After a 44-day break, Supreme Court resumes, will hear cases on Ayodhya, Aadhaar

The Supreme Court is set to resume work on Monday after a 44 day break and is expected to deliver judgments on crucial matters like the constitutional validity of Aadhaar among others.

The SC will resume hearing appeals against the Allahabad High Court’s eight year old verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, practice of polygamy amongst Muslims, challenging the appointment of incumbent Chief Vigilance Commissioner KV Chaudhary and Vigilance Commissioner TM Bhasin, matters regarding air pollution in Delhi-NCR, Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC), Vaishno Devi rehabilitation of mule owners, and Manipur encounter killings.

On the review petition filed by death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case, a verdict will most likely be formed. Earlier, the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict following the the plea of two condemned convicts, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta who had sought a review on the 2017 verdict that they be awarded death penalty.

ASSAM NRC CASE: On the final draft on the NRC, issues relating to its publication will be heard by the top court today. Earlier, a bench consisting of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman had ordered the publication of the final draft to be completed by 30 June.

AADHAR’S CONSTITUTIONAL VALIDITY: After a hearing that spanned 4 months, the court had reserved its verdict on 10th May on the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar on the grounds that ‘it violated citizens’ right to privacy’. The petitions had earlier been taken up on a hearing in December, with the bench extending the government’s order to link bank accounts and phones with Aadhaar indefinitely until the case was disposed of.

Article 239AA: The SC is expected to deliver a verdict in July over the intepretation of article 239AA with conflict between the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi over the administration of the national capital at an all time high. Earlier, in 2016, the Delhi High Court had upheld the Lieutenant Governor’s administrative powers in governing the capital.

AYODHYA: A three-member bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra will resume hearing on 6 July the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi title dispute case. Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had in 2010, had called for a three-way division of the disputed land in Ayodhya.

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