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SCO Daily: The Jallikattu Challenge

The case raises a number of questions about whether animals have rights and if the rules for Jallikattu contain sufficient safeguards.

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2nd Dec 2022

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Challenge to Jallikattu Day #4: Mr. Sibal Argues Amendment Prevents ‘Unnecessary’ Pain and Suffering

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the State of Tamil Nadu, argued that the Amendment ensures Jallikattu is monitored and safe.

2nd Dec 2022

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SCO Daily: SC Hears Two Cases on Right to Religion

Two Benches of the Supreme Court heard petitions challenging the Places of Worship Act and forced religious coversions.

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15th Nov 2022

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SCO Daily: Genetically Modified Mustard at the Supreme Court

A long drawn PIL has prevented Centre from permitting Genetically Modified mustard to be cultivated commercially since 2004.

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CJI Lalit’s Notable Judgments: Constitution Benches and Criminal Law

CJI Lalit was a member of multiple Constitution Bench decisions including on the day of his retirement.

7th Nov 2022

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October Review: Hijab Ban, UAPA and More

Major cases seemingly made little progress in October while the SC’s long series of retirements continued.

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Karnataka Hijab Ban Timeline

The Hijab Ban case is set to continue at the SC after the 2-Judge Bench delivered a split verdict in October. What's the story so far?

31st Oct 2022

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EWS Reservations: Pre-Judgment Matrix

What are the possible outcomes in the challenge to economic reservations and how will the Court substantiate its Judgment?

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28th Oct 2022

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Justice Chandrachud’s Approach to Judging

Justice Chandrachud regularly explores academic and popular sources and seeks to set aside ‘formal’ legal traditions.

22nd Oct 2022

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Prof. Saibaba’s Release Suspended By SC

Justices Shah and Trivedi suspended the Bombay HC's Order, stating it did not deal with the merits of the case against Prof. Saibaba.

15th Oct 2022

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SCO Daily: Hijab Ban Split Verdict Bookends Justice Gupta’s Tenure

SCO recaps Justice Hemant Gupta's life, career, judgments, and overall tenure at the Supreme Court.

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14th Oct 2022

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Electoral Bonds Day #7: Mr. Bhushan Presents Additional Issues For Bench to Consider

The Bench briefly heard submissions on the issues they must consider in the case and settled a debate on the date of the next hearing.

14th Oct 2022

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Justice Gupta’s Notable Judgments: Hijab Ban, Remission Policies and Caste-based Crimes

Justice Hemant Gupta authored impactful Judgments in criminal law cases and a controversial Judgment on his penultimate day at the SC.

13th Oct 2022

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SCO Daily: Court Reserves Order in Religious Excommunication Case

The Bench may refer the case to the 9-Judge Sabarimala Review Bench instead of hearing arguments.

11th Oct 2022

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EWS Reservations: Argument Matrix

What were the issues and the arguments raised on both sides in the challenge to reservations based on economic criteria?

10th Oct 2022

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SCO Daily: Abortion Laws and the Fundamental Right to Divorce

A Bench led by Justice Chandrachud held that unmarried women had the right to terminate a pregnancy, even in cases of marital rape.

30th Sep 2022

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SCO Daily: Demonitisation and Azam Khan Case Outdated?

Justice Nazeer commented that the two cases before them may no longer contain any issues for the Bench to address.

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29th Sep 2022

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Justice Chandrachud-led CB to Hear Four Cases This Year

Another Constitution Bench created during CJI Lalit's tenure will hear cases on reservations, citizenship, and political disputes.

28th Sep 2022

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EWS Reservation Day #8: Responses to Governments Arguments on Last Day of Hearing

The Court concluded hearing arguments in the challenge to the constitutionality of economic reservations.

27th Sep 2022

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SCO Daily: The Supreme Court Goes Live!

On September 27th the Supreme Court will fulfill its commitment and live stream three Constitution Bench proceedings to the public

23rd Sep 2022

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EWS Reservations Day #7: SG Tushar Mehta Argues Amendment Does Not Violate Equality

The Bench heard arguments from the Union and Andhra Pradesh governments defending EWS Reservations.

