Supreme Court Round-Up for July 3

Important cases heard by the Supreme Court on Monday, July 3

* SC directed the Manipur government to file an updated status report detailing steps taken for rehabilitation, improving the law and order situation and recovery of arms in the ethnic violence-hit state.

* SC slammed the Delhi government for expressing its inability to contribute funds for construction of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project and directed it to furnish details of money spent on advertisements in the last three financial years.

* First five courtrooms of the Supreme Court have become WiFi-enabled, Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud announced, in a significant step towards the digitisation of the top court.

* SC refused to entertain a plea of the Enforcement Directorate challenging the six-week interim bail granted to liquor businessman Sameer Mahendru in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi excise policy.

* SC stayed proceedings pending before the Sultanpur court against AAP leader Somnath Bharti for allegedly making derogatory remarks on the condition of hospitals and schools in Uttar Pradesh.

* SC sought response of the Delhi Police on a plea of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan challenging a decision of the city police to declare him as a “bad character”.

* SC directed the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to verify whether any dossier was submitted by a professor, allegedly depicting the university as a “den of organised sex racket”.

* SC said it would hear on July 14 pleas, including the one filed by the sister of slain gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmad and Ashraf seeking constitution of a commission chaired by a retired apex court judge to inquire into their “custodial” and “extra judicial deaths”.

* SC refused to entertain a PIL seeking framing of guidelines to deal with incidents of suicide committed by married men subjected to domestic violence and the constitution of a “National Commission for Men” to safeguard their interests.

* SC refused to entertain a PIL seeking directions to all state governments and their relevant authorities to set up sewage treatment plants (STPs) and asked the petitioner to approach the National Green Tribunal.

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