Utkarsh Anand

Utkarsh Anand is Legal Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on law, judiciary and governance.

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Supreme Court judges divided over proposed transfer of MP HC judge to Delhi

According to people aware of the matter, a proposal to transfer justice Purushaindra Kumar Kaurav from Madhya Pradesh to the national capital is facing stiff opposition in the top court.
Consultee judges are those in the top court who have earlier served in the high courts where the judges being considered for elevation or transfer are currently posted.
Consultee judges are those in the top court who have earlier served in the high courts where the judges being considered for elevation or transfer are currently posted.
Updated on May 27, 2022 02:57 AM IST
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First decide on plea’s maintainability, SC directs Jharkhand HC

A bench of justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Bela M Trivedi directed the high court to examine the issue of maintainability of the PILs upfront on the next date of hearing before examining the request for probes by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the alleged illegalities.
The Jharkhand government and Hemant Soren have flagged that the PIL petitioner, Shiv Shankar Sharma, did not divulge that his father testified against the chief minister’s father Shibu Soren in a murder case in 2006 (ANI)
The Jharkhand government and Hemant Soren have flagged that the PIL petitioner, Shiv Shankar Sharma, did not divulge that his father testified against the chief minister’s father Shibu Soren in a murder case in 2006 (ANI)
Updated on May 25, 2022 04:45 AM IST
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Stronger a judge, greater the attack on them: Top court

A bench of justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and Bela M Trivedi underlined that judges are completely mindful that they are also bound by the law and that they discharge their duties to the best of their abilities.
When the lawyer’s appeal came up for the hearing before the Supreme Court on Monday, the bench frowned upon Adikesavan’s conduct in gathering more than 100 other advocates to prevent the police officials from executing a warrant issued against him by the high court in June 2021. (AP)
When the lawyer’s appeal came up for the hearing before the Supreme Court on Monday, the bench frowned upon Adikesavan’s conduct in gathering more than 100 other advocates to prevent the police officials from executing a warrant issued against him by the high court in June 2021. (AP)
Updated on May 24, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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Pegasus row: Supreme Court asks panel to expedite its probe

The committee, and a technical sub-committee, is carrying out a digital forensics analysis of devices suspected to have been targeted by a military grade spyware called Pegasus, which is reported to cost millions of dollars and its Israeli makers NSO Group have claimed they only serve government clients.
The Supreme Court has asked the court-appointed panel to expedite its investigation into the Pegasus snooping row while extending the time till June 20 for submission of the final report in the matter.
The Supreme Court has asked the court-appointed panel to expedite its investigation into the Pegasus snooping row while extending the time till June 20 for submission of the final report in the matter.
Updated on May 21, 2022 01:23 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

SC transfers Gyanvapi matter to district judge

Noting that the “complexities and sensitivities involved in the matter” would require a “more senior and experienced hand”, a bench, led by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, transferred the suit filed by five Hindu women on whose plea a survey of the mosque premises was conducted, to the Varanasi district judge, asking him to decide all relevant issues.
 (Rajesh Kumar)
(Rajesh Kumar)
Updated on May 20, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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SC to hear Gyanvapi case today, restrains local court

A bench, led by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, recorded the undertaking of advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, who represented the five Hindu women petitioners, and issued a directive to the Varanasi civil judge.
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Updated on May 20, 2022 04:22 AM IST
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GST Council’s suggestions are not binding: SC

A bench, headed by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, held that “Parliament intended for the recommendations of the GST Council to only have a persuasive value, particularly when interpreted along with the objective of the GST regime, to foster cooperative federalism and harmony between the constituent units”.
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Updated on May 20, 2022 12:00 AM IST
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ByUtkarsh Anand and Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Sidhu gets 1-year jail in road rage case

According to the prosecution, Gurnam Singh was beaten up by Sidhu in a road rage incident at Patiala in December 1988. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu (AFP)
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu (AFP)
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:41 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

1988 road rage case: SC sentences Navjot Singh Sidhu to 1 year in prison

According to the prosecution, Gurnam Singh was beaten up by Sidhu in a road rage incident in December 1988, and the victim was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead
In a previous hearing in May 2018, the cricketer-turned-politician had been let off with a meagre fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span> 1,000. (HT File Photo)
In a previous hearing in May 2018, the cricketer-turned-politician had been let off with a meagre fine of 1,000. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2022 04:33 PM IST
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Don’t hear Gyanvapi case for now, SC tells Varanasi court

