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The Supreme Court has asked the government to consider extending the content of news and current affairs for community and F.

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PIL ON FM RADIO: GOVT REPLY SOUGHT

The Supreme Court has asked the government to consider extending the content of news and current affairs for community and F.M. radio stations, at least to include such news and current affairs, as were already in public domain and broadcasted by the licensed operators in the print and electronic media. To this, the counsel for UOI sought a short adjournment, so as to obtain instructions in the matter. Allowing this prayer, the Court has...

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REGULAR CBI DIRECTOR APPOINTED AFTER PIL

With the appointment of Mr. Alok Kumar Verma as the new CBI Director, post approval by the selection committee,  the Supreme Court closed the petition filed by Common Cause challenging the appointment of the interim Director of CBI in violation of established norms. The request of our counsel, Mr. Prashant Bhushan to the SC, to direct the Centre to place before the Court, the minutes of meeting of the committee to ensure compliance of the...

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ILLICIT PAYOUTS TO POLITICIANS: BIRLA/SAHARA DIARIES

The Apex Court has rejected the demand for a probe into bribes allegedly paid to politicians mentioned in the  Birla Sahara diaries, saying it would be dangerous for democracy to order a probe on the basis of loose sheets inadmissible as evidence. Common Cause had approached the Supreme Court regarding bribes paid to prominent politicians by corporate groups. It is feared that the groups, whose premises were raided by the CBI...

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ECI BANS USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PARTY PROMOTION

Years after Common Cause pointed this out, the Election Commission has issued an order with the direction that no political party should use or allow the use of public funds, public place or government machinery for promoting itself or the symbol allotted to it. This directive came on a “request” of the Delhi High Court  asking it to issue norms to restrain political parties from misusing public funds to publicize their...

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CRITICISING A GOVT OR ITS POLICIES ISN'T SEDITIOUS: SC

Our PIL on sedition was taken up by  the Supreme Court on September 5, 2016. It  passed an order stating that  in their considered opinion the authorities while dealing with the offences under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code shall be guided by the principles laid down by the Constitution Bench in Kedar Nath Singh vs. State of Bihar [1962 (Suppl.) 3 SCR 769]. As per the constitution bench judgment...

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PETITION ON SEDITION BY COMMON CAUSE

There has been an increase in the number of cases of sedition against intellectuals, activists, students, with the latest being the sedition charge on Amnesty India for organizing a debate on Kashmir. In this regard, a petition has been filed by us in the Supreme Court to address the misuse and misapplication of Section 124A (sedition law) by the Centre and various State Government leading to routine persecution of students, journalists and...

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VISITORS’ LOGS GENUINE- SC

A contention made by Common Cause that former Central Bureau of Investigation Director Mr. Ranjit Sinha’s meetings with the accused may have influenced and possibly subverted the agency’s investigation into coal scam case, has been vindicated after the visitor diaries at his official residence have been found to be genuine by a Supreme court-appointed high level committee headed by former Special Director CBI, Mr M L...

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MISUSE OF ELECTION SYMBOL

    The Delhi High Court, on a Common Cause petition,“requested” the Election Commission to issue guidelines within three months to prevent political parties from misusing public places & public funds to propagate their symbols/ leaders and suggested de-recognition if they violated norms. The court said it was necessary for “conducting free, fair and peaceful election” and “to safeguard the...

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RIGHT TO DIE WITH DIGNITY

Hearing a Common Cause writ petition, a five-judge Constitution bench felt prolonging a patient's life by putting him on ventilator or life support system against his will could amount to torture of the patient and be financially draining for his family, according to media reports. After nearly eighteen months, the matter came up before a Constitutional Bench on January 15, 2016. The five-judge Constitutional bench of Justices A R Dave,...

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COLLEGIUM SYSTEM - CIVIL SOCIETY SUBMISSIONS

Common Cause, in consultation with Vidhi Centre of Legal Policy and Inclusive Media for Change has put forth suggestions for improvement of the Collegium System for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The suggestions were given a final shape after a brainstorming session held on November 10, 2015 at the India International Centre in which several of India’s reputed civil society organisations and public spirited...

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