22nd Sep 2022

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EWS Reservations Day #6: AG Venugopal Argues EWS Reservations are Independant

The Constitution Bench heard arguments from the Union and Madhya Pradesh governments defending economic reservations.

21st Sep 2022

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EWS Reservations Day #5: Sr. Adv. Shankaranarayanan Argues Amendment Makes Reservations Permanent

The Supreme Court heard arguments in favor of EWS reservations from the petitioners and the Union government.

20th Sep 2022

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Judgment Summary: Exceptions to Exemptions in Sales Tax Statutes

The Supreme Court held that the Judgment referring this case to a Constitution Bench was 'incompetent' and sent it back to a smaller bench.

20th Sep 2022

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Exceptions to Sales Tax Exemptions: Judgment Pronouncement

The Supreme Court held that a unanimous Judgment did not have more precedential value than a Judgment where one of the Judges dissented.

19th Sep 2022

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SC Daily Update: Hijab Ban Appeal and Challenge to Economic Reservations Continue

Mr. Sondhi claimed the Hijab ban violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women. Prof. Kumar argues EWS Reservations violate Equality Code.

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August Monthly Review: Supreme Court Administration

Last month the SC saw a change in leadership and major institutional developments in the Court.

5th Sep 2022

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How Active was the Collegium Under CJI Ramana?

The CJI Ramana-led Collegium made more recommendations for HC appointments than his three predecessors.

31st Aug 2022

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Chief Justice Ramana’s Tenure in Numbers

CJI Ramana's rate of authoring judgments only saw a negligible drop when he became Chief Justice of India.

25th Aug 2022

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The Supreme Court’s ‘Reserved’ Silence

DESK BRIEF: Six pending Constitution Bench cases at the SC deal with fundamental questions about reservation in education and employment.

23rd Aug 2022

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Sub-classification in Reservations for Madigas: The Larger Story

The issue of sub-classification in reservations has been pending before a 7-Judge Constitution Bench for nearly two years without a hearing.

17th Aug 2022

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July Monthly Review

The tussle for control of the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Justice Khanwilkars last Judgment took center stage at the SC in July.

8th Aug 2022

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Do Lower Courts Consider SC Judgments When Deciding Bail Cases?

Despite SC Judgments to the contrary, it remains difficult for an accused to get bail from lower courts.

2nd Aug 2022

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Justice A.M. Khanwilkar’s Notable Judgments: Bail, Entry Taxes and the Gujarat Riots

Justice Khanwilkar wrote a number of impactful Judgments including a flurry of decisions delivered at the end of his 6-year tenure.

28th Jul 2022

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Pegasus Depositions: Mr. John Brittas

CPI(M) Member of Parliament, John Brittas emphasised the need to subject security agencies to increased oversight in light of Pegasus.

16th Jul 2022

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Pegasus Depositions: Mr. Rupesh Kumar & Mrs. Ipsa Shatakshi

A journalist, Mr. Rupesh Kumar, claims the Union spied on him and his family because of pieces he wrote regarding false encounters.

13th Jul 2022

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Pegasus Depositions: Mr. Narasimhan Ram

Mr. N. Ram spoke about the threat to journalistic sources posed by Pegasus and criticised the Technical Committee’s method of examination

12th Jul 2022

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Court in Review: Defection of Assembly Members

The Constitution of India bans members of the House from defecting from their political party.

9th Jul 2022

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Monthly Review: June 2022

One month into summer vacation, the SC continued to pass important judgments in 'urgent' and pending matters

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30th Jun 2022

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SCO Shorts: SC/ST Reservations in Promotion

On January 31st the Supreme Court clarified the criteria for States to provide reservations in promotions.

29th Jun 2022

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The Average Tenure of an SC Judge is 5.37 Years

Sitting Judges in the SC, on average, serve shorter tenures in comparison to Judges appointed between 1950-1980.

13th Jun 2022

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Justice L. Nageswara Rao’s Tenure in Numbers

The SC's long season of judicial retirements continues with Justice L.N. Rao's term ending on June 7th. SCO reviews his tenure in numbers.

