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SC posts Fibernet case to January 17

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted the Fibernet case to January 17. The court also directed both the State government and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu not to speak about the case in public. It wanted both the parties to maintain the status quo on the case, while dealing with the people.

The advocates for the state government and the CID told the court that Chandrababu Naidu was speaking about the case in the public meetings and the party meetings. It wanted the court to direct Naidu to restrain from speaking about the case in the public.

The advocates also told the court that Chandrababu Naidu was also speaking about the court sending him to jail. Chandrababu Naidu is trying to gain sympathy from the people by speaking about the case ahead of the 2024 general election. They wanted the court to restrict Chandrababu Naidu from speaking about the cases in public.

Advocate for Chandrababu Naidu, Siddhartha Luthra told the court that Naidu was not speaking about the case in public. He said it was only the additional advocate general and the CID chief who went around the country holding press conferences. He said that the additional advocate general and the CID chief had held press conferences in Hyderabad and Delhi.

Siddhartha Luthra told the Supreme Court to direct the CID and the state government not to speak about the case in public. He also told the court to restrain the CID from speaking about the case in the public.

The court told both Chandrababu Naidu and the state government not to speak about the case. The court wanted the two parties to restrain from speaking about the case.

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Naidu gets relief in Supreme Court

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TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu received a great relief from the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court said that Naidu can be on bail and posted the case for next hearing on December 8.

The court also said that Naidu can participate in political rallies and meetings. However, the court told Naidu not to refer to the skill development case during this period.

The AP high court had granted Chandrababu Naidu a regular bail on November 20. However, the State government challenged the high court’s decision in the supreme court through a special leave petition. The state government opposed the bail and said that the high court crossed the limits while passing the orders.

The supreme court bench consisting of Justice Bela Trivedi and Justice Satish Chandra Sharma passed the orders and posted the case to December 8.

The state government alleged that Chandrababu Naidu as chief minister between 2014 and 2019 took Rs 371 crore from the state exchequer in the name of skill development programme. The money was then routed through various shell companies and was finally paid to the TDP.

Naidu was arrested on September 9 and produced in the ACB court in Vijayawada on September 10. The court had sent him for judicial remand for 14 days which was extended to 52 days. Later, the high court granted him bail on health grounds and told him to report back to the jail superintendent on or before November 28.

However, the high court on November 20 gave regular bail to Chandrababu Naidu. The court said that conditions imposed on him during the interim bail would stand withdrawn and he would be free from November 29.

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Huge respite: Supreme Court stays conviction of Rahul Gandhi

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The Supreme Court has intervened to stay the conviction and two-year jail sentence handed to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by a Gujarat court in a criminal defamation case. This stay has come as a huge respite for Rahul Gandhi. Details as follows.

Gandhi’s controversial statement, linking Prime Minister Narendra Modi with individuals like Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi, led to the defamation case. it is known news that Rahul Gandhi earlier remarked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi. How come all the thieves have ‘Modi’ as a common surname?”. The magistrate court earlier sided with Purnesh Modi’s claim that Gandhi’s words insulted those with the Modi surname, based on the impact of his words as an MP. Despite Gandhi’s appeals, both a sessions court and the Gujarat High Court upheld the conviction and handed the 2-year sentence to him. The Supreme Court Bench now questioned the trial court’s lack of specific reasons for imposing the maximum two-year imprisonment penalty under the Indian Penal Code for defamation. This absence of rationale led the Court to put the conviction on hold during ongoing proceedings, clarifying that the appeal process would continue without hindrance.

Rahul Gandhi maintained his innocence, asserting he could have apologized earlier if needed. This legal battle’s political implications are significant due to Rahul Gandhi’s role in the Congress party. The case underscores debates about freedom of expression and defamation laws in the political landscape. As the legal proceedings unfold in the case of “Rahul Gandhi vs Purnesh Ishwarbhai Modi and Anr,” it remains a focal point of discussions concerning the intersection of politics and the judicial system. However, it is to be noted that this is just a stay on conviction and judicial proceedings will still continue.

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SC posts Gangi Reddy bail petition to September

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted Erra Gangi Reddy’s bail petition to the second week of September this year. Gangi Reddy is the prime accused in the murder of former minister Y S Vivekananda Reddy.

