Sohrabuddin case: Court drops charges against Amit Shah

Amit ShahNew Delhi, Dec 30 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday acquitted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh's brother Rubabuddin, however, seemed to be disappointed with the court's decision and said that Shah had been saved because of the Centre's interference in this case.

"The CBI has been used, Amit Shah has been saved with pressure from high up. This is all because of Central Government's interference, will go to the High Court," Rubabuddin said.

Meanwhile, the BJP hailed Shah's acquittal, saying the charges against him were politically motivated.

Parliament, executive should not interfere in judiciary : CJI

R-M-LodhaNew Delhi, Aug 15 : The Chief Justice of India, R. M Lodha, said Friday that he hopes the judiciary, the executive and parliament are allowed to work without any interference.

Probe sought against Altamas Kabir

Altamas-KabirLucknow, July 19 : A city-based activist and a lawyer Friday shot off a letter to the chief justice of India (CJI), seeking a probe into various allegations levelled against former CJI Altamas Kabir.

In their letter, Ashok Pandey and Nutan Thakur have demanded that a probe be ordered into Justice Altamas Kabir's role in the alleged leakage of an order passed on his last day in office.

The duo have cited an article 'Into the Darkness' by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, an advocate with the apex court, published on the website Bar and Bench at 8:36 a. m. Thursday.

Justice Altamas Kabir demitted office of CJI Thursday July 18.

Mansour sworn in Egypt's interim leader as Morsi ousted

Adli-MansourCairo, July 4 : Egyptian chief justice Adli Mansour was sworn in Thursday as the country's interim president, hours after the army ousted incumbent Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest.

Mansour, who took oath as head of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) earlier in the day, said fresh elections were "the only way" forward. But he gave no indication of when they would be held, BBC reported.

Morsi, the country's first freely-elected leader, described the political developments as a military coup. The army, though, said Morsi had "failed to meet the demands of the people".

Registration of marriages made compulsory in Punjab

Registration-MarriageChandigarh, June 15 : The Punjab government Saturday announced that registration of marriages in the state would be mandatory in future.

The Punjab cabinet, which met here Saturday, gave the go-ahead to the Punjab Compulsory Registration Marriage Rules, 2013, for registering marriages of the residents of the state.

"All marriages were required to be now compulsorily registered under these rules within 90 days of the solemnization of the marriages," a state government spokesman said here.

The cabinet also approved a policy to regularize unauthorised colonies in the state.

Punjab and Haryana High Court chief takes oath

Sanjay-Kishan-KaulChandigarh, June 1 : Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was Saturday administered the oath as the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court here.

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Kaul at a ceremony at the Haryana Raj Bhavan here.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, ministers and senior officers of Haryana and Punjab and judges of the high court were present at the ceremony.

President gives assent to anti-rape bill

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, April 3 : President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the anti-rape bill, providing enhanced punishment for rape, making stalking and voyeurism criminal offences and fixing the age of consent for sex at

"The President of India has accorded his assent to the Bill on April 2 (Tuesday) and it will now be called the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013," said a statement by the union home ministry Wednesday.

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha March 19, and by the Rajya Sabha March 21.

Meghalaya High Court will integrate customs, legal system: CJI

Altamas-KabirShillong, March 25 : Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir Monday said the opening of a high court in Meghalaya will help integrate the different traditional laws and customs of the state together with the legal system of mainstream India.

"There are different systems prevalent here, which need to be integrated, and with the coming into operation of the new high court here, I think it will go a long way in fulfilling these aspirations," Kabir said, after inaugurating the Meghalaya High Court.

Lok Sabha approves anti-rape bill

Sushilkumar-ShindeNew Delhi, March 19 : The Lok Sabha Tuesday passed the anti-rape bill which keeps the age for consensual sex at 18 years and makes voyeurism and stalking punishable offences.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, was tabled in the house by union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde a day after the cabinet approved its draft.  The house debated it during the day.

The anti-rape bill will replace the ordinance promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee Feb 3.  The legislation had to be passed by parliament before April 4, when it would have lapsed.

Women activists welcome anti-rape bill

anti-rape-lawNew Delhi, March 16 : Women's rights activists welcomed the anti-rape bill cleared by the union cabinet, terming it a step forward for women's rights in India and urging political parties to enact it into law.

"The approval by the union cabinet of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 on March 14 signals a step forward for women's rights in India. We call upon the political parties who profess to stand up for women's rights to show this in their deeds, and ask parliament to enact this bill into law," a statement from a group of women's rights activists said.

