Author: Tanushree Chakraborty

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The Mathura District Court ruled on Thursday that the suit filed in 2020 to remove the Mathura Shahi Idgah Masjid, which was allegedly built on Shrikrishna Janam Bhoomi Trust’s land, is maintainable. By virtue of section 4 (3) (b) of the Act, the Court held that the provisions of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 do not apply to the instant suit. Nothing in sub-section (1) and (2) of Section 4 shall apply to any suit, appeal, or another proceeding, with respect to any matter referred to in sub-section (2), finally decided, settled, or disposed of by a…

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Eight people have filed a petition with the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail in the case involving the misappropriation of over 7.5 crores from the Kerala Advocates Welfare Fund. When the case was heard today, Justice K. Babu refused to grant the accused interim protection and adjourned the case until Monday. The parties have been directed to produce all relevant materials before the bench for consideration at this point. In two petitions filed by lawyers practising before various courts across the State and enrolled with the Bar Council, the Court had previously ordered a CBI investigation into the scam, weighing…

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According to a court official, a petitioner in the Krishna Janmabhoomi case requested permission from the court on Wednesday to perform abhishek of child deity Bal Gopal’ at his so-called actual birthplace at Shahi Jama Masjid inside the Shri Krishna temple complex. According to District Government Counsel (Civil) Sanjai Gaur, Dinesh Kaushik, who is also the national treasurer of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, filed an application in court himself because the Mathura Bar Association had called a strike. The court accepted the plea and set the next hearing date for July 1. The Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha had previously…

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The Supreme Court, exercising its powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, ordered the immediate release of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination convict A G Perarivalan on Wednesday, who had already spent three decades in jail. The Tamil Nadu Cabinet had recommended his release to the Governor in September 2018, taking into account relevant considerations, according to a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and B R Gavai. Article 142 empowers the court to issue orders to ensure that a case is fully resolved. Any delay by the Governor in deciding on the exercise of powers under Article 161 to grant pardon, remission…

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The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition challenging political parties’ alleged practice of offering cash rewards in exchange for votes during elections. The issue of political parties’ promising freebies to voters if they are elected to power was raised in the Subramaniam Balaji case. The Supreme Court had ordered the Election Commission to draft guidelines that directly govern the contents of election manifestos in consultation with all recognised political parties. The issue had already been considered by the Supreme Court in S. Subramaniam Balaji v. the State of Tamil Nadu, and the present case is no different, according to…

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On Friday, the Supreme Court transferred the Gyanvapi mosque case from the civil judge’s senior division to the Varanasi district judge’s court for trial. The apex court suggested that the Gyanvapi mosque case be heard by a district court in Varanasi because it should be handled by a “slightly more mature” and “seasoned hand.” “This case should be heard by someone with a little more experience and maturity. We’re not criticising the trial judge. However, a more experienced hand should handle this case, which will benefit all parties,” the bench stated. We accordingly order and direct that the Civil Suit…

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On Wednesday, the Madhya Pradesh high court issued notices to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Centre, and the state government in response to a petition concerning a dispute over the Bhojshala monument in the state’s Dhar district. Bhojshala is an ASI-protected 11th-century monument that Hindus claim is a Vagdevi (Goddess Saraswati) temple, while Muslims call it Kamal Maula Mosque. According to an agreement reached by the ASI on April 7, 2003, Hindus perform puja on Tuesdays and Muslims offer namaz on Fridays in the complex. Hindu Front for Justice filed public interest litigation (PIL) on May 2 this…

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According to an ANI report, separatist leader Yasin Malik of Jammu and Kashmir pleaded guilty before the NIA court in a terror funding case. The NIA court had recently ordered the framing of charges against several separatist leaders, including Yasin Malik, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the IPC. The court will hear arguments on the quantum of the sentence on May 19, with Malik facing a maximum sentence of life in prison. “The analysis reflects that the statements of witnesses and documentary evidence have connected almost all the accused with each other and to a common object of…

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The Kerala High Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of ten defendants, including suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Tadiyantavide Naseer, by an NIA court in 2013 in a case involving the recruitment of Kerala youths to terror camps in Jammu and Kashmir to “wage war against India.” “For those who have such radical thoughts, we can only say that the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence if you just look at history,” the high court said in upholding their convictions. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court convicted and sentenced 13 people to life in prison…

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Three FIRs were filed against News18 anchor Aman Chopra in April after he anchored a TV show on the demolition of a temple in Alwar district’s Rajgarh for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups and hurting religious sentiments. On April 23, Congress worker Krishna Raj Singhl filed the first FIR in Bichwada police station in Dungarpur; the second in Bundi on the same day; and the third in Alwar on April 24. The allegation against Aman Chopra is that comments he made while anchoring the television show “Desh Jhukne Nhi Denge,” which were also posted on his twitter account, caused…

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