CJI Ramana stressed that the most important feature of the Constitution is the fact that it provides a framework for debate that allows the nation to 'progress and evolve'.
An NGO has filed a writ petition and an appeal against Rakesh Asthana's appointment days before his superannuation on 31 July. The apex court has sought the replies within two weeks.
The high court bench said death puts an end to the concept of repentance, adding that the convicts deserve imprisonment for life to repent the offence they committed.
The petition demanded a ban on sale, purchase and circulation of the book 'Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times', said statements in it defamatory for the Hindu community.
The top court also directed Commission for Air Quality Management to commission a study of air quality based on available data, bearing upon recorded levels of air pollution.
Opposition TMC and CPI(M) told a Supreme Court bench that its candidates and supporters are allegedly not being allowed to cast votes in the Tripura municipal polls Thursday.
The apex court directed reassessment of deployment of paramilitary forces in critical areas of the state and warned of coercive action if the directives are not followed scrupulously.
The apex court said that sufficient explanation has been offered by concerned authorities which justifies the change in land use of the plot from recreational area to residential.
Court was hearing petitions by 17 interfaith couples seeking protection from family and police harassment. It also gave rulings related to UP's anti-conversion law.
A bench comprising Justices SK Kaul & MM Sundresh issued notices to the Uddhav Thackeray government, its DGP Sanjay Pande and the CBI on the former Mumbai police commissioner's plea.