55 years after the Supreme Court last decided that privacy is not a basic right for citizens, a nine-judge constitution bench will return to the question as it begins hearing today a case related to petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme.
A five-judge bench including Chief Justice of India JS Khehar yesterday said, "It is essential to decide whether there is right to privacy under the Indian constitution. We are of the view it has to be decided by a 9-judge bench."
The Supreme Court will today pronounce its verdict on a plea by the CBI opposing the dropping of charges against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav by the Jharkhand High Court in the infamous fodder scam case.
The apex court had on April 20 reserved its judgement in the case and asked all parties concerned to give their submissions within a week.
The court also heard the plea filed by RJD supremo challenging his jail sentence in connection with the mid-1990s fodder scam case.
The Supreme Court is today expected to decide on the petitions of the four convicts who have challenged their death penalty in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case, also known as the Nirbhaya case.
The parents of the victim today said they are sure that the apex court will award death sentence to the guilty.
The Supreme Court is today likely to announce whether senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshia and Uma Bharati, will stand trial over criminally conspiring to demolish the Babri Masjid in Ayodhaya.
A bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman had previously indicated that they were not in favour of the leaders being let off the criminal conspiracy charges and that they would combine the two trials - one in Raebareli and the other in Lucknow - that are currently going on in the matter.
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Amidst the growing suspense over the pending Supreme Court verdict on VK Sasikala's involvement in the disproportionate assets case and Attorney General's advice for a floor test, here are the key highlights on how the Tamil Nadu political crisis took shape...
The Supreme Court will at 10:30 this morning rule on whether VK Sasikala, AIADMK chief, is guilty of helping former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa amass illicit wealth worth over 60 crores in the 1990s. The verdict will decide the political career of Ms Sasikala, who has staked claim to be Tamil Nadu's next Chief Minister.
If the court upholds a High Court verdict acquitting Ms Sasikala, there will no legal impediment in her taking oath as Chief Minister. If it convicts her, she will be sent to jail and cannot hold public office or contest elections for the period of her jail term and six years after that. Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Amitava Roy will give separate judgements - they could give concurring judgements or differing judgements. If there is a split verdict, the case will be referred to a three-judge bench which will hear it all over again. If that happens, Ms Sasikala can be sworn in as Chief Minister. After she takes oath, she will have to prove that she has majority support in the state assembly through a trust vote.