2012 yearender: HC assuages enraged nation, puts sports bodies to task

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SummaryPolitical bigwigs, facing corruption charges, kept approaching HC to get bail, sentences suspended.

to seek reversal of an order of the Portuguese Supreme Court by which his extradition was quashed on the ground of non-observance of extradition terms.

A plethora of PILs, subsequent court notices, observations and decisions in some also hogged the limelight in 2012.

One of the pleas pertained to allotment of 190 acres of IGI Airport land to private consortium Delhi International Airport Limited at a “throw-away” price. The court took note of it and asked the Centre to file documents related to allotment.

On another PIL, alleging scam of whopping Rs 67,000 crore in purchase of 111 planes by Air India, the court, however, refused to order a probe by the CVC, saying the matter was being looked into by Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare and his supporters got support in the hearing of a PIL alleging that some NGOs got foreign funds which were used in the stir.

The strike of Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), representing the pilots of original Air India, over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression also kept the court busy.

It restrained the pilots from continuing with the strike and later, asked the national carrier to mediate with them after some of them were sacked.

IPG's rival, Indian Commercial Pilots' Association, a body of pilots of Indian Airlines, could not get relief as the court refused to stay Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh's order to extend the flight duty time limitation (FDTL) of pilots and cabin crew, saying it was their duty to enable Air India to “pull through” the “financial crisis”.

Some PILs, pertaining to local issues, also made news in 2012.

The court dismissed a plea to scrap the 5.8-km-long Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor saying its implementation is not an “irrational decision”. The BRT project is the brainchild of the Delhi government.

The city government, facing contempt for not amending the law to make wearing helmets mandatory for woman pillion riders on two-wheelers, took a stand in the hearing of a PIL that it cannot be done as it may hurt religious feelings of a section of the society.

The court also asked the government and other civic agencies to make a long term plan to solve the water logging problems in the capital.

It also took a suo motu cognisance of the unauthorised construction of a mosque at a Metro railways project site here and asked the ASI

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