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CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Issues Notice to Centre Over Pleas in Rohith Vemula, Payal Tadvi Cases
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:32:10 IST

Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea filed by mothers of Rohith Vemula and Payal Tadvi, who had allegedly committed suicide following alleged caste-based discrimination, seeking to end such bias in universities and other higher education institutions across the country. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Report Does not Support Claims on Inability to Access Court
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:31:52 IST

Supreme Court has said it has received a report from the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and claims that people are unable to access the court there are not supported. The Court said it would entertain the petition regarding alleged detention of children in Kashmir as the plea has raised "substantial issues" regarding minors. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Seeks Reply from J&K on Plea Challenging Detention of Five Persons
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:31:36 IST

Supreme Court has sought response from the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea challenging detention of five persons in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 of Constitution of India. The Court issued notice on the plea which has also challenged provisions of law, empowering authorities to detain a person in Jammu and Kashmir. (Podcast Available

EXCISE - Supreme Court Allows Withdrawal of Excise Duty Exemption for Pan Masala
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:16:09 IST

Supreme Court has upheld the withdrawal of the exemption from payment of Excise Duty to the pan masala with tobacco and pan masala without tobacco by the Central Government by observing that the same was in the larger public interest. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - SC Issues Notice on Plea Against Order Declining to Quash FIR on Grounds of Sedition Against Tribals
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:15:53 IST

Supreme Court has issued notice on a petition challenging the judgment of the Jharkhand High Court which declined to quash an FIR for sedition registered against four Adivasi activists for allegedly inciting violence by making Facebook posts supporting 'Pathalgadi' movement of Munda tribal community. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Acquits 'Wife' Accused of Murdering Her 'Husband' on Basis of Benefit of Doubt
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:15:36 IST

Supreme Court while setting aside concurrent convictions by the lower Court and High Court has acquitted a woman accused of murdering her husband. The Court observed that it could not be the handiwork of one person and it would be rather preposterous to assume that the Accused hung the dead body by ceiling fan all by herself. (Podcast Available

CUSTOMS - SC: Refund Claim Cannot be Entertained unless Order of Assessment or Self-Assessment is Changed
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:15:18 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that the claim for refund under Section 27 of the Customs Act, 1962 cannot be entertained unless the order of assessment or self assessment was changed in accordance with law by taking recourse to the suitable proceedings. The Court observed that while processing a refund application, re-assessment was not allowed nor conditions of exemption could be adjudicated. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Supreme Court: No Provision for Combining of Multiple Cases Arising Out of Single Notice
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:15:00 IST

Supreme Court has observed that there was no provision for consolidation of cases in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 thereby declining a plea to combine multiple cheque bouncing cases against the Accused which emanate from a single notice. (Podcast Available

CONSTITUTION - Supreme Court Clarifies Classification Should Never be Arbitrary, Artificial or Evasive
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:14:42 IST

Supreme Court has clarified that while the law may recognize 'degrees of harm' however the classification should never be arbitrary, artificial or evasive while reading down Section 32-F of Maharashtra Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1948. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Rejects Deepak Talwar's Bail Plea in Money Laundering Case
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:14:23 IST

Delhi High Court has rejected the bail plea of lobbyist Deepak Talwar, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate(ED) in a money laundering case. The Court denied the relief to Talwar. He was arrested by the ED after his deportation from Dubai in January. (Podcast Available

LAND ACQUISITION - Gujarat HC Rejects Over 120 Pleas Against Land Acquisition for Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:14:06 IST

Gujarat High Court has rejected over 120 petitions filed by farmers challenging the acquisition of their land for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. The Court ruled that the compensation offered to farmers by the State Government is fair. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Telangana High Court Sets Aside Allocation List of Junior Stenographers by Andhra Pradesh Government
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:13:48 IST

Telangana High Court while making it clear that roster points cannot be the basis for fixation of seniority has set aside the tentative allocation list of junior stenographers prepared by the Andhra Pradesh Government. The bench directed the authorities to prepare the seniority list based on merit but not on roster points, and the allocation should be made in the order of seniority as on June 1, 2014, and to complete the entire exercise within two months. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Telangana HC Issues Notice to Centre and CBI Over Illegal Activities by Super Agri Seeds' Promoter
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:13:27 IST

Telangana High Court has issued notices to the Central Government, CBI and others concerned to reply to the petition filed seeking CBI probe into the alleged illegal activities of the liquidator of Super Agri Seeds Private Limited company and the chief manager of State Bank of India concerned in the liquidation process of the company. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court to Govt: Use Straw for Soil Retention in Delhi Ridge Area, will Reduce Crop Burning
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:13:06 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the AAP Government to procure straw from the neighboring states for spreading it under newly planted saplings in the Central Ridge area of the national capital to ensure retention of soil and water there as well as reduce crop burning. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Stubble Burning: Punjab and Haryana High Court Restrains Punjab, Haryana from Levying Fine on Farmers
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:12:51 IST

