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Top Court to shortly hear Adv. Prashant Bhushan's plea against Secretary General for listing contempt plea filed against him on the judicial side sans consent of Attorney General

A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra will hear the plea which seeks recalling of the issuance of suo motu contempt notice "without following due process of law" against Bhushan as, it infringes his Right to life & liberty" as envisaged under Article 21 of the Constitution.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave for @pbhushan1

"I have a prayer for your consideration. We are questioning Registrar General placing the complaint before the administrative side"
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SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to hear the contempt case taken against Advocate Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1 in 2009 over his interview to 'Tehelka' magazine.

The contempt case was taken on the basis of a complaint by Sr Adv Harish Salve
The subject matter of the case is an interview given by @pbhushan1 to Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka magazine in 2009, where he allegedly said
“half of the last 16 CJ’s were corrupt.”
Bhushan also said that he had no proof for the allegations as per Complaint.
On the last hearing date, July 24, Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan had sought adjournment to prepare for the final hearing. Senior Adv Ram Jethmalani, who used to appear for Bhushan in the case, had passed away last year.
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[Contempt Plea Against UP CM — YOGI ADITYANATH]

A #CJI led bench to shortly hear a plea seeking initiation of Suo Motu Contempt of Court proceedings against UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath — for his alleged statements made on Republic TV, in relation to #vikasDubeyEncounter.
Bench also expected to take up a plea, seeking reconstitution of the Commission set up by Court — basis apprehension of “bias” by a member of the Commission — Ex-DGP KL Gupta, for his alleged statement that
“police version of the encounter should be accepted on ‘face value’”.
The plea seeking contempt against @myogiadityanath alleges that the UP Chief Minister had given an interview before media on Republic TV where the heading being flashed, read


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A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishnan Murari to shortly hear the suo-moto contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan, registered basis a complaint made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve.

The subject matter of the case is an interview given by @pbhushan1 to Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka magazine in 2009, where he allegedly said
“half of the last 16 CJ’s were corrupt.”
Bhushan also said that he had no proof for the allegations as per Complaint.
Salve also alleged in his complaint that #PrashantBhushan made a serious imputation against the then Chief Justice S H Kapadia, by stating that he had heard a matter involving “Sterlite company” despite holding shares in it.
@pbhushan1 #ContemptOfCourt
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[PROBE INTO GANGSTER #VikasDubeyEncounter]

SC bench led by CJI SA Bobde hearing a plea seeking constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the alleged police encounter of Kanpur gangster #VikasDubey and his aides, Amar Dubey & Prabhat Mishra.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta before Court.

Says Justice BS Chouhan agreed to be part of Commission.

SG: Former DG Police KL Gupta also to be part of probe team. All background checks already done on DGP.
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Why Former #CJI #Gogoi 's nomination to #RajyaSabha is not unprecedented...

CJ Fazal Ali
CJ Patna HC (1943-64)
Judge, Supreme Court (1951- 30 May 1952)
Governor Odisha (7 June 1952-54) (1/6)
- CJ M. C. Chagla
CJ Bombay HC (1947-58)
Ambassador of India to USA (1958-61)
High Commissioner of India to UK (1962-63)
Education Minister (1963-66)
MEA (1966-67) (2/6)
- Justice K. S. Hegde
#RajyaSabha (1952-57)
Judge SC (1967)
#LokSabha (1977) from Janata Party
LS Speaker (1977-80)

- CJI Koka Subba Rao
CJ AP HC (1956-58)
CJI (1966-67)
(contested President of India election in 1967) (3/6)
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#SupremeCourt declines to hear Harsh Mander today in his petition after SG Tushar Mehta adduces transcripts of his reported speech at #Jamia wherein he said there is no trust left in the courts & that ultimate justice has to be on the streets.

#CJI: We will sort this out first.
#SupremeCourt tells Mander's lawyer that if this is what he feels about the courts then it will have to be decided first whether he should be given a hearing at all.

A separate petition on #DelhiViolence to be heard now.
As advocate Karuna Nundy, appearing for Harsh Mander, seeks time to verify the alleged hate speech, SG Mehta says this is strange that he wants time for verifying his own speech but wants FIRs against everyone immediately.

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#CAA hearing begins in the #SupremeCourt. Attorney General KK Venugopal starts by saying the Centre has prepared a preliminary affidavit that will be filed today. Sibal asks for a #Constitution Bench to which #CJI replies saying this might go to the larger bench

Sibal: NPR begins in April so some interim order could be issued..

Centre opposes it, saying arguments will have to be made if any interim plea has to be argued.

AM Singhvi cites UP example, says this is an irrevocable process.

CJI: We may ask them to issue some temporary permits for the time being.

AG: The law itself talks about taking back the citizenship in certain situation.

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#Sabrimala Bench: CJI Gogoi, Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
Judges assemble to delver verdict on the review petitions.

#CJI is reading out the verdict, he says he will take 5 minutes.

