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Judiciary

Police personnel guard Mukesh Ambani's residence, Antilia, after explosives were found in an abandoned car in its vicinity, in Mumbai, on 25 February 2021 | PTI Photo

NIA court grants bail to bookie Naresh Gaur in Antilia bomb scare case, later stays order

Gaur was the first accused in the case to be granted bail. The court stayed the order for 25 days after the prosecution requested that they wanted to challenge it before a higher court.
Justice U.U. Lalit | Commons

Incentivise legal aid, give it weightage in selecting ‘senior’ advocates: SC Justice UU Lalit

The Supreme Court justice spoke about the work of the National Legal Aid Services Authority, and how young lawyers can be encouraged take up legal aid cases
Representational Bihar Police image | Twitter | @bihar_police

After policemen attack Bihar judge in office, furious Patna HC asks DGP to file report

Two police personnel allegedly attacked Additional District and Sessions Judge Avinash Kumar after he made adverse remarks about police in the state and Madhubani district.
Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee

EC ‘murder’ remark, IT rules: Why Justice Banerjee’s short stint at Madras HC made headlines

Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee issued a string of notable orders during his tenure, from Covid management to staying IT Rules. Many question the reasons behind his transfer.
File photo of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘Grave error, unacceptable’ — why SC set aside Bombay HC’s ‘skin-to-skin’ contact POCSO verdict

Court says limiting the meaning of 'touch' or 'physical contact' in Section 7 of POCSO Act to 'skin-to-skin contact' would narrow and pedantic, lead to 'absurd interpretation'.

‘No protection until we know where you are’: SC tells former Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh

The apex court took exception that Singh's plea seeking protection has been filed via the power of attorney and posted the matter for hearing on 22 November.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC sets aside Bombay HC ruling, says ‘skin-to-skin’ contact not necessary for sexual assault

The bench said the act of touching the sexual part of the body or any other act involving physical contact if done with sexual intent would amount to sexual assault under POCSO Act.
Stubble burning

Took steps but need funds — Punjab tells SC, puts stubble-burning ball in Centre’s court

Punjab wants the Centre to provide an incentive of Rs 100 per quintal to farmers for mixing the paddy straw to the soil and stop burning it, lists diversification plan.

Bureaucracy does not want to take any decisions, wants court to do everything, SC says

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ramana said that bureaucracy has developed 'inertia' over a period of time and this attitude has been developed by the Executive.
Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee

‘Regret I couldn’t demolish feudal culture’: Madras HC Chief Justice pens farewell note for staff

New Delhi: On his last day in office Wednesday, Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee expressed gratitude towards the members of the legal fraternity and the court staff that worked with him. Justice Banerjee will now head the Meghalaya High Court. On 15 November, the law ministry had notified Justice Banerjee's transfer, according to the recommendation made by the Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana. The resolution sparked protests in Chennai where lawyers wrote letters to the CJI against the recommendation. In his letter, which Justice Banerjee read out during his farewell function, he wrote: "My dear family at the Madras High Court, to my colleagues at the Bench: I apologise. First, for being unable to last the distance, and second, for not saying goodbye to you in person. Finally to the few of you, who may have felt offended by any of my actions, please know that they were never personal: I perceived those actions...

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A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.

Paytm records quarterly loss of Rs 474 crore, expenses rise to Rs 1,600 crore

This is the first earnings report since Paytm's stock tumbled after IPO launch. Parent firm One97's income and revenues rose compared to same time last year, but so did expenses.

Defence

Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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