A Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice U.U. Lalit yesterday expressed its unwillingness to re-conduct the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), in the wake of large scale alleged irregularities. The Court, once again, urged the Haryana Police to accelerate its investigation, so as to track down the beneficiaries.Haryana Police informed the Court that the investigation has made progress; however, the key player Roop Singh Dangi was still at large. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh reminded the Court that the entire probe might take months to reach an end.The Bench rejected the contention that delay in conducting the re-examination pose large scale ramifications on the admission process. It stuck to its belief that if the beneficiaries of the irregularities are identified, then there would be no need for conducting the re-examination.The investigating officer informed that Court that the police have identified the outlet from where 72 SIM cards of … [Read more...] about AIPMT irregularities: SC disinclined to re-conduct examination
The Supreme Court stayed till June 10th, the declaration of results of the All-India Pre-Medical Test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 4th, 2015. The results were supposed to be declared on June 5th as per the schedule.A vacation bench comprising of Justices Prafulla C. Pant and Amitava Roy was hearing petitions that argued for conducting a re-examination as the May 4th examination paper was leaked and some of the candidates unduly benefitted from it. However, the bench said that it would decide whether or not to re-conduct the exam only after the police completes its investigation and submits their report. The court has given the Haryana police a time period of 1 week to identify the real beneficiaries.According to the bench, “We will decide the fate of the exam on June 10 and we want some tangible information so that we can take a decision”. On behalf of the petitioners, Prashant Bhushan argued that is highly impossible to … [Read more...] about Supreme Court stays the All-India Pre-Medical Test Results over alleged Paper Leak Scam
Refusing to read down the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act to account for the mental and intellectual competence of a juvenile offender, a three Judge Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh refused to interfere with the age of juvenility in cases where juveniles are found guilty of heinous crimes, in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Subramanian Swamy. It was held by the Court that the provisions of the Act are in compliance with the Constitutional directives and international conventions. The Court further observed that it was not obligatory for a sovereign nation to be commanded by the laws of foreign jurisdictions. The Court held that the classification of juveniles as a special class stood the test of Article 14, and stated that it should restrict itself to the legitimacy and not the inevitability of the laws.Subramanian Swamy, then president of Janata Party and a … [Read more...] about Subramanian Swamy’s PIL on Juvenile Justice Act declined by Supreme Court [Read the Judgment]
Miller v. Alabama, the high court said that such sentences were unconstitutional, but it did not address whether its ruling should apply to older cases. The matter will be taken up next term in Montgomery v. Louisiana, with oral arguments slated for Oct. 13. The case involves Henry Montgomery, who was sentenced to life without parole for a murder that occurred in 1963, two weeks after his 17th birthday.The Supreme Court’s decision will affect some 1,500 people serving life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. Some have been incarcerated 30 years or more and, their lawyers argue, have changed for the better since they were incarcerated.That’s what lawyers for Adolfo Davis argued during a resentencing hearing in Chicago in May. Illinois is among the states that allowed for resentencing hearings following Miller. At least 12 states have allowed juveniles serving mandatory life without parole to be resentenced, offering them hope they may someday be released. … [Read more...] about Those convicted as juveniles who are serving life without parole hope the court will go back in time
A lawyer for a Florida man accused of killing a door-to-door salesman says it’s too early to say whether the state’s stand-your-ground law will be part of the defense.The defendant, Kenneth Bailey Roop of Cape Coral, was accused last week of killing a door-to-door salesman selling frozen lobster and steaks, according to the News-Press and the Marco Island Sun Times. Police say Roop had just arrived at his property in his pickup truck when he encountered the salesman, Nick Rainey, and fired his gun, striking him in the shoulder. After Rainey fell to the ground, police allege, Roop shot him again in the back of the head.According to a Tampa Bay Tribune investigation, Florida’s stand-your-ground law is “being invoked with unexpected frequency, in ways no one imagined, to free killers and violent attackers whose self-defense claims seem questionable at best.” The newspaper identified 200 cases where the law was cited. In nearly a third of the cases, the … [Read more...] about Stand-Your-Ground Cited with ‘Unexpected Frequency’; Will It Be Used in Death of Visiting Salesman?