The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea by traders to allow sale of fireworks in Delhi and the NCR for at least a day before Diwali even as it voiced its anguish over attempts to give a “communal colour” to its ban order. The court did so while refusing to relax its October 9 order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region(NCR) till October 31. Diwali falls on October 19. The traders had moved the top court seeking relaxation of the ban, saying that a huge amount of money has been invested by them after their licences were revived and the latest order would cause massive loss to them. They sought permission of the apex court to sell crackers for at least a day or two before Diwali.
The Supreme Courton Friday referred to a constitution bench the contentious issue relating to the ban on entry of women between 10 to 50 years of age in Kerala’s historic Sabarimala Temple. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra framed five “significant” questions to be dealt with by the constitution bench, including whether the practice of banning entry of women in the temple amounted to discrimination and violated their fundamental rights under the Constitution.
The Allahabad High Court has lacerated the trial court judge in the Aarushi murder case, saying he acted like a film director to create a fictional scenario, used fallacious analogy and ignored the basic tenets of law. High court justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra listed a litany of errors, missteps and fanciful deductions by the trial judge while convicting dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar for the double murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in May 2008.
New Delhi, Oct 13 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Friday said the Rohingya refugee problem was of a “great magnitude” and the state would have to play a “big role” in striking a balance between national interests and human rights while dealing with the contentious issue.
The apex court, which decided to give a detailed and “holistic hearing” from November 21 on the government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, observed that a balance has to be struck between national interest and human rights as the issue involved national security, economic interests and humanity.
Boost for Jaypee Infra flatbuyers? Jaiprakash Associates set to put Yamuna Expressway on block to pay them back
Real estate developer Jaiprakash Associates (JAL) on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to “hive off” its Yamuna Expressway toll asset rights to generate Rs 2,000 crore that it is supposed to deposit to cover part of its subsidiary Jaypee Infratech’s liability towards 32,000 homebuyers. Counsel Anupam Lal Das told a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that Jaypee is willing to deposit the money, but needs approval to “hive off its operation, collection and maintenance rights for a limited period” to raise the funds. He told FE that the Jaypee group has a “firm and concrete offer from an investor” who is willing to pay Rs 2,500 crore for the toll asset rights and the company will submit the details of the offer in a sealed cover to “maintain commercial confidentiality”.
Pay less for flights on Diwali eve. That seems to be the mantra as carriers are substantially lowering the average spot airfare of tickets on Diwali eve, usually the highest in a calendar year, that are booked a week before departure. Thanks to increased capacity by airlines on some of the routes and a slowdown in certain sectors of the economy, a lower priceline around the festival of lights seems the new normal. However, flight tickets from Mumbai, the most congested airport in the country, continues to buck the trend owing to capacity constraints which limit the number of flights that can be operated from the airport.