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Court Roundup: Top court raps states on pollution, Punjab Governor warned, and more – India Today
November 11, 2023
The Supreme Court on Friday came down heavily on the Delhi and Punjab governments for their lackadaisical attitude towards controlling the hazardous pollution choking the national capital. The top court also pulled up Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit over the delay in giving assent to bills passed by the state Assembly. All this and more in this Friday wrap of the courts:
‘Speed comes after we intervene…’: Supreme Court reprimands states on Delhi pollution
The Supreme Court, while hearing a batch of pleas raising concerns about the rising air pollution in Delhi and neighboring states, and the practice of stubble burning, reprimanded the Arvind Kejriwal-led government on Friday, saying, “Speed comes after we intervene year after year.” The court also said all states should come up with practical solutions to bring down air pollution. “We can’t allow people to die. All chief secretaries should take steps else they will be summoned here,” the court said. On Thursday, the Delhi government, in an affidavit, informed the Supreme Court that its odd-even scheme to curb vehicular emissions reduced road congestion. This came two days after the Supreme Court termed the odd-even scheme to curb vehicular emissions in the capital as ‘optics’.
‘You’re playing with fire’: Supreme Court to Punjab Governor over delay in bills
The Supreme Court on Friday pulled up Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit over delay in giving assent to bills passed by the assembly. During the hearing, the top court bench said, “you are playing with fire”. A bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and comprising Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra was hearing a plea by the Punjab government against the Governor over a delay in approving bills passed by the state assembly. Noting that India has been running on “established traditions and conventions”, the bench said they were unhappy with the deadlock between the Punjab government and the Governor.
YouTuber Manish Kashyap gets bail in Bihar migrants’ fake videos case
The Madras High Court on Friday granted bail to Bihar-based YouTuber Manish Kashyap, who was arrested in March for circulating fake videos of migrant labourers from Bihar being attacked in Tamil Nadu. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court also quashed the charges under the National Security Act (NSA) that had been imposed on him. In March 2023, the Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of Bihar Police arrested Manish Kashyap alias Tripurari Kumar and two others on the charge of circulating fake videos showing attacks on migrant workers from Bihar in Tamil Nadu.
‘Let’s not become Delhi’: High Court cuts Mumbai’s ‘cracker-time’ from 3 to 2 hours
“Let’s not become Delhi. Let’s remain Mumbaikars,” Bombay High Court Chief Justice DK Upadhyaya remarked, while stressing that the air pollution in the city continued to remain critical in certain areas. The bench, also comprising Justice Arif Doctor, amended the time limit for bursting crackers during Diwali, reducing it to two hours from the earlier three.Addressing the emergent and drastic pollution situation, the bench acknowledged prior efforts but suggested the need for more effective measures. Recent rains improved the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city.
‘Go seek permission’: Supreme Court to Delhi on artificial rain proposal
The Delhi Government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that they are planning to induce artificial rain in the national capital, but for that, they need “a lot of permission from Union ministries, which is a difficult issue”. The top court asked the Delhi government to approach the Centre and seek permission, asking why the court should interfere in this. The Delhi Chief Secretary submitted a proposal through an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday. The court was hearing a batch of petitions raising concerns about the rising air pollution in Delhi and neighbouring states.
‘This is good news’: Supreme Court after Nagaland finally clears 33% quota for women
The State of Nagaland on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it had passed a bill yesterday granting 33% reservations to women in urban local bodies. A bench led by Justice SK Kaul called it ‘good news’. The Advocate General for Nagaland also told the court that the required rules will be framed in a month and the process of election will be done by April 2024. The Nagaland government’s response came after the top court in its earlier hearings asked the state as to when the reservation would be implemented and how expeditiously the rules would be framed.
