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Top news of the day: Disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs upheld, Supreme Court holds that Chief Justice of India’s office comes under RTI, and more

Advocate Sandeep Patil speaks to the media in New Delhi on November 13, 2019 after the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs.

Advocate Sandeep Patil speaks to the media in New Delhi on November 13, 2019 after the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Supreme Court upholds Speaker’s disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs

However, the court held that their ouster is no bar from contesting repolls. “Neither under the Constitution nor under the statutory scheme it is contemplated that disqualification under the Tenth Schedule would operate as a bar for contesting re-elections,” a Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana said in a judgment. The court said Section 36 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 does not contemplate such disqualification. | Disqualified MLAs to join BJP

Supreme Court opens CJI office to RTI

“Transparency and accountability should go hand in hand,” the main judgment authored by Justice Sanjeev Khanna and supported by Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta said. Justice Khanna wrote that transparency would only further strengthen judicial independence. The Bench upheld the Delhi High Court’’s 2010 judgment, which concluded that the CJI is a public authority and does not hold information on the personal assets of fellow judges in a fiduciary capacity. Information held by a person in a fiduciary capacity is exempt from disclosure under the RTI. | No one is above law, say transparency activists

Maharashtra politics | NCP names 5 members for joint panel with Congress to prepare CMP | Sena’s mouthpiece likens BJP to Duryodhan | Sanjay Raut says next CM will be from Sena

JNU announces ‘major’ roll-back in hostel fee hike

The striking students, however, joined issue with Higher Education Secretary R. Subrahmanyam’s characterisation of the roll-back, saying it was only a ‘partial’ one, which did not meet their demands. They vowed to continue their protest until their demands were met fully, including a roll-back of the service charges.

Supreme Court asks Centre to come up with fresh norms for appointing tribunal members

The Court has struck down the provisions in the Finance Act, 2017, which altered the terms and conditions of appointments and service of members in key judicial tribunals as unconstitutional.

Rafale judgment review: Supreme Court verdict on November 14

The review petitioners in the Rafale case, who include former Union Ministers Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, alleged that the government had concealed crucial facts and misled the apex court into giving a favourable verdict. They had sought the registration of an FIR and a CBI probe into their complaint against the Rafale purchase. The court would also pronounce judgment in a related case of criminal contempt filed by BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for wrongfully attributing the phrase chowkidar chor hai to the apex court. Mr. Gandhi had offered an unconditional apology to the court.

Also read: Mamata’s silence on Ayodhya verdict and its implications | The simmering debate over Tamil Nadu’s political vacuum

Pakistan plans to amend Army Act to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav appeal against conviction in civilian court: Report

Quoting well-placed sources, Ary News TV said Pakistan in compliance with the International Court of Justice’s condition plans to allow Jadhav the right to file an appeal in a civilian court and is amending its laws accordingly.

Nawaz Sharif rejects conditional permission to travel abroad for treatment

On November 12, the Pakistan Cabinet decided to allow Sharif to go to the U.K. for medical treatment if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo agrees to sign surety bonds making a commitment that he would return after the treatment and face corruption cases against him.

Chinese, other students flee Hong Kong as violence worsens

The protests have taken on a strong anti-China bent, with radical demonstrators trashing branches of mainland banks, China’s official Xinhua News Agency and restaurant chains whose owners support the Beijing government.

Retail inflation jumps to 4.62% in October due to higher food prices

The inflation in the food basket spiked to 7.89% in October 2019 as against 5.11% the preceding month.

Kohli on mental health: I didn’t know what to do during 2014 tour of England

The India captain feels it is “remarkable” of Australian Glenn Maxwell to admit mental health issues, recalling a phase in his own career when he too battled “end of the world” thoughts but didn’t know how to even communicate them.

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