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​​A bench of justices N V Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari said the Speaker, being a neutral person, is expected to act independently while conducting the proceedings of the House or adjudication petitions.

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  • The court on Wednesday struck down the portion of the order of then Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar by which the legislators were disqualified till the end of the 15th Karnataka Assembly and said they can become ministers or hold public office if elected in the December 5 bypolls.

    Hailing the top court order, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel said already the election date has been announced and the party would convene a meeting to discuss the future course of action.

    The development comes as the Supreme Court asked the Centre to set up a trust within three months for the construction of the temple. Members of VHP’s Ayodhya unit told ET that the Centre could ask Mahant Nritya Gopal Das to be part of the trust.

    The verdict, in favour of building a Ram temple, strengthens the political position of Adityanath ahead of the 2022 state elections, especially as no report of violence was reported across UP on Saturday when this paper went to print. He and his guru, Mahant Avaidyanath, have been champions of the Ram temple movement.

    The Supreme Court, in its verdict pronounced earlier in the day, backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot be allotted for building a mosque in the Hindu holy town. Following the verdict, top ministry officials briefed diplomats of various countries and key allies of India.

    Addressing the nation hours after the top court gave its judgment, Modi said the way each section of the society welcomed the verdict reflects India's ancient traditions of amity and harmony.He said India's credo of unity in diversity is today visible in its totality.

    The Supreme Court's verdict cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. "We accept the court order and the Hindu-Muslim issue which had been going on for several years should come to an end now," Bukhari said.

    Post the Ayodhya verdict, it is now a race to board the Ram Temple Trust. Mahants, Acharyas, Sadhus eye to be a part of the Trust. Post Ayod...

    The order comes following an appeal filed by Victor Fernandes and Sangeeta Fernandes seeking further direction from the tribunal.

    The government on Wednesday approved a Rs 25,000-crore fund to help complete over 1,500 stalled housing projects, including ones that have been declared NPAs or admitted for insolvency proceedings, as it looks to boost growth by steering consumption in real estate and associated sectors. The move is likely to help 4.58 lakh housing units across the country.

    The cops received statements of support from police associations across the country. Special Commissioner of Police later said a review petition would be filed against the high court verdict which suspended policemen and ordered a judicial inquiry into clashes between police and lawyers which began outside Tis Hazari courts last Saturday.

    Fed has changed policy in one direction or another in each of the last 10 presidential polling years.

    A purported audio clip of Yediyurappa expressing anguish against leaders at a recent party meeting in Hubballi over their opposition to giving tickets to disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs for the December 5 assembly bypolls in 15 assembly constituencies had surfaced on Friday last.

    The REIT posted revenue from operations at Rs 520.6 crore for the quarter.

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