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Supreme Court Adjourns SNC Lavalin Case Appeals, CBI Challenges Kerala Chief Minister’s Discharge

The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing of appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the SNC Lavalin Case, challenging the discharge of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and others.

The adjournment came after Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, representing the CBI, requested a passover due to a prior commitment. The case centers on alleged corruption in a contract granted to Canadian company SNC Lavalin for hydro-electric project renovations during Pinarayi Vijayan’s tenure as electricity minister in 1996-98.

While the Thiruvanathapuram Special CBI Court discharged some officials in 2013, the Kerala High Court upheld the discharge of Pinarayi Vijayan and two others in 2017 but allowed the CBI’s plea against four other accused. The matter is now before the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Reserves Judgment in ‘College Romance’ Case: Profane Language and IT Act

The Supreme Court has reserved its judgment in the ‘College Romance’ case, where the makers of the TVF web series challenged FIRs registered under Section 67 and 67A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, for allegedly showcasing vulgar and obscene content. The case revolves around the question of whether profane language qualifies as ‘sexually explicit’ or ‘obscene’ under the IT Act.

Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Harish Salve, representing the makers, argued that Section 67A does not apply to profanity, while the Delhi Police contended that the show promotes sexual activity. The case highlights the evolving legal landscape of content regulation in India.

Andhra Pradesh High Court Grants Interim Bail to Ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu in Skill Development Case

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has approved interim bail for former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the skill development program scam case. Justice T Mallikarjun Rao granted Naidu a four-week interim bail on medical grounds, allowing him to undergo necessary eye surgery.

The court emphasised the humanitarian aspect and expressed confidence that Naidu would not evade the legal process. It stressed that custody during the investigative phase should not be punitive and that granting medical bail should consider an individual’s health as a top priority, regardless of the alleged offense’s gravity. Earlier, the High Court and the Supreme Court had rejected Naidu’s plea to quash the FIR.

Kerala High Court Denies Anticipatory Bail in Matrimony Fraud Case

The Kerala High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of a married man accused of posing as a doctor on a matrimony website to deceive a woman into giving him 150 sovereigns of gold. The court also denied pre-arrest bail to the man’s wife and mother, who were implicated in the crime.

The judge expressed astonishment upon learning that the man’s wife had pretended to be his sister-in-law during a visit to the complainant-woman’s house to finalise their ‘marriage.’ The court concluded that all three accused could be involved in the cheating case and refused their bail pleas. The accused are alleged to have put up fake profiles on matrimonial websites to deceive people.

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