Utkarsh Anand

Utkarsh Anand is Legal Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on law, judiciary and governance.

Articles by Utkarsh Anand

SC cancels ED chief Sanjay Mishra’s 3rd extension, says it was illegal

The Supreme Court ruled that ED director Sanjay Kumar Mishra can continue till July 31 to enable the Centre to make a fresh appointment

Sanjay Mishra was first appointed the ED director for a period of two years by an order on November 19, 2018. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 03:11 PM IST

Supreme Court stays NGT order naming Delhi LG as Yamuna panel head

The court clarified that it is staying only that part of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order on January 9 that named the Lieutenant Governor as the head of the panel

The interim order was issued after the AAP government pressed for an immediate stay on the NGT order. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 12:41 PM IST

SC directs day-to-day hearing from Aug 2 of pleas related to Article 370

Constitution bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and justices SK Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai, and Surya Kant set July 27 as last date for filing documents.

The Supreme Court was hearing petitions against the nullification of Article 370 of the Constitution (File)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 12:14 PM IST

After SC panel’s report in Adani-Hindenburg, Sebi seeks to tighten FPI norms

On May 17, the apex court gave Sebi time till August 14 to complete its probe into the allegations thrown up by the Hindenburg report released in January.

On May 17, the apex court gave Sebi time till August 14 to complete its probe into the allegations thrown up by the Hindenburg report released in January (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 03:47 AM IST

Normalcy, peace returned in J&K after Article 370 abrogation: Centre

Life has returned to normalcy in the region after three decades of turmoil due to the abrogation of the article 370, the Union government told the Supreme Court

In its affidavit filed on Monday, the Centre said abrogation of Article 370 led to dismantling of the terror network in J&K. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 05:37 AM IST
By, New Delhi

142 killed till July 4 in Manipur clashes: Centre informs Supreme Court

The total number of people killed in the valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Kakching, Thoubal and Bishnupur were 101, according to the report.

Tyres and construction materials set on fire by miscreants amid ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur, in Imphal East district, Friday. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 02:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Can’t let proceedings be used for escalating violence in Manipur: Supreme Court

A bench was hearing a clutch of PILs demanding a spate of orders ranging from investigation into the ethnic clashes

A bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, was hearing a clutch of public interest litigations (PILs).(ANI)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 02:42 AM IST

Gujarat HC refuses to grant Rahul Gandhi stay on conviction in defamation case

The Gujarat high court has refused to put on hold Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's conviction and two-year jail term in a criminal defamation case.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (AP)(MINT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 12:04 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/ahmedabad

Gujarat HC dismisses Rahul Gandhi’s plea to stay his conviction in defamation case

Justice Hemant Prachchhak affirmed the decision of a Gujarat sessions court, which had refused to put on hold a magisterial court order on March 23 convicting the Congress leader

The high court order means that Gandhi’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha continues. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 11:23 AM IST

Can’t bar women from fighting panchayat polls even if proxy is followed: SC

The Supreme Court in India has stated that it cannot prevent women from contesting panchayat elections on the basis that they are figureheads.

Supreme Court (ANI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 12:05 AM IST

Collegium picks 2 names for elevation as SC judges

Apart from the CJI, the collegium in the Supreme Court currently includes justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai and Surya Kant

The Supreme Court, which has a sanctioned strength of 34 judges, is currently short of three judges (ANI)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 12:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

SC extends interim protection from arrest to Teesta Setalvad until further orders

Issuing a formal notice in the matter to the Gujarat government, a bench, headed by justice BR Gavai, directed for a continuation of Setalvad’s interim bail that she got from the specially constituted three-judge bench on late Saturday evening

Mumbai-based human rights activist Teesta Setalvad (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 01:54 PM IST

Collegium likely to finalise four names as judges of SC

The Supreme Court collegium is expected to discuss and finalize four names for appointment as judges in the apex court, which currently has three vacancies.

Interestingly, the present collegium has one sitting CJI and three other members who are in line to become CJIs (Agency)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Take speedy call on plea for Balaji’s release: SC to HC after split verdict

Balaji, who held the electricity, excise and prohibition portfolios, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on June 14.

DMK leader V Senthil Balaji, who held the electricity, excise and prohibition portfolios, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on June 14 (PTI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 12:22 AM IST

SC urges Madras HC chief justice to expedite decision in Senthil Balaji’s case

The SC bench took note of the fact that after the split verdict by the HC division bench, the habeas corpus petition filed by Balaji’s wife challenging her husband’s arrest must go to a third judge for a decision by majority

Supreme Court of India. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 03:18 PM IST

Crucial legal pointers for Pawar vs Pawar from Sena vs Sena

NCP chief Sharad Pawar plans to rebuild his party from scratch and go directly to the people.

