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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…

‘Grounds of detention were repeated by detaining authority’ Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed the Public Safety Act (PSA) slapped on banned Jamaat-e-Islami chief spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali saying “the grounds of detention were repeated by the detaining authority which were earlier quashed by the court.” The judgment passed by the Justice Sanjeev Kumar of High Court of J&K on Wednesday, reads, “the impugned order of detention has been passed on same…

A Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court rejected the bail application of PDP leader Waheed Parra in relation to offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). According to a report by Bar and Bench, the Court highlighted that Para is an influential person who won elections to the District Development Council (DDC) even when he was in jail indicating that he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses if released on bail. “Petitioner is…

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…

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to replace the ordinance to merge the Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) cadre of civil services officer with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday. According to a report by the Press Trust of India, the Bill was introduced in the Upper House of the parliament last week. Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan…

Says investigation against Waheed Parra politically motivated Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Wednesday said that J&K CID has joined the list of Central agencies to terrorise Kashmiris and falsely implicate them. In a series of tweets, Mehbooba said that after failing to substantiate charges against PDP leader Waheed ur Rehman Para, CID replaced the SIT head as he refused to be an accomplice in framing invented charges. “J&K…

‘Says no one is under house arrest’   Srinagar: A total of 183 persons are still detained under Public Safety Act while no one is under house arrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Parliament of India was informed on Wednesday. Giving details, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said that since August 1, 2019, 613 persons “including separatists, over ground workers, stone pelters etc.” were detained at various points of time. “Out of these, based…

Srinagar: The President of India has appointed Justice Rajesh Bindal as the acting chief justice of the common High Court for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “In exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Rajesh Bindal, senior-most Judge of Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, to perform the duties of the…

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…