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Demonetisation : SC asks Centre & RBI to give genuine cases ‘another chance’

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New Delhi, July 4 : In a bid to ease troublesome for genuine people who couldn’t able to deposit old currency notes, the Supreme Court asked centre and Reserve Bank of India to give them another chance.

A vacation bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud has given two weeks to consider the option of granting a window to the people who could not deposit their old currency notes of  Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 due to a legitimate reason.

Following this, the central government told the bench that it would file an affidavit in the case.

The apex court was hearing clutches of petitions, including a plea filed by advocate Sudha Mishra seeking a direction from authority to deposit of old currency notes of Rs. 500 and 1,000.

Last year in December, Modi government scrapped higher denomination notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 to curb black money.

The central government assured that people could be exchanged their demonetised currencies at banks, post offices and RBI branches till December 30, 2016. Later, it increased the deadline to  March 31, 2017,but only at RBI branches.

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CJI hasn’t asserted judiciary’s independence: Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, April 20: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said Chief Justice Dipak Misra has not asserted the independence of the judiciary in the face of pressure by the executive. 

Interacting with media over impeachment Motion against CJI,  Sibal “Democracy can thrive only when the Judiciary stands firm, independent of the executive, and discharges its duty honestly”.

Referring to questions raised by the four senior-most judges of the Apex Court, he said they themselves believe that the Judiciary’s independence is at threat, alluding to the functioning of the office of the CJI, should the nation stand still and do nothing?

Sibal further said the Chief Justice of India has misused his position and this amounts to misbehavior.

The constitution has only one way to rectify it. There is no other way forward than to move for the impeachment of the CJI, and we do so with a very sad heart, the former Union Minister stated.

The Congress and several other opposition parties today met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at his residence and submitted the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

“We have moved an impeachment motion for removal of CJI Dipak Misra under five listed grounds,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told a press conference after meeting Naidu.

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Opposition submits impeachment notice against CJI to Venkaiah Naidu

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New Delhi, April 20: The Congress and several other opposition parties on Friday met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at his residence and submitted the impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

Addressing media after meeting Naidu, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said:”We have moved an impeachment motion seeking the removal of CJI Dipak Misra”.

Azad informed that 71 Members of Parliment had signed the impeachment motion (against CJI) but as 7 have retired the number is now 64. He added, “We have more than the minimum requirement needed to entertain the motion and we are sure that the Hon Chairman will take action”.

The meeting with  Rajya Sabha Chairman took place following a discussion at senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s room in the Parliament House complex.

Besides the Congress, the opposition parties’ meeting was attended by leaders of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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Supreme Court seeks AG’s help on media gag on CJI impeachment

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New Delhi, April 20: The Supreme Court on Friday sought Attorney General K.K. Venugopal’s assistance on a plea seeking a gag order against the media on the impeachment process supposed to be initiated against Chief Justice Dipak Misra in Parliament.

A bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri said it would not restrain the media before hearing the AG and declined to pass any order.

Opposition parties are planning to move an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Misra following serious allegations against him made by the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court.

Senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for NGO In Pursuit of Justice told the bench that the Law Commission has already given a report suggesting restrain order against the media on the issue.

There is also a constitutional provision restraining media from writing on impeachment as it will affect the judge to “discharge his judicial function”, she added.

“Judges have to act fearless,” the advocate said, adding that politicians have been speaking on the issue and media is reporting which affects the functioning of the judiciary.

Referring to the statements of politicians against judiciary member, Justice Sikri said: “It is unfortunate. We are all disturbed over what is happening. Legislators are also supposed to follow rules.”

The court posted the matter for hearing on May 7.

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