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar was sworn in by state governor Ramesh Bais in Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 04:31 AM IST

5-judge SC bench led by CJI to hear Art 370 pleas

The Supreme Court has set up a new constitution bench to hear petitions related to Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir. The bench, headed by Chief Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, will begin proceedings on July 11 after a gap of over three years. One of the petitions to be heard is from Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat who initially challenged the abrogation of Article 370 but later withdrew his petition. The case is expected to issue procedural orders for a future hearing date.

HT Image
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Parliamentary panel discusses keeping tribals, NE out of UCC’s ambit

According to people familiar with the matter, the BJP, Shiv Sena, Shiv Sena (UBT) and Bahujan Samaj Party leaders supported UCC

Expert committee members during an open dialogue on Uniform Civil Code implementation in New Delhi on June 14. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:25 AM IST
By, Deeksha Bhardwaj

Situation ‘slowly’ improving in Manipur: Govt; SC seeks report

The Supreme Court has asked the Manipur government to submit an updated status report on the ethnic clashes in the state by July 10. The report should include details of the measures taken to maintain law and order, as well as information on the rescue and rehabilitation of those affected by the violence. The court is currently dealing with several petitions related to the clashes between the Meitei and Kuki communities, which have resulted in numerous deaths, injuries, and displacements.

The top court called for the latest report setting out the measures undertaken to maintain law and order, besides details of rescue and rehabilitation of those affected by the violence and recovery of arms being used in the riot-hit state. (File)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:19 AM IST

Supreme Court grants Teesta Setalvad protection from arrest, stays Gujarat HC order for 7 days

Setalvad got the reprieve from a specially constituted three-judge bench, which was set up after the two judges on the previous bench had a difference of opinion

Social activist Teesta Setalvad was arrested on June 25 last year for allegedly fabricating evidence, committing forgery and hatching a criminal conspiracy to frame PM Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 communal riots cases in Gujarat. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 12:20 AM IST

Scope of Governor’s powers in focus amid Tamil Nadu row

Late on Thursday, the governor wrote to CM MK Stalin , conveying that the decision to dismiss Balaji “may be kept in abeyance until further communication.”

Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi and chief minister MK Stalin (Anathakrishnan L)
Updated on Jul 01, 2023 12:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Why vacations are crucial for top court

The Supreme Court's breaks have triggered criticisms of pendency. But judges often use vacations for research, reflection and to catch up on verdict writing.

 The highest court of the land occupies a pivotal position in the world’s largest democracy. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 09:20 PM IST

No SC relief for ED in TN minister Senthil Balaji’s arrest case

The Supreme Court said that the federal agency should go back to the Madras high court, where the case is coming up on Thursday

On Wednesday morning, Balaji underwent a coronary artery bypass at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital. (Twitter image)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 01:41 PM IST

Bengal panchayat elections: Supreme Court junks pleas against order on central forces

Conduct of elections cannot be a license to commit violence, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday, as it approved of deployment of central forces for the upcoming panchayat elections in West Bengal.

Security personnel patrol an area, during the nomination process, in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas on June 15. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 12:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

West Bengal rural polls: Supreme Court approves of deployment of central forces

The court said elections cannot be a license to commit violence while junking the state government and the state election commission’s pleas against a Calcutta high court order in this regard

The court emphasised that free and fair elections are a hallmark of grassroots democracy. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 03:13 PM IST

Manipur violence: SC refuses urgent hearing of plea for armed forces deployment

Representing NGO Manipur Tribal Forum, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves mentioned the matter and pressed for a hearing claiming 70 tribals were killed after the May 17 hearing in the court

Security personnel patrol a violence-hit area in Bishnupur. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 11:54 AM IST

What sparked the ethnic strife in Manipur? Know history of Kuki-Meiti clashes

The divide between Kuki-Meitei groups is emblematic of burgeoning ethnic tensions over many issues, which trace their origin to history and sense of identity.

A fire erupts during clashes in Manipur. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 04:58 PM IST

Legal regime and SC rulings may ward off Brij Bhushan's arrest

While the offences entail maximum punishment of five years in jail, it is unlikely that Singh will face an imminent arrest.

BJP MP and WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh at Constitution Club of India, in New Delhi, (PTI)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Law Commission seeks public, religious bodies’ views on Uniform Civil Code

The Law Commission on Wednesday set about to examine the issue afresh as it solicited views on UCC from the public and recognised religious organisations.

The Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra during a demonstration against Uniform Civil Code, and seeking 5% reservation, at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on October 20, 2016. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 04:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

SC refuses urgent hearing of plea against Uttarakhand mahapanchayat

Hindu organisations have called the mahapanchayat on June 15 amid communal tensions in Uttarakhand’s Purola town

The Supreme Court asked the petitioner to approach the Uttarakhand high court first. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 14, 2023 12:20 PM IST
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