High Court grants bail to last of 36 accused in Sushant Singh Rajput case
The Bombay High Court on Friday granted bail to Anuj Keshwani in a drugs case. Keshwani was arrested three years ago in a drugs case after the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The case has been investigated by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) since 2020, after Rajput was found dead in his flat on June 14, 2020 during the nationwide lockdown. Keshwani (31), a resident of Mumbai’s Khar, was arrested in September 2020 on charges of drug peddling.
Article on Adani Group: 2 journalists summoned by Gujarat police granted protection
The Supreme Court on Friday granted protection from arrest to two journalists who had challenged the summons issued to them by the Gujarat Police in connection with an article allegedly written by them on Adani Group. A bench of Justices BR Gavai and PK Mishra directed the journalists to cooperate in the investigation and issued notice to the Gujarat government on the pleas filed by the duo. “Till the next date of hearing, we direct that no coercive steps be taken against the petitioners. However, they should cooperate with the inquiry,” the bench said.
AAP leader Manish Sisodia allowed to visit his ailing wife at their home on Saturday
A Delhi court on Friday granted permission to former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to visit his ailing wife at their home from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. The Rouse Avenue gave the order despite opposition from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Sisodia, who is in jail in connection with the Delhi liquor scam, had submitted applications seeking permission to visit his wife for five days. According to the application, on April 25, his wife suffered an acute attack of multiple sclerosis and has been diagnosed with psychological problems.
Jailed AAP MP Sanjay Singh’s judicial custody extended till November 24
A Delhi court on Friday extended the judicial custody of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh until November 24 in connection with the liquor policy case. Singh was produced before the Rouse Avenue court on Friday after his previous term of judicial custody lapsed. Sanjay Singh was arrested last month by the probe agency after a raid on his residence in connection with a money laundering case linked to the Delhi liquor policy. Initially, he spent five days in ED custody, following which his custody was subsequently extended by three days. Later, he was transferred to judicial custody.
Top court pulls up Uttar Pradesh government over slap victim’s school admission
The Supreme Court on Friday came down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government for not complying with its earlier order in connection with the school admission of the Muslim student who was slapped by his classmates on the orders of a school teacher in Muzaffarnagar. The court had asked the state government on November 6 to see that the student is admitted to a school of his parent’s choice. It took note of the government’s non-compliance and summoned the education secretary on December 11.
Poll code violation: High Court dismisses 2010 case against MNS chief Raj Thackeray
The Bombay High Court has dismissed an FIR registered against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray. The first information report (FIR), registered in 2010 during the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation elections for the post of corporator, was challenged by Thackeray in a petition. The bench of Justices Ajay Gadkari and Sharmila Deshmukh stated, “We have considered and elaborated Section 195 of CrPC read with 190A. The application has been allowed.”
Kerala couple seeks court intervention to return their adopted child. Here’s why
A Kerala couple has approached the High Court seeking permission to return their adopted child, citing a lack of affection from the 12-year-old girl. The couple, a retired government officer and his wife, adopted the child from the Punjab government-controlled Nishkam Seva Ashram in Ludhiana in 2018 to overcome the sorrow and loneliness after the loss of their son in a car accident in 2017. However, the couple, in their plea, stated that the girl does not accept them as her parents and often displays unexplained anger, even as they have provided her with everything she needs. As the child grew older, she shifted to Swadhar Home in Thiruvananthapuram, a shelter home for women in difficult circumstances.
Supreme Court premises now has a café run & managed by differently-abled persons
Swamy Gouda (45), who suffers from dwarfism and motor disability, displayed unwavering enthusiasm as he shuffled to greet the Chief Justice of India and other judges at the inauguration of the Mitti Cafe on the Supreme Court premises. With a loud and exuberant call of “Welcome to Mitti Cafe,” Swamy escorted the CJI and judges to the door of the Mitti Cafe, which was inaugurated on a rainy Friday morning. Started as an initiative to provide financial independence and dignity to persons with disabilities (PWDs), Mitti Cafe opened its second branch in Delhi inside the high-security Supreme Court area. The bright decor in the small cafe is a testament to the hope that it symbolises.