Supreme Court Round-Up for May 4

Important cases heard by the Supreme Court on Thursday, May 4:

* SC closed the proceedings on a petition by women wrestlers accusing Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment, noting FIRs have been filed against him and seven complainants provided adequate security.

* In a relief to DMK leader Kanimozhi, the SC upheld her 2019 election to the Lok Sabha from Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi, dismissing as “bald and vague” the allegations levelled against her in a petition challenging her election.

* SC refused to entertain for a third time a petition challenging the CBFC certification granted to controversial movie ‘The Kerala Story’, saying courts must be very careful while staying exhibition of films.

* SC refused to interfere with a Delhi High Court order which stayed trial court proceedings against DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal in a criminal case of allegedly abusing her official position to appoint people associated with the AAP to different posts in the women’s rights body.

* SC refused to entertain a plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to take steps to ensure indigenous cows are artificially inseminated only with the semen of “pure indigenous” bulls and not those of “exotic foreign” breeds.

* SC said the modalities to be prescribed for ensuring timely consideration of cases for premature release of eligible convicts in Uttar Pradesh should be fine-tuned and a meeting of the secretary of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), the Director General of Prisons and other related officials be convened for this purpose.

* SC said it will examine the larger constitutional issue of challenge to the validity of extrajudicial divorce like ‘Talaq-e-Hasan’ among Muslims.

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