Arguments were placed before the Supreme Court today on the contentious issue of whether states should be allowed to exceed the 50 percent ceiling on reservation and on whether this issue should be referred to an 11-judge bench.
The bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Indira Banerjee, Vineet Saran, M R Shah and S. Ravindra Bhat observed: “Merely because the informant and the investigating officer is the same, it cannot be said that the investigation is biased and the trial is vitiated.”
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai, passed the reference order today. This came while the court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019.
The Supreme Court on Friday (July 17) referred to a larger bench the question of whether the benefit of remission can be granted by the Executive without placing the facts of the cases before the Governor.
Two men, Achhar Singh and Budhi Singh, had challenged their conviction by the Himachal Pradesh High Court. One had been sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment and the other to undergo life imprisonment, plus a fine. The High Court had overturned their acquittal by the trial court.
Supreme Court's Juvenile Justice Committee met with juvenile justice representatives from all high courts along with UNICEF and key Central ministry officials to discuss protecting of children in juvenile and care homes during the Covid surge.