This article has been written by Shubhangi Zite, a student of ILS Law College, Pune
1.SC – No train or bus fares for migrants.
On Thursday Supreme Court ordered that stranded migrant workers will not be charged for any train or bus fares on the journey back to their villages. The fare would be managed between the state from where their journey started and to the destination state. Basic needs would be sufficed by the originating state at particular stops during their journey.
Besides this, the Court also sought details from the government regarding the number of workers, their transportation, and registration. The hearing for the same has been scheduled for June 5.
During the hearing through video conferencing Court further asked the government about its lapses in providing the migrant workers with shelter, food, and transportation services.
2. Delhi HC – NIA acted in haste to take Navlakha to Mumbai in Elgar Parishad’s case.
The Delhi High Court questioned National Investigation Agency (NIA) for acting in frantic hurry to take civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha to Mumbai even when his interim bail was pending before the High Court.
In the last hearing, the High Court provided time to NIA to file its status report in response to Mr. Navlakha’s interim bail plea.
Justice Anup. J. Bhambhani who was conducting hearing through video conferencing also said that NIA moved applications across Mumbai and Delhi over weekends and gazetted holidays and even obtained orders by e- mail, at the risk of rendering interim bail plea proceedings infructuous.
3. SC asks for the Centre’s response on a plea for timely disposal of mercy petitions.
The Supreme Court asked the government to respond to a plea for framing specific guidelines for the timely disposal of mercy petitions in death penalty cases.
The court asked the Centre to file its a response within four weeks in response to a petition filed by Shiv Kumar Tripathi who argued that there were no guidelines for disposal of mercy petitions within a particular time frame hence resulted in arbitrariness.
A bench led by Justice Sharad A Bobade said it may direct the Union Ministry of Home affairs to decide the time frame for placing the mercy petition before the president.
4.Govt. Officers depose before the HC responding to contempt proceedings.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney and Principal Secretary ( panchayat raj and rural development ) Gopal Krishna Diwedi and Commissioner M. Girija Sankar deposed before the High Court in response to contempt proceedings initiated against them for not complying with the orders to remove the blue, green and white color from Gram Panchayat buildings.
The High Court had ordered in 2020 that the blue, green, and white color be removed from Gram Panchayat building but the government added that terra cotta of colors with which the ruling party is identified instead of changing the colors.