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#AyodhyaJudgment: Judges arieve, #CJI requests silence.

Judges signing the verdict
Judgement is unanimous
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Day 40 of the hearing in the #Ayodhyacase begins with the #CJI making it clear that arguments will close at 5 pm today. "Enough is enough," says Justice Gogoi.

Sr adv CS Vaidyanathan resumes his arguments, saying the #Muslim side hasn't given any evidence on exclusive possession or title.

Vaidyanathan argues there could be some evidence that the #Muslim side offered Friday prayers at the disputed site between 1857 & 1934. "But there is absolutely no evidence that they offered any prayer after that. On the other hand, #Hindus continued to worship".

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Important day for #PChidambaram as well as CBI & ED in the #INXMediaCase: Kapil Sibal mentions before Justice R Banumathi that the new petition against CBI's remand hasn't been listed so far.
Justice Banumathi says that necessary orders could not be obtained from the #CJI over the weekend. Registry has been asked against to do the needful.
SG Tushar Mehta says he has no objections if #PChidambaram's legal team wants to argue against the custody order too.
A lot is at stake for #PChidambaram as well as for the #CBI and the #EnforcementDirectorate when the #SupremeCourt takes up the former union finance minister’s petitions today. Here's why and how:…
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Breaking: Woman who had accused of sexual harassment against CJI Ranjan Gogoi withdraws from the 3 Judge In-house committee probing allegations of sexual harassment. #RanjanGogoi #SupremeCourt
"Today, 30 April, was the 3rd day I went to the in-house committee of 3 SC Judges (Justices S.A. Bobde, Indira Banjeree and Indu Malhotra). But due to serious concerns and reservations, I am no longer participating in these in-house proceedings" - Press Release of Complainant
I had made a detailed complaint of sexual harassment and victimisation against the CJI by means of an affidavit dated 18/4/19 and I had written to all the Judges of #SupremeCourt to constitute a special enquiry committee of senior retired Judges to enquire into my complaint
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W.P.(C) No. 1045/2018 PIL-W
Court 1, item 3
Facts: Matter related to #unlawfuldetention of “#foreigners
Today- Affidavit has been filed by state of Assam. Mr Mehta the SG appearing for the state of Assam reads the Measures to be taken by the state governmnet for the release of foreigners in detention centres who have been detained for a long time.
“The foreigners who have completed 5 years in dentention centres may be released subject to furnishing a security of Rs. 5 lakh, verifying his adress, biometric of his eyes etc”, said Affidavit
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Sexual harassment allegations against CJI: Hearing in suo moto case before Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Rohinton Nariman and Deepak Gupta today.
Advocate Utsav Bains is present in Supreme Court.

This is what Utsav Bains had said in his affidavit before the Supreme Court about the alleged sexual harassment allegations against the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi

#SupremeCourt #RanjanGogoi
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Contempt petition against #RahulGandhi in #Rafale case: #BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi seeks time to file a reply to Rahul's affidavit. Mukul Rohatgi, for Lekhi, says Rahul's affidavit is just a lip-service & that he has expressed no apology.
#CJI: "Will we use the word 'Chowkidar' in our order? How can that be a submission".

Rohatgi: "Ask him. He used it".
#CJI: Why don't you put everything in an affidavit?

Rohatgi: Give me 10 day.

#CJI: We will give you more time. We think this matter should be heard with the main review petitions in #Rafale
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#Rafale case hearing begins in the #SupremeCourt. Bunch of review petitions and application by the Govt to correct the December judgment to be taken up by the court today.
#Rafale: Petitioner-advocate ML Sharma says all review petitions should be junked since nobody has brought on record the #CAG report on #RafaleDeal, saying the acquisition is economical and proved to be less costly.
#SupremeCourt declines to accept on record a letter given by the Hindu Editor N Ram to Prashant Bhushan regarding #Rafale.
"Please confine your case to the documents already submitted. We are not going to look into any new document at this stage," #CJI tells Bhushan.
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#SupremeCourt questions Govt and CVC in #CBIvsCBI: "Why not be completely fair? What's the difficulty in consulting the Selection Committee? It is better to consult the Selection Committee than not to consult."
#CBIvsCBI: "The essence of every government action is what's the best for administration. It is not only a question of adherence to law but better adherence to law," #CJI tells Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
#CBIvsCBI: The Court adds even if exigencies occur, is it not advisable to go to the Committee at some stage? "This hasn't happened overnight and the AG said this yesterday. If the Govt and CVC tolerated this since July, then why not go to the Selection Committee?"asks SC.
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What are the possible options before the #SupremeCourt? Maxamilist, lean maximalist, minimalist...
See our pre-judgement matrix #Section377 #SCObserver…
The 5-judge Bench assembled at 11.30 to announce its judgement on #Section377. #CJIDipakMisra is reading the judgement. There are four concurring opinions
#Section377 has been struck down. #CJI says, 'it is irrational and manifestly arbitrary'
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