Punish me, but absolve EC of doubts: Rajiv Kumar in affidavit that couldn’t be filed

Deferring some phases of the recently-held assembly polls due to the coronavirus pandemic could have led to a situation where holding the remaining phases under President’s rule would have triggered sharper criticism about the poll panel favouring one party against another, Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said in a draft affidavit which he planned to file … Read more Punish me, but absolve EC of doubts: Rajiv Kumar in affidavit that couldn’t be filed

Andhra Pradesh government postpones Intermediate examinations

The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday announced the postponement of the year-end examinations for Intermediate students, “in deference to the suggestion of the High Court.” State Education Minister A Suresh said in a statement that they have decided to put off the examinations till normalcy is restored. The Minister, however, remained silent on the exams … Read more Andhra Pradesh government postpones Intermediate examinations

HC grants advance bail to K.N. Nehru

The Madras High Court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to DMK principal secretary K.N. Nehru in a case booked against him in Tiruchi district last month in connection with a video, in which he was seen allegedly discussing bribing of voters. Justice M. Nirmal Kumar granted the relief after senior counsel N.R. Elango pointed out … Read more HC grants advance bail to K.N. Nehru

Making efforts to airlift oxygen from Odisha: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government is making efforts to airlift its enhanced quota of oxygen supply from Odisha, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Thursday, as several city hospitals reported shortage of oxygen amid rising cases of coronavirus. Kejriwal thanked the Centre and the High Court for their efforts towards raising Delhi’s oxygen quota for treating COVID 19 … Read more Making efforts to airlift oxygen from Odisha: Arvind Kejriwal

HC stays e-tender for calcite mining in Visakhapatnam

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has put on hold for three weeks the e-tender for ‘working of calcite mining lease’ in 8.725 hectares at Nimmalapadu village in Ananthagiri mandal of Visakhapatnam district, on ‘raising-cum-sale contract basis’ floated by the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC). The High Court passed the order after hearing a writ … Read more HC stays e-tender for calcite mining in Visakhapatnam

Gujarat imposes night curfew in 20 cities

Apart from four metros of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot 16 other towns and cities in the state will have night curfews in the wake of second wave of the pandemic. These will include all eight municipal corporations in the state ie Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, Junagarh and Gandhinagar, towns like Anand, … Read more Gujarat imposes night curfew in 20 cities

HC dismisses contempt petition against Arappor Iyakkam

The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a contempt of court petition filed by Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister S.P. Velumani against non-governmental organisation Arappor Iyakkam, its convener Jayaram Venkatesan, joint convener Jahir Hussain and treasurer P. Nakeeran for continuously accusing the Minister of corruption on their social media accounts despite an interim order … Read more HC dismisses contempt petition against Arappor Iyakkam

Sexual assault | Supreme Court sets aside M.P. High Court’s ‘rakhi’ order

Issues directions to sensitise judiciary in offences committed against women. The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside a Madhya Pradesh High Court order asking a suspected sex offender to visit his victim at her home and allow her to tie a ‘rakhi’ on him as a condition for his bail. A Bench led by Justice … Read more Sexual assault | Supreme Court sets aside M.P. High Court’s ‘rakhi’ order

HC asks about action taken over violation of guidelines at Panchamasali rally

The Bench referred to reports in the media that indicated that a large number of people at the rally were not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing. The High Court of Karnataka on Monday directed the State government and the city police to submit a report on the action taken over the violation of COVID-19 … Read more HC asks about action taken over violation of guidelines at Panchamasali rally

Cannot ordinarily restrain officials from performing statutory functions, says HC

A writ of mandamus should not be ordinarily issued if it indirectly restrains an authority from performing or exercising his/her statutory function and such power of the court can be exercised only in exceptional circumstances, the Madras High Court has ruled. Justice N. Anand Venkatesh held so while dismissing a writ petition filed by D. … Read more Cannot ordinarily restrain officials from performing statutory functions, says HC