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Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti

Rejected, infructuous, pending — status of pleas in SC, HC against detention of J&K leaders

While NC leader Omar Abdullah was released by SC after a warning, ex-CM Mehbooba Mufti is still under detention. J&K Bar Council chief Mian Qayoom's legal battle went on for over 10 months.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Shourie, Bhushan, N Ram challenge validity of criminal contempt in SC, say it curbs free speech

Their petition states that Section 2(c)(i) of the Contempt of Court Act has the effect of threatening dissenters and critics, and silences legitimate criticism and dissent.
The Supreme Court in New Delhi| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tripura, Karnataka haven’t paid doctors’ salaries, govt tells SC

In an application by United Residents and Doctors' Association, the top court was also told that some hospitals are treating mandatory quarantine of doctors as period of leave.
Delhi High Court | Twitter: @ANI

Delhi HC rejects ex-councillor’s plea against extension of probe time in February riots case

Former Congress municipal councillor Ishrat Jahan was arrested on 26 February and booked under the UAPA in a case related to the communal violence in northeast Delhi in February.
UGC

UGC won’t alter decision on final-year exams, tells SC the move will protect academic future

In a 50-page affidavit, the UGC says it has taken into account the evolving situation of Covid-19 and sufficient time has been given to varsities to conduct the exams.
Sudha Bharadwaj

9 dates in 48 days — HC drags feet on Covid bail plea of diabetic heart patient Sudha Bharadwaj

Activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, has cited her health to seek bail from Bombay HC.
Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CJI suggests rubber bullets to ward off wild animals, instead of culling them, to save crops

CJI Bobde's remark came during the hearing of a petition filed by BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty against permission given by some states to kill nilgais to save crops.
File image of former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly | ANI

Ex-Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitly, 2 others get 4-year jail term for defence corruption

The three were held guilty of corruption in the purported purchase of hand-held thermal imagers, a case that came from a sting aired by news portal Tehelka in 2001.
File image of Prashant Bhushan | Commons

7 former SC judges back lawyer Prashant Bhushan, support call to withdraw contempt notice

The judges, who had signed a solidarity statement issued by 131 jurists & activists, called on Supreme Court to 'maintain the dignity' of the court and be open to public discussion.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC disposes plea after J&K admin says Congress leader Saifuddin Soz not under detention

The Supreme Court bench said the J&K administration has stated that no detention order with regard to Soz was passed, and the plea cannot be entertained in view of its counter affidavit.

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Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.