The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) organized a salutation ceremony in honour of the new union law minister Salman Khurshid. Mr. Salman Khurshid is a lawyer himself, he is also a member of SBCA and was enrolled at the bar council in 1997. He also appeared in number of cases in Supreme Court in Constitutional, Commercial and other matters. He also drafted briefs in various fields of law including Commercial, Arbitration, Service and Labour matters. Khurshid was welcomed by many senior advocates, members of SCBA along with Attorney General Goolam Essaji Vahanvati, and SCBA president PH Parekh. He had a brief chat with all in the leading cases especially on the issues of civil liberties and freedom of speech and expression. Instead of a formal meeting he desired to meet all the members in Supreme Court lawn. Giving him a warm welcome by all, SCBA president Parekh asked everyone to Please come and meet our own Mr. Salman Khurshid. At the end the officials told the media as it was a very healthy meet and the discussions were result oriented.
Advocate Rohinton Nariman was appointed as the new SG of India succeeding Mr. Gopal Subramaniam who had resigned earlier this month in the wake of the Communications Minister Kapil Sibbal preferring Mr. Nariman over him to represent him in the SC in a case of black money against Mr. Sibbal. Mr. Rohinton Nariman will now represent the Union of India in the Supreme Court.
A cabinet meeting on Thursday presided over by PM Manmohan Singh made and cleared a change in a constitution amendment bill to enhance the representation of SC/ST women in village panchayats. The change makes the reservation of such bodies from 33% to 50%.
Supreme Court ruled government that the quota rules cannot alter the All India Services like IAS and IPS cadre as it violates the constitution.
SC passed the ruling while dealing with the petition of G.Srinivas Rao, an IPS officer. He challenged the centre decision which allotted him Manipur-Tripura Joint Cadre on October 27, 1999. He was 95 ranked in UPSC examination and was fully capable to get his home cadre Andhra Pradesh, but it was approved to an OBC who also had 95 ranks.
A very recent judgement by the Bombay High Court has launched a discussion on whether or not India’s Adultery Law is inequitable to both men and women. It seems that large portion of civil society as well as the legal class thinks so.
Mumbai businessman Deepak Mirwainis’s petition has been struck down by the Bombay High Court which was stating the law against adultery or section 497 of the Indian Penal Code.
Deepak was having an affair with a married woman which made him offender according to the section 497 of IPC. According to this section, the woman, who may well be an equal participant in the act of the adultery, is kept outside the purview of the law, which goes on to declare . In such type of cases the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor. So many legal experts believe that adultery is an unjust law subject to IPC.
Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice U.D. Salvi of Bombay High Court ruled that making the law unconstitutional would give free play to extra-marital affairs and affect the stability of marriage. However, they did profess that – it was time Section 497 was revisited.
The city Lokayukta of New Delhi has accused CM Sheila Dikshit of misrepresenting facts in her run up to the 2008 assembly polls that 60,000 low-cost flats were ready and recommended to the President for censure.