No intervention in Light Metro plan: Kerala High Court

Light Metro, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A.M. Shaffique,  while considering a writ petition filed by T.V. Sankaranarayanan of Thiruvananthapuram, who said that the State government was going ahead with a plan to entrust the consultancy to the DMRC without calling for a global tender, declined to intervene in issues regarding implementation of the...

Presidential nod to Black Money Bill

The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Bill, which had secured the Lok Sabha’s approval during the Budget session of Parliament has been cleared by the Office of President of India. The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Bill popularly called the black money Bill. Now Bill will be sent to Rajya Sabha for its consent. Since this Bill is notified as a Money Bill, Rajya Sabha does not have the...

Delhi HC acquits man accused of rape and cheating colleague

Delhi High Court
If a woman consents to have sexual relations with a married man who promises to marry her, continues the relationship and gets impregnated, then it is an act of “promiscuity” on her part instead of misconception, the Delhi High Court has said. Justice S P Garg of the Delhi High Court while acquitting a guitar teacher, who was awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by a trial court in...

High Court issued notice to AAP MLA over illegal construction

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Justice Mukta Gupta of Delhi High Court a plea by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA’s neighbour who has alleged that the illegal construction was going on despite a work-stop notice and a show cause notice being issued to him, directed South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to ensure that no further alleged illegal construction was carried out by an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator at his residence. Court...

Don’t demand Aadhaar Card for people seeking benefits

Aadhar Card enrolment
Justice Rakesh Jain of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, while disposing of a petition filed by Sudhir Yadav who had approached the High Court following reports that Aaadhar card was insisted on for various work, including admissions and availing benefits under government schemes, has directed Haryana Government officers not to demand Aadhaar card for people seeking benefits under various Government...

Presidential nod to re-promulgation of Land Acquisition Ordinance

Re-promulgation of the controversial Land Acquisition Ordinance received the Presidential Assent. It is for the third time in last one year, Government of India promulgated the Land Acquisition Ordinance. The ordinance will now have to be laid before both Houses of Parliament and shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the date of reassembly if it is not converted into law. The measure...

Mere possession of counterfeit notes can’t be termed as offence

indian currency notes
Justice Anuja Prabhudessai of Bombay High Court while hearing an appeal filed by one Munshi Mohammed Shaikh challenging a sessions court order of October 2013, convicting him under sections 489 (b)and 489 (c) of Indian Penal Code for possession of counterfeit notes and sentencing him to five years in jail observed that mere possession of counterfeit notes cannot be termed as an offence and prosecution...

Political convenience shouldn’t lead to exemptions from RTI

RTI
The Right to Information Act, 2005 says nothing contained in the RTI Act will apply on the organization which are listed in the second schedule of the Section 24, provided that the information (any material in any form) held by or under the control of the public authorities related to allegations of corruption and human rights violation shall not be covered under the exemption. Recent inclusion of...