In a remarkable judgment on interpretation of the law protecting SC/ST communities from indignation, the Supreme Court has held that someone cannot be prosecuted merely because the complainant happens to be from a Scheduled Caste (SC) or a Scheduled Tribe (ST).
Dissatisfied with the response by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, regretted that instead of taking immediate remedial action in the interest of health of the people, the government stopped merely at issuing advisories that fumigation or use of UV rays are not recommended.
An important aspect of this commission is that the central government has proposed to replace the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA and all other bodies with this commission, making it the exclusive authority on air quality management for Delhi-NCR.
A scrutiny of Article 254 (2) and its judicial history demonstrates that states have little scope of sidestepping the central law or outwitting the legislative competence of Parliament to frame legislation, subject to certain critical exceptions.
Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance government was emphatic that it is still not time to let open the doors of places of worship in the wake of the Covid-19 situation and the fact that Maharashtra is the worst hit state in the country.
The judgment, delivered by a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, has held that an aggrieved woman has a right to reside in a house although she or her husband may not own the premises jointly or singly, or might have taken it on rent jointly or singly.