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Supreme Court Updates: Rahul Gandhi let off with warning in Rafale contempt case; status quo remains in Sabarimala, but review plea referred to larger bench

Supreme Court Verdict Today LIVE Updates: The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition on its Rafale judgment. The court held that there was no ground to launch an enquiry into the defence deal.

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Supreme Court Updates: Rahul Gandhi let off with warning in Rafale contempt case; status quo remains in Sabarimala, but review plea referred to larger bench

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Nov 14, 2019 - 12:26 (IST)

Sabarimala verdict Latest Update 

 

Ramesh Chennithalla welcomes SC decision to review its order by larger bench

Kerala opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has welcomed the majority-judge bench decision on the Sabarimala issue. He asked the government not try to spoil the coming season by facilitating the entry of women citing the lack of stay in the judgement. Even if the court has not specified about the stay, the government should desist from implementing the September 28 verdict in the light of the court decision to refer the issue to a larger bench.

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:11 (IST)

Article 370 shut down latest updates 

 

Supreme Court admits two fresh petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370

The Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre in two fresh petitions filed in relation to abrogation of Article 370, one filed by PUCL and another by Srinagar Bar Association noting that petitions raise some pertinent issues. The court had earlier barred the filing of any fresh petition in the issue.

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:10 (IST)

Article 370 shut down latest updates 

 

Supreme Court defers hearing regarding Article 370 to 10 Dec

After senior lawyer Rajeev Dhawan urged the court to hear the matter before it breaks for winter break, the court agree to defer the case to 10 December. Dhavan had argued that since the state already stands bifurcated, a later date for hearing may mean that some aspects of the case like division of property between the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will become too entangled to overturn. 

The court gave Centre time till 22 November to file its reply. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:01 (IST)

Article 370 shut down latest updates 

Supreme Court begins hearing pleas regarding Kashmir shutdown 

A five Judge Constitution Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana with Justices SK Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, BR Gavai, and Surya Kant assembles to begin hearing in the challenge to abrogation of Article 370 assembled to hear a bunch of petitions challenging the shutdown and curfew-like restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir for over close to three months now. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:57 (IST)

Sabarimala: Rahul Easwar says Ayyappa devotees will continue to resist women's attempts to enter shrine

Lord Ayyappa Karma Samiti leader Rahul Easwar viewed the five-judge constitution bench verdict on the review petitions positive. However, he reiterated that the Hindu organisationss will continue to protest if women between the ages of 10 and 50 try to enter the temple. He said that the Karma Saamiti will peacefully resist such attempts. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:43 (IST)

Contempt case against Rahul Gandhi latest updates 

 

SC lets off Rahul Gandhi in contempt case, but makes serious comments against former Congress chief

 
"It is unfortunate that without any verification certain remarks were made by the contemnor (Rahul Gandhi) against the prime minister," a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said.

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:25 (IST)

Sabarimala verdict Latest Update 

Sabarimala chief priest welcomes verdict

Sabarimala thantri (chief priest) Kandararu Mohanaru welcomed the verdict saying that it will lead to a right decision on the belief and customs of the Sabarimala temple. He said that it will strengthen the confidence of the devotees.

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:13 (IST)

Rafale verdict Latest Update

 

SC refuses to order inquiry in case, but says CBI free to investigate any aspect of case

The Supreme Court has said that the judiciary cannot get into officiating an enquiry into a government-to-government like the one that has been signed in the Rafale defence deal. The court has, in essence, dismissed the Rafale review Petition for want of merit, stating that the plea for registering of an FIR on charges of perjury is "not fair". It however, left the CBI free to pursue any aspect of the deal if sufficient evidence comes to light. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:10 (IST)

Contempt case against Rahul Gandhi latest updates 

 

SC accepts Rahul Gandhi's apology but cautions him against misquoting judiciary

The Supreme Court has said, "Mr Rahul Gandhi needs to be more careful in future" for attributing to the court his remarks. The court, however, accepted his unconditional apology tendered earlier and closed the case against him. 

