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PIL in SC seeks Hathras case under SC/ST Act against cops, govt officials, medical staff

The PIL, filed by a Dalit activist, said the State machinery is using all efforts to ensure the accused remain well-shielded, including manipulation & destruction of the evidence.
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PIL in SC challenges states’ decision to exempt factories from labour laws during Covid-19

The PIL filed Thursday challenged Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh’s govt in allowing industrial units to increase working hours & deny worker rights.
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Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking 100% match of EVMs & voter audit slips

A Chennai based organisation had filed a public interest litigation seeking the audit which the Supreme Court said was nonsense.
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PIL in Supreme Court calls offset policy a scam, seeks to repeal it

The PIL seeks that all offset contracts with private organisations after 2005 be disclosed by the government, and must be quashed. New Delhi: Amidst the controversy over the Rafale fighter jets deal, a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeks the repeal of the government's offset policy on the basis that the “scam” is against public interest. The matter, which is listed for February 1, calls for the repeal claiming the offset deal has driven up the cost of various defence deals signed without actually bringing a tangible gain to the domestic industry. Saurabh Jain, a 35-year-old lawyer who has filed the PIL, contends that the government's policy, which allows foreign defence suppliers to enter into offset contracts with private Indian companies, is being misused to favour preferred Indian companies and is leading to corruption and wastage of national resources. “Foreign suppliers are misusing and mis-playing the liberty in Indian Government...
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Supreme Court gives 6 weeks to Modi govt to reply on PIL against snooping notification

According to the notification, 10 central probe and snoop agencies are empowered for computer interception and analysis.
M.L. Sharma

Jaitley, Rafale, Padmaavat — name a cause & this Supreme Court lawyer is ready with a case

Supreme Court advocate M.L. Sharma has been fined and reprimanded several times for his frivolous PILs, but that hasn’t stopped him.
Manohar Parrikar

Bombay High Court junks PIL seeking health status of Manohar Parrikar in public domain

The court termed the petition as a half-hearted attempt to make serious inroads in the territory of privacy of an individual. 
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More than 4,000 cases pending against MPs & MLAs, says report submitted in Supreme Court

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will take up the issue of criminal cases against the present and former legislators on a PIL.
Police personnel outside shops in the Khan Market, in New Delhi on Monday.

Supreme Court decision in Manoj Tiwari case is a cue for it to back off from sealing drive

Sealing buildings is the biggest example of the kind of judicial activism that Supreme Court must stay away from.
elections

PIL filed in Supreme Court to prevent inebriated voters from casting votes

The petition said the distribution of alcohol as a bribe to manipulate voters has been widely reported and needs judicial intervention.

On Camera

This country is the real winner of the WFH economy

Gross domestic product figures are encouraging in this country neighboring China. The economy expanded 1.9% in the third quarter from the prior three months, official figures show.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.