Major court verdicts in year — 2010


Ruchika case: Protest to nab the culprit in the Ruchika Girhotra Case intensified and finally led to arresting of high profile police official Shambhu Pratap Singh Rathore (S.P.S. Rathore) in Haryana. On November 11, 2010, the Supreme Court granted bail to S. P. S. Rathore on the condition that he should not leave Chandigarh.

Ayodhya Verdict: Sixty years after it first went to court, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has pronounced judgment in the Ayodhya title suit, saying Hindus and Muslims are joint title holders.

The three-judge bench — comprising Justice S.U. Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D. V. Sharma — ruled in a majority judgment 2:1, that there be a three-way division of the disputed land — one-third for the Sunni Waqf Board, one-third for the Nirmohi Akhara and one-third to the party for “Ram Lalla.”

On May 3, 2010, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving militant of deadliest Mumbai attack on November 26, 2008, was convicted by a session court for waging war on India, possessing explosives, murder and other charges.

On May 6, 2010, the same trial court sentenced him to death on four counts and to a life sentence on five other counts.

Supreme Court upholds HC verdict in Jessica Lall case.

On the  April 19, 2010, the Supreme Court of India has approved the life sentence for the guilty.

The two-judge bench upholding the judgment of the Delhi High Court stated: “The prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the presence of Manu Sharma at the site of the offence”

Consensual sex

In one of the land mark judgments SC okayed consensual sex between consenting adults.

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