Justice Ranjan Gogoi is likely to take over as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) after the retirement of incumbent CJI Dipak Misra on October 2 this year. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had urged Misra to recommend the name of his successor.There is a lot of speculation, as well as surprise, in the legal circles regarding the coronation of Justice Gogoi because of his involvement in the press conference that was held by the four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court. The unprecedented press conference was held in January this year, when the judges had raised concerns over the administration of the Supreme Court and independence of the judiciary.Justice Gogoi’s involvement in the press conference had reportedly irked the Centre. However, when asked about the same, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “There was no reason to doubt the intention of the government. There is a convention in place and let the CJI forward the name of his successor and then … [Read more...] about Explained: How is the Chief Justice of India appointed?
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises adultery is an “archaic provision”. According to the 158-year-old provision, a married man can be punished for having sex with a married woman without the consent or connivance of her husband.A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Indu Malhotra, RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, is hearing the matter on the constitutionality of adultery laws in India.The bench observed that even though the provision punishes an adulterous man with a term up to five years specifying that the woman cannot be booked even as an abettor, it is more discriminatory towards the woman.Close Justice Nariman said, “Requirement of the husband’s consent or connivance makes it appear as if the woman is a chattel or property of the husband." Terming the provision “manifestly arbitrary”, he … [Read more...] about Adultery law is an archaic provision, says SC; indicates it may go
The Supreme Court has pulled up the Delhi government on Monday over the latter’s proposal to build a landfill site in a residential colony of Sonia Vihar in east Delhi, The Times of India has reported.Irked by the proposal, the Supreme Court asked the Delhi government as to why garbage should not be dumped in front of the Lieutenant Governor’s residence instead of harassing the common people in that residential colony.The matter is being heard by a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, which observed that the piling up of unprocessed garbage on the roads of the national capital has become “alarming” and yet the state government is not taking adequate and swift action.Close The top court based their arguments on a recent study conducted by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), which noted that the bigger cause of lung cancer in India was air pollution and not smoking. related news Courts should provide specific reasons while deciding bail … [Read more...] about Why don’t you dump the garbage in front of Raj Niwas, SC asks Delhi government
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here on Saturday took a swipe at corruption in politics, saying the entire game "revolved around black money". The chief minister said it was useless to talk of ending corruption until the flow of black money to political parties was not stopped.Alleging that electoral bonds were a "big scandal", Gehlot also urged the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognizance of the matter."Today, I have got a chance to say that entire game of politics is based on black money…be it bond, cheque or cash. Talking about eliminating corruption is useless until black money funding of political parties is stopped," Gehlot said during the inauguration of the newly constructed Rajasthan High Court premises.Close He made these remarks in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and several Supreme Court and high court judges. related news Policy | Electoral bonds promote what they … [Read more...] about Useless to talk of ending corruption as black money flows to parties: Gehlot
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the Centre is recommending filling up over 5,000 vacancies in the lower judiciary, adding that fair representation be given to SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities in the judiciary.During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Prasad said the Narendra Modi government is laying emphasis on filling over 5,000 vacancies and it desires that judges from weaker sections of the society get adequate experience in lower judiciary so that they can occupy positions in higher judiciary in due course of time.Prasad also mentioned that based on the report sent by the arrears committee of various courts, it was decided that top priority must be given to disposal of cases that have been pending for more than five years in high courts as well as district courts.Close When asked about the transfer of a judge who was hearing cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Union law minister said this was the decision of the Supreme Court … [Read more...] about Centre stresses on filling vacancies in judiciary, SC/STs to get fair representation