Supreme Court Round-Up for Wednesday

Important cases heard by Supreme Court on Wednesday, Sep 6:

* In a relief to four members of the Editors Guild of India (EGI), the SC directed the Manipur Police not to take any coercive steps against them till September 11 in connection with two FIRs lodged for offences including promoting enmity between two communities.

* SC asked the Manipur government and the law enforcement agencies to file a status report on the recovery of arms made from “all sources” in the ethnic-violence hit state.

* SC set aside the August 5 notification of the election department of the Union Territory of Ladakh for the hill council polls and ordered the issuance of a fresh election schedule within a week.

* SC directed the Muzaffarnagar Superintendent of Police to submit a status report on the investigation in the case of a student being allegedly slapped by his classmates on the instructions of his teacher.

* A recipient must be assured that the blood being transfused is clean, the SC said while hearing a plea challenging the 2017 guidelines excluding transgenders, men having sex with men, and female sex workers from being blood donors.

* SC refused to entertain a petition seeking direction to the Centre to take steps to curb fraudulent religious conversions in the country.

* SC dismissed a plea seeking a “cooling-off period” of two years for retired judges of the apex court and high courts before they can accept political appointments.

* SC deferred for October 3 the hearing on pleas challenging the Patna High Court’s August 1 order giving the go-ahead for a caste survey in Bihar.

* SC adjourned till November the hearing on a plea by an NGO seeking cross-verification by voters of the votes cast by them through the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).

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