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Jul 20, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
#SupremeCourt reproaches the #Kerala Govt over #lockdown relaxations owing to #Bakrid. SC calls it shocking state of affairs that the state government gave in to pressure groups. SC adds affidavit by the #Kerala Govt is alarming & doesn't in real manner safeguards right to life guaranteed to all the citizens of #India.
Jul 19, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
Hearing to commence before the #SupremeCourt on suo motu on the #KanwarYatra.
An application has been filed in this matter by @pkdnambiar against relaxation of lockdown norms in #Kerala for #Bakrid celebrations. Hearing begins. Court goes through the latest affidavit by the #UttarPradesh Govt, cancelling the #KanwarYatra.
May 26, 2021 10 tweets 6 min read
Of 527 pages on acquittal of Tarun Tejpal, #Goa judge Kshama M Joshi has used around 400 pages, dissecting testimony of the complainant in arriving at how an 'educated journalist' should've known whether she 'pulled up' her underwear or 'picked up'. Goa court scans the complainant's phone & messages to note that "it was entirely the norm" for her to have flirtatious relationships & sexual conversations with friends & acquaintances.
May 25, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
#SupremeCourt issues notices to #WestBengal Govt & Centre on a PIL for a SIT probe into post-poll violence in the state & massive displacement of people.
SC also seeks responses from national commissions for women & children on providing relief in camps etc. Next hearing in June Another petition filed by families of two #BJP supporters allegedly killed by #TMC workers will also be taken up by the #SupremeCourt later today.
May 24, 2021 13 tweets 6 min read
#SupremeCourt commences hearing of its suo motu proceedings on ameliorating the conditions of migrant workers during the #COVID19 induced #lockdown.

It expresses displeasure at Centre not submitting its affidavit in time. "You were directed to file your affidavit a day before the hearing but you have done it just now. Our orders are meant to be compiled with," SC tells Centre.

Adv Prashant Bhushan, appearing on behalf of some activists, addresses the shortcomings in replies filed by states.
May 6, 2021 19 tweets 13 min read
#SupremeCourt hearing on #OxygenShortage in #Delhi underway: Centre informs that #Delhi received more than 730 MT of medical #oxygen yesterday, in compliance with the court order. SG Tushar Mehta adds a survey last evening has revealed all major #Covid
hospitals have sufficient #oxygen & there wasn't a single complaint of stock-out. A large quantity of #oxygen received y'day is still to be distributed by #Delhi, prolonging the turn around time. S
May 6, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Open access to courts is a valuable safeguard to constitutional freedom. Freedom of the press is a facet of constitutional freedom of speech & expression: #SupremeCourt holds. #SupremeCourt emphasises on the freedom of the media as it deals with an appeal by the @ECISVEEP against scathing observations against it by the #Madras high court on Apr 26.
May 5, 2021 7 tweets 6 min read
Suo motu case on #COVIDEmergency commences in the #SupremeCourt with SG Tushar Mehta saying all efforts are being made to comply with the court order to give #Delhi its 700 metric ton of #Oxygen. #SupremeCourt, however, questions Mehta why the Centre argue before the #DelhiHighCourt that 700 MT wasn't the number fixed by the top court. It adds it was only after this denial by the Centre that the contempt notice was issued.
May 5, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
No breach of 50% ceiling to give more reservation, says five-judge bench of the #SupremeCourt as it refuses to consider reviewing Indra Sawhney verdict of 1992. #SupremeCourt also quashes Maratha reservation in so far it breaches 50% ceiling of reservation. It violates equality, rules SC. 2018 state law is nixed.
Jan 11, 2021 20 tweets 6 min read
#SupremeCourt comes down heavily on Central Govt over #FarmLaws, questions its consultation process and the insistence to implement even in face of such protests. SC asks Govt if they will stay the implementation of the law or the court will stay the operation of the #FarmLaws.

Court says it wants to form a committee which can then submit a report on these laws.
Nov 6, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
#SupremeCourt expresses anguish at Secretary of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly's letter to #ArnabGoswami, questioning him how did he produce the missives sent to him by the Speaker & Privilege Committee since they are confidential in nature. #CJI: How can someone be thrateaned like this? How can someone be stopped from approaching a court by extending him threats like this? We don't appreciate such conduct. We will want an amicus to assist us on this.

