Supreme Court Round-Up  for Monday

Important cases heard by the Supreme Court on Monday, October 16:

* Pleas challenging the validity of the electoral bond scheme for political funding of parties will now be adjudicated upon by a five-judge constitution bench for an authoritative pronouncement, the Supreme Court said on Monday.

* SC dismissed a petition challenging the designation of lawyers as senior advocates, saying the mechanism to grant the designation was not arbitrary.

* SC declined to permit a married woman, a mother of two, to terminate her over 26-week pregnancy as the foetus was healthy and the AIIMS medical board found no abnormality with it.

* SC agreed to hear a plea by Congress leader Pawan Khera challenging the Allahabad High Court’s refusal to quash criminal proceedings against him for allegedly making objectionable remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

* SC sought the response of former ICICI Bank CEO-cum-MD Chanda Kochhar and her businessman husband Deepak Kochhar on a plea of the CBI challenging the interim bail granted to them by the Bombay High Court in a loan fraud case.

* SC told the CBI and ED on Monday they cannot keep former deputy chief minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia in jail for an “indefinite period” in the Delhi excise policy cases.

* SC refused to vacate the interim stay on the CBI’s investigation into the disproportionate assets case against Karnataka deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar.

* SC agreed to examine the plea of AAP leader Raghav Chadha challenging his indefinite suspension from the Rajya Sabha and sought the assistance of the attorney general in adjudicating the issue.

* The CBI and ED told SC that they are contemplating making the city’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) an accused in the Delhi excise policy cases.

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