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Will Section 377 petition be referred to constitution bench?

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday referred a petition seeking to decriminalise consensual same-sex intercourse between adults to the Chief Justice of India, T.S. Thakur, for a decision on whether it would be heard by a constitution bench or not. Curative petitions against the 2013 decision of the apex court which upheld the validity of Section 377 in its entirety is pending before a constitution bench. Read more

Limited power of pardon by courts: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that constitutional courts, like the high courts and apex court, could only exercise the power of pardon if fundamental rights of a convict were violated. This power, as a general rule, belongs to the executive, the court said. Read more

SC dismisses plea seeking ban on encrypted messaging platforms

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking to ban messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Hike, among others, which use end-to-end encryption. Read more

Delhi high court allows Vodafone tax penalty proceedings to continue

The Delhi high court on Wednesday allowed the penalty proceedings initiated by the income tax department against Vodafone Mobile Services Ltd to continue. A final order in these proceedings, however, has been stayed. Read more

Triple ‘talaq’ to be examined within constitutional framework: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would consider how far it could interfere with Muslim personal laws, within the framework of the Constitution. The court was hearing a plea seeking to ban a practice that permits Muslim men to divorce their wives by saying the word talaq thrice. Read more

Court summons Vijay Mallya over money laundering case

A special court set up under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on Wednesday ordered UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya to appear in person before it on 29 July. Mallya’s assets may be attached and he may be declared a proclaimed offender if he fails to do so. Read more

General court martial can try child sexual assault cases: Armed Forces Tribunal

The Mumbai bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal has said that general court martial can try cases that fall within the ambit of the Prevention of Child Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The tribunal’s observation came in a case which challenged the order of a general court martial, which dismissed him from service in a sexual assault case and sentenced him under the POCSO Act. Read more

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh judges lose power to grant leave

On Wednesday, the powers vested with the principal district and sessions judges, metropolitan sessions judges and additional district and sessions judges of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to grant leave to their junior officers was withdrawn. All judicial officers of these two states will now have to seek permission from the high court till further orders. Read more