The government on September 8, 2015, changed passport and foreigners acts to allow non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan to stay in India even if they had or hadn’t entered the country with valid papers.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde, referring to a recent verdict of the apex court, said the 2018 judgment was not the final word as the issue was referred to a seven-judge bench for consideration. "There is (an order) for a much larger bench to decide the matter. There is no final word as yet," the bench said.
Several Congress workers greeted the former Union minister after he stepped out of the prison.
After 105 days behind bars in the INX Media case, former union minister P Chidambaram will now be out on bail.
The latest was in 2018, when it dismissed a plea by attorney general KK Venugopal to refer the issue to a bench of seven judges. He raised the demand again on Monday before Chief Justice SA Bobde, dubbing the issue as “sensitive”. The Chief Justice said he would take a call on the matter in two weeks.
The petition claimed that though WhatsApp had declared in the Indian SC that its services were encrypted, it had conceded later before a US court that the privacy of many was breached in the alleged spyware attack. The top court in India was not informed of this, the petition said, seeking a criminal probe into the snooping allegations and perjury action against WhatsApp.
The court had struck down a temple rule that disallowed women in their reproductive phases (between 10 and 50 years) from entering the temple as gender discriminatory and against right to equality enshrined in the constitution.
The petition — filed through Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi, the legal heir of the original plaintiff in the case — argued that the court had effectively granted a mandamus (judicial writ) to destroy the Babri Masjid and sought an immediate stay on the handover of the land.
Over Rs 6,000 crore electoral bonds have been sold so far, the Association for Democratic Reforms said in the petition. There has been no scrutiny at the time of encashing those, nor compliance by political parties about prompt reporting of the receipt of the bonds, it alleged.
A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said constitutional morality is different from political morality. "In democracy, we can't curtail rights of political parties to align with other parties," the bench said.
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