The Supreme Court also clubbed another petition seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail to Kadapa MP, Y S Avinash Reddy in the same murder. The court said that it would hear both the petitions together. The court also refused the plea for separate hearing on the petitions.

The court had also directed the CBI to produce its final charge sheet on the investigation. The final charge sheet was submitted to the Telangana high court on June 30, the last day of investigation fixed by the Supreme Court. The CBI had named Avinash Reddy and his father Bhaskara Reddy as Accused 8 and 7 respectively in the case.

The Supreme Court told the CBI to file counters to the petition seeking cancellation of Avinash bail. The court wanted the CBI to file its counter seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail of Avinash Reddy.

With the court’s decision to hear both the petitions together, Gangi Reddy would have to wait till September to know the fate of his bail petition. At the same time, Avinash Reddy got a relief as he could avail the anticipatory bail granted to him by the Telangana high court.

Avinash Reddy is scheduled to attend the monsoon session of the Parliament starting on July 20 and scheduled to continue till August 11.

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SC issues notice to Vijayasai, others in Jagan cases

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notices to YSR Congress Parliamentary Party leader and Rajya Sabha member, V Vijayasai Reddy and two others in the CBI cases on Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The two others are Jagathi Publications which owns Sakshi media and Bharati Cements, both headed by Jagan’s wife Y S Bharathi.

The notices were issued following a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Supreme Court challenging the Telangana high court order to stop investigation of ED cases till the investigation of the CBI cases is over.

The Supreme Court had asked Vijayasai Reddy, Jagathi Publications and Bharathi Cements to respond by September 5. The Supreme Court further said that it would decide on September 5, whether the cases are to be heard by the two-member bench or three-member bench of the apex court.

The Telangana High court in 2021 had kept aside the CBI court’s direction that both the CBI and the ED could simultaneously investigate the cases. The high court said that the ED could wait till the CBI completed its investigation.

Following this order, the ED had filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Telangana high court orders. The supreme court took up the petitions on Wednesday and issued notices to the MP and others asking them to respond by September 5.

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Supreme Court directs Avinash bail petition to Telangana high court

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Kadapa MP Y S Avinash Reddy’s anticipatory bail petition to the vacation bench in Telangana high court. The Supreme Court had directed the vacation court to hear the petition on May 25 and give judgment on the same day if possible.

The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice J K Maheswari and Justice P S Narasimha heard the case on Tuesday. Avinash Reddy had requested the Supreme Court to grant him anticipatory bail as his mother is unwell and his presence is required.

However, the court directed the MP to approach the vacation bench of the Telangana high court for redressal. The court also heard a petition filed by Avinash Reddy seeking exemption from attending the CBI questioning as his mother is sick.

The Supreme Court told the MP to present the argument before the Vacation Bench of the Telangana high court on May 25. The Supreme Court said that it would not listen to anything on the issue as it had left the decision to the Telangana high court.

Meanwhile, Avinash Reddy, who is accused in former minister Y S Vivekananda Reddy murder, is currently in a hospital in Kurnool where his ailing mother was admitted. A large number of his followers from Kadapa and Kurnool have gathered at the hospital anticipating that the CBI might arrest the MP.

The CBI officials too are camping in Kurnool trying to assess the situation and reach the MP to arrest him. There is tension all over the place in Kurnool with the MP’s supporters gathering in large numbers. The CBI officials are coordinating with the local police. Since the Supreme Court had directed the Telangana high court to hear the case on May 25, the CBI may not arrest him till then, the source said.

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Supreme Court declines to stay NGT order

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It was yet another major blow for the Andhra Pradesh government in the Supreme Court on Wednesday as the court refused to lift the stay on its three major reservoir construction.

However, the court issued a stay on Rs 100 crore penalty to be paid by the Andhra Pradesh government. It also directed the state government to pay Rs 25 crore to the Krishna River Management Board for environmental violations.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had issued a stay on the construction of three balancing reservoirs as part of the Handri Niva and Galeru Nagari project. The government proposed balancing reservoirs at Avulapalli, Nethiguttapalle and Mudivedu as part of the project.

The NGT had directed the state to stop these three reservoirs. However, as the government continued the project works, the NGT had imposed a penalty of Rs 100 crore on the state government for violating its earlier orders.

