"A citizen has the right to get together (with other citizens) and protest but in a peaceful manner. The government is not always right. We all make mistakes. The government has no right to stifle a protest unless it has turned violent," Justice Gupta said at his inaugural lecture on 'Democracy and Dissent' at the Indian Law Institute.
A bench, comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph, said their emissaries have placed the reports before the court and it will first go through them before deciding any course of action.
A top court bench led by Justice RF Nariman ruled that the order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the appellate tribunal’s decision to uphold it were beyond their jurisdiction. The February 12 order will likely have a wider ramification as the assets of several individuals, trusts and companies, besides those of Nirav Modi and his uncle Choksi, are under freeze even as the government seeks to recover the public money lost in the alleged scam.
The suggestion that the court reach out to protesters was made by the lawyer who appeared for Bhim Army leader Chandra Shekhar Azad. The bench will hear the case again on next Monday, by which mediators have been asked to return with a solution to stave off government action against protesters should they choose not to move from the spot.
Arguing for the Centre on the scope of a reference in the Sabarimala review made to a nine-judge bench, Mehta invoked Hinduism’s pluralism and said that he would abide by any dress code prescribed to enter a temple. Mehta also argued that the bench would have to decide who will take a call on what is ‘essential practice’ in a religion.
Central government had challenged in Supreme Court Delhi High Court decision to grant permanent commission to women and did not implement the decision in the interim despite there being no stay on it; it now has to implement the policy within 3 months. The benefit will have to be given to all women officers irrespective of the number of years of service.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had formally sought payments from Oil India. Two other state firms had not received a formal “demand notice” and may have no liability after the top court’s verdict, company executives said on the condition of anonymity.
The top court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra demanded to know from the managing directors and directors of the telecom companies, which had sought a modification of the order, why contempt action shouldn't be taken against them for not abiding by the court order.
Vodafone-Idea, Airtel and other telcos owe a reported sum of Rs 1.47 lakh crore to the Department of Telecom.
The Andhra Pradesh government told the Supreme Court that a 100% quotas for tribal teachers in the tribal belt had led to a remarkable increase in literacy rates in the scheduled areas. To this, the bench demanded data to prove the state’s claim. and also demanded to know if the state can justify the complete exclusion of all the other categories.
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