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The B&B Causelist #41: August 24, 2015 (Evening Updates)

Smrithi Suresh

Supreme Court

1. Digvijaya Singh Vs State of MP and Prashant Pandey Vs State of MP

[Item 69-70, Court 1- WP (C) 417/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice, Amitava Roy J.

This petition pertains to the Vyapam scam. The Supreme Court had transferred the case to the CBI; the investigation agency that had requested for more time to take over the investigation.

On the last hearing, Solicitor General Ranjith Kumar had informed the Court that the CBI will take over within 3-5 weeks and also that the appointment of CBI’s counsel would be made within a period of six weeks.

Today in Court: The Bench directed CBI to take over investigation of all cases arising out of the Vyapam scam, within a period of three weeks. Solicitor General Ranjith Kumar informed the Court that the agency had already taken over investigation in most of the cases and was in the process of appointing a public prosecutor for which he sought time of three more weeks.

The Bench also directed that in all the cases that were yet to be taken over by the CBI, the state’s counsel would continue to appear.

2. Akash Gahlot Vs Election Commission of India & Anr.

[Item 53, Court 13- WP (C) 541/2014]

Bench: Kurian Joseph J., Arun Mishra J.

A petition seeking to  make the display of candidates’ photographs on the electronic voting machines, as mandatory. The PIL aims to do away with the prevalent practice of dummy namesakes fielded by political parties, primarily to confuse voters.

Today in Court: This Bench did not sit today.

3. Lokniti Foundation Vs Union of India & Ors.

[Item 3, Court 5- WP (C) 491/2012]

Bench: Dipak Misra J, R. Banumathi J.

A PIL filed by Lokniti Foundation, before the Supreme Court highlighting the absence of on a national DNA database in India to address the issue of thousand unclaimed dead bodies in India that are reported annually.

Today in Court: The Union of India requested more time to file an additional affidavit pursuant to the numerous meetings that have taken place over the said issue. The matter will now come up in the first week of November.

4. Subrata Chattoraj Vs Union of India & Ors.

[Special Bench of Court 2, Item 301- WP (C) 401/2013]

Bench: TS Thakur J., C Nagappan J.

A petition  seeking to stop the entire chit funds business in the country in light of the infamous Sharada scam that rocked West Bengal.

Today in Court: Upon hearing submissions made by Solicitor General Ranjith Kumar on shortage of CBI officers, the Bench directed an increase in the number of officers provided by the State Govt. to the CBI. Further, the Bench noted that the state officers so provided should meet the deputation criteria of CBI.

Also, the Bench stated that the CBI shall furnish a report before the Court regarding various administrative issues such as the cadre strength of the CBI, number of cases pending with the agency nationwide etc. to solve the bigger problem at hand i.e. shortage of manpower in the nation’s premier investigating agency. The matter will now come up in the second week of September.

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