SC Priorities – Curbing Extravagant Weddings

Demonstrating yet again that Supreme Court priorities are decided by the much-heralded ‘Constitutional morality’ and talking points trending in Lutyens Delhi, SC directed Delhi Government to come up with a policy to “limit” the number of guests at “extravagant” weddings and institutionalise catering arrangements to check food wastage at such functions.

The issue came up when the court was hearing a motel owner’s plea against proceedings initiated against him by the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Safety Department for lack of permissions to carry out his business activities.

Upon being informed that at times ‘stale’ food was being served in these functions, the SC bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur asked the Delhi chief secretary to devise a system to check the quality of food being served in such functions.

The court granted time till January 31, 2019 to enable the Delhi LG and chief secretary to formulate a policy and to ensure its strict implementation in the larger public interest, including the interest of the people of Delhi.

In October, the SC adjourned the Ram Janmabhoomi (RJB) case, which has been dragging on in the top court for 8 years, till January 2019  to decide ‘which court and when’ the case will be heard. Justice Gogoi said that it can be heard in ‘January or February or May whenever..’.

Despite the centre’s plea to take up the case after the Supreme Court’s Diwali vacation, the apex court bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice S K Kaul and Justice K M Joseph stated that no urgent date can be given as of now due to other priorities.

In July 2017, the Supreme Court rejected several pleas by Kashmiri Pandit organization ‘Roots for Kashmir’ for an investigation into the mass killing of community members in the late 80s, which resulted in their exodus from the Valley.

When the lawyer representing the Kashmiri Pandits was arguing his case, CJI J S Khehar asked him: ‘Where were you till now? Why are you coming to court now? Are you making a drama here? Are you making a political speech and saying all this for making headlines in the media?’

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