There are over 9,000 deras in Punjab and Haryana with followers numbering in crores. Among others, the Dera Sacha Sauda commands a follower base which usually votes in favour of a party that the group decides.
Over 9,000 deras in Punjab and Haryana wield considerable influence over crores of followers. This influence transcends the spiritual and enters the political realm in elections seasons, and the ongoing one is no exception.
Dalelpur, located 465 km from state capital Lucknow, was a part of Haryana till 1982. In the absence of infrastructure and transport, its residents now demand that the village be reunited with the state.
A bench headed by the CJI has decided that the apex court would go ahead with the hearing of the review petitions in the light of new documents cited by petitioners alleging wrong-doing in the Rafale deal.
The two primary issues before the court was whether disclosure of correspondence and file notes pertaining to a judge’s appointment can be made by the SC and whether there can be disclosure of assets by the judges.