Gyanvapi masjid row hearing: The apex court bench directed that the Varanasi civil court shall hold its hands for a day and fixed the case for a hearing on Friday at 3 pm.
On Monday, a Varanasi court had ordered the sealing of a pond in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners said a Shivling was found there during a court-monitored survey that lasted for three days from May 14-16. (HT file)
On Monday, a Varanasi court had ordered the sealing of a pond in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners said a Shivling was found there during a court-monitored survey that lasted for three days from May 14-16. (HT file)
Published on May 19, 2022 12:15 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Centre, states have equal power to make laws on GST: Supreme Court

The apex court interpreted the pertinent legal provisions to further hold that the recommendations of the GST Council are not binding on the Centre and states, and that such recommendations only have a persuasive value.
The top court delivered a significant verdict outlining the powers of federal units in a democratic set up. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The top court delivered a significant verdict outlining the powers of federal units in a democratic set up. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 19, 2022 11:53 AM IST
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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC judgment outlines limits of guv’s powers

In its 29-page judgment, the top court clearly demarcated the spheres of powers of not only the Governor but also that of a state government to dispel the daze, citing the pertinent constitutional provisions.
AG Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, plays a musical instrument to celebrate the SC judgment at his house in Jolarpet, Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. (PTI)
AG Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, plays a musical instrument to celebrate the SC judgment at his house in Jolarpet, Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 19, 2022 03:17 AM IST
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Supreme Court places AIFF under Committee of Administrators

  • The three-member panel will oversee administration under elections are held under a new constitution though the actions could lead to a Fifa ban of India
The court has virtually revoked powers of the AIFF governing body headed by Praful Patel(AIFF)
The court has virtually revoked powers of the AIFF governing body headed by Praful Patel(AIFF)
Published on May 18, 2022 10:50 PM IST
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Succession law: Govt backs provision that prioritises husband’s kin

Under the law, when a Hindu man dies, the properties left behind by him are to be distributed equally among his wife, children and his mother.
The petition argued that sections 15 and 16 of the Act “unveils deeply rooted patriarchal ideology.” (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The petition argued that sections 15 and 16 of the Act “unveils deeply rooted patriarchal ideology.” (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on May 18, 2022 08:59 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Protect ‘Shivling area’ but allow namaz: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that a section of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi Masjid complex where a “Shivling” was ostensibly found shall remain protected until further orders but Muslims will have the right to offer namaz in the mosque without any hindrance, observing that it was “aware of the sensitivities of the matter”.
The Supreme Court asked the Varanasi DM to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ was found without impeding the right of Muslims to enter and worship on Tuesday. (PTI)
The Supreme Court asked the Varanasi DM to protect the area where the ‘Shivling’ was found without impeding the right of Muslims to enter and worship on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 11:41 PM IST
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As Places of Worship Act takes centre stage in Gyanvapi debate, all you need to know about it

When the Ram Janmabhoomi movement was gathering momentum in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the PV Narasimha Rao-led Congress regime envisaged a law to lock the position or “religious identity” of any house of worship as it existed on August 15, 1947
Security personnel outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi. (PTI)
Security personnel outside Gyanvapi Masjid in Varanasi. (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2022 04:33 PM IST
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How SC judges hearing Gyanvapi case were associated with Babri matter

Justices Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud and PS Narasimha will consider a petition against the survey of the mosque premises
The Supreme Court. (HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 17, 2022 08:29 AM IST
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Judge’s appointment coincides with marital rape case reaching Supreme Court

Call it a coincidence or a curious turn of events, the movement of the marital rape case from high courts to the Supreme Court has come just in time when a high court judge who holds strong views in favour of criminalising marital rape has been elevated to the apex court.
Judge’s appointment coincides with marital rape case reaching Supreme Court
Judge’s appointment coincides with marital rape case reaching Supreme Court
Updated on May 16, 2022 05:21 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

SC refuses to halt survey for idols at Gyanvapi mosque

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to stop at once the survey of Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, saying the matter would have to be considered in due course
Supreme Court  (File Photo)
Supreme Court  (File Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2022 02:29 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Supreme Court to examine J&K delimitation process