Punjab and Haryana High Court has restrained the Punjab and Haryana Governments from levying fine on farmers for stubble burning. The Court while passing the order, also roped in Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, and Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, to suggest measures to deal with the problem of stubble burning. The notice has been issued to the Centre as well to suggest remedial measures. (Podcast Available

CONSTITUTION - Kerala High Court: Access to Internet is Fundamental Right
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:12:34 IST

Kerala High Court has ruled that access to Internet is a fundamental right which cannot be taken away arbitrarily. The Court order came on a petition of Faheema Shirin, an 18-year-old BA student. Moreover the Court set aside Shirin's expulsion and hostel rules which denied Internet access to women students at night. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court: Cannot Let Flats at East Kidwai Nagar Turn Into 'Khandar' by Averting their Use
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:12:16 IST

Delhi High Court has observed that the flats already constructed at East Kidwai Nagar as part of its redevelopment cannot be allowed to turn into a 'khandar' (ruins) by averting their use.The Court noted that the flats have already come up there and "we cannot say let them become a 'khandar'. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court: Corporations Must Pay for Land in Illegal Colonies
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:11:59 IST

Delhi High Court has ruled that municipal corporations couldn't take over private parcels of land for public projects just because the plots were in an unauthorised colony. (Podcast Available

LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL - Allahabad High Court: Housing Society is not Industry and its Employees are not Workmen
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:11:43 IST

Allahabad High Court has clarified that a housing society is not an industry within the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 and its employees are not workmen. The Court observed that the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 was to focus on resolution of industrial disputes and regulation of industrial relations. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT: Measure, Display Noise Level Prescribed for Aircraft at Delhi Airport
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:11:26 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Delhi International Airport Limited to measure and display the prescribed noise levels for aircraft at the international airport.The Tribunal noted that a notice to airmen was issued by the Airports Authority of India, which has been incorporated in the Aeronautical Information Publication on October 11, 2018, regarding use of reverse thrust by pilots while landing. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Special Court Extends Chidambaram's Judicial Custody till October 3
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:26:25 IST

Special Court has extended till October 3 the judicial custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media corruption case. The Court also allowed medical examination of Chidambaram. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - London Court Extends Nirav Modi Custody in UK Prison until October 17
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:26:07 IST

London Court has further remanded Nirav Modi to judicial custody until October 17. The fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi is wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case. (Podcast Available

ELECTION - Uttarakhand High Court Says Parents of More than Two Children can Contest Upcoming Panchayat Polls
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:35:29 IST

Uttarakhand High Court has read down a law which disqualified candidates with more than two children from contesting panchayat elections in the State. The Court also ruled that the law applies to only those parents who had a third child or more after July 17 this year. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court Asks UP Home Secretary to Clear Stand on Validity of 16 Year Old Muslim Girl's Marriage
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:35:12 IST

Supreme Court has summoned the Home Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Government, asking him to come clean on the State's stand on a petition filed by a 16-year-old Muslim girl whose marriage has been declared void on account of age. The Court took to task the counsel for the State Government, questioning if they realise that the ambiguity has compelled the girl to languish in a shelter home against her will. (Podcast Available

CONTEMPT OF COURT - Supreme Court Issues Non-Bailable Warrant Against Gautam Buddh Nagar Jail Superintendent
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:28:09 IST

Supreme Court has issued a non-bailable warrant against the Superintendent of District Jail of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh after it was apprised that he had released an accused from prison despite the Supreme Court order cancelling his bail. The Court passed the order while admitting a contempt petition filed against the jail superintendent. (Podcast Available

SALES TAX/VAT - SC: Appellate Authority Cannot Override Statutory Requirements of Pre-Deposit to Maintain Appeal
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:27:52 IST

Supreme Court while upholding Section 62(5) of Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 has observed that the Appellate Authority cannot override statutory requirement of pre-deposit when the statute mandates that no appeal can be entertained unless such requirement is satisfied. (Podcast Available

LAW OF EVIDENCE - Supreme Court Clarifies Burden of Proof Ordinarily Rests on Those who Attack Deed
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:27:37 IST

Supreme Court has clarified that the burden of proof rests ordinarily on those who attack the deed. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - SC: Conducting Separate Interviews for General and Reserved Category Candidates Totally Illegal
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:27:20 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the process of conducting separate interviews for general and reserve category candidates is totally illegal. The Court further noted that reserved category candidate can be treated as unreserved category candidate provided such candidate did not avail any other special concession. (Podcast Available

CONTRACT - SC: Self-Serving Statements on Income will not be Enough to Prove Readiness and Willingness
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:27:03 IST

Supreme Court has observed that self serving statements on income without any proof of financial resources will not be enough to prove that Plaintiff in a suit for specific performance was ready and willing to perform her part of the contract. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Clarity on Restructuring Wages for EPF Deduction
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:26:46 IST

