AAP MLA’s plea against their disqualification to be heard: Delhi HC

Seeking for justice, the 20 disqualified Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs have moved Delhi High Court against their disqualification. The Election Commission called for their disqualification for holding office of profit. On January 22, after the AAP MLAs withdrew their earlier petition in the High Court seeking a stay on the Election Commission’s (EC) recommendation […]

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Plea By Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh Govts to ban Padmaavat rejected: SC

On January 23, the Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments seeking ban on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25 in their respective states. Headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the bench declined to accept their request to reconsider its earlier order on law and the […]

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Federal Council to be established: Iraq Supreme Court

On January 17, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court decided to establish the Council of the Union, or the Federal Council, that will oversee provisions passed by parliament. Article 48 of the constitution states the need for the council, but, in the last 13 years, it has not been established ever since the new government was implemented. […]

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Bill to recover regions occupied by Russia passed: Ukraine parliament

On January 18, the Ukraine Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) passed a bill which recognizes regions presently under Russia-backed separatist control as “occupied” and upholds fetching those areas through political and diplomatic means while allowing for military action. Out of the 450-member parliament, 280 members approved the bill and it was endorsed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. […]

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Quote Aadhaar for filing PILs: Madras HC

In order to prevent fictitious persons from filing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in courts, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has asked the Court Registry to collect litigant’s Aadhaar card copy along with other documents at the time of filing PILs. “In future, the registry should ensure that it collects Aadhaar card copy […]

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Hindu father should pay for daughters wedding: Kerala HC

Observing that a Hindu father has a legal and personal obligation to pay for his daughter’s marriage, the Kerala High Court has said that he cannot discriminate between a lawful and unlawful child. The high court was hearing a petition filed by a woman against an order passed by a Family Court. Initially filed before […]

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Notice issued to Centre over Hindi prayer in KVs: SC

Taking cognizance of a petition filed in the court related to the Morning Prayer in Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) schools, the Supreme Court has sent a notice to the Centre asking whether it promotes a particular religion and violates the Constitution. “It is a very important constitutional issue,” the court said while hearing the petition filed […]

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Cases challenging Mississippi LGBT law refused hearing: US SC

On January 8, the US Supreme Court refused to review two cases challenging a Mississippi law that would permit businesses and government employees to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to safeguard a persons’ sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions. The bill, entitled “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination”, […]

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Every instance of wrong reporting doesn’t amount to defamation: SC

Upholding the constitutionality of Section 499 Indian Penal Code (IPC), dealing with the offence of defamation, the Supreme Court has ruled that the wrong reporting by journalists does not amount to defamation every time. The bench of the Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud were hearing a defamation […]

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