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Viewers needn’t stand to National Anthem sung in films

Viewers needn’t stand to National Anthem sung in films

New Delhi, The Supreme Court  clarified that the audience need not stand when the National Anthem is played as a part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary (Feb 14). A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi made this clear after one of the petitioners said that the apex court should […]

Woman has the choice to have baby or not, says SC Judge

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Woman has the choice to have baby or not, says SC Judge

New Delhi: It is the woman’s “choice” to either have a baby, or abort or prevent pregnancy. It is her right. says Supreme Court judge A K Sikri. The judge was  speaking on the state of affairs relating to women’s reproductive rights and the dominant role played by the menfolk and the family in imposing their […]

Parliament should debate on ‘enemy property’ issue:  SC

Parliament should debate on ‘enemy property’ issue: SC

New Delhi : While enemy property should go to the State, what constitutes ‘enemy property’ is a sensitive issue and it is for Parliament and not the court to debate the issue, the Supreme Court today said (Feb 6). A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice N V Ramana said that it […]

Most Christians say Civil Law, not Church has the final word for Divorce

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Most Christians say Civil Law, not Church has the final word for Divorce

New Delhi: The stand is clear. If Maulvis cannot grant legally valid divorces, neither can Church authorities. Most Christians believe that it’s an academic question.  They maintain that civil laws passed by parliament cannot be overshadowed by personal laws. Civil Court is greater than church Court. But, some ask, if religious marriages are accepted as […]

Supreme Court says Stray Dogs have a Right to Life

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Supreme Court says Stray Dogs have a Right to Life

New Delhi: It may be a dog’s life, but he’s got a right to live it! Culling and extermination are two different things, so stop bitching about being bitten by carnivorous canines! “Stray dogs have a right to live,” was how the Supreme Court reacted sharply today when a submission was made that such canines […]

Supreme Court bans Liquor shops on National, State Highways

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Supreme Court bans Liquor shops on National, State Highways

New Delhi: No  more beer in the pubs along the national highway! The Supreme Court has ordered all liquor shops along National and State Highways closed. Now, Shillong bound travellers, no longer can you stagger in to Stagger Inn to slake your thirsty tonsils with a cool draught of chilled beer! The Supreme Court on […]

SC modifies National Anthem order

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SC modifies National Anthem order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court (Dec 9) modified its order on the National Anthem and exempted physically handicapped persons from standing before screening of a movie in cinema halls across the nation, says a PTI report. It also clarified that doors of theatres need not be bolted when the National Anthem is played. The order was […]

Fear the Law, says SC to careless drivers

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Fear the Law, says SC to careless drivers

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court frowns upon dangerous driving. It wants to know what the government is doing about addressing the problem of rash and negligent driving. People should fear the law whether they “like it or not”, the Supreme Court today said while favouring harsher punishment for rash and negligent driving. A bench of […]

Mixed Stance on Standing for the National Anthem

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Mixed Stance on Standing for the National Anthem

Legal experts have reacted differently to the Supreme Court order directing cinema halls to play the national anthem before screening to “instill committed patriotism and nationalism”. Some  legal experts  term it as “judiciary’s over-enthusiasm” and others say playing it and respecting it won’t cause any harm. While former Attorney General and noted lawyer Soli Sorabjee […]

147 year old discrimination against Christians to go!

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147 year old discrimination against Christians to go!

New Delhi: The Union law ministry has cleared a proposal to amend a 147-year-old legal provision that compels Christian couples to wait for at least two years for divorce. The period of separation is one year for other religions. The ministry has decided to reduce the waiting period from two years to one year in […]

SC throws out ‘ban WhatsApp’ plea

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SC throws out ‘ban WhatsApp’ plea

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation petition seeking a complete ban on messaging platform WhatsApp. Well, that’s one more attention seeking chappie being shown his place, but this entire episode does smell somewhat like a basket of not-so-fresh sardines! A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur asked an […]

Supreme Court to hear Kanhaiya bail plea today

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Supreme Court to hear Kanhaiya bail plea today

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has invoked its inherent powers to directly hear a plea for bail, saying it would take up JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s petition tomorrow.  The bench of Justices J. Chelameshwar and A.M. Sapre brushed aside objections to bypassing the multiple layers of lower courts as it agreed that […]

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