8th Jun 2022

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2022 Half-Year Review: Important Supreme Court Hearings

Halfway through the year a number of important cases are pending and in the process of being heard at the Supreme Court.

6th Jun 2022

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2022 Half-Year Review: SC Retirements and Court Administration

The Court will see Judges retiring every month up until November 2022—which may bode poorly for the 70,000 cases pending at the SC.

6th Jun 2022

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2022 Half-Year Review: Key Supreme Court Judgments

The Supreme Court delivered key Judgments on Reservations, Sedition, OROP and the constitutionality of the FCRA Amendment.

4th Jun 2022

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Sr. Adv. Trideep Pais at Delhi HC: Witness Testimonies Contradict Claims in Charge Sheet On Umar Khalid

Sr. Adv. Trideep Pais and Adv. Sanya Kamar further argued that portions of statements against Mr. Khalid were identical to each other.

30th May 2022

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Gyanvapi Dispute: The SC’s Divergent Stance on Places of Worship

The SC permitting a survey of Gyanvapi mosque may contradict its views on contested places of worship in the 2019 Ayodhya Judgment.

25th May 2022

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Delhi HC Questions If Umar Khalid’s Speech Was An Invitation to Violence

The Delhi High Court is keen to bring the hearings to a close before June 4th, when the Court breaks for vacation.

20th May 2022

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SC’s Top Cases 2021: Judicial Independence

The Supreme Court and the Union Government reached an impasse over the subject of appointment and service conditions of tribunal members.

23rd Dec 2021

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SC’s Top Cases 2021: Reservations

The Supreme Court focused on the data behind reservation policies and laid down conditions to justify reservations.

23rd Dec 2021

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SC’s Top Cases 2021: Rights of Non-Citizens

The Supreme Court addressed the rights of Rohingya refugees and admitted a challenge to restrictions placed on OCIs by the Government.

22nd Dec 2021

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SC’s Top Cases 2021: Non-Discrimination

The Supreme Court used principles of intersectionality, indirect discrimination and reasonable accommodation in their decisions in 2021.

21st Dec 2021

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SC’s Top Cases 2021: Farm Laws

The Farm Laws saga has left multiple questions to be answered by the Court, despite the laws being repealed.

21st Dec 2021

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Pendency in the Supreme Court (2021)

Desk Brief: The total number of pending cases in the Supreme Court increased in 2021 for the fourth year in a row.

20th Dec 2021

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The SC’s Top Cases 2021: Threats of Surveillance, Sedition and Dead Laws

The Supreme Court addressed a plethora of possible threats to the freedom of speech and expression of the press this year.

20th Dec 2021

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SC’s Top Cases 2021: COVID Interventions

The Supreme Court intervened to provide relief to citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, often by exercising their suo-moto powers.

20th Dec 2021

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What Types of Judgments is the SC Translating? [March 2020 – December 2021]

Since March 2020 the majority of translated SC judgments were Service and Ordinary Civil Law Matters.

18th Dec 2021

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CJI Ramana Criticises ‘Indiscriminate’ Use of PMLA Powers

CJI Ramana and Bopanna J cautioned against rampantly using PMLA to arrest individuals.

16th Dec 2021

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The SC Emphasises Data in Reservation Cases

The Court's emphasis on data in the AIQ-NEET Case is consistent with their previous demands for data in reservations cases.

1st Dec 2021

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Gujarat Riots SIT: 4 Must Reads

A curated set of ‘must reads’ surrounding the events of the Gujarat riots, the investigations that followed and their fallout.

30th Nov 2021

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Farm Laws Repealed – What Now for the ‘Right to Protest’?

DESK BRIEF: After the farm laws repeal, will the SC make it harder for protests to make a significant impact?

24th Nov 2021

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The Supreme Court’s Translation Project is Slowing to a Halt

The Supreme Court has translated only 31 judgments since March 1st 2020 and is translating them into fewer languages.

12th Nov 2021

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COVID Coverage: Disability Access in Online Classes – November 12th 2021

The Supreme Court gave the Union Government two weeks to return with possible solutions for providing disability access in online classes.