Supreme Court has rejected a review petition filed by a section of industry, which sought clarity on its judgment on restructuring wages for deducting Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) contribution, leaving companies confused about the implementation of the order. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Gujarat High Court: SC/ST Act Meant to Confer Dignity,Will not Change with Migration to Another State
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:26:29 IST

Gujarat High Court has ruled that a crime against a person belonging to SC/ST community in other State and not in Gujarat invite provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989(SC/ST Act).The Court further clarifies that this law is meant to protect the dignity of members of scheduled castes and tribes and has nothing to do with the provisions of reservation in jobs and education. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court Asks BMC to Pay Rs 10 Lakh to Family of Man who Got Sucked Into MRI Machine
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:26:12 IST

Bombay High Court has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to pay an interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of a man who died last year after getting sucked into an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at a Mumbai hospital. The civic body runs the BYL Nair Hospital, where the incident took place. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Uttarakhand High Court: No Maternity Leave for Government Employees in Case of Third Child
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:25:55 IST

Uttarakhand High Court has passed an order which makes employees of the State Government ineligible for maternity leave after their second child. The Court has set aside an earlier order passed in July 2018 by a Single Bench of the High Court. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Issues Notice on Plea for Construction of Pathways for Differently Abled Persons
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:25:38 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice in a Public Interest Litigation seeking the Court's assistance in directing the State Authorities to construct footpaths with assistive pathways for the blind and specially abled individuals and to ensure the proper upkeep of footpaths in Delhi. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - JHC:Parents of Deceased Workman Cannot be Debarred from Availing Benefit of Compassionate Appointment
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:25:16 IST

Jharkhand High Court (JHC) has ruled that non-inclusion of the parents and sister of the deceased workman dying in harness in the list of dependants to be appointed on compassionate ground was unfair and frustrates the very object of the Compassionate Appointment Scheme. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Madhya Pradesh High Court Fines Hospital for not Having ICC
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:24:58 IST

Madhya Pradesh High Court has levied fine of Rs 50000 on Medanta Hospital, Indore for not having an Internal Complaints Committee(ICC) required to be constituted under Section 4(1) of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. It also directed the hospital to pay compensation to the tune of Rs 25 lakhs to the Complainant in the case for failing to address her case of sexual harassment. (Podcast Available

COMMERCIAL - Karnataka High Court: Karnataka Excise Act, 1965 Does not Allow Online Sale, Home Delivery of Liquor
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:24:40 IST

Karnataka High Court has declared that the Karnataka Excise Act, 1965 does not allow online sale or home delivery of liquor either for oneself or as an agent. The Court said, "It is not possible to carry out business of online order processing and delivery of liquor to the consumers in Karnataka in the absence of enabling provision available under the Karnataka Excise (KE) Act to grant such licence," . (Podcast Available

COMPANY - NCLAT Keeps Bakshi Deal with McDonald's on Hold
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:24:20 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has barred Vikram Bakshi from leaving the country without informing it or the Debt Recovery Tribunal first. The Appellate Tribunal has also said that the deal between Bakshi's Connaught Plaza Restaurants Limited and McDonalds India would not be given effect to until further orders. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT Declines to Entertain RCom Resolution Professional
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:24:03 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has declined to entertain a plea moved by the Resolution Professional (RP) of Reliance Communications Limited (RCom) seeking refund of nearly Rs 580 crore from Ericsson India. Instead, he was asked to approach the Mumbai bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). (Podcast Available

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Levies Fine of Rs 10 Lakh on IL&FS for Disclosure Lapses
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:23:48 IST

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakhs on Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) for non-disclosure of price sensitive information to stock exchanges. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Rejects Petition Challenging Odd-Even Plan
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:23:32 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rejected a plea challenging the Delhi Government's decision to implement the odd-even car rationing scheme in the national capital from November 4-15. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Government Bans E-Cigarettes Citing Health Risk to Youth
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:23:13 IST

Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance namely the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 banning production, import, distribution and sale of electronic cigarettes. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who headed a Group of Ministers on the issue, said the decision to ban e-cigarettes was taken as they were a health risk to the youth. (Podcast Available

DIRECT TAXATION - CBDT Notifies New Norms for Approving Panel under GAAR
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:22:56 IST

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified Rules 10UD & 10UE for the purpose of making reference to Approving Panel under Section 144BA(4) of the Income Tax Act,1961 under General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR ). (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court on Sewer Deaths: "No Other Country Sends People to Gas Chamber"
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:52:58 IST

Supreme Court has expressed serious concern over people dying during manual scavenging and sewage cleaning in India, saying nowhere in the world people are sent to "gas chambers to die". The Court made scathing observations and said that though more than 70 years have passed since Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Apex Court Stays Death Penalty in Coimbatore Double Murder Case
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:15:29 IST

