INDIA’S JUSTICE DALVEER BHANDARI RE-ELECTED AS A JUDGE IN INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

Indian candidate Justice Dalveer Bhandari has been re-elected [for the term 2018-2027] as a Judge in the International Court of Justice after Britain has withdrawn his candidate Christopher Greenwood.

Justice Bhandari got 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council in the election held at the UN headquarters in New York.

PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT REJECTS SISTER’S PLEA TO COMMUTE DEATH SENTENCE OF BALWANT SINGH RAJOANA

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected the plea of sister of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a death convict, seeking commutation of death sentence.

The condemned prisoner knew about his rights to defend himself during the trial but he deliberately chose not to seek any legal help, the court said. Balwant Singh Rajoana, along with co-accused Jagtar Singh Hawara, was awarded death sentence by the trial court in 2007, for assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. The death sentence awarded to Jagtar Singh Hawara was commuted to life imprisonment, but the sentence awarded to Balwant Singh Rajoana was maintained. Rajoana did not seek any legal help during the trial, and did not file any appeal against his death sentence. He was ordered to be executed on March 31, 2012, but it was later stayed by the Home Ministry.

SUPREME COURT: NO MULTI-LEVEL PARKING IN TAJ TRAPEZIUM ZONE: ‘LET TOURISTS WALK AROUND THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE’.

The Supreme Court bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta declined to grant permission for the construction of a multi-level parking in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ), asking the Uttar Pradesh government to let tourists walk in the 10,400 sq ft stretch surrounding the historic Taj Mahal rather than commute by vehicles.

On October 24, the Supreme Court, on account of the Department of Tourism, Uttar Pradesh, having commenced the construction of the multi-level parking lot in the Taj Orientation Centre Project at Shilpgram, Agra, without seeking permission of the court and the Central Empowered Committee and conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment, had ordered for the demolition of the structure. Thereafter, on October 27, on the assurance of the state government to file a comprehensive policy on environmental preservation and sustainable development in the ecologically sensitive TTZ and the nearby areas within two weeks, the top court has granted interim stay on its earlier order for demolition.

SUPREME COURT NOTICE TO CENTRE ON PLEA TO REGULATE CRYPTO CURRENCY

Supreme Court has sought the response of the Centre on a petition seeking regulation of the flow of Bitcoin (Crypto Currency) and wanted that the virtual currency be made accountable to the exchequer. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the ministries of Finance, Law and Justice, Information Technology, market regulator SEBI and the RBI. The plea filed by an advocate Dwaipayan Bhowmick also sought setting up of a panel to frame a mechanism to regulate the flow of Bitcoin.

SUPREME COURT SLAMS UP GOVERNMENT FOR NOT FILING COMPREHENSIVE POLICY ON ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION IN TAJ TRAPEZIUM ZONE

The Supreme Court rapped Uttar Pradesh Government for failing to file a comprehensive policy on the issue of pollution in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) and nearby areas as directed under its order dated October 17. The apex court had, by the aforesaid order, granted stay on the demolition of the multi-level parking being constructed in Taj   Orientation Centre Project in Shilpgram, Agra, by virtue of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta’s undertaking to submit a holistic state policy directive on environmental preservation and sustainable development in the TTZ within two weeks.