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:06 (IST)

Contempt case against Rahul Gandhi latest updates 

SC closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

Supreme Court has closed a contempt case against Rahul Gandhi, which was filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi after the then Congress president wrongly attributed his 'Chowkidaar Chor Hai' jibe to the Supreme Court of India. 

Supreme Court Verdict Today LATEST Updates: The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition on its Rafale judgment. The court held that there was no ground to launch an enquiry into the defence deal.

The Supreme Court, in a 3:2 judgment, has referred the crucial Sabarimala case to a larger Constitution Bench. The constitution of the larger bench will be decided by the new Chief Justice of India.

The Supreme Court is on a spree of clearing landmark cases with much larger implications than the involved parties as the current Chief Justice's term draws to an end. From centuries-old Ayodhya dispute to deciding the case of disqualified Karnataka MLAs that gives further clarification on rights and powers of Assembly Speakers, the court has had a packed schedule.

Today, the court scheduled to pronounce its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking re-examination of its decision to allow entry of women of all age group in Kerala's Sabarimala Temple.

It is also scheduled to pronounce on Thursday its verdict on the criminal contempt plea filed against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his "chowkidar chor hai" remark in Rafale case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Verdict on petitions seeking a review of its judgement giving a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal with French firm Dassault Aviation will also come out today

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi upheld the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict and dismissed the three appeals filed by Secretary General of the Supreme Court and the Central Public Information officer of the apex court. Cautioning that RTI cannot be used as tool of surveillance, the top court held that judicial independence has to be kept in mind while dealing with transparency.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi held that the office of the chief justice of India (CJI) should be under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act as it is a public office.

Other members of the bench are Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The notice regarding the pronouncement of the judgment was made public on the apex court's official website on Tuesday afternoon.

The Supreme Court will pronounce on Wednesday its verdict on petitions challenging the Delhi High Court decision bringing the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The court will also decide the schedule for several important cases that are due to be heard on Thursday.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will pronounce the judgement at 2 pm. Other members of the bench are Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The notice regarding the pronouncement of the judgement was made public on the apex court's official website on Tuesday afternoon.

Supreme Court Updates Rahul Gandhi let off with warning in Rafale contempt case status quo remains in Sabarimala but review plea referred to larger bench

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The court will also give its verdict in two important cases: disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs, and the constitutional validity of the Finance Act, 2017.

A five-judge Constitution bench had on 4 April reserved its verdict on the appeals filed in 2010 by the Supreme Court secretary general and its central public information officer against the high court and the central information commission's (CIC's) orders.

The bench, headed by the chief justice, had wrapped up the hearing, saying nobody wants a "system of opaqueness", but the judiciary cannot be destroyed in the name of transparency.

"Nobody wants to remain in the state of darkness or keep anybody in the state of darkness," it had said. "The question is drawing a line. In the name of transparency, you can't destroy the institution."

In a landmark verdict on January 10, 2010, the Delhi High Court had held that the CJI's office comes within the ambit of the RTI, saying judicial independence was not a judge's privilege, but a responsibility cast upon him. The 88-page judgement was then seen as a personal setback to the then CJI, KG Balakrishnan, who has been opposed to disclosure of information relating to judges under the RTI Act.

The high court verdict was delivered by a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah (since retired) and Justices Vikramjit Sen and S Muralidhar. The bench had dismissed a plea of the Supreme Court that contended bringing the CJI's office within the RTI Act would "hamper" judicial independence. Justice Sen retired as the judge of the apex court, while Justice Murlidhar is a sitting judge of the high court.

The move to bring the office of the CJI under the transparency law was initiated by RTI activist S C Agrawal. His lawyer Prashant Bhushan had submitted in the top court that though the apex court should not have been judging its own cause, it is hearing the appeals due to "doctrine of necessity".

The lawyer had described the reluctance of the judiciary in parting information under the Right To Information Act as "unfortunate" and "disturbing", asking: "Do judges inhabit different universe?"

He had submitted that the apex court has always stood for transparency in functioning of other organs of State, but it develops cold feet when its own issues require attention.

 

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