• A person can’t be detained on basis of “stale and irrelevant” grounds: SC A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hrishikesh Roy has said that detaining a person on “stale incidents” will be akin to punishing him for a crime without trial. “A live and proximate link must exist between the past conduct of a person and the imperative need to detain him,” Justice Chandrachud said while referring to a precedent in the 23-page judgment, holding that a court can set aside a detaining order if it is based on stale and irrelevant grounds. >>
 
  • A sense of injustice can have serious repercussions:  SC The Supreme Court has said that a judicial officer in the subordinate courts performs a “pious duty” in the service of justice. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha observed in a recent judgment that it was absolutely necessary that the ordinary litigant’s faith in the judiciary is kept intact, and even creating a perception to the contrary may have very damaging consequences. >>
 
  • Acquitted in minor’s rape case 13 years ago, two held guilty by Delhi HC Two men acquitted by a trial court of rape charges 13 years ago were ordered to be taken into custody by the Delhi High Court. Holding the two accused guilty of raping a minor girl, a bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice I S Mehta observed that the “trial court misdirected and misapplied itself in extrapolating the minor’s contradictions and insignificant discrepancies in the deposition of the minor victim and her parents”, in order to “arrive at the conclusion that the prosecution had failed to establish its case against the accused persons”. >>
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