Prashant Bhushan

Former CJI accepting governor's post compromises judciary's independence: Bhushan

Prashant-BhushanNew Delhi, Sept 3 : Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday said the NDA Government's reported move to appoint former Chief Justice of India (CJI) P. Sathasivam as the Governor of Kerala could compromise the independence of the judiciary.

SC cancels coal block allocations made between 1993 and 2009

coal-block-allocationsNew Delhi, Aug 25 : The Supreme Court (SC) today held that the coal block allocations made by the central government between the years 1993 and 2009 have been cancelled. The court said these allocations were made in a non-transparent and arbitrary manner.

The apex court today said that no objective criteria were followed and the guidelines were breached in coal block allocations.

RIL stock closes at 6-mth low after Kejriwal accuses Ambanis of money laundering

RILStock in Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) slipped to its lowest level in around six months on Friday after Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi Party (AAP) slapped the company with money laundering charges.

AAP leader Prashant Bhushan alleged that Rs 6,530 crore had been invested into four companies of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group by Bio Metrix Marketing and Strasbourg Holdings in Singapore.

AAP had no option but to quit: Bhushan

Prashant-BhushanNew Delhi, Feb 15 : AAP leader and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said Saturday the party had no option but to quit after the Jan Lokpal bill was rejected in the Delhi assembly.

Bhushan said the bill was the first promise made to the public of Delhi.

"Our biggest responsibility was to form a corruption-free government and run it, but if the BJP and the Congress are not letting us pass the bill, then what is the point of us staying in power," he said.

Crying need for judicial reform, more judges and better infrastructure

Prashant-BhushanNew Delhi, May 19 : Justice delayed is justice denied.  Nowhere this rings truer than in India where a staggering 30 million cases are said to be pending in the country's courts today.  And to tackle this intimidating problem requires comprehensive judicial reform, more judges of quality and improvement of the judicial infrastructure, jurists say.

"We need more quality judges who should be appointed through a transparent selection process and who are accountable for their actions," noted lawyer and transparency activist Prashant Bhushan said.

RIL dismisses Kejriwal’s allegations

RIL dismisses Kejriwal’s allegationsReliance Industries Limited (RIL) has dismissed anti-corruption activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal's allegations pertaining to its D-6 block in the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin, saying the allegations were lacked any truth or substance.

On Wednesday, Kejriwal and his associate Prashant Bhushan had accused RIL of getting undue favours pertaining to gas production deals. The duo claimed that both the BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA governments were responsible for RIL obtaining the contract for producing gas at D-6 block.

Supreme Court allows open field trials of GM crops

Supreme Court allows open field trials of GM cropsThe Supreme Court of India has allowed the government to go on with its controversial open field trials of the genetically modified (GM) crops in the coming Rabi season.

The apex court of the country refused to put ban on open field trials of GM crops in spite of a court-appointed expert committee's recommendation that such trials should be halted for at least 10 years.

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant can be stalled if safety concerns aren’t met: SC

Kudankulam Nuclear Power PlantThe Supreme Court of (India) on Thursday warned that the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant could be stalled if safety concerns of the people in the vicinity are not met.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan underlined that money spent on the nuclear plant is less important than the safety of local people.

Row over Kudankulam nuclear plant reaches Supreme Court

Row over Kudankulam nuclear plant reaches Supreme CourtSocial activist G Sundarrajan filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) with the Supreme Court of India, seeking the apex court's order to restrain the government from commissioning the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP).

The SPL filed through counsels Prashant Bhushan and Pranav Sachdeva, claimed that the Madras High Court had given a green signal to the KKNPP without ensuring that critical safety features are put in place or not.

Iron ore mining in Karnataka may resume soon

Iron ore mining in Karnataka may resume soonIron ore mining in category A mines in the three districts of Karnataka, where it was suspended by the court last year, could be resumed, the Supreme Court hinted on Friday.

Mining in category A mines in Karnataka's three districts, viz. Bellary, Chitradurga and Timkur, was suspended by the court last year after these mines were found caused hurting the environment.

The A category mines are those which are free of any illegality, and cause least damage to the environment, forest and agriculture.

Prashant Bhushan criticises Manmohan Singh over 2G scam

 Prashant Bhushan criticises Manmohan Singh over 2G scamVaranasi, Sep 26 : Social activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan has criticized Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for turning a blind eye to the multi-billion 2 G spectrum scam.

Talking to reporters here, Bhushan said Dr. Singh had let key ally, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), run riot in the context of distributing 2G spectrum licenses to a favoured few.

Advocate's response sought on contempt of court plea

Prashant BhushanNew Delhi, Nov 6 : The Supreme Court Friday sought advocate Prashant Bhushan's response to a plea seeking launch of contempt of court proceedings against him for allegedly accusing a sitting apex court judge S. H. Kapadia of judicial impropriety.

Prashant Bhushan, in a recent interview to Tehelka magazine, raised the issue of judicial corruption and also whether a judge having any stake in a business firm should hear and decide cases involving the firm.

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