Cabinet to take up criminal law amendment bill Tuesday: Shinde

Sushilkumar-Shinde12New Delhi, March 11 : The cabinet will consider the Criminal Law (Amendment) bill Tuesday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, asserting that there were no differences in the government on the issue.

"There are no differences between home and other ministries. There are certain legal points which need to be examined. We are bringing it to the cabinet tomorrow," Shinde told reporters at his monthly press conference Monday.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 seeks to impose tougher sentences for crimes against women than those on the statute book at present.

Union Cabinet fails to reach consensus on anti-rape law

Manish-TiwariNew Delhi, Mar 7 : The Union cabinet on Thursday failed to arrive at a consensus on the way forward on anti-rape laws, but reiterated its commitment to introduce tough laws to combat crimes against women.

It maybe recalled that the Centre had constituted the Justice Verma Committee to recommend changes in the laws that deal with crimes against women in wake of nationwide protest against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012.

Putin signs smoking ban bill into law

Vladimir-Putin23Moscow, Feb 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a smoking ban bill into law, the Kremlin said Monday.

The law bans smoking in public places, including bars, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stadiums and train stations, reported Xinhua.

It also imposes measures to reduce the demand for tobacco products and restrict trade in them. Advertising and sponsorship of tobacco is prohibited under the law.

The State Duma, or lower house of the parliament, approved the bill on Feb 12 and the Federation Council, the upper house, passed it Feb 20.

It will come into effect June 1.(IANS)

Low-paid foreign workers to face ‘closed doors’ under tough new Oz immigration laws

brendan-o-connorMelbourne, Feb 23 : Thousand of low-paid foreign workers will be stopped from coming into Australia and finding employment, under the federal government's crackdown on visas.

Under the new law which is to be announced by Immigration Minister Brendan O''Connor, employers will have to pay from the former market rate of 180,000 dollars to 250,000 dollars so as to close loopholes which allow a foreign worker to be paid less than an Australian citizen, the Courier Mail reports.

PM hopes Parliament will pass comprehensive law to deal with crimes against women

Manmohan-singhNew Delhi, Feb 18 : Terming the incidents of violence and sexual offences against women as a "matter of shame", Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today hoped that Parliament would urgently pass the necessary legislation to enact a comprehensive law in this regard.

"It is indeed a matter of shame that, notwithstanding the gains we have made, incidents of violence and sexual offences against women are on the increase," Dr. Singh said at a function to confer the Indira Gandhi prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2011 on social worker Ela Bhatt.

Law took its own course: Manish Tewari

Law took its own course: Manish TewariNew Delhi, Feb 9 : The law had taken its own course in the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said here Saturday.

"The process of Article 72 unfolded and the once the mercy petition was rejected by the president (Pranab Mukherjee) the law took its own course," Tewari told Times Now news channel, referring to the article of the constitution under which a president can grant pardon or commute the sentence of any convict.

Supreme Court to examine definition of juvenile in Juvenile Justice Act

Supreme-Court-of-IndiaNew Delhi, Feb 4 : The Supreme Court today decided to examine the constitutional validity of the provision giving the definition of juvenile in the Juvenile Justice Act which treats a person as a minor till he or she attains the age of 18 years.

The apex court accepted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which challenges some of the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati was asked by the apex court to assist on the issue raised in a petition, which seeks to strike down the definition of juvenile from the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

Ordinance on sexual assault is a legislative process, not the final bill: Chidambaram

P-ChidambaramNew Delhi, Feb 4 : Asserting that the government is committed to introducing a strong bill to amend laws regarding crimes against women, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the ordinance approved by the Union Cabinet is not a final decision, and it is an obligation on the government to introduce a bill and get it passed in Parliament within six weeks.

Lokpal Bill amendments officially released

Central-GovernmentlNew Delhi, Jan 1 : The Central Government on Friday came out with the official amendments approved by the Union Cabinet in the proposed Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill- 2011.

Salient features of amendments to the bill approved by the cabinet on January 31 are as below:

- a) Collegium for Selection of Lokpal: The Bill provides for selection of members of Lokpal by a Selection Committee comprising the Prime Minister, Speaker (Lok Sabha), Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha), Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge nominated by CJI and an eminent jurist nominated by the President.

New York becomes first US state to pass toughest gun-control law

/gun-control-lawWashington, Jan 16 : New York has become the first state to pass a gun control law, which is the toughest in the nation, since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre last month.

Acting one month and a day since the rampage that left 20 children and six educators dead, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law shortly after 5 p. m.

Called the New York Safe Act, the law includes a tougher assault weapons ban that broadens the definition of what constitutes an assault weapon, and limits the capacity of magazines to seven bullets from 10, ABC News reports.

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