SG: We are immensely grateful that this court has taken cognisance. Centre and states are willing to show all steps taken. Some isolated incidents have taken place but they are shown repeatedly. We have filed a preliminary report on steps taken.
#AGR matter being heard by a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra: "Are we fools?" the judge asks SG Tushar Mehta while coming down heavily on the Govt for their proposal to reassess the dues owed by the telecom companies, incl #Vodafone & #Airtel |@News18Courtroom
"Do the DoT officers think they are superior to us? Are these companies untouchable? Everyone has been trying to influence us... Newspapers are having articles after articles but we won't budge," Mishra J goes ballistic. He asks DoT first fought tooth & nail but now dragging feet
#SupremeCourt makes it clear in its order taht there won't be any reassessment/ re-assessment of the #AGR dues. All telecom companies will have to pay the dues with interest & penalty, as ordered in the main judgment.
#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.
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.
#AGR hearing in the #SupremeCourt commences with a light hearted comment by Justice Arun Mishra. The leading judge on the bench wanted a light lamp to be moved away form his dais. The court staff fails to do so. The judge does it himself. "Yahan sab kaam khud hi karna padta hai".
Govt company Oil India, represented by Sr adv Mukul Rohatgi, seeks an audience but Justice Mishra is irate. "Who is making all this happen? We want to use very harsh words. This is completely nonsense. We have already said what we have to. What have you made of this system?"
Rohatgi opts to withdraw. Another matter mentioned but Justice Mishra says he is anguished. "A desk officer in the Govt stays a #SupremeCourt order. He says that he can stay the operation of the court order. Is there any law left in the country? Call that desk officer here."
#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
#SupremeCourt said most of things will come under the Govt's definition of #AGR and telcos will have to pay up.
#SupremeCourt also holds telcos will have to pay all penalties & interests. Justice Arun Mishra said telcos will have to shell out everything. DoT's total demand is around Rs 92,000 Cr. #Airtel might end up paying more than Rs 21k Cr, #Vodafone more than Rs 10k Cr.
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".
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.
Three relevant pages from #PehluKhanVerdict: Lacunas pointed out by trial judge in giving benefit of doubt to accused:
* Mobile phone that purportedly recorded the incident was never seized
* Secondary evidence of photos not proved
* Dying declaration wasn't properly recorded
* First #FIR named some different persons as attackers
* Identity of accused wasn't established
* How did #PehluKhan know the names when he was from Mewat & accused from Alwar
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
Attorney General Vs Solicitor General in the #SupremeCourt over contempt against adv Prashant Bhushan.
Initiated at his instance, AG now wants to withdraw his contempt petition against Bhushan. But the SG presses for penalising Bhushan for repeatedly attacking judges & judiciary.
But Justice Arun Mishra isn't inclined to close the contempt proceeding at this stage. "Nothing will go right now. We will decide everything at one go...this is beyond resolve now. We aren't interested in personal pacts," says the judge.
Sr adv Indira Jaising seeks to be heard in the #contempt Prashant Bhushan. Sr adv Anand Grover stands up to argue for her. Justice Mishra asks who is he appearing for, AG states Grover should say he is appearing to his wife. Jaising objects to being referred as someone's wife.
#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.
#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.