The state government had approached the supreme court against the NGT orders and sought stay. The court, which heard the case on Wednesday said that it would not issue stay on the NGT orders but would stay on the payment of Rs 100 crore penal amount.

It was the second such order to the state government by the NGT. Earlier, the NGT had imposed Rs 400 crore penal amount for sand mining in Krishna River during the TDP regime. The state government had finally escaped from the penalty proving that there was no illegal mining.

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SC sets aside HC’s stay on AP govt forming SIT

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside the stay order issued by the AP high court on the State government’s orders creating a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to review TDP government’s policies and programmes.

The high court issued a stay order on the GOs following TDP leaders Varla Ramaiah and Alapati Rajendra Prasad filing petitions challenging the GOs. The state government approached the Supreme Court through a special leave petition seeking to vacate the stay.

The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice M R Shah and Justice M M Sundaresh heard the case on Wednesday. The bench observed that there was no need to give stay on the GOs as they are intended to probe into the wastage of money by the government.

The Supreme Court also directed the state high court to dispose of the case by hearing it afresh. The Supreme Court also told the AP government to go ahead with the GOs and constitute SIT to investigate the corruption allegations against the TDP government in the past.

The State government had issued GOs to constitute SIT to probe into alleged irregularities including insider trading in Amaravati. The state government alleged that the TDP leaders had purchased lands in Amaravati even before it was announced as the capital region for the state.

The government headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that the TDP had leaked information on Amaravati area as capital even before official announcement. This had helped some TDP leaders to purchase lands in Amravati at cheaper prices.

The YSR Congress government alleged that over 5,000 acres of land was thus purchased and the TDP leaders benefited from those transactions.

It is now to be seen what the high court would decide on the case and how the Jagan Mohan Reddy government would move forward in the light of the Supreme Court keeping the high court stay aside.

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Supreme Court stays TS high court order on Avinash Reddy arrest

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The Supreme Court on Friday issued stay on the order issued by the Telangana high court on the possible arrest of Kadapa MP, Y S Avinash Reddy, in connection with the murder of former minister Y S Vivekananda Reddy case.

The Supreme Court took up hearing on the petition filed by Vivekananda Reddy’s daughter Suneetha Reddy who challenged Telangana high court’s order. The Telangana high court had granted anticipatory bail to Avinash Reddy till May 25.

The court asked the CBI not to arrest the Kadapa MP in the murder case till further orders. However, the court also directed Avinash Reddy to be available for the CBI for questioning on a daily basis, if required.

Suneetha Reddy challenged that high court order stating that it causes negative impact on the investigation into the murder. The Supreme Court said that it would take up the case for final hearing on April 24 and directed the CBI not to arrest Avinash Reddy till then.

The CBI had already arrested Avinash Reddy’s father Bhaskara Reddy and others in the case. The CBI in its petition earlier in the court submitted that Avinash Reddy and Bhaskara Reddy masterminded the murder as Vivekananda Reddy posed a threat to the political future of Avinash Reddy.

However, Avinash Reddy denied the CBI charge and alleged that the CBI was buying the arguments of the opposition parties. He also said that the CBI was not doing the independent investigation. He alleged that the CBI’s investigation is influenced by the opposition parties.

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Amaravati case posted to July 11 in Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed the hearing of the Amaravati case to July 11, after the summer vacation of the court. The court, however, set aside the plea of the state government that the hearing should be completed at the earliest.

The court said that there was no urgency in the case and it could be heard as the first case on July 11, when the court reopened after the summer vacation. The two-member constitution bench of Justice K M Joseph and Justice B V Nagarathna heard the case on Tuesday.

The state government had challenged the AP high court judgment that Amaravati should be developed as the capital city with all the infrastructure. The court also directed the state government on March 3, 2022 that the state legislature has no competency to decide on the capital.

The state government challenged the two issues of the high court judgment. The government wanted the supreme court to set aside the AP high court’s order as the court cannot decide on the legislative powers of the state.

The supreme court took up the case and it was adjourned four times so far. The advocates for the farmers told the court that some of the farmers who have been the petitioners have died over the years. They wanted the court to permit the representatives of the deceased farmers to be the petitioners.