A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh admitted a writ petition by a J&K resident seeking a detailed hearing on the points of legality of the delimitation exercise conducted in terms of the notifications issued in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019 (PTI)
On May 5, the three-member delimitation commission finalised the UT’s new electoral map, marking the first step for elections in the region since its special status was scrapped in August 2019 (PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2022 01:54 AM IST
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Supreme Court refuses to stop Gyanvapi Mosque survey

Seeking an urgent intervention from Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi pleaded for a status quo in the case pending before the Varanasi civil court
Varanasi: Security personnel keep vigil after security was beefed up following the court's verdict on the case of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex's survey, in Varanasi,(PTI)
Varanasi: Security personnel keep vigil after security was beefed up following the court's verdict on the case of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex's survey, in Varanasi,(PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2022 11:57 AM IST
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In 16 months, Supreme Court has put two central laws on hold

In about sixteen months, the penal provision of sedition became the second central government law to be put on hold by the Supreme Court, pending a final adjudication.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday concluded that till the government’s exercise of reviewing the sedition law got over, ‘it will be appropriate not to continue the usage of’ Section 124A of IPC. (PTI)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday concluded that till the government’s exercise of reviewing the sedition law got over, ‘it will be appropriate not to continue the usage of’ Section 124A of IPC. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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Top court hits pause button on colonial-era sedition law; here's what it means

The Union government said on Monday that it has decided to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of the sedition law. On Wednesday, the government suggested tightening the requirements for filing a case under the law, but the court went a step further.
The Supreme Court of India. (Reuters file photo)
The Supreme Court of India. (Reuters file photo)
Updated on May 12, 2022 04:32 AM IST
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Colonial, political and legal history of the sedition law in India

IPC was brought into force in colonial India in 1860, but had no section concerning sedition. British historian-politician Thomas Macaulay drafted the IPC in the year 1837.
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Updated on May 13, 2022 07:37 AM IST
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Supreme Court puts 152-year-old colonial-era sedition law on hold

This came a day after the court set a 24-hour deadline for the Centre to decide if the Indian Penal Code Section 124A can be put on hold “to protect people” from arrests until the government reviews the law
The Supreme Court. (Reuters)
The Supreme Court. (Reuters)
Updated on May 11, 2022 01:31 PM IST
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Supreme Court to examine if a man can be tried for raping his wife

A division bench of the high court is set to deliver its verdict on Wednesday the validity of Exception 2 of Section 375 (rape) in the IPC that makes husbands immune to the marital rape charge provided the wife is not a minor.
Top court to examine if a man can be tried for raping his wife
Top court to examine if a man can be tried for raping his wife
Updated on May 11, 2022 08:30 AM IST
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'Why can’t sedition law be put on hold,' Supreme Court asks Centre

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, put the government in the dock a day after the Centre filed an affidavit to state that it has decided to review Section 124A (sedition) in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and hence, the court should hold its hands till this exercise gets over.
The Supreme Court of India (HT Photo)
The Supreme Court of India (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2022 03:59 AM IST
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Govt to reconsider minority tag for Hindus in some states

At that time, the Centre put the onus on states and Union territories (UTs) to take a call on whether or not to grant minority status to Hindus where they are numerically less.
The government submitted a fresh affidavit in the top court in supersession of its previous affidavit filed on March 27.(file photo)
The government submitted a fresh affidavit in the top court in supersession of its previous affidavit filed on March 27.(file photo)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:38 AM IST
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Used a bulldozer to arrest rape accused, say UP police in SC

The UP government was responding to an averment made in the petition filed in SC that police in Saharanpur razed part of the house of the accused, asking them through loudspeakers to surrender within 48 hours, or else their entire house will be demolished.
Police, however, justified its action in the top court, maintaining that the raid using a bulldozer was conducted to nab the accused from all possible hideouts and to maintain law and order. (HT file)
Police, however, justified its action in the top court, maintaining that the raid using a bulldozer was conducted to nab the accused from all possible hideouts and to maintain law and order. (HT file)
Updated on May 10, 2022 03:44 AM IST
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Centre asks SC to pause sedition hearings but precedents tell a different story

The Union government on Monday asked the Supreme Court to suspend the ongoing judicial scrutiny of the 152-year-old colonial law on sedition till the government takes a call on the issue
The Supreme Court will consider the government’s request to wait for the exercise to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A, sedition. (HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court will consider the government’s request to wait for the exercise to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A, sedition. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2022 12:17 AM IST
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