Law

Supreme Court to hear Sanjay Dutt''s petition on March 30 to stay conviction

Supreme Court to hear Sanjay Dutt''s petition on March 30 to stay convictionNew Delhi, Mar 6 : The Supreme Court will on March 30 hear a petition filed by Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sanjay Dutt seeking a stay on his conviction under the Arms Act in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and sought its reply on the plea of Dutt.

On Thursday, Dutt, who was named by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate for the forthcoming general elections, moved the Supreme Court.

Chinese rights activist gets four years for "inciting subversion"

Chinese rights activist gets four years for "inciting subversion" Beijing  - Human rights activist and self-taught lawyer Yuan Xianchen was sentenced to four years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power" after criticizing socialism and advocating democracy in articles and interviews with foreign media, a human rights group said Friday.

Indonesian illegal immigrant caught after 28 years in Hong Kong

Indonesian illegal immigrant caught after 28 years in Hong KongHong Kong  - Hong Kong officials are considering whether to send home an illegal immigrant who lived undetected in the wealthy former British colony for 28 years, a news report said Friday.

Wong Shen-chee, who is now 71, arrived from Indonesia in 1981 on a 90-day visitor visa and has never left the high-rise city of 7 million since, the South China Morning Post reported.

Singapore man jailed three months for hitting schoolboy in bus

Singapore man jailed three months for hitting schoolboy in bus Singapore man jailed three months for hitting schoolboy in bus Singapore  - A Singapore court sentenced a 35-year-old man to three months in jail Thursday for hitting a schoolboy who accidentally stepped on his foot in a packed bus, a news report said.

Ismail Atan punched the boy three times on his forehead in a public bus in September, the online edition of Straits Times newspaper said.

Teacher skirts jail after sex with pupil

Teacher skirts jail after sex with pupilSydney  - A Melbourne teacher found guilty Thursday of having sex with a 15-year-old pupil was sentenced to 150 hours of community work.

Noel McNamara of the Crime Victims Support Association decried the sentence handed to 25-year-old Nazira Rafei as too lenient.

"I think they seem to be mainly in most cases female judges who hand down these sentences and think that it is OK for female teachers to interfere with young boys," he said. "We don't know what the end result is going to be with this lad."

Irretrievable breakdown no ground for divorce, says SC

The Supreme Court rejected a man's divorce plea on Wednesday, as the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, does not recognise "irretrievable breakdown" as a ground for divorce.

A bench of justices Markandey Katju and VS Sirpurkar rejected the husband's divorce plea saying, no court, including SC, is empowered to issue a decree for divorce on this ground, as it would amount to amending the Hindu Marriage Act, a job that is vested with the legislature alone.

A law can be amended only by legislature and not by judicial verdict, judges said. Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act provides several grounds for granting divorce such as cruelty, adultery, desertion, but irretrievable breakdown of marriage is not one, the judges noted.

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