India's top court on Monday ordered a prominent lawyer to pay a fine of 1 rupee (less than 2 cents) after his conviction in a highly watched criminal contempt case that sparked a debate on freedom of speech and the independence of the judiciary in the world's largest democracy.
Prashant Bhushan, 63, was found guilty in