Some recent landmark/controversial decisions

1. Election Commission’s guidelines for publication and dissemination of results of exit and opinion polls.

2. Supreme Court’s judgment in Martin F.D’Souza Vs.Mohd.Ishfaq. Coram: Markandey Katju, R.M.Lodha, Date of Decision: February 17, 2009. Lays down guidelines to be followed in medical negligence cases, aims to prevent `harassment’ of doctors.

3. Supreme Court’s judgment in Bihari Lal Rada Vs. Anil Jain (TINU) & Ors. Coram:Lokeshwar Singh Panta, B.Sudershan Reddy. D.O.D: February 13, 2009. The judgment rules out the validity of ‘general’ category under reservation of seats in local bodies, and clears the contest of OBC candidates under non-reserved open category.

4. Delhi High Court’s judgment in Ashok Rai @ AMIT Vs. State. The court reduced the sentence for rape imposed by the trial court on the appellant on account of his qualifying for the IAS. The National Commission for Women has decided to appeal against this judgment, as it has seemingly set a precedent that education and success in competitive examination could pave the way for reduced sentence in rape cases.

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