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So long, 2017: The milestone judgments in Indian law this year

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From triple talaq to the right to privacy and the 2G scam acquittal, Indian courts delivered some landmark verdicts in 2017.

Delhi gang rape case, 5 May

The Supreme Court upholds the death penalty awarded by a trial court to the four convicts in the ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape case.

Beef ban, 11 July

The top court puts on hold the controversial order issued by the Centre banning the slaughter of cattle.

Cows are seen at the Shree Gopala Goshala cow shelter September 7, 2015 in Bhiwandi, India. Earlier this year the Maharashtra government banned the slaughter of cows and the possession of beef. | Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Triple talaq row, 22 August

In a landmark judgment, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court declares triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional in a 3:2 majority.

Muslim women celebrate after the verdict was given by the Supreme Court for banning Triple Talaq in India. | Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Right to privacy, 24 August

A nine-judge bench of SC rules that right to privacy is a fundamental right, emerging from personal liberty and guarantee of life under Article 21 of the Constitution. 

Ram Rahim verdict, 25 August

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim sentenced to 20 years in prison by a CBI court for raping a former sadhvi in 2002.

Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh / Source: @deresachasauda

Mumbai blast case, 7 September

A special TADA court convicts five out of the seven accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people. While three get death sentences, Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were sentenced to life.

Aarushi murder case, 12 October

The Supreme Court acquits Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi Talwar.

The Police take away Rajesh Talwar (white beard) and Nupur Talwar (in cream shawl) to Dasna Jail. | Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
 Judges’ bribery case, 13 November

CJI Dipak Mishra invalidates an order passed by a two-judge bench, headed by Justice J. Chelameswar, in the judges bribery case.

Hadiya ‘love-jihad’ case, 27 November

The SC asks Hadiya Jahan — the woman from Kerala whose conversion from Hinduism to Islam and marriage to a Muslim man led to a controversy — to go back to her college in Salem, Tamil Nadu.

Girl escorted by police
Hadiya at the Supreme Court after the hearing on November 27, 2017 in New Delhi, India. | Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

2G scam, 21 December

The CBI’s special court acquits all the accused of the 2G spectrum scam due to the failure of the prosecution to prove the charges.

ए राजा अदालत से बरी होकर भाव प्रसतुत करते हुए
पूर्व टेलिकाम मंत्री ए राजा अदालत से बरी होकर भाव प्रसतुत करते हुए / कमल सिंह पीटीआई

Fodder scam, 23 December

Lalu Prasad Yadav is convicted in the second fodder scam case by a special CBI court Ranchi.

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