Apex Court has stayed the execution of a man convicted in a rape and double murder case in Coimbatore nine years ago. The Court stayed the execution of convict Manoharan till October 16, 2019, the next date of hearing. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Apex Court: Kerala Part of India, Courts there are Bound by our Orders
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:15:09 IST

Apex Court has observed that Kerala is a part of the Indian territory and Courts there are bound to follow the law declared by the top court. The Court expressed displeasure over tinkering of its judgement and order by the Kerala High Court in a matter related to churches. (Podcast Available

RIGHT TO INFORMATION - Supreme Court: Schools, Colleges Funded by Government Come under Right to Information
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:14:54 IST

Supreme Court has observed that schools, colleges and non-profits funded substantially by the Government will come under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Court said that, "Whether the funding is direct or indirect, like land at discounted rate, they are bound to give information to the citizens under the Information Act. Such institutions come under public authority and transparency in public dealings and "probity in public life requires this interpretation". (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Asks for Status Report from CBI, ED on Investigation in Coal Scam Cases
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:14:39 IST

Supreme Court has sought to know from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) the status of investigation and trial in the coal block allocation scam cases probed by the two agencies. The Court observed that it would take a practical view on repatriation of officers, involved in the investigation of coal scam cases, to their parent departments in a manner that the investigation does not get stalled. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Historians Report on Babri Mosque Mere 'Opinion'
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:14:25 IST

Supreme Court has declined to give credence to a report cited by the Sunni Waqf Board by four historians, who in 1991 had opined that the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya was neither believed to be Lord Ram's birthplace before 1850 nor was there any proof of a temple being destroyed to construct the mosque in 1528. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Courts can Hinder with Administrative Actions only if it Suffers from Illegality
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:14:11 IST

Supreme Court has clarified that while exercising its powers of judicial review of administrative action, Courts should not interfere with the administrative decision until it suffers from the vice of illegality, irrationality or procedural impropriety. (Podcast Available

TRUSTS AND SOCIETIES - Supreme Court: Shebait Cannot Seize Temple Property, Needs to Protect it
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:13:52 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the Shebait/Archak is duty bound to protect the property of the temple, and the Shebait "cannot usurp such property for their own gains." A five-judge Constitution bench was already hearing the Ayodhya title dispute where the Shebait, Nirmohi Akhara, claims on the property has been challenged by the Sunni Central Waqf Board. Though the judgement is passed by a three-judge bench, it cannot have an impact on the decision taken by the Constitution bench. (Podcast Available

CONSTITUTION - Supreme Court Explains there is No Concept of Negative Equality under Article 14 of Constitution
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:13:31 IST

Supreme Court has noted that there is no concept of negative equality under Article 14 of Constitution of India. The Court further observed that what was unaffected by the repeal of a statute is a right acquired or accrued and not mere hope or expectation of or liberty to apply for acquiring a right. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court: No Tree will be Felled in Aarey till September 30 for Metro Car Shed
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:13:13 IST

Bombay High Court has said Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd shall not fell trees in the Aarey Colony area to make way for a Metro car shed till September 30. The Court noted that it will hear a petition challenging proposed felling of over 2,600 trees in this area in North Mumbai from September 30. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Permits Kejriwal to Withdraw Plea to Quash Summons in Defamation Case
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:12:55 IST

Delhi High Court has permitted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to withdraw his plea seeking to quash the summons issued in a defamation complaint against him by BJP leader Vijender Gupta. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court: Cannot Entertain Petitioner When Apex Court has Stopped him from Filing PILs
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:12:32 IST

Delhi High Court has declined to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by NGO, Suraz India Trust through its Chairman Rajiv Daiya against whom the Apex Court has earlier issued orders directing its Registry to not accept any applications filed by them. (Podcast Available

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Bars Gautam Thapar from Accessing Markets
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:12:17 IST

SEBI has barred Gautam Thapar, former chairman of CG Power and Industrial Solutions Ltd, and three former officials of the company from the securities market, after a preliminary probe found them guilty of various irregularities including misusing the company's assets to facilitate loans for certain third parties, round-tripping of funds, concealing payment details and unfairly extending interest-free loans to promoter group entities. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - Bombay High Court Grants Relief to 5 Final Year Law Students
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:12:03 IST

Bombay High Court has granted relief to five final year law students and directed Mumbai University along with the Controller of Examinations to release their marksheets and passing certificates after determining the legality of their records so that they are allowed to appear for the All India Bar Exam. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - BHC: Mere Possession or Storage of Gutka will not Fall Under 'Danger' as per Section 188 IPC
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:11:46 IST

Bombay High Court(BHC) has ruled that mere possession or storage of gutka/pan masala cannot come under definition of danger under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860. The Court further observed that as long as the goods remain stored they do not pose danger. (Podcast Available

ELECTION - Delhi High Court Allows JNU Election Committee to Declare Results of Students Union Polls
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:42:00 IST

