Padmaavat, Aadhaar to justice Loya case, Supreme Court has a busy week ahead
Here’s a list of cases that will come up in the Supreme Court this week:Updated: Jan 28, 2018 20:25 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Supreme Court will during the week continue to hear several important matters, including petitions that challenge Aadhaar, pleas for a probe into the death of CBI judge BH Loya and also the government’s plan to check stubble burning.
A list of cases in the country’s top court this week:
The controversial Bollywood period drama Padmaavat’s brush with law is still not over. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will hear a fresh petition that wants some scenes deleted from the film that was released on January 25 after a bruising battle with the censors and fringe outfits.
Advocate ML Sharma has questioned the censor board’s clearance to the film. The court on January 18 struck down a ban on the Deepika Padukone-starrer by four BJP-ruled states.
The court is holding day-to-day hearing of a clutch of petitions that challenge the 12-digit biometric identity number and the law that enables it.
Last week, the petitioners raised fears about privacy, security of data and a surveillance state. They also claimed that the biometrics – iris scans and finger prints – were not secured as several private firms were engaged by UIDAI, which is responsible for giving out Aadhaar numbers.
The government has told the court that a panel set up to put in place a data protection regime would submit its report by March. The panel is also expected to give its suggestion on broader question of cyber security.
Judge Loya case
Petitions seeking probe into the death of CBI judge BH Loya will be heard this week by a bench led by CJI Dipak Misra. The case was serious and it would hear the hear the matter objectively, the bench said last week, cautioning lawyers against dragging names of political leaders till it was proven that Loya’s death was unnatural.
Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh “fake encounter” case when he died of a cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014. BJP chief Amit Shah, an accused, was later discharged in the case.
Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra, lodged in Tihar jail in a cheating case, has filed for parole. A separate application on the progress the realty firm has made in talks for selling its assets has also been filed. The court had ordered Unitech to deposit Rs 750 crore by December-end for failing to hand over flats to homebuyers but it is yet to do it.
Chandra would get bail after the money is deposited, the court has said.
On Monday, the court will hear its environment pollution (prevention and control) authority’s response to a government proposal to tackle stubble burning, one of the big reasons for air pollution in Delhi.
Nudged by the court, the government had set up a task force to draw a plan to dissuade farmers in neighbouring states from burning paddy residue.
PIL on income declaration by netas, families
The court will take up a public interest litigation that wants politicians and their family members to declare their sources of income in poll affidavits.
It will also take up income-tax probe report against seven Lok Sabha and 98 assembly members. The I-T department has not disclosed the names or the party affiliation of the lawmakers whose asset declarations were found to be faulty.
First Published: Jan 28, 2018 18:47 IST