A three judge bench led by chief justice of india

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A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered that the apex court will comprehensively hear petitions on the Blue Whale game and directed all the High Courts to not proceed on any similar cases. The order came on a petition filed by Supreme Court advocate Sneha Kalita asking the court to frame guidelines for regulating and monitoring the virtual digital online games and to take immediate measures to ban/block sites linked to the Blue Whale online game or any other forms of violent and immoral games. Incidents of suicides and rescued cases have been reported throughout the country, particularly from Assam, Odisha, Mumbai, Delhi, Manipur, Chennai, West Bengal, Haryanna, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 25 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] Pro bono criterion for judges too? Taking its cue from the Supreme Court’s guidelines issued recently which stated that a lawyer should have fought a certain number of cases pro bono (free of cost) in order to be designated as a senior lawyer, the government wants the same principle to be followed in the appointment of judges . The issue, however, is tricky as judges to higher courts are appointed by the Supreme Court collegium — made up of the top five judges of the court — and the Law Ministry only has to give its concurrence. So, the idea has to be first approved by the collegium before it can be implemented . On October 12, the Supreme Court fixed guidelines on how to designate a senior advocate and mentioned pro bono work as one of the criteria. The Supreme Court has now set up a committee that will also look at various other criteria apart from pro bono work. Integrity, conduct, reputation and the number of reported judgments in which the advocate has appeared would all be factored in by the committee before recommending someone as a senior advocate. The National Legal Services Authority and State Legal Aid Authorities offer free legal aid to those who can’t afford it. Now, the Supreme Court’s new guidelines are expected to give a big boost to that effort . The Department of Justice has also written to various Bar associations asking for data on lawyers offering free legal service. Supreme Court to hear plea against linking Aadhaar to bank accounts, phones The Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the government move to link bank accounts and mobile phones with Aadhaar numbers, saying it violates the fundamental right to privacy and equates citizens, including the elderly, women and students, with money launderers . The petition filed by activist Dr. Kalyani Menon Sen has challenged Rule 2(b) of the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 for mandatory submission of Aadhaar number for individual clients, companies, partnership firms and trusts for opening of bank accounts, maintaining existing bank accounts, making financial transactions of and above Rs. 50,000 and crediting foreign remittance into ‘small accounts’ .
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