Delhi High Court has allowed the JNU election committee to declare the results of the students union polls held on September 6.The Court also allowed the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to notify the poll results in accordance with Lyngdoh committee recommendations. The Court had earlier restrained the varsity from notifying the election results till September 17. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Calcutta HC Extends Interim Protection from Arrest to Mukul Roy in Railway Panel Case till Nov 8
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:41:43 IST

Calcutta High Court has extended interim protection from arrest to BJP leader Mukul Roy in a case of alleged payout for a railway panel membership till November 8.The Court adjourned the hearing of Roy's plea till November 5 on a prayer by the West Bengal Government. (Podcast Available

LAW OF EVIDENCE - SC: Court Should be Satisfied that Confession is Voluntary and Accused was Informed of his Rights
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:00:24 IST

Supreme Court has observed that even if confessions made to investigating officers are held to be admissible under Section 67 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 the Court has to be satisfied that it is a voluntary statement free from any pressure and also that the Accused was informed of his rights before recording the confession. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court Seeks Report on People Being Unable to Approach J&K High Court
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:00:09 IST

Supreme Court has while terming as "very very serious" the allegation that people are finding it very difficult to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, requested the Chief Justice there to file a report on the matter. The Bench in the Apex Court observed that it was bound to take serious note of the allegation. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - SC Clarifies Acquittal by Criminal Court Does not Prevent Departmental Inquiry
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:59:53 IST

Supreme Court has clarified that acquittal by a Criminal Court does not prevent a Departmental Inquiry against the delinquent officer and the Disciplinary Authority was not bound by the Judgment of the Criminal Court if the evidence that was produced in the Departmental Inquiry was different from that produced in the criminal trial. (Podcast Available

CONSUMER - Apex Court: Consumer Forum has Jurisdiction Over Disputes on Validity of Statutory Dues
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:59:38 IST

Apex Court has ruled that Consumer forum has jurisdiction to decide disputes concerning the validity of the imposition of a statutory due arising out of a "deficiency in service" as per the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court Levies Rs 1 Lakh Fine on NGO for Filing 'Frivolous' PIL
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:59:21 IST

Bombay High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on an NGO for filing a "frivolous" PIL. The Court rejected the PIL and directed NGO 'Abhivyakti', which has its main office in neighbouring Raigad district, to pay the fine to the High Court Legal Aid Services' Fund within next two weeks. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Telangana High Court Dashes K Chandrashekar Rao's Plan for Errum Manzil
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:59:03 IST

Telangana High Court has set aside the decision of the Council of Ministers to construct a new legislative Assembly complex at the Errum Manzil palace site thereby sternly admonishing the State Government for ignoring its duty of preserving the heritage, architectural identity and character of Hyderabad. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Grants Bail to AAP MLA Som Dutt in Assault Case
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:58:46 IST

Delhi High Court has granted bail to AAP MLA Som Dutt who was recently taken into custody to serve a six-month jail term for assaulting a man with a baseball bat during campaigning for 2015 assembly elections. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Declines to Entertain PIL by Petitioner who was Blacklisted by Supreme Court
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:58:29 IST

Delhi High Court has declined to entertain a writ petition filed by a Petitioner blacklisted by the Supreme Court from filing any matter in "public interest" in a bid to avoid "judicial misadventurism". (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Allahabad High Court Stays State Govt Move to Include 17 OBC Groups in SC List
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:58:10 IST

Allahabad High Court has stayed a notification issued by the State Government in June this year to include 17 other backward class (OBC) groups in the Schedule Caste (SC)?category. The Court also directed State Government to file its response within three weeks and the case will be listed thereafter. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay HC Levies Fine of Rs.50,000 Cost on Doctor for Video-Recording Court Proceedings
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:57:53 IST

Bombay High Court has levied a fine of Rs 50,000 on Dr Vikram Deshmukh and seized his mobile phone along with his AADHAAR Card after the Court clerk saw him making a video of proceedings and told the sheristedar. (Podcast Available

BANKING - RBI Permits Payment of all Recurring Bills Through BBPS
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:57:23 IST

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expanded the scope of Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) to cover all repetitive bill payments, which may include school fees, insurance premiums and municipal taxes. (Podcast Available

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Slaps Rs 19 Lakh Fine on 2 Entities for Executing Fraudulent Trading
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:57:05 IST

SEBI has imposed a total fine of over Rs 19 lakh on two entities for executing fraudulent trade in the illiquid stock option segment on the BSE. The entities facing penalty are - Akashganga Agencies Pvt Ltd and Ajeit PS Rajbans HUF. (Podcast Available

CONSUMER - NCDRC Clarifies that Haj Pilgrimages are not Consumers of Haj Committee
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:56:47 IST

National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has clarified that Haj Committee of India does not fall within the purview of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and the Haj Pilgrimages are not consumers. (Podcast Available

CONSUMER - NCDRC Holds Sahara Developers Guilty of Deficient Services
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:56:30 IST

