Supreme Court

SC demands new law to stop lynching

India’s highest court has asked the government to enact a new law to deal with an increase in mob violence and lynchings. Supreme Court recommended Parliament to create a new penal provision to punish the offenders and stem the mob-related violence. The direction was given by three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and ordered parliament to decide within six months.

Private hospitals to provide free treatment

The Supreme Court said all private hospitals in Delhi must provide free treatment to certain percentage of poor patients. Providing treatment to the poor was one of the clauses in the lease deed due to which land was given to hospitals at a very cheap price. The Supreme Court will monitor the functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost.

Nirbhaya rapists to be hanged: SC

The Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for the convicts of the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case, after hearing a review petition seeking a reduction of sentence. The death penalty was awarded to four of the six convicts, while the fifth, a juvenile, was sent to a correction home and the sixth had committed suicide inside the Tihar Central Jail.

Rajasthan approves 1% reservation for Gujjars

The Rajasthan government announced 1% reservations for five communities– Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika, and Gadariya– under the Most Backward Classes (MBC) category. This comes after Gujjar leaders threatened to launch protests during PM Narendra Modi’s upcoming Jaipur visit. The Gujjars were seeking 5% reservation within OBC quota to not violate the 50% Supreme Court-mandated cap.

Do not appoint police officer as acting DGP

The Supreme Court restricted the choice of State governments to appoint their Directors General of Police. Instead, State governments should henceforth send their proposals for DGPs to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) three months before the incumbent is due to retire. The UPSC will prepare a panel of officers fit to be DGP in the State concerned and send them back.

PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline extended

The CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) extended the deadline for the PAN-Aadhaar linking to March 31, 2019. The policy-making body of the tax department issued an order, under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act extending the deadline. The CBDT order has come against the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s extension of the March 31, 2018 deadline for linking Aadhaar card.

Justice Chamleswar retires from SC

Jasti Chelameswar has retired as Supreme Court judge on 22nd June 2018. Justice Chelameswar, who had held presser along with three other Supreme Court judges to highlight discrimination in allocation of cases to benches, said that the credibility of the highest judiciary in danger. Chelameswar was the only judge to support the govt. move to replace the collegium system with NJAC.

Govt to have quota in promotions for SC/ST

The Supreme Court has allowed the Centre to provide reservation in promotions for SC/ST employees in all government departments till the issue is disposed of by the bench. A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan said nothing prevented the government from promoting employees in accordance with law. SC’s 2006 judgment in the M. Nagaraj case was applicable to reservation in promotion.

Funds for special courts to try lawmakers

The Centre has released a fresh tranche of funds for 11 states to run special courts to try the over 1,500 cases related to lawmakers. The Department of Justice in the Law Ministry has released the funds. Last November, the Supreme Court had directed the government to come up with a scheme to set up 12 special courts to try 1,581 criminal cases pending against elected MPs and MLAs.

Chandramauli appointed as Chairman of PCI

Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, who was the former Supreme Court Judge has been appointed as the Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI) for the second time. The decision was taken by a committee of three members, headed by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Justice Prasad had taken over from Justice Markanday Katju in November, 2014.