The court accepted the plea and directed the government advocates to send notices to the representatives of the deceased farmers and see that they are present for the next hearing. Justice K M Joseph told the advocates that the bench is busy with hearing of the Bombay Municipal Corporation case and it was not possible for the bench to hear another case in between.

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Supreme Court to hear Amaravati case on Tuesday

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The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case on Amaravati capital on Tuesday. The case is related to the State government filing a revision petition against the judgment of the AP high court on March 3, 2022, where the court said that the state legislature is not competent to make laws on fixing or altering the capital.

The state government had challenged this observation of the AP high court. The supreme court had also asked the other parties in the case to file their affidavits for hearing and set the AP high court order in abeyance.

The state government had also challenged the AP high court order on the laws that were withdrawn by the state government. The court had given the judgement on the decentralisation of administration laws by the state government which were later withdrawn.

Though the state government informed the court that the decentralisation of administration laws were withdrawn, the court had gone ahead and gave a judgment finding fault with the state government. The government had challenged this observation of the high court too.

The state government is unwilling to spend over Rs 1 lakh crore on developing Amaravati, as per the estimates of the previous TDP government. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is keen on moving to Visakhapatnam, which had been declared as the executive capital, leaving Amaravati as the legislative capital.

The chief minister had hinted at moving to Visakhapatnam in July this year. He had even told the investors at the recent Global Investment Summit that Visakhapatnam would be the capital of the state and invited the investors to come to the state with money.

In this backdrop, all eyes are on the Supreme Court which is scheduled to resume hearing on Tuesday.

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Supreme Court angry over delay in Viveka murder case investigation

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The Supreme Court on Monday expressed anger at the CBI for the inordinate delay in the investigation of former minister Y S Vivekananda Reddy’s murder case. The court also questioned the CBI for the delay.

The court took up hearing a petition by Tulasamma, wife of accused Sivasankar Reddy, who wanted the CBI to change the investigation officer, Ram Singh. She alleged that the investigation was taking so much time and was not on the right track.

The court representing Justice M R Shah, questioned the CBI for the delay. It also wanted the CBI to ask why not the investigation officer should be replaced because of the delay. The court wondered why the CBI was taking so much time in investigating the case, despite the initial process being done long ago.

The court asked the CBI director to answer for the delay and the question of changing the investigation officer.

Additional solicitor general, Natarajan, who argued for the CBI said that the investigation officer was working properly and there was no need to replace the officer. He further claimed that the delay was only to ensure that there are no loopholes in the investigation.

The investigation was shifted from Kadapa to Hyderabad and all the files were also shifted from Kadapa. The case is being heard by the CBI court in Hyderabad, the additional solicitor general told the court.

On hearing the arguments of the additional solicitor general, the court directed the CBI to submit a detailed report on the progress of investigation in a sealed cover to the court.

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SC to hear Amaravati case on February 23

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The Supreme Court would hear the Amaravati case on February 23. The bench consisting of Justice K M Joseph and Justice Nagarathna on Monday posted the case for next hearing on February 23.

Advocates representing the farmers made an appeal to the bench seeking more time as they have received the copies of the Supreme Court direction seeking to file counter challenging the State government’s special leave petition.

The State government had filed the SLP in the supreme court challenging the AP high court’s decision that the state has no power to alter the capital once fixed. The high court on March 3, 2022 said that the previous government had fixed Amaravati as capital and the successive government cannot change it.

The State government said that it has the power to altern the capital and the decision on the capital is at the discretion of the state government. When the Supreme Court took up the case, it had directed the Central government and the farmers to file their counter petitions.

On Monday, when the case came up before the bench the farmers said that they had received the copies of the court order only on January 27 and would require at least two weeks to file counters.

The bench accepted the request and posted the case to February 23.

Meanwhile, the state government had made an appeal to the Supreme Court to dispose of the Amaravati case at the earliest. The state government is planning to shift the secretariat and the chief minister’s camp office to Visakhapatnam, which was designated as the executive capital of the state.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had already announced that Visakhapatnam would be the capital of the state in the days to come. He also invited the investors to the global summit to be held at Visakhapatnam in the first week of March.

The chief minister told the investors that he would also be shifting to Visakhapatnam in the coming months.

