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SC adjourns hearing on Zakia Jafri’s plea against clean chit to Modi in 2002 Gujarat riots

A top court bench said the matter would be listed after two weeks as the petitioner has circulated a letter seeking adjournment in the case.
Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

44 SC employees test positive for Covid, judges work from home as precautionary measure

With some of the Covid-positive staff included those posted in courtrooms, the premises were shut for a day for complete sanitisation.
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SC imposes Rs 50,000 fine on plea seeking removal of 26 verses from Quran

In his plea, former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi alleged that these 26 verses promoted terrorism, drawing massive backlash by several Muslim outfits & Islamic clerics.

SC tells Centre to deposit compensation given by Italy for Indian fishermen killed by marines

The top court will hear Centre's plea for closure of case against the Italian marines after one week of deposit of compensation amount in its account.

DBT to Punjab farmers for wheat are reformist. Too much in India runs on spoken word

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14 HCs agree with Supreme Court suggestion to appoint ad hoc judges to fill vacancies

3 HCs said names of ad hoc judges should be directly referred to President instead of routing through govt. Centre says recommendations shouldn't be done in lieu of regular appointments.
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Modi govt finally forwards 45 names for appointment as HC judges after SC nudge

The names were pending with the Centre for inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and background check of the candidates for a period ranging between 6 and 14 months.
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‘Only 8 women SC judges in 70 years’: Plea seeks greater representation in higher judiciary

Application by women's lawyer body urges Supreme Court to ensure appointment of more meritorious women as judges, encourage their active participation in decision-making system.
Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh

Maharashtra govt moves SC against Bombay HC order directing CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh

Asking for a CBI probe against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the court had said this was an 'extraordinary' & 'unprecedented' case which warranted an independent inquiry.
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Mukhtar Ansari’s wife moves SC seeking protection of husband, free & fair trial

Afshan, the wife of Mukhtar Ansari, pleaded that the UP MLA should be provided security when he is in Banda jail and during his transportation to court for trial proceedings.

On Camera

Deserted road at Marine drive as Maharashtra govt announced weekend lockdown due to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai on 10 April, 2021 | PTI

Deserted roads bring back nightmare of demand slump for Indian fuel companies

It’s an ominous sign for India, where fuel consumption still hasn’t fully recovered from last year’s national lockdown that saw oil demand fall to the lowest since 2007.

Defence

Representational image of an Indian Army convoy moving through Ladakh | Photo: ANI

China changes stance, wants de-escalation before disengagement in Ladakh. India disagrees

De-escalation before disengagement could give China an advantage as it can move troops back much faster than India due to its better infrastructure.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.