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Supreme Court commutes death sentence for Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to life

Supreme Court commutes death sentence for Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to life

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today commuted the death sentence of three men convicted of killing former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi to life in prison and left it to the Tamil Nadu government to decide whether to release them by granting them remission. The convicts, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, had petitioned against their death sentence, arguing that there had been an ...

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BJP leaders slam Ordinance protecting convicted lawmakers, to meet President

BJP leaders slam Ordinance protecting convicted lawmakers, to meet President

New Delhi: A delegation of BJP leaders will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday to voice its opposition to the Ordinance promulgated by the Centre providing protection to convicted lawmakers. According to reports, the BJP leaders will urge President Pranab Mukherjee not to give his consent to the “unconstitutional” measure. “We have put in our request for a meeting. We ...

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Political parties shouldn’t promise freebies: SC

Political parties shouldn’t promise freebies: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Election Commission to frame guidelines to restrain political parties from promising freebies to voters in their election manifestos. An apex court bench headed by Justice P. Satsasivam said that such guidelines would be necessary for maintaining a level playing field during the elections. The court said that the freebies can influence the ...

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Supreme Court dismisses plea of Novartis for patent of cancer drug

Supreme Court dismisses plea of Novartis for patent of cancer drug

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the plea of Swiss pharma giant Novartis AG for getting its blood cancer drug  Glivec patented in India. The court rejected the claims of Swiss pharma giant and said the drug had failed to qualify for a patent according to Indian law. The apex court held that patents could be granted only in the case of genuine inventions. Novartis has ...

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SC REITERATES THAT ITALIAN AMBASSADOR CAN NOT LEAVE INDIA

SC REITERATES THAT ITALIAN AMBASSADOR CAN NOT LEAVE INDIA

New Delhi : Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini has lost its “trust”, the Supreme Court said on Monday and barred him from leaving India. The judges said a person who comes and gives an undertaking before court could not claim diplomatic immunity. The court directed Indian authorities to comply with its 14 March order restraining Mancini from leaving the country. An ...

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Paying minimum wages in rural job scheme: Apex court

The Supreme Court Monday reminded the central government that the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was a socially beneficial legislation and the government could not be seen as being reluctant in releasing funds for the scheme. “It’s (MGNREGA) a piece of beneficial legislation. You should give it yourself instead of being seen as reluctant to give it,” said ...

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Green tribunal to hear plea against new Hindon river bridge

The Supreme Court has told a petitioner to move the National Green Tribunal over his allegation of an environmental threat from a proposed bridge over the Hindon river in Ghaziabad, a lawyer said Monday. The plea may come up before the tribunal Feb 14. Vikrant Sharma withdrew the petition, filed on behalf of the Rashtriya Jal Biradari, following the court’s ...

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SC upholds Alistair Pereira’s 3-year sentence

 Over five years after Alistair Pereira, driving under the influence of alcohol, ran over 15 labourers sleeping on a Mumbai pavement killing seven of them, the Supreme Court Thursday upheld a Bombay High Court verdict awarding him a three-year jail sentence. An apex court bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha cancelled the bail bond of Pereira, the 25-year-old son of ...

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Bangalore blast case

The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Nazir Maudani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore blast case. An apex court bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam said: “We are not inclined to enlarge him on bail.” It also rejected his plea to be sent to Kerala for treatment and directed the Karnataka ...

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Supreme Court notice on Rs.75 lakh compensation

The Supreme Court Tuesday issued a notice to the central government and Air India on a petition seeking a minimum compensation of Rs.75 lakh each for the 158 passengers killed in the May 2010 air crash in Mangalore. An apex court bench issued the notice after senior counsel Harish Salve appearing for petitioner S. Abdul Salam and others told the ...

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2G: Apex court notice to CBI on Behura’s bail

The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a bail plea by former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, accused in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam. An apex court bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi issued notice on Behura’s plea challenging the Delhi High Court order by which his petition for bail was dismissed last month. ...

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Why security for those who don’t deserve: Apex Court

The Supreme Court Friday expressed concern over the taxpayers’ money spent on providing security to people who don’t deserve it. An apex court bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi observed: “How much we are spending on the security of the people who don’t deserve it?” The court made the observation while hearing a petition seeking its directions on the use ...

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Haj VIP quota is bad: Supreme Court

Terming the VIP quota for Haj pilgrims as a “bad religious practice”, the Supreme Court Tuesday said it would lay down the Haj policy for 2012. Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai were concerned over difficulties being faced by Haj pilgrims going to Mecca every year. Taking exception to the government quota for the Haj pilgrims, the court said: ...

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Red Fort attack: Lashkar-e-Taiba militant’s death sentence upheld

Terming the Dec 22, 2000, Red Fort assault as “an attack on Mother India”, the Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the death sentence awarded to Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, a Pakistani national, for the terror raid in which two army men and a civilian were killed. “This is a unique case where there is one most aggravating circumstance that ...

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