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Doval briefs SC judges on national security, asks for 'more cooperation' from courts

For the first time ever, the judges of the Supreme Court were briefed by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval about the security of the nation.

According to sources, Doval asked for 'more cooperation' from the courts, and said that "national security should be a non-partisan issue", not viewed from a political perspective. He added that "delayed justice in terror-related and espionage cases" affects the system.  

Doval briefed the judges during a closed-door session as part of a three-day retreat on the campus of the National Judicial Academy in Bhopal, according to The Indian Express.

If we move out of Handwara, anti-militancy operations will be affected: Army officers

The Army is concerned that a demand to remove its post in Handwara, Kashmir, may affect its anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Handwara has been on the boil since 12 April when four people were killed in Army and police firing after locals protested the molestation of a minor girl allegedly by an Army man. The firing began after an Army bunker was set aflame and soldiers were surrounded.

As a fallout of the firing and deaths, the district magistrate will be writing to the Army to remove its Handwara post, possibly under political pressure, according to The Economic Times.

BJP embarrassed as UP party worker makes poster showing rival party leaders as KauravasCollegium stalemate forces SC judges to work on Saturdays

The BJP has dissociated itself from a campaign poster created by a party worker in Varanasi that depicts leaders of rival parties BSP, Congress, SP and AIMIM as Kauravas involved in the 'chir haran' of Uttar Pradesh and new state party president Keshav Prasad Maurya as Lord Krishna.

The poster created by Rupesh Pandey created a ruckus in Uttar Pradesh. Pandey had planned to use these posters to welcome Maurya to Varanasi on Friday evening, but was stopped by the party's local unit, according to The Indian Express. He had, however, already released the posters on social media.

Collegium stalemate forces SC judges to work on Saturdays

Forced by a stalemate between the apex court and the Centre over the final decision on the appointment of judges, the Supreme Court will now work on Saturdays to help clear the backlog of cases that are pending due to the lack of fresh appointments to the court.

The backlog at the Supreme Court has now reached to about 60,000, according to The Economic Times.

"Otherwise, there is just no time," said Chief Justice of India TS Thakur who will hear petitions relating to air pollution in Delhi on a Saturday.

The CJI is also urging lawyers to agree to day-long hearings in old cases. 

Twitter trolls force Dhoni to step down as builder's brand ambassador

Succumbing to pressure from Twitter trolls, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as brand ambassador of real estate developer Amrapali on Friday. Dhoni had been Amrapali's brand ambassador for several years.

Last week, residents of Amrapali Sapphire Society in Noida's Sector 45 took to Twitter to complain about the delay in the completion of the Amrapali project. They tagged Dhoni in their tweets, asking him to either force the builders to complete the project or step down as the company's brand ambassador.

The hashtag 'AmrapaliMisuseDhoni' went viral with 70,000 tweets, making such a noise on social media that Dhoni had no option but to react to it at a press conference the next day, according to the Hindustan Times.

SC verdict on biological vs mental age of special adults may change lives from 3 May

On 3 May, parents of special needs children will know if mental age rather than biological age can be applied to cases where special adults become victims of crimes. Because that is when Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra will hear the petition of Nirmala, who asks for her daughter's case to be tried under the special law meant for the welfare of a sexual abuse child victim.

Nirmala (name changed) has a 36-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy who was raped in July 2014. Though the woman is 36 years old, her cognitive ability and communication skills are comparable to those of a six-year-old child, according to the Hindustan Times.