The judiciary is said to be the supporter of our Constitution and 2017 in several ways was quite a great year for it, as it delivered some landmark judgments, such as – the right to privacy, restricting the sale of acid, among others. The 45th Chief Justice of India – Dipak Misra will be leading some of the essential cases in 2018 and we hope justice will be delivered soon.
Babri Masjid Case: 25 years of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. On 5th December 2017, the honorable Supreme Court bench which was headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra rejected an application by some pro-Masjid people, Sunni Wakf Board, and Babri Action Committee to adjourn the hearing to post-July 2019 and fixed the hearing for 8th February 2018.
Hadiya Case: Also known as ‘Love Jihad’ case. Acting upon a petition filed by Hadiya, (Akhila Ashokan’s father), the marriage between Shafin Jahan and his daughter Hadiya was dissolved by the Kerala High Court. On 27th November, in a huge development, in this case, the SC freed her from her parents who, according to Hadiya, had kept her in “unlawful custody” for 11 months. Whether or not Hadiya’s case will be supported is what we will have to wait and watch.
Nirbhaya review petition: 16th December 2017, marked five years since the horrible rape of a paramedical student in the capital of India. Last year, in December, a three-judge special bench headed by Dipak Misra began the hearing of the review petition filed by the four rapists. The review plea of the four convicts will be heard in January 2018.
The constitutional validity of Aadhaar: In this case, the petitioners, argued that the biometric data and iris scans that were being collected for issuing Aadhaar card, breached the right to privacy of the citizens, as private data was not protected, and was accessible to exposure and misuse. It was also discussed that Aadhaar is an encroachment of privacy and a terrible breach of fundamental human rights.
We hope the judiciary preserves our hope while making a judgment on these vital cases.
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