Legal Recap: Life Term For Gangster Mukhtar Ansari, No Interim Bail For Sisodia

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Gangster Mukhtar Ansari Sentenced To Life In Jail For Murder of Congress Leader

Jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Varanasi Court for the murder of Congress leader Awadhesh Rai in 1991.

Ansari, who is already serving a 10-year sentence for another kidnapping and murder case, had killed Congress leader Awadhesh Rai, 32 years ago when he was just starting to gain political prominence.

Awadhesh's brother and former Congress MLA Ajay Rai had named Ansari, Bhim Singh and ex MLA Abdul Kalim in the FIR.

The Varanasi court had concluded hearing the case and reserved its order on 19 May.


Bombay HC Asks Varavara Rao To Approach Division Bench For Permission To Travel

The Bombay High Court asked poet-activist Varavarao Rao, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, to approach a division bench of the High Court for permission to travel to Hyderabad from Mumbai for his cataract surgery.

“Both counsel agree that prayers in application are essentially for modification of bail granted to applicant. Therefore in view of the law laid down by Supreme Court, the matter lies only before division bench," the court said, according to Bar and Bench.

The Supreme Court had, in August last year, granted medical bail to the 82-year old activist, with his bail conditions being set by the special NIA court presiding over the case.

Among the bail conditions laid down for Rao, who was arrested on August 28, 2018 from his Hyderabad residence in the case, was that he would reside within the limits of Greater Mumbai and not leave the city without prior permission of the NIA court.

In September a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai rejected the plea of poet-activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, seeking permission to travel to Hyderabad for cataract surgery.

Delhi HC Denies Interim Bail to Manish Sisodia, Allows Him To Visit Ailing Wife

The Delhi High Court denied interim bail to former Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia in connection with the ‘excise-policy case’. 

The court did, however, reportedly allow the former deputy CM to visit his ailing wife, between 10 am and 5 pm on any day as per his wife's convenience.

Bombay HC Restrains Defendants from Posting Erronous Content Against SII

The Bombay High Court temporarily restrained individuals and organisations, embroiled in a defamatory suit filed by the Serum Institute of India (SII), from posting erroneous content against the company. 

This came as interim relief to SII which had filed the suit seeking Rs 100 crore in damages from individuals and organisations posting content against the company.

"I am of the prima facie view that the contents are in fact per se defamatory in that there is no justification made out by the defendants in support of the statements made", the judge held.


Manipur Violence: Petition Challenging Internet Ban Filed In SC

A petition challenging the indefinite internet ban imposed in Manipur since violence broke out in the state, has been filed before the Supreme Court.

The petitioners pointed out that despite 'a clear and admitted de-escalation' of the situation', State-wide internet shutdown orders have repeatedly been issued by the Manipur government.

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