Supreme Court Round-Up for Wednesday, April 12

Important cases heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 12:

* SC directed jailed ex-Unitech promoters Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra to approach the top court for bail or other reliefs in cases related to alleged swindling of funds of home buyers.

* SC agreed to hear on April 28 a plea challenging the Constitutional validity of a provision of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 which states that a woman who legally adopts a child below the age of three months would be entitled to maternity leave.

* E-prison module, a comprehensive jail management system, is being used by 1,292 prisons across the country and holds the records of 1.88 crore prisoners, the Supreme Court was informed.

* What is the effect of the report of a Commission of Inquiry that has been rejected or not accepted by the government and whether the empirical data which formed the basis of the report can be looked at while determining a constitutional issue, the Supreme Court wondered while considering the question of quotas for Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians.

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