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Court Happening (06-12-22)

1-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the pending petitions challenging the electoral bond scheme.

The court said that on December 6, it will decide whether to send the matter to the constitution bench or not. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said that there is a transparent system, so it cannot be said that democracy is at risk from this. This PIL was filed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in 2017.

The Supreme Court, citing its April 12, 2019 interim order, had dismissed the ADR’s prayer to stay the Electoral Bonds, which had said that the details of donations through bonds, as and when required, from time to time was issued, was submitted to the Election Commission without any delay.

2-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition filed regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act

Let us tell you that in the last hearing, the Central Government had filed the reply and sought time from the court to file the reply on behalf of Assam and Tripura. The CGI said that this demand was made at the last opportunity as well.

The main petition in this regard was filed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). The 150-page affidavit filed by the Union Home Ministry said that Parliament is competent to make laws for the whole of India or any part thereof under the powers conferred by Article 245(1) of the Constitution of India.

3-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition filed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Earlier, the court had said that football needs to go ahead. He had urged the people to suggest the amicus curiae on the draft constitution of the National Sports Federation. We are doing everything except trying to push football forward.

The Supreme Court had also said that it is modifying its earlier orders to set aside the suspension imposed by the international football federation FIFA against the AIFF and facilitate the conduct of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India.

4-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the bail pleas of Christian Michel James, the middleman in the Augusta Westland chopper scam.

In this, CBI and ED have registered two separate cases. Earlier in the month of May, the Supreme Court had sought answers from the CBI and the ED on the bail pleas. The scam, worth about Rs 3,600 crore, pertains to the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters from AgustaWestland.

5-The Supreme Court will hear the case of BCCI vs Cricket Association of Bihar & Ors on 6th December.

In the last hearing, Mr. ANS Nadkarni, Senior Advocate, appearing for the Bihar Cricket Association, argued that an application has been filed seeking permission to implement the proposed amendments and elections are held on the basis of the amended constitution.

6-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition filed by Arvind Kejriwal, the convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, an FIR was lodged against Kejriwal for holding public meetings and taking out processions without permission at Gauriganj and Musafirkhana Kotwali and Sultanpur in Amethi district. High Court dismissed the appeal

7-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition seeking ban on those convicted in criminal cases from contesting elections for life.

In the last hearing, the court had transferred former jailed MP Atiq Ahmed from Deoria Jail in UP to Gujarat Jail, showing seriousness on the alleged incident of abducting a businessman after bringing him to jail and assaulting him.

8-The Supreme Court will hear the matter of migrant laborers on 6 December.

In the last hearing, the court had said that migrants play an important role in the construction of the country, so their rights cannot be ignored. The court had also said that the welfare schemes prepared by the Central Government should reach maximum number of migrant workers.

9-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the various petitions filed by gangster Lawrence Bishnoi.

In the last hearing, the Supreme Court has sought details of the number of FIRs registered against Vishnoi. The petition filed by the Punjab Police said in the court that Lawrence Bishnoi is the main conspirator in the murder of singer Sidhu Moose Wala.

It may be known that Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead on May 29 in Jawahar village of Mansa district of Punjab by unknown assailants.

10- The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition filed by former IPS officer and BJP leader Bharti Ghosh.

Significantly, 30 FIRs are registered against Bharti Ghosh. Bharti Ghosh’s advocate, while presenting the argument in the Supreme Court, said that FIRs are being registered against her client one after the other.

She is fighting against the Bengal government, so before the last Lok Sabha elections, she was repeatedly called and questioned.

11-A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition filed against the Tamil Nadu law allowing Jallikattu.

In the last hearing, the bench had said that the question after all is whether the sport of bull-taming, which many call animal cruelty, can be permitted in any form.

It is the belief of the Tamil Nadu government that these bulls are trained and treated with utmost affection, the bench had said.

The Supreme Court in a 2014 judgment had said that bulls cannot be used as animals in Jallikattu or bullock cart races.

12-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the issue of reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the National Defense Academy.

In the last hearing, the court had given the Center time till July to study for induction and deployment of former NDA women cadets in the Indian Armed Forces. The Central Government had filed a detailed affidavit in the Supreme Court about the inclusion of women in NDA 2021 and NDA 2022.

The Center told the Supreme Court that each course of NDA has 370 vacancies and this is for all the three services.

13-The Supreme Court will hear on December 6 the petition of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.

On December 4, 2018, the Supreme Court said that the Income Tax investigation against Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the National Herald case will continue.

In the National Herald case, the Supreme Court had allowed the Income Tax Department to continue with the tax assessment of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

However, it was said that no order would be passed till the next hearing of the matter. Let us tell you that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Oscar Fernandes have challenged the Income Tax notice issued for the demand of revaluation of tax for the financial year 2011-2012.

14- Petitions to recognize gay marriage

The Delhi High Court will hear on December 6 a plea by LGBTQ couples seeking live streaming of proceedings on a batch of petitions seeking recognition of same-sex marriage under the laws.

The Center had opposed the plea seeking live streaming, saying that live telecast of the proceedings may not be appropriate as it may involve sharp ideological differences.



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