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Adultery No Longer a Criminal Offence in India, Rules Supreme Court

September 27, 2018

The court underlined that Section 497 treats women as properties of their husbands and is hence manifestly discriminatory. It trashed the central government's defence of Section 497 that it protects sanctity of marriages.

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SC on Aadhaar: Important Takeaways From the Recent Verdict

September 26, 2018

The Supreme Court ruled that Aadhaar, the ambitious public scheme that uses biometric data to generate unique identification numbers for citizens, is constitutionally valid, but with conditions. Here are the key takeaways from today's verdict.

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‘Gay sex is not a crime,’ says Supreme Court in historic judgment

September 6, 2018

(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community that has been fighting hard and persistently to legalise gay sex. "The law must be interpreted as per the requirement of changing times," said the SC in its judgement.

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Cases against politicians: Supreme Court irked by Centre's failure to give details

Aug 30, 2018

on Thursday expressed anguish over the Centre's failure to provide details about the criminal cases pending against lawmakers and politicians in various courts across the country.

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GST Bill Signed by the President Now to Become a Law in the Country

The President signed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill on this 8th of September 2016, enabling to become a law for the country. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had passed the amendment bill on the act in August this year.

16 of the 29 States of the country have sanctioned to the Bill, followed by approval from the President.

The Acts related with GST would soon be passed in the Centre as well as at the State level.

The GST indeed comes as a great relief for all tax-payers as with the implementation of the tax, there will only be a single tax on all goods and services, to be paid, for all from manufacturers to ultimate consumers.

GST Bill Signed by the President Now to Become a Law in the Country

The President signed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill on this 8th of September 2016, enabling to become a law for the country. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had passed the amendment bill on the act in August this year.

16 of the 29 States of the country have sanctioned to the Bill, followed by approval from the President.

The Acts related with GST would soon be passed in the Centre as well as at the State level.

The GST indeed comes as a great relief for all tax-payers as with the implementation of the tax, there will only be a single tax on all goods and services, to be paid, for all from manufacturers to ultimate consumers.

Special Courts to be Set Up to Speed up Criminal Cases against Legislators

Notice has been issued by the Supreme Court to the Election Commission of India, and to the Centre, on the lookout for setting up Special Courts to process criminal cases against legislative members, faster.

A Public Interest Litigation has been filed for the purpose, influencing steps to be considered to set up such courts with immediate effect.

Also, considerations are being directed to prohibit legislative members from standing for elections, indulging in political party formation, or obtaining bearing positions in any party, if there are criminal cases filed against them.

It can be expected that such legislations would add to reduced corruption in politics to some extent at least.

Section in Continental Shelf Act Challenged by Madras High Court

A notice has been ordered to the Centre, by the Madras High Court, challenging Sec 3(1)(g)(I) of Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation Fixed Platform Continental Shelf Act 2002.

According to the section of the concerned Act, death penalty has been stated to be the only punishment in some cases.

This has been challenged by S. Nagamuthu and M.V. Muralidharan, who are justices of the Madurai bench, stating that the section is against Article 21 of the Indian Constitution which is associated with the protection of life and personal liberty.

This certainly calls for an analysis on the Act, wherein discretion requires to be added, for lesser punishments too.