Author: Kanika Bhatnagar

The Popular Front of India (PFI) has been denied permission to hold a rally in the national capital on Saturday. The event was set to take place in Ambedkar Bhawan in Delhi’s Jhandewalan neighbourhood. The demonstration was titled ‘Save the Republic,’ and the police have threatened to take action if the Islamist group attempted to organise it without the necessary permission. This comes after the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) wrote a petition to the Delhi Police asking them to put an end to the protest that PFI was planning in the nation’s capital. “This organisation (PFI) is running suspicious activities…

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According to the Supreme Court, a mother who remarries after the death of the biological father can choose the surname of her child and incorporate it in her new family. The bench, which included Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Krishna Murari, overturned an Andhra Pradesh High Court decision that ordered a mother to change her child’s surname and to refer to her new spouse in records solely as “stepfather.” “After the demise of her first husband, being the only natural guardian of the child we fail to see how the mother can be lawfully restrained from including the child in her new…

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The Supreme Court slammed the Maharashtra Election Commission on Thursday for rescheduling polls for 367 local bodies that had already been notified, ostensibly to grant OBC reservation. The court ruled that the electoral commission could not meddle with polls that had already been scheduled and that the dates could only be rescheduled once. A Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, A.S. Oka, and J.B. Pardiwala ruled unequivocally that the State Election Commission (SEC) ‘cannot and shall not’ re-notify the election programme in order to give reservation in respect of these 367 local bodies. It stated that if the same is not…

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On July 27, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seized another significant cache of cash and gold jewellery worth over Rs 27.8 crore during the second raid on a property related to TMC minister Partha Chatterjee’s close aide Arpita Mukherjee.The ED raided two flats in Arpita Mukherjee’s apartment in Belgharia, Kolkata, yesterday. The investigation agency discovered several banknotes in one of the units. A truck and several cash counting equipment were called in to transport the massive sum of cash discovered from her flat. “Bundles of cash were recovered from a shelf while inspecting Arpita’s flat located in Belgharia Town Club in…

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A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking appropriate direction to the Centre and the Delhi Government to prohibit forcible religious conversion by intimidating, threatening, and deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits, as well as through the use of black magic and superstition. The Petition contends that religious conversion by “carrot and stick” and “hook or crook” violates not just Articles 14, 15, 21, 25, but also the principles of secularism, which is an inherent part of the Constitution’s basic framework. A division bench of Justices Sanjeev Sachdeva and Tushar Rao Gedela was…

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Droupadi Murmu was sworn in as India’s 15th President in the Central Hall of Parliament on Monday. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ceremony was attended by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, members of the Council of Ministers, state Governors, Chief Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Members of Parliament, and principal civil and military officers of the government of India. At a ceremony held in the parliament’s Central Hall, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana administered the oath of office to the…

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The Kerala High Court ruled in a landmark decision that every person has the right to have only his or her mother’s name appear on their birth certificate and other official papers. The State has a responsibility to safeguard all citizens, even those who may have been born out of wedlock or as a result of rape, and their right to privacy, dignity, and liberty is guaranteed, according to Justice PV Kunhikrishnan. “It is clear that it is the right of a person to include his mother’s name alone in the birth certificate, identity certificates and other documents. As I…

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A Division Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna was hearing a petition by a daughter, Lathika, demanding maintenance from her estranged father, Rao, following her mother’s death. She is a liability, the advocate for Rao declared during the hearing. Quickly responding, Justice Chandrachud added that the lawyer should carefully review Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. “Daughters are not a liability, let her concentrate on the judicial services exam, then she will not be dependent on the father at all. Guide her on how to appear for the judicial exam.” Lathika’s lawyer, who is representing her, informed the bench that…

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On Thursday night, July 21, a 30-year-old lady allegedly experienced a gang rape inside the New Delhi Railway Station. According to Harendra Singh, DCP Railway, the victim was sexually assaulted on Thursday night on platform 8-9 of the railway station. The alleged gang rape allegedly took place inside the electrical maintenance staff tent at the Delhi railway station, where the accused worked in the electrical department. On Friday at about 2:27 am, the staff received a call about the event, but they were unable to locate the caller. She told me she was on platforms 8 to 9 of the New…

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The Madras High Court recently emphasised that separated spouses should treat each other with respect and empathy in front of the kid when handling a case involving visiting rights between a divorced couple. While adding that he had observed numerous instances of one spouse mistreating the other when they came to visit the child, Justice Krishnan Ramasamy made the statement. “The spouse shall treat other spouse, though not as wife/husband due personal indifferences, but at least treat him/her as a guest by paying more attention than wife/husband since in our customs and practice, a guest is treated as “Athidi Devo…

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