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New Delhi: Expression of views that are different from government opinion cannot be termed “sedition”, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a petition against Jammu and Kashmir MP Farooq Abdullah. “Expression of views which are dissent and different from government opinion cannot be termed as seditious,” said the top court. The petitioner, said the Supreme Court, failed to substantiate his allegation that Farooq Abdullah had sought the help of China and Pakistan against India on Article…

“I wanted to marry her. But she refused. Now I cannot, as I am already married” The Chief Justice of India SA Bobde asked a government servant accused of repeatedly raping a minor girl whether he would marry the survivor. The Court was hearing an appeal against a verdict of the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court by which an order of the Sessions Court granting the appellant anticipatory bail was set aside. When…

Recent Indian parliament showdown on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill of 2021 once again undid the pre-August 5, 2019 reality of the land and ended up only wasting law books of the erstwhile state. Inside the dusky warehouse of National Law Agency in Srinagar, cartons of Kashmir Law books are piling up as waste. Mournful proprietor of this oldest law book store in the valley is junking the books which once sold like…

Indian stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra, who’s presently facing charges of contempt over his tweets which criticised the Indian Supreme Court, today took to Twitter to say that he would neither ‘retract his posts nor apologise for them.’ Kamra had taken a jibe at the Indian Supreme Court for granting TV anchor Arnab Goswami a reprieve after his arrest in an abetment to suicide case. “I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologise for them.…

Jammu: Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindhu Sharma has directed the Forest Department, Revenue Department and Patnitop Development Authority to retrieve the land which is in the “illegal possession of hoteliers at this tourist resort” by removing all the encroachments in accordance with the relevant law, Daily Excelsior reported. As per the report the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to produce challan in FIR No.RC0042020A0003…

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) on Wednesday cancelled its yearly election and formed an ad hoc committee, days after authorities here barred it from holding any polls until it clarified its position on terming Kashmir a disputed territory. On Monday, Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary issued three notices to the president of the bar association asking them to explain its Constitution which terms Kashmir a disputed area. Choudhary barred the…

Srinagar: J&K People’s Conference (JKPC) has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking early hearing on a batch of petitions challenging Centre’s last year August 5 decisions. The application stated that the petitioners have made out a very strong prima facie case and the issues raised are being considered by a Constitution Bench of this Hon’ble Court. “Notwithstanding the foregoing, pending the final hearing of these petitions challenging the abrogation of the special status…

Punjab: Following the apprehension of community clashes and protests in Jammu and Kashmir, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana has turned down the parole plea of Sanji Ram- an accused in the January 2018 gang rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. The Bench, according to a report by a Chandigarh based newspaper The Tribune, rejected the plea after the apprehension of community clashes and protests in Jammu and Kashmir was…