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Kerala HC grants bail to suspended IAS officer Sivasankar in gold smuggling case

Despite the relief, Sivasankar will continue to be in jail as he was also arrested in connection with an alleged dollar-smuggling case by the Customs department.
Representational image of construction work | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Madhya Pradesh cannot divert funds meant for construction workers’ welfare, Centre tells SC

Madhya Pradesh government is seeking a Rs 1000-crore loan from a Rs 1,985-crore corpus that is meant to fund welfare schemes for construction workers.

‘Ego battle’ — SC rejects Andhra govt’s plea challenging state EC order on panchayat polls

The Supreme Court said the appeal illustrated 'ego battle' between the Andhra govt and the state poll panel, and this is 'leading to lawlessness'.
Pahalgam Valley in Jammu and Kashmir (representational image) | Wikimedia commons

No coercive action against those challenging Roshni Act judgment — J&K tells Supreme Court

The top court had asked the J&K HC to decide the pleas seeking review of the verdict scrapping Roshni Act, which had conferred proprietary rights on the occupants of the state land.

SC refuses to entertain PIL seeking ‘free, safe, fair’ elections in West Bengal

During the brief hearing, the lawyer said Hindu voters are 'not allowed to go out to vote' in places where Muslims are in majority.
Supreme Court of India

SC agrees to hear PIL for appointing chairperson, members to 22nd Law Commission

The plea has also sought direction to the law panel to also consider his submission seeking action on the Vohra commission report on alleged nexus between politicians and criminals.
File photo of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Supreme Court seeks Centre’s reply on PIL seeking to set up media tribunal

The plea said media, particularly the electronic, has become like an unruly horse which needs to be tamed.
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National platform, new law — how Sikri panel wants online dispute resolution to work

Online Dispute Resolution is a concept that seeks to unclog courts by offering alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration, negotiation & mediation, online.
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Groping child without skin-to-skin contact & sexual intent not assault under POCSO — Bombay HC

According to Justice Ganediwala, sexual assault on a minor would involve an act committed with sexual intent that involves physical contact without penetration.
File photo of Umar Khalid | Facebook | @UmarKhalidJNU

Delhi court objects to reports on Umar Khalid’s ‘confession’, reminds of basics on reporting

A chief metropolitan magistrate in Delhi notes media trials cannot destroy ‘presumption of innocence’, calls for self-regulation.

On Camera

Excise duties & Robin Hood politics — why fuel prices are rising despite low global rates

In episode 668 of Cut The Clutter, ThePrint’s Shekhar Gupta narrates the story of fuel pricing in the country to unpack why prices have risen drastically.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

IMF projects 11.5% growth rate for India in 2021, only country with double digit growth

The International Monetary Fund's projections indicate a strong recovery for the Indian economy after it is estimated to have contracted by 8% in 2020.

Defence

Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury, leader of the Bangladesh contingent that participated in the Republic Day parade | PTI

Defence ties with India to get ‘new dimension’ — Bangladesh contingent leader after R-Day march

Colonel Mohammad Mohtashim Hyder Chowdhury tells ThePrint participating in India's Republic Day parade will have 'positive impact for the future'.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

7 reasons why Modi govt is in retreat on farm reform laws

Farm reform could’ve been high point of Modi’s second term. But lack of patience, understanding and contempt for history have turned it into a disaster.