Considering all these factors, the state government made an appeal to the apex court to dispose of the case without further delay. It is to be seen what the court would decide when it takes up the case on February 23.

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Supreme Court leaves GO 1 issue to high court

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The Supreme Court on Friday said that it would not interfere with the AP high court which is hearing a case on the GO No 1, issued by the state government.

The GO is to restrict the rallies and public meetings on the roads in light of the stampede at Kandukuru town and Guntur city, where 11 persons died.

The two meetings were organised by the TDP leaders, and the government blamed the TDP for the mishap.

The GO was challenged in the high court by CPI state unit secretary K Ramakrishna and the court kept it aside.

The high court posted the case for next hearing on January 23. However, the high court observed that the GO was against the existing rules and even British rule had no such orders issued by the government.

The State government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the high court observations and sought relief.

The apex court, which took up hearing on Friday said that the high court had not completed the process of hearing and giving judgment. It was not right on the part of the Supreme Court to intervene at this stage and asked the State government to wait till the court completed its hearing.

Meanwhile, CPI secretary Ramakrishna said that the supreme court’s decision was yet another slap on the face of the state government.

The CPI leader wanted the state government to withdraw the GO and allow the political parties to hold rallies and public meetings as being held for decades.

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AP files petition in SC on bifurcation issues

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The AP government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking judicial intervention in the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. The government told the Apex court that the institutions listed in the Schedule IX and X were not distributed between the two Telugu states even after 8 years of bifurcation.

The state government told the court that the Telangana state government was coming forward to distribute the institutions between the two states. The institutions, their assets and liabilities are to be shared between the two Telugu states. As 91 per cent of the institutions are located in Hyderabad, the Telangana government continues to enjoy them, while Andhra Pradesh is denied its fruits, the government said.

The state government further said that the total value of these institutions would be around Rs 1.43 crore and they are to be shared between the two Telugu states on the population ratio. The state government said that AP had sent several requests both to the Telangana state government and the Union government for their action. However, as neither of them responded, the government approached the Apex court, the petition said.

The state government included the Government of Telangana and the Government of India as respondents to the petition. The court directed both the governments to file their response to the petition.

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SC stays time limit on Amaravati set by AP high court

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In a big relief to AP chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the AP high court judgement on Amaravati capital. The AP high court had in March this year directed the State government to develop the returnable plots area in three months and physically hand over them to the farmers. The court also told the state government to develop Amaravati as the capital city in six months.

The state government had challenged the orders in the Supreme Court contesting the time limit and also the high court statement which said that the Legislature has no right to decide on the capital issue. The Supreme Court, which took up hearing on the case on Monday observed that the time limit was meaningless.

The court said that it can not decide where to develop and what development it should do to a state government. It further felt that the court cannot do the duty of the legislature and executive and hence felt that the decision should be left to the government.

The court also took surprise at the AP high court setting time limit to the state government on development and building of the capital. “Is the court doing town planning work?” the judges observed. The judges further felt that development of the area for returnable plots to the farmers with the basic infrastructure of roads, drains, electricity and others, is not possible in three months.

Similarly, development of Amaravati as capital city in six months is also not practical, the court felt and posted the case to January 31, 2023. The court also issued notices to the Central government, state government and the farmers of Amaravati who are also part of the case to file their affidavits.

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Supreme Court posts Amaravati cases for Nov 28

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The two-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Monday posted the Amaravati and other cases for hearing on November 28. The bench told the advocates that it would hear the State government’s petition and the Amaravati farmers’ petition separately.

The state government had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the AP high court judgement which said that the state legislature is not competent authority to make laws on the capital city.

The advocates for the state government told the bench that the high court’s observations question the federal spirit of the country, where the states are vested with certain powers. The advocates also sought to remind the bench that the Central government on several occasions in the past had categorically stated that the right of having a capital is solely left to the respective state governments.

The advocate for the state government also told the court that the high court had directed the state government to develop plots to be given to the farmers in three months and build the capital city in six months, which were impractical.

The advocates also told the court that the Amaravati farmers have filed a contempt case against the state government for not implementing the high court orders and wanted a stay to be issued.