National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has while holding Sahara Developers guilty for "deficiency of service", directed it to pay Rs 2 lakh as compensation for "mental agony" and "financial loss" suffered by a homebuyer, along with refund of Rs 4.06 lakh, for a delay of more than 10 years in handing over possession. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court Permits Ghulam Nabi Azad to Visit J&K, Interact with People
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:34:43 IST

Supreme Court has permitted Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit Jammu and Kashmir, but said he cannot hold any political rally. The Court observed that the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister can visit four districts i.e Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag to meet people. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court to Centre:"Ensure Normalcy Restored in Jammu And Kashmir"
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:34:27 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Central Government that it should make every endeavour to restore normal life in Jammu and Kashmir as soon as possible. The Court further said that every move should be made keeping in mind national interest (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court Allows J&K Communist Leader to Go Back to Home State
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:34:10 IST

Supreme Court has permitted CPI(M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to go back to his home state Jammu and Kashmir. The Court said that the former MLA does not need any permission to go home if doctors at AIIMS allow him. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Issues Notice to Centre on MDMK Leader Vaiko's Plea for Release of Farooq Abdullah
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:33:53 IST

Supreme Court has issued a notice to Centre while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by MDMK General Secretary Vaiko seeking production of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah, who has reportedly been under house arrest in Srinagar since August 5 when Article 370 of Constitution of India was abrogated by Centre. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: No Attempt to Enact Uniform Civil Code Despite Repeated Court Appeals
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:43:57 IST

Supreme Court has indicated dismay over the failure of successive governments to enact a Uniform Civil Code despite repeated appeals from the Court. The Court while delivering a verdict in a divorce case of a Goan couple said that Goa where the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867 is applicable to all was a 'shining example' of a State that had enacted and implemented the Uniform Civil Code. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - SC to Goa Govt: "Not Averse" to Sustainable Development but Forest Cover Should not be Destroyed
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:43:38 IST

Supreme Court has told the Goa Government that it is not averse to "sustainable development" but forest cover should not be destroyed at any cost. The Court said that the authorities cannot "destroy" Goa just because it has a forest cover above the national average. (Podcast Available

FAMILY - Supreme Court: False Cases Filed by Couples Will End Institution of Marriage
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:43:21 IST

Supreme Court has observed that false charges filed by married couples against each other will end the institution of marriage. The Court regretted that it has become a routine affair to level false charges and rope in husbands, their parents and other relatives. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court Explains Executing Court Cannot Travel Beyond Order or Decree under Execution
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:43:03 IST

Supreme Court has clarified a settled proposition that an executing court cannot travel beyond the order or decree under execution. The Court observed that by allowing the Judgment Debtors to re-open the question by way of an application in an execution petition the High Court has gone beyond the decree to be executed and exceeded its revisional jurisdiction. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Bhima-Koregaon Case: Bombay High Court Rejects Navlakha's Plea to Quash FIR
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:42:44 IST

Bombay High Court has rejected activist Gautam Navlakha's plea to quash the FIR against him in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, stating it was satisfied with the material put forth by the Pune Police connecting him to the case. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Techie Death: Madras High Court Rebukes Political Parties in State for Encouraging Banner Culture
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:42:28 IST

Madras High Court has slammed political parties for encouraging the banner culture, despite various court orders against it. The Court observed that "No political party has responded to our notices. We have not come across any party issuing a statement against flex boards,". (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court to MahaRERA: Decide if RERA is Applicable
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:42:09 IST

Bombay High Court has ruled while providing relief to the residents of the Wadala-based New Cuffe Parade apartments that the Adjudicating Officer or the judge of the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) must decide if the provisions of the RERA law be invoked against Lodha developers in the case. The residents had challenged the orders of the Adjudicating Officer of the MahaRERA, who had referred their complaints to a full bench of the Tribunal. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Gauhati High Court Rules Out Post Benchmark
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:41:52 IST

Gauhati High Court has quashed the 2016 office memorandum of the State Government by inserting "alternative" qualification for the post of a principal of a government polytechnic, as a result of which at least nine principals may lose their posts. The Court said the alternative experience criterion set by the State Government is not provided under the All India Council of Technical Education (Payscale, Service Conditions and Qualifications) for teachers and other academic staff in technical inst (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Calcutta High Court Judge Accepts Recusal Plea on Ground of Being Facebook Friend with Lawyer
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:41:34 IST

Calcutta High Court Judge has recused himself from a hearing a matter after a party raised objection over his being a Facebook friend of an appearing counsel. The Court observed that it appeared that the Counsel's contention is that if a Hon'ble Judge has a friend on Facebook who is a member of the Bar then that is a reason for him to recuse from the case. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Telangana High Court to Bank: Cannot Dismiss Staff for Being Overqualified
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:41:18 IST

