[New Delhi]Top Court Dismisses Petition Against Pension Benefits To Ex MPs
The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL challenging the perks, including pension and travel allowances, given to former Parliamentarians.
A bench of Justice J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, “The petition is dismissed”.
The Centre had on March 7 told the apex court that the entitlement of former Members of Parliament (MPs) to get pension and other benefits was “justified” as their dignity has to be maintained even after they complete their tenure as parliamentarians.
The Centre had told the bench about the Finance Bill 2018 which contains provisions regarding salary and pension of MPs and also about revision of their allowances after every five years starting from April 1, 2023, on the basis of cost inflation index.
The apex court had in February directed the Centre to clarify its stand on setting up of an independent mechanism for determination of salaries and allowances of MPs after the government had said the issue was “under consideration”.
.An NGO ‘Lok Prahari’ has approached the apex court challenging the Allahabad High Court order dismissing its plea which had claimed that pension and other perks being given to MPs even after demitting office were contrary to Article 14 (Right to Equality) of the Constitution.
The plea has also said that Parliament has no power to provide for pensionary benefits to lawmakers without making any law.
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[New Delhi]Top Court Dismisses Petition Against Pension Benefits To Ex MPs
[New Delhi] Justice J S Khehar to be the 44th Chief Justice of India
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, was today recommended as the 44th Chief Justice of India.
Chief Justice of India T S Thakur today wrote a letter recommending the name of Justice Khehar, who is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court to be his successor.
Justice Khehar, 64, will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community and he will succeed CJI Thakur who will be demitting office on January 3, 2017.
Justice Khehar, who will be sworn in on January 4, will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27, 2017.
Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January this year.
He was also a part of the bench which sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy to jail while hearing the matter relating to the refund of money invested by people in his two companies.
Justice Khehar also headed a bench which recently gave a significant verdict holding that the principal of ‘equal pay for equal work’ has to be made applicable to those engaged as daily wagers, casual and contractual employees who perform the same duties as the regulars.
While the turf war between the judiciary and the executive over the appointment of judges for higher judiciary has intensified, Justice Khehar on the occasion of Constitution Day on November 26 had responded to the tirade from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi by saying that the judiciary was working within its “lakshmanrekha”.
[New Delhi,]SC Refuses to Stay Demonetisation Notification
Supreme Court today refused to stay the government’s notification demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes but asked it to spell out the steps taken to minimise public inconvenience.
Bench Of Chief Justice T S Thakur and D Y Chandrachud said.”We will not be granting any stay,”
The remarks were made after some advocates insisted on a stay.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the petitioners, however, said he was not asking for a stay on the notification but seeking answers from the government about the steps taken to remove public inconvenience.
The bench asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to file an affidavit about the measures already undertaken by the government and the RBI to minimise public inconvenience and also the steps likely to be undertaken in future.
Without issuing any notice to the Centre or the RBI, the bench posted the matter for further hearing on November 25
[PatnaNew Delhi] RJD’s HistorySheeter Leader M Shahabuddin Surrenders Before Siwan Court, Sent to Divisional jail
The Supreme Court today set aside the Patna High Court order granting bail to controversial RJD leader Shahabuddin in a murder case.
The apex court ordered that either the gangster-turned- politician should surrender or Bihar Police should take him in custody “forthwith”.
A bench comprising Justice P C Ghose and Amitava Roy directed the state government and the lower court to ensure that the trial in the Rajiv murder case is concluded “expeditiously as contemplated under the law”.
Meanwhile, the court issued notice to Shahabuddin and Bihar government on another plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to him in a murder case of two brothers of Roshan.
Shahabuddin has been awarded life imprisonment in the twin murder case and the Patna High Court had granted him bail in this matter as well.
The apex court, which yesterday reserved its verdict on two appeals challenging the grant of bail to him by the Patna High Court, had rebuked Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government, which has RJD as its coalition partner, for its lax approach in opposing the bail granted to the RJD strongman in various cases at different judicial forums including the High Court.
[New Delhi]Lodha Panel Echoed In SC For Removal of BCCI Top Brass
The Supreme Court today pulled up the BCCI, asking it to “fall in line” after the Justice R M Lodha panel sought removal of the top brass of BCCI, including its President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke, for non-compliance of the apex court directions.
The Lodha panel, in its status report filed before the apex court, had sought the replacement of top brass of the cricket body with cricket administrators.
It said that the BCCI and its office bearers are not complying with directions and repeatedly issuing statements to undermine the authority of the court and the members of the Lodha panel, which had recommended structural reforms in BCCI.
The counsel appearing for the panel said BCCI is not replying to emails and other communications sent to them and repeatedly defying the orders of the court.
The bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur took note of the submissions and said these are serious allegations and BCCI has to follow the directions of the court.
“If the BCCI thinks that they are law unto themselves, then they are wrong. They have to comply with the directions of the court,” the bench also comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.
“You (BCCI) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line,” the bench said, adding that, “BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions”.
The bench posted the matter for hearing on October 6.
[New Delhi]Youth Below 18 Yrs Of Age Cannot Play “Govindas” In Dahi Handi Festival
Youth below 18 years of age cannot participate as ‘Govindas’ in upcoming Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra,
Supreme Court Barring Minors also said the height of human pyramid, meant for Dahi Handi festival cannot exceed 20 feet ceiling fixed by the Bombay HC
[New Delhi] Rahul Targets PM Over SC’s Hammer On Judges Appointment
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister Of India Narendra Modi over the Supreme Court’s scathing observation on appointment of judges, saying it was a reality check for the PM.
Rahul Tweeted “Reality check from Supreme Court for the PM : No Govt of Modi, by Modi, for Modi,”
The Supreme Court had yesterday sent out a stern message to the Centre over non-execution of collegium’s decision to transfer and appoint Chief Justices and judges in High Courts, saying it will not tolerate the “logjam” and would intervene to make it accountable.
Observing that justice delivery system is “collapsing”, a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur, who also heads the five-membered apex court collegium, had said, “We won’t tolerate logjam in judges’ appointment which is stifling its judicial work. We will fasten accountability