Category Archives: crpc

Magistrate can vary an order under Section 125 Cr.PC: SC

The Supreme Court of India recently clarified that reviving of maintenance application of wife under Section 125 of Criminal Procedure Code (“Code”) is not hit by the embargo contained in Section 362 of the Code. “The use of expression ‘from … Continue reading

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Interception of phone calls only in case of public emergency/public safety: BHC

In an important ruling, the Bombay High Court recently ruled that the interception of the phone calls by the authorities is permitted only in the case of ‘public emergency’ or in the interest of ‘public safety’. Stating that the orders … Continue reading

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Magistrate not to examine merits of case while taking cognizance: SC

The Supreme Court of India recently reiterated that while taking cognizance of an offence based upon a police report, it is not necessary for the Magistrate to examine the merits and demerits of the case and whether the materials collected … Continue reading

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Identity of victims of sexual abuse should be protected: SC

The Supreme Court of India lately had an opportunity to review ‘how and in what manner’ the identity of adult victims of rape and children who are victims of sexual abuse should be protected so that they are not subjected … Continue reading

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Section 497 (Adultery) declared unconstitutional: SC

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of India struck down as unconstitutional the penal provision on adultery saying that the law affected individual dignity and equality of women. “Any system treating a woman with indignity, inequity and inequality or … Continue reading

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Accused entitled to get bail as per law: SC

The Supreme Court of India has ruled that an accused is entitled to get bail under Code of Criminal Procedure even though the charge sheet filed by police was returned by the lower court on technical reasons. “The fact of … Continue reading

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Appellate court has power to stay conviction under CrPC: SC

The Supreme Court of India has clarified that an appellate court has power to stay conviction under Code of Criminal Procedure and upon such stay, disqualification of a member of Parliament or State legislature under Representation of the People Act … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional to allow defense counsel to concede guilt over defendant’s objection: USSC

The Supreme Court of the United States of America recently held that it is unconstitutional to allow defense counsel to concede guilt over the defendant’s intransigent and unambiguous objection, even when defense counsel’s experienced-based view is that confessing guilt offers … Continue reading

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Person in lawful possession & control of rental car has reasonable expectation of privacy: USSC

The United State Supreme Court recently ruled that, as a general rule, a person in lawful possession and control of a rental car has a reasonable expectation of privacy in it even if the rental agreement does not list such … Continue reading

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Guilty plea doesn’t bar challenge to constitutionality of statute: USSC

The Supreme Court of United States recently held that a guilty plea, by itself, does not bar a federal criminal defendant from challenging the constitutionality of his statute of conviction on direct appeal. In this case, Defendant pleaded guilty to … Continue reading

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