The advocate for the state government also contested that the AP high court had heard the case even after the government withdrew the bills related to the decentralisation of capitals. The advocate complained that the high court had given a judgment on the laws which were not in existence in the state.

On hearing all these, the bench consisting of Justice K M Joseph and Justice Hrishikesh Roy said that there would not be any action from the high court as the cases are being heard in the Supreme Court. The bench also told all the petitioners involved in the cases that it would hear the cases separately from November 28.

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SC directs AP to move HC to cancel Narayana’s bail in CRDA case

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The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Andhra Pradesh state government to approach the high court to cancel the bail of former minister P Narayana, in the allegations of irregularities in the inner ring road alignment for Amaravati.

The court consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice B Nagarathna, took up the special leave petition filed by the Andhra Pradesh government against the AP high court granting anticipatory bail to former minister Narayana and others.

The advocate appearing for the State government and the APCBCID argued that the high court “had erroneously deemed it as a case with 6 years of delay, while the inner ring road was planned in 2018.”

The advocate also told the bench that the AP “High Court had erroneously noted that there was no material against the accused, though there were specific details of offences committed by each of the accused.”

He further complained that the accused were not responding to the investigating agency after the high court granted them anticipatory bail.

On hearing the arguments, the bench observed that the anticipatory bail would not have any adverse bearing on the ongoing investigation into the case. The court also directed the CBCID that the “Investigation agency may approach the High Court if the accused are not cooperating with the investigation and seek for cancellation of the anticipatory bail.”

The CBCID alleged that the alignment of the inner ring road for Amaravati was changed exclusively to benefit some people. The CBCID also sought permission from the court to question the accused, including former minister Narayana, as part of the investigation.

The CBCID had booked cases against Lingamaneni Ramesh, Lingamaneni Rajasekhar and K P V Anjani Kumar in the design of the master plan for the inner ring road for Amaravati, capital city, in 2018.

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Supreme Court posts hearing of Amaravati cases to Nov 14

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The Supreme Court on Friday posted the hearing on the Amaravati cases to November 14. The two-member bench consisting of Justice K M Joseph and Justice Hrishikesh Roy told both the parties that they have to study the issue before hearing the case.

The advocate for the State government requested the bench to hear the case as the high court had given its judgement asking the state government to complete development of Amaravati in six months. The advocate further told the bench that the high court had also issued a contempt order against the state government for not implementing its orders.

Senior advocate for the Amaravati farmers, Fali Nariman, told the bench that the high court had given its order in March this year and wondered why the state government took so many months to file the Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court.

However, the bench said that they have to go through the details of the case before taking up the hearing. They needed time to go through the files and understand the case and wanted at least two weeks-time.

Senior advocate Nariman offered to give a synopsis of the case in the form of an affidavit if the court gave them one week time. The judges responded saying that they would not accept so much time and had asked the advocate to file the affidavit by November 7.

Despite the requests from the state government’s advocate, the bench posted the case for next hearing on November 14.

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In a first, Supreme Court live streams proceedings

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For the first time in history, the Supreme Court proceedings were live streamed on Friday, more than three years after it recommended live-streaming for its hearings.

The live streaming was done for the ceremonial bench of outgoing Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana.

“Please take notice that on the eve of laying down the office of the Chief Justice of India, the proceedings of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Court i.e., Ceremonial Bench on August 26, 2022, 10.30 a.m. onwards shall be live streamed through the NIC Webcast portal,” said a notice issued by the apex court, adding that the link could also be accessed from the website of the Supreme Court of India.

As per the custom, Justice Ramana shared the bench with Chief Justice-designate Justice U.U. Lalit on his last working day.

Justice Lalit had been recently appointed as the 49th Chief Justice of India and will take over after the retirement of CJI Ramana.

The top court also live streamed hearing of cases and pronouncement of orders, for the first time, listed in the CJI’s court.

The top court’s order on freebies was amongst the orders which were live streamed.

However, it is not clear whether live streaming of court proceedings will become a regular feature.

In 2018, the apex court ruled that live telecast of court proceedings are part of the right to access justice under Article 21 of the Constitution.

The top cour’s e-committee came out with model guidelines to regulate live-streaming of court proceedings in India.

Six high courts are live streaming their proceedings through their own channels on YouTube.

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