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Supreme Court to hear Shopian firing, Sabarimala starting Monday

From petitions seeking to lift the ban on entry of women in Sabarimala temple to live streaming of important cases of Supreme Court, the top court is scheduled to hear a range of matters this week starting Monday

india Updated: Jul 29, 2018 23:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A general view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India.(HT File Photo)

From petitions seeking to lift the ban on entry of women in Sabarimala temple to live streaming of important cases of Supreme Court, the top court is scheduled to hear a range of matters this week starting Monday.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra is Monday expected to wrap up the hearing of petitions seeking to stop female genital mutilation of minor girls, a practice followed by members of the Bohra community. While the Centre has tagged the practice as “crime”, the SC had on the last hearing said it was violative of one’s bodily integrity.

The CJI’s bench is also expected to take up a petition filed by the father of an army officer facing murder charges in the Shopian firing incident in Kashmir in which two civilians were killed. The Centre has challenged the FIR filed by that state’s police against the army personnel without first taking its permission.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has rebutted the arguments, saying sanction is required only before submitting final investigation reports to the court. The court has in the meantime stayed the criminal probe.

Pursuant to last week’s order, the CBI director will appear Monday before the bench headed by Justice MB Lokur to explain the delay in filing charge sheets in seven cases of fake encounters reported in Manipur.

The SC had last year ordered the CBI to conduct an inquiry. The judges rued that requisite approvals were yet to be given by senior officials of the CBI.

The case related to the conservation of heritage monument, Taj Mahal, would also be taken up this week. The issue regarding the expansion of industrial units in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) despite a ban order from the court would be up for consideration. Uttar Pradesh’s Chamber of Commerce has brought the violation to court’s notice.

A constitution bench led by the CJI will continue to hear petitions in the Sabarimala case. Those seeking to retain the ban on women aged between 10 and 50 years will put forth arguments.

This week attorney general KK Venugopal is expected to present his suggestions on how live streaming of constitutional cases can be regulated on Friday.

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 23:39 IST