Nov 6, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
#SupremeCourt is likely to adjourn today's hearing on the new Ordinance on ait pollution in Delhi-NCR.

#CJI to SG Tushar Mehta: There are many commissions, many brains working but ensure there is no smog in the city. Sr Adv Vikas Singh, in lighter vein: Last time my lords said that Mr Mehta will be personally responsible if something happens to any one of us. I am coughing now.

Mehta: I will advise Mr Singh to stop consuming a few things.
Nov 5, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
#SupremeCourt takes up appeal by #AndhraPradesh Govt against the high court order of staying the SIT probe into alleged irregularities into projects started by previous TDP govt, including land acquisition in Amaravati. Sr adv Dushyant Dave appears for @ysjagan's Govt, says the HC order is extraordinary as it stops the entire investigation into allegations of fraudulent practices and abuse of power. He cites the report by the sub-committee, on the basis of which a SIT was constituted.
Nov 4, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
"The whole problem arises since governments don't put economic value to a forest. We don't want to stop developmental projects in the country but we can't have natural wealth of the forests eroded," #CJI tells Attorney General while hearing #Jharkhand Govt's suit against Centre. #Jharkhand Govt has challenged the Centre's decision for virtual auction process of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining in the state.

As #SupremeCourt mulls a panel of experts to assess the environmental aspect with regard to mining, Attorney General opposes the proposition.
Oct 6, 2020 15 tweets 7 min read
In the #Hathras case, #UttarPradesh Govt has filed an affidavit even before the #SupremeCourt has heard the PIL or agreed to admit it.

The reply alleges an insidious propaganda by political parties, a section of media to malign the Yogi Govt despite a "diligent probe". This affidavit claims political parties, a section of media is trying to give a communal & casteist colour to #Hathras incident & hence, the #SupremeCourt should monitor the #CBI probe in a time bound manner. This will ensure a free probe besides weeding out false narratives.
Oct 5, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
#SudarshanTV matter hearing commences in the #SupremeCourt.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appears for the Govt, and informs the bench about the proceedings before the Inter Ministerial Committee. SG says a fresh notice has been issued to #SudarshanTV today, based on the recommendations by the Committee. A hearing has been fixed for tomorrow.

SC agrees to adjourn the hearing to let the Govt conclude the proceedings and pass final orders.
Sep 30, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
#BabriDemolitionCase verdict: All acquitted Cbi failed to prove the case.
Sep 29, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
#Delhi High Court is hearing a petition by actor #RakulPreetSingh against tirade of charges against & 'fake news' against her.

Her lawyer submits she was called as a witness by #NCB & didn't implicate anyone. "I am a non-smoker, a teetotaller, never did drugs. I have been replaced in a short film because of all this. My reputation is in tatters. All news channels are airing unsubstantiated charges": #RakulPreetSingh to High Court.
Sep 23, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
#SudarshanTV matter begins in the #SupremeCourt.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informs the bench that the channel has now been issued a show vase notice under the Cable TV Act. SG suggests #SupremeCourt may defer these proceedings till the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting takes a final decision on the show cause notice to #SudarshanTV.

Chandrachud J: We will see about that later
Sep 23, 2020 19 tweets 6 min read
Hearing before #SupremeCourt on a petition by #Facebook VP Ajit Mohan commences.

Sr adv Harish Salve begins arguing for the petitioners.

The bench seeks to know where is the threat issued by the #Delhi Assembly Peace & Harmony Committee. Salve takes the bench to the relevant page in the petition.

"This is quite remarkable. Who is this deputy secretary issuing this serious threat. What privilege, whose privilege?" Salve submits before the bench headed by Justice Sanjay K Kaul.
Sep 21, 2020 29 tweets 9 min read
#SudarshanNews matter commences in #SupremeCourt with sr Adv Mukul Rohatgi mentioning he is appearing for NBF (National Broadcasters' Federation). Rohatgi informs NBF is the largest body of channels in India, having majority of regional channels as its members. He adds NBF wants to put its views forth on regulations relating to TV channels. Former CJI KS Khehar has agreed to be a part of the NBF's self-regulatory body.