Court Roundup: Split verdict on abortion plea, court halts TDP chief Naidu’s arrest, and more 


An all-women bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a split verdict in a Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) case. The bench of Justices Hima Kohli and BV Nagarathna gave differing opinions on the plea of a married woman who wanted to terminate her 26-week pregnancy. Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh High Court told the state CID not to arrest Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu until Monday in a corruption case. The court also stopped the authorities from arresting him in another case until tomorrow’s hearing. All this and more in this Wednesday wrap of the courts:

Supreme Court’s split verdict on plea seeking termination of 26-week pregnancy

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a split verdict on an application by the government against its previous order allowing a married woman to terminate her 26-week pregnancy. On Monday (October 9), the court allowed the woman to proceed with the medical termination of her pregnancy after taking note that she was suffering from depression and was not in a position to raise a third child, emotionally, financially and mentally. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and BV Nagarathna, which had passed the October 9 order, said the Centre’s petition now be placed before Chief Justice DY Chandrachud to be marked to an appropriate bench for adjudication. While Justice Kohli said she was not inclined to permit the 27-year-old woman to terminate her pregnancy, Justice Nagarathna dismissed the Centre’s application seeking recall of the October 9 order, saying the previous order was well considered.

Court halts Chandrababu Naidu’s arrest in a corruption case till Monday

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the CID not to arrest Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu till Monday in the Amaravati Inner Ring Road case. The High Court also asked the police not to arrest Naidu in the Angallu violence case till tomorrow’s hearing. The Amaravati Inner Ring Road case pertains to “manipulating” the master plan of Amaravati capital city, alignment of the inner ring road and the seed capital to allegedly offer undue enrichment to several companies during Naidu’s regime. The Angallu case is connected to the riots which took place during a political rally taken out by the TDP chief in August.

Manipur High Court Acting Chief Justice among 18 judges shifted by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Collegium in its latest resolution has recommended the transfer of 18 judges to 7 High Courts, of which one of the prominent recommendations is regarding the transfer of Justice MV Muralidharan from the Manipur High Court to the Calcutta High Court. Justice MV Muralidharan, who had been serving as the Acting Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court, is best known for a contentious judgment he delivered in April. In that verdict, he ordered the Manipur government to consider the inclusion of the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribes list. This decision, while aimed at addressing the concerns of the Meitei community, had far-reaching consequences that plunged Manipur into chaos.

Court asks for probe agency ED’s response to Tamil Nadu minister’s bail plea

The Madras High Court has sought the response of probe agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) to jailed Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji’s bail petition. The High Court has asked the ED to file its counter affidavit by October 16. Senthil Balaji on Tuesday approached the Madras High Court seeking bail. The court has agreed to hear his plea on Wednesday. Balaji’s counsel had moved for bail based on medical grounds and not on the merits of the case. Senthil Balaji was arrested on June 14 by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case linked with a cash-for-jobs scam when he was the Transport Minister during an earlier AIADMK regime.

Bombay High Court raps Maharashtra on dismal state of girls’ toilets in govt schools

The Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to give details about improvements made to provide clean washroom facilities and sanitary napkins in public schools, particularly in rural areas. A bench of Chief Justice DK Upadhyaya and Justice Arif Doctor was considering a petition filed by lawyers Nikita Gore and Vaishnavi Gholave. They asked for sanitary napkins to be recognised as essential commodities and for the ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management National Guidelines, 2015’ to be implemented. Advocate Abhinav Chandrachud highlighted the lack of adequate or even existing washrooms in many government-run schools during the hearing.

NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha, HR head sent to 10-day judicial custody

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent to 10-day judicial custody NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha and human resources department head Amit Chakravarty, arrested in a case lodged under anti-terror law UAPA over allegations that the news portal received money to spread pro-China propaganda. The two were produced before Additional Sessions Judge Hardeep Kaur around 2:50 PM, following which the prosecution sought 10 days judicial custody for the duo. “It is an admitted position that there is no stay by the Delhi High Court against the proceedings in the present case,” ASJ Kaur said. “In view of the submissions made on the grounds cited in the application and record, accused Prabir Purkayastha and Amit Chakravarty are remanded in judicial custody for 10 days and be produced on October 20,” she added.

Court rejects bail, saying Sadanand Kadam is Sena (UBT) leader Anil Parab’s ‘front-man’

A special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) rejected the bail application of Sadanand Kadam, a close associate of Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Anil Parab. The court concluded that Kadam appeared to have acted as a front-man for Anil Parab and was involved in liaising with authorities, exerting pressure on revenue and other officials to legalise illegal activities. This role, prima facie, falls under the scope of Section 3 of the PML Act, which defines the offence of money laundering. The judge held that Kadam played a significant role in the money laundering process, and therefore, the stringent conditions outlined in Section 45(1) of the PMLA were applicable. These conditions make it challenging for an accused to secure bail.

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Oct 11, 2023


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