Telangana High Court has ruled that hiding one's educational qualification in order to secure a low-level job may be misconduct but is not a grave crime that warrants termination of such an employee from service. (Podcast Available

LAW OF EVIDENCE - Patna High Court: Signs and Gestures Made by Dumb Witness have Evidentiary Value
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:40:54 IST

Patna High Court has clarified that signs and gestures made by nods or head by a dumb witness possess evidentiary value. The Court also noted that Section 109 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 provides that a dumb witness may be a competent witness and it prescribes the manner for recording such person's testimony. (Podcast Available

LAW OF MEDICINE - Allahabad High Court: Giving Consent for Surgery Implies Giving Consent to its Implications Also
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:40:37 IST

Allahabad High Court has quashed criminal proceedings for medical negligence against two doctors and opined that risk was always involved and when the patient or the family members give consent for being operated then it implies that they give consent for such kind of operation to be conducted and to bear the consequences. (Podcast Available

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - Delhi High Court: Injury Caused to Copyright Owner Due to Exclusion from Credits is Irreversible
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:40:20 IST

Delhi High Court has restrained Balaji Telefilms from using the song 'Dhagala Lagli' in its latest release 'Dream Girl'. The Court ruled that such use is copyright violation as neither the licence fee or the credits were given to the Plaintiff who owned the copyright in the sound recording. (Podcast Available

COMPANY - Bombay High Court Exempts Inter-Corp Deposits from Tough Law
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:40:03 IST

Bombay High Court has ruled that inter-corporate deposits do not come under the ambit of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act, a stringent law meant to protect the interests of small depositors. (Podcast Available

DIRECT TAXATION - Government Notifies E-Assessment Scheme 2019 for Faceless Scrutiny of Income Tax Return
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:39:46 IST

Central Government has notified that the E-assessment Scheme, 2019 that aims to completely eliminate the interactions between the tax authorities and the taxpayers. The mention of e-proceedings was initially made in the Budget 2019-20. Further the exchange of communication between the tax authorities and the taxpayers will be exclusively by electronic mode. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - No Beach Shacks to Welcome Tourists in Goa Till November 15 as NGT Stays Policy
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:39:28 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the State Government to keep its beach shack policy on hold, until it submits the mandatory Coastal Zone Management plan.Goa's welcoming beach shacks might not be around to facilitate tourists when the tourism season begins. The State Government was scheduled to submit the plan on August 31 this year, but it has prayed before the NGT for six more months to complete the formalities necessary for the formulation of the plan. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - CBI Court Rejects P Chidambaram's Surrender Plea in INX Media Case
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:37:23 IST

CBI Court has rejected Former Union Minister P Chidambaram's request to surrender to the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. The decision means Mr Chidambaram will remain in Delhi's Tihar jail where he is under judicial custody following his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a corruption case. (Podcast Available

CONTEMPT OF COURT - Supreme Court Stays Contempt Action Against Designated Authority in Anti-Dumping Probe
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:37:06 IST

Supreme Court has stayed contempt proceedings initiated by the Telangana High Court against the designated authority in the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties thereby questioning the manner in which notices were drawn out suo motu. The Court stayed all orders of the high court relating to anti-dumping investigation, issued on petitions moved by Andhra Petrochemicals. (Podcast Available

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Supreme Court Pulls Up Govt Over Linking of Social Media Accounts With Aadhaar
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:36:50 IST

Supreme Court has sought the Centre's response in the matter regarding the linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar card and said that the issue needs to be decided at the earliest. The Court asked Centre-appointed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that if the Government is framing any law or regulations with respect to social media. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Cal HC Vacates Order Granting Protection from Arrest to Ex-Top Cop in Connection with Saradha Scam
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:36:33 IST

Calcutta High Court has vacated its order granting protection from arrest to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. The Court also dismissed Kumar's prayer for quashing of a CBI notice that sought his appearance for questioning in the case. (Podcast Available

FAMILY - Supreme Court Seeks Centre's Reply on PIL Challenging Triple Talaq Law
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:36:18 IST

Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government seeking its Reply on public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the validity of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019, which criminalises Triple Talaq. The Court sought the Centre`s response on PIL moved by advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mitra on behalf of Muslim Advocate Association of Andhra Pradesh that claimed the Act violates the several provisions of the Constitution. (Podcast Available

PROPERTY - Supreme Court: Parents Transferring Property to 'Caring Children' is not Undue Influence
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:01:03 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that if parents transfer property to an offspring who takes care of them in old age, it cannot be assumed that the individual exerted undue influence on them to corner a bigger share of property and dispossessed his or her siblings. (Podcast Available

MOTOR VEHICLES - Supreme Court Increases Compensation to Family of Carpenter who Died in Accident
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:00:47 IST

Supreme Court has observed while enhancing the compensation awarded to the family of a carpenter who died in an accident that what proof they can lead except to lead oral evidence. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Supreme Court Explains Protection from SARFAESI Act not Available to 'Tenant-In-Sufferance'
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:00:29 IST

Supreme Court has explained the interplay between laws of tenancy and debt recovery and has ruled that protection from recovery proceedings under the SARFAESI Act is not available to a 'tenant-in-sufferance' i.e a tenant who continues to be in possession even after the expiry of the lease period. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Apex Court Issues Notice on Plea Seeking Reckoning of Seniority from Initial Date of Appointment
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:00:08 IST

Apex Court has issued notice on a special leave petition seeking reckoning of seniority of 'Ad-hoc' Judges in Gujarat from the initial date of appointment. The Petitioners had sought a direction to consider their case for promotion subject to final outcome of the main petition. (Podcast Available

ARBITRATION - Supreme Court: Party to Agreement Cannot be Arbiter in his Own Cause
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:59:51 IST

Supreme Court has clarified that a party to an agreement cannot be an arbiter in his own cause. The Court observed that as long as the dispute remained pending adjudication it was not fair on the part of the authorities to start recovery proceedings invoking the procedure under the Land Revenue Act without awaiting the outcome of the arbitral proceedings. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Sets Aside Delhi High Court's Bail to Ex-Bhushan Steel CFO
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:59:35 IST

Supreme Court has set aside the bail granted to Bhushan Steel's former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director, Nittin Johari, by the Delhi High Court. Johari was arrested by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office for alleged fraudulent activities. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Top Court: Non Payment of Debt After Issuance of Recovery Certificate not 'Continuing Wrong'
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:59:18 IST

Top Court has ruled that non-payment of debt after the issuance of recovery certificate cannot be regarded as a continuing wrong so as to give rise to a continuing cause of action under the Limitation Act, 1963. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Seeks CBI's Reply on Chidambaram's Bail Plea in INX Media Case
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:59:01 IST

Delhi High Court has sought the CBI's reply on a plea of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar Jail in the INX Media corruption case, seeking bail in the matter. The Court issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Chidambaram's bail plea in which he has claimed that it was the case of "political vendetta". (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Permits Shah Faesal to Withdraw Plea Challenging his Detention
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:58:44 IST

Delhi High Court has permitted the bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal to withdraw his plea challenging his detention from IGI Airport following abrogation of Article 370 of Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir. The Court granted Faesal permission to withdraw his plea after his wife filed an affidavit in this regard. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Jammu and Kashmir High Court Allows MP's to Meet Farooq and Omar Abdullah
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:58:26 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has permitted two National Conference MP's to meet party leaders Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, but barred them from speaking to the press about their meeting or their "deliberations" with them. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Madras High Court Declines to Extend Parole of Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Convict Nalini Sriharan
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:58:00 IST

Madras High Court has declined to extend ordinary leave granted to S Nalini Sriharan, who is a convict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. S Nalini Sriharan was out on parole for making arrangements for her daughter's wedding. The Court has observed that it has already extended the parole by three weeks. (Podcast Available

LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL - Delhi High Court: Diocese of Delhi not Industry under Industrial Disputes Act, 1947
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:57:44 IST

Delhi High Court has ruled that Diocese of Delhi is not an Industry under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 as a result of which the employees therein are not Workmen. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Special Judge Convicts Wildlife Offenders for Money Laundering
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:57:24 IST

Special Judge has convicted two persons for committing an offence under Sections 3 and 4 of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The Court also opined that physical production of the wildlife contraband during trial is not essential to prove the recovery. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Directs DJB to Stop Misuse of Resource
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:57:05 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to take effective steps to prevent wastage of water while observing that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government's policy of providing free water to housing societies can also lead to a "colossal waste of public exchequer". (Podcast Available

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Fines ICICI Bank, Compliance Officer Rs 12 lakh for Disclosure Lapses
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:56:46 IST

SEBI has levied a total fine of Rs 12 lakh on ICICI Bank Ltd and its compliance officer for disclosure lapses, including delayed disclosure of binding agreement signed with Bank of Rajasthan. (Podcast Available

BANKING - RBI Caps Banks' Exposure to Single NBFC at 20% of Capital Base
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:56:27 IST

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has observed that it has decided that a bank's exposure to a single NBFC (excluding gold loan companies) will be restricted to 20 per cent of that bank's eligible capital base. It further clarified that bank finance to NBFCs predominantly engaged in lending against gold will continue to be governed by limits prescribed. (Podcast Available

CONSUMER - NCDRC Directs Developer to Return Money of Homebuyer
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:56:10 IST

National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has ruled that purchasers cannot be made to wait indefinitely for possession of building unit and has directed real estate developer Golden Peacock Residency Private Limited to return Rs 4.12 crore with interest to the homebuyer. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT: IBC Proceedings Valid Even if Company's Name Struck Off From Register
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:55:50 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has reiterated that an application under Section 7 and 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 for the initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process is valid even if the name of the company has been struck off by the Registrar of Companies. (Podcast Available

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