12th Nov 2021

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Recasting the Right to Protest: Shaheen Bagh to Lakhimpur Kheri

We discuss the Supreme Court's engagements with the farmers' right to protest in the context of the Heckler's Veto principle.

18th Oct 2021

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Tribunals Reforms Act: 4 Must Reads

The Tribunals Reforms Act, 2021 is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court. Here are some related must reads.

23rd Sep 2021

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NCLT to Tribunals Reforms: An Emerging Pattern

Who should exercise control over tribunals: the Executive or the Judiciary?

15th Sep 2021

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How Do We Appoint Supreme Court Judges?

The judiciary appoints its own judges - a common source of conflict with the executive. But what does the process entail?

28th Aug 2021

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Is Gender Now a Criteria For Appointing SC Judges?

While the primary criteria for SC appointments has always been seniority, some argue that gender should also be an important consideration.

25th Aug 2021

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Justice Navin Sinha Retires: 9 Key Judgments

Justice Navin Sinha retired on August 18th, 2021. He wrote 126 judgments as a Supreme Court judge during his four year tenure.

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18th Aug 2021

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Justice Nariman: What Made His Judgments Different?

Justice Nariman authored 307 judgments during his 7 year tenure at the SC. What were the trends that made them stand out?

16th Aug 2021

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Justice Nariman’s Impact on Reservation in Promotions

Nariman J clarified the scope of reservation in promotions for SC/ST's and Persons with Disability (PwDs).

14th Aug 2021

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Live Streaming Justice

The Supreme Court committed to devising a livestream system for courts in 2018. This commitment has seen some new developments during 2020.

11th Aug 2021

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Which High Courts Do SC Judges Come From?

The Supreme Court comprises judges from High Courts across the country, but how balanced is this representation?

5th Aug 2021

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Section 66A: 4 Must Reads

Section 66A was declared unconstitutional, but continues to be used to arrest people. Here are some must reads on the issue.

30th Jul 2021

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The COVID Slump

COVID-19 has drastically affected the functioning of the SCI. A year into the pandemic, what do the numbers look like?

22nd Jul 2021

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The Average Tenure of an SC Justice has Increased by 282 Days

Over the last 21 years, the average tenure of Supreme Court judges has increased by 282 days.

30th Jun 2021

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Monthly Review: June 2021

In June 2021, the Supreme Court issued important directions related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

30th Jun 2021

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SCO Explains: COVID Board Exam Hearings

We discuss the recent COVID Board Exam hearings and the schemes enacted by the CBSE and ICSE for the evaluation of Class 10, 11 and 12.

26th Jun 2021

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Election Commission: 4 Must Reads

We have curated a set of must-reads that examine the practices of the Election Commission in recent times and its interaction with the SC.

22nd Jun 2021

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How many Constitution Bench cases are pending?

The Court has 48 Constitution Benches which are hearing 396 cases. The rate of disposal for such matters has reduced during the pandemic.

14th Jun 2021

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Executive Silence and the Unconventional Role of the Judiciary

During COVID-19, the Court has gone beyond its adversarial role, taking on the role of rights-based forum and 'nudging' governments.

6th Jun 2021

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SC Justices Spend an Average 14.7 Years in High Courts Before Elevation

We examine the average High Court tenure of the current sitting judges.

3rd Jun 2021

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Supreme Court Clarifies Stance on Repugnancy of Statutes

The Bench ruled that West Bengal's WB-HIRA was virtually identical to the Central RERA. So, it was struck down for repugnancy.

25th May 2021

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Supreme Court Frames Guidelines to Tackle Pendency of Cheque Dishonour Cases

There should be reasons for a summons trial, and testimony through affidavit is allowed. Multiple offences may be tried jointly.

30th Apr 2021

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Court Cautions High Courts Against Passing Orders Asking Police not to take “Coercive Steps”

SC cautions High Courts to not use their inherent powers on 'whim and caprice' while issuing 'no coercive steps' orders to police.

29th Apr 2021

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Justice Shantanagoudar Wrote 136 Judgments in 4 Years

We remember Justice Shantanagoudar’s judicial career by statistically looking at his term in the Supreme Court.

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26th Apr 2021

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Judgment Matrix

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25th Oct 2018

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