Monthly Archives: January 2014

Unexplained Delay ground for commutation of death sentence: SC

In a landmark ruling, a Large Bench of the Supreme Court of India held that “unexplained and inordinate” delays in the execution of the death penalty were grounds to change the sentences to life imprisonment. The Court said, “if there … Continue reading

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‘Intermeddler’ can be considered legal representative under MACT Act: SC

Interpreting the term ‘legal representative’ broadly, a Large Bench of Supreme Court of India ruled that even an “intermeddler” can be considered as a legal representative of the deceased under Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act (“MACT”). Relying on a full … Continue reading

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Disciplinary proceedings not to be stayed pending criminal trial: SC

The Supreme Court of India reiterated that it is not mandatory to stay the on-going disciplinary proceedings pending conclusion of a trial in the criminal case registered and filed in respect of the very same incident. The Court said that … Continue reading

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Erring officials must face departmental action: SC

The Supreme Court of India lately directed the Home Department of every State Government to formulate a procedure for taking action against all erring investigating/prosecuting officials/officers in a criminal case. The Court said, “All such erring officials/officers identified, as responsible … Continue reading

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Power u/S 319(1) CrPC can be exercised at any time after charge-sheet is filed and before the pronouncement of judgment: SC

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India clarified the powers of the courts under the criminal justice system to arraign any person as an accused during the course of inquiry or trial as contemplated under Section 319 of … Continue reading

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Policy Guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for bringing out a comprehensive regulatory framework in the form of guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India. These guidelines cover detailed procedures for registration of … Continue reading

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