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Members of SC/ST and Muslim communities comprise more prisoners than their share in the Indian population | Shutterstock

SC allows post-conviction mental illness to be a factor in deciding death penalty appeals

Supreme Court lays down guidelines, says such convicts 'cannot be ignored and left to rot away', they require care and treatment.
Young lawyers outside the Supreme Court

SC invokes Sabarimala in plea seeking entry of women into mosques

SC issues notices to minority affairs ministry, Muslim law board and NCW on a petition filed by a Muslim couple challenging ban on entry of women in mosques.
A file photo of Muslim women participating in a convention on triple talaq | Getty Images

Muslim couple moves Supreme Court seeking entry of women in mosques

The Pune-based couple said there is nothing in the Quran that opposes women entering mosques and offering prayers.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

SC unhappy with poll body’s action on hate speech violations amid Mayawati-Adityanath issue

The top court has decided to examine the contention that the poll panel has limited legal powers to deal with hate speech in election campaigns.

Supreme Court seeks Rahul Gandhi’s explanation over remarks against PM Modi on Rafale case

Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, alleged Rahul Gandhi had incorrectly claimed that the Supreme Court had said "Chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain".
File photo of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Kolkata | PTI

CBI wrongly hounding me over Saradha scam probe, former Kolkata top cop tells SC

Former police chief Rajeev Kumar claims the way CBI is targeting him seems to be the result of a conspiracy between BJP leaders Mukul Roy & Kailash Vijayvargiya.
Supreme Court of India | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Electoral bonds to stay, but SC asks parties to file all donation details by 30 May

Electoral bonds have been challenged in the Supreme Court on the grounds that they are 'an obscure funding system which is unchecked by any authority'.

How SC defended freedom of speech by pulling up Mamata govt for blocking satirical film

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court slammed the West Bengal govt for preventing the screening of Bhobishyoter Bhoot, and also imposed fines.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

‘Govt justified in sharing information with media if public interest outweighs harm’

Supreme Court has rejected Modi govt’s claim of ‘privilege’ over Rafale documents, and is set to examine the ‘stolen’ papers.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav | PTI

Lalu Yadav denied bail by Supreme Court in Rs 900-crore fodder scam case

A bench headed by CJI Rajan Gogoi rejected RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail plea a day after the CBI strongly opposed it claiming he would conduct political activities.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.