The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a petition that sought a directive for the Centre and others to establish guidelines for overseeing the trading and mining of cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies are decentralized digital or virtual currencies operating independently from a central bank.
A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, along with Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra, noted that the primary reliefs sought in the plea were more akin to legislative directives. The bench observed that although the petition fell under Article 32 of the Constitution, it appeared evident that the “actual intent is to request bail in ongoing proceedings against the petitioner.”
The bench stated, “We cannot support this course of action. The petitioner is free to approach the appropriate court for regular bail. As for the main reliefs, they pertain more to a legislative direction, which the court cannot issue under Article 32 of the Constitution.”
Article 32 deals with the right to constitutional remedies, and 32 (1) provides a citizen the right to approach the apex court for the enforcement of rights. The bench highlighted that the relief sought in the plea filed by the Uttar Pradesh-based individual also included a directive for the prosecution of cases involving digital assets/cryptocurrencies.
“We consequently resolve the petition, granting the petitioner the liberty to pursue legal remedies in accordance with the law,” the court stated.
Thane court sentences life imprisonment for killing Father-in-Law
Thane district court in Maharashtra has sentenced a 30-year-old man to life imprisonment for beating his father-in-law to death over a dispute.
Additional sessions judge DB Bangde found the accused Vijay Bhagwan Aaswar guilty of charges under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 9,000 on the accused.
During the court proceedings, Additional Public Prosecutor Varsha Chandane informed that the accused, Vijay Bhagwan Aaswar, was married to the daughter of the victim, Ramchandra Kalappa Jadhav. The family of the woman did not approve of their union, leading to frequent disputes. The couple eventually separated two years into their marriage.
The incident occurred when the accused visited his in-laws’ residence on February 25, 2016. An argument ensued, during which he attacked his father-in-law with an iron rod. The victim sustained severe injuries and succumbed to them in a hospital.