heinous” offence under the Juvenile Justice Act, Supreme Court said on Thursday. The accused was 17 years old at the time of the accident and just 4 days short of turning into an adult.
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SC agrees to examining plea seeking Scheduled Caste Status for Dalit Christians
The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to examine a plea filed by a minority body seeking directions to the government that Christians of Scheduled Castes origin be given the same benefits as Scheduled Castes. The plea also sought that the Scheduled Castes community be made religion-neutral. According to the plea, a Scheduled Caste person admitting a religion different from Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism should not be deprived from the benefit by Paragraph 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, which restricts Christians of Scheduled Castes origin from availing the Scheduled Castes status. This restriction is against the fundamental right to equality, religious freedom and non-discrimination, it said.