Important cases heard in Supreme Court on Friday

Important matters heard in the Supreme Court on Friday (May 24):

*The SC refused to issue directions to the Election Commission on an NGO’s plea for uploading polling booth-wise voter turnout data on its website during the Lok Sabha elections and favoured a “hands-off attitude” amidst an ongoing electoral process.

*Merely because a person has not been named in a predicate offence does not mean that he cannot be prosecuted under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the SC said while hearing a plea in a money-laundering case arising out of the alleged coal block allocation scam.

*The BJP moved the SC challenging a Calcutta High Court order that refused to interfere with a single-judge ruling restraining the party from issuing advertisements that are “violative” of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the Lok Sabha polls.

*The SC stayed an order of the Uttarakhand High Court asking the state government to find the best suitable land outside the hill town of Nainital for constructing a new HC building and creating other requisite infrastructure.

*The SC said it cannot go by sentiments and has to act in accordance with law, as it refused to entertain a petition seeking contempt action for alleged non-compliance with the apex court’s order on protection of properties of people displaced during the Manipur violence.

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