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Ad-hoc judges not to be appointed at expense of regular judges in high courts, rules SC
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Ad-hoc judges not to be appointed at expense of regular judges in high courts, rules SC

The apex court, however, cited the dormant Article 224A to allow the appointment of retired judges for a period of two to three years to clear the backlog of cases

President appoints Justice NV Ramana 48th Chief Justice of India; to assume charge on 24 April
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President appoints Justice NV Ramana 48th Chief Justice of India; to assume charge on 24 April

Ramana was part of a bench that ruled that suspension of internet in Jammu and Kashmir should be reviewed immediately

Assembly elections 2021: SC dismisses plea seeking stay on sale of electoral bonds ahead of polls
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Assembly elections 2021: SC dismisses plea seeking stay on sale of electoral bonds ahead of polls

The petitioner also claimed that there is a 'serious apprehension' that sale of electoral bonds before the polls would further 'increase illegal and illicit funding of political parties through shell companies'

With SC reforms stuck in time warp, it would bode well for collegium to finalise 'Memorandum of Procedure' soon
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With SC reforms stuck in time warp, it would bode well for collegium to finalise 'Memorandum of Procedure' soon

In an attempt to achieve the ideal permutation of appointees, the present collegium led by CJI SA Bobde risks gaining the infamous distinction of not appointing anyone

SC seeks Centre's response to plea challenging validity of 1991 Places of Worship Act
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SC seeks Centre's response to plea challenging validity of 1991 Places of Worship Act

BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay filed the plea seeking some sections of the law be set aside as they 'take away the right of a judicial remedy to reclaim a place of worship'. The act froze the status of places of worship as they were on August 15, 1947

SC seeks response from Centre, others on plea raising issue of excluding female candidates from joining NDA
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SC seeks response from Centre, others on plea raising issue of excluding female candidates from joining NDA

The plea said authorities don't allow eligible and willing female candidates to take the NDA exam on the sole ground of their gender

Ranjan Gogoi sexual harassment case: SC closes suo motu proceedings to probe ‘larger conspiracy’
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Ranjan Gogoi sexual harassment case: SC closes suo motu proceedings to probe ‘larger conspiracy’

The Bench noted that the possibility of retrieving electronic records is very little even though nearly two years have passed since hearing in this case began

SC dismisses petition seeking President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh over rising crime in state
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SC dismisses petition seeking President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh over rising crime in state

The petitioner, advocate CR Jaya Sukin, cited NCRB and NHRC data in his plea. However, the Bench dismissed his claims and said a 'heavy fine will be imposed if he continues his arguments'

SC withdraws approval for appointment of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala of Bombay HC as permanent judge
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SC withdraws approval for appointment of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala of Bombay HC as permanent judge

The move comes after the judge acquitted a man accused of groping a teenager's breast because he did not make 'skin-to-skin' contact and also ruled that holding hands and unzipping trousers do not amount to 'sexual assault' under the POCSO Act

SC takes strong note of Centre’s delay in acting on Collegium recommendations for judges’ appointment
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SC takes strong note of Centre’s delay in acting on Collegium recommendations for judges’ appointment

Attorney-General KK Venugopal, in February last year, had told a bench that high courts have not recommended the names for appointment of judges for 199 out of 396 vacancies

Chief Justice SA Bobde says ‘peculiar lack of comprehension’ about constitution of SC-appointed panel on farm laws
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Chief Justice SA Bobde says ‘peculiar lack of comprehension’ about constitution of SC-appointed panel on farm laws

Referring to Bhupinder Singh Mann’s recusal from the panel, the Bench said an earlier expression of views on a matter does not mean a person cannot be appointed to a committee

SC says proposed tractor rally on Republic Day ‘law and order’ matter, leaves decision on permission to Delhi Police
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SC says proposed tractor rally on Republic Day ‘law and order’ matter, leaves decision on permission to Delhi Police

The apex court was hearing the Centre’s application which said any proposed march which seeks to disrupt the 26 January celebrations will cause an 'embarrassment to the nation'

SC says farmers' protest could lead to 'same problem' as Tablighi Jamaat event regarding COVID-19 spread
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SC says farmers' protest could lead to 'same problem' as Tablighi Jamaat event regarding COVID-19 spread

The top court also questioned Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, about whether the protesting farmers are being protected from the spread of COVID-19

'No improvement in situation on ground', says SC on govt's consultation with protesting farmers on three laws
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'No improvement in situation on ground', says SC on govt's consultation with protesting farmers on three laws

The Supreme Court posted all the petitions concerning the farmers’ issue on Monday (11 Jan), after the Centre informed the CJI-lead bench that ‘healthy discussions’ are going on between the government and farmers

'Good judgment': SC refuses to interfere with Allahabad HC order quashing Kafeel Khan's detention under NSA
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'Good judgment': SC refuses to interfere with Allahabad HC order quashing Kafeel Khan's detention under NSA

The court, however, said that its observation will not impact any other proceedings and also observed that the criminal cases against Khan will be decided on their own merits

Farmers' Protests: SC tells Centre 'your negotiations haven't worked', suggests forming committee to resolve stand-off
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Farmers' Protests: SC tells Centre 'your negotiations haven't worked', suggests forming committee to resolve stand-off

The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde, and justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian also directed the petitioners to make the protesting farmer unions parties to the pleas and posted the matter for hearing on Thursday

Tata Sons vs Cyrus Mistry: CJI SA Bobde discloses his son appears for Shapoorji Pallonji Group firm
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Tata Sons vs Cyrus Mistry: CJI SA Bobde discloses his son appears for Shapoorji Pallonji Group firm

However, the lawyers appearing in the case on behalf of both the parties expressed that they had no objection to a CJI-led bench hearing the case

Ex-Madras HC judge CS Karnan arrested for 'offensive remarks' on SC, HC judges, their wives
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Ex-Madras HC judge CS Karnan arrested for 'offensive remarks' on SC, HC judges, their wives

Karnan's arrest has come a day after the Madras High Court directed DGP and Chennai Police Commissioner to personally appear before it on 7 December to apprise the court of the progress on the probe against him

AG declines consent for contempt case against Prashant Bhushan, says he expressed regret for tweet on CJI
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AG declines consent for contempt case against Prashant Bhushan, says he expressed regret for tweet on CJI

The consent of the topmost law officer was sought by advocate Sunil Singh to initiate contempt proceedings against Bhushan for his tweet, saying that the activist-lawyer connected 'the personal life of CJI' with a pending case before him

Siddique Kappan was going to Hathras under the 'garb of journalism' to disturb law & order, UP govt tells SC
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Siddique Kappan was going to Hathras under the 'garb of journalism' to disturb law & order, UP govt tells SC

Meanwhile, CJI SA Bobde raised concerns over misreporting in the case and asked the petitioner Kerala Union of Working Journalists' to file a rejoinder to the UP govt's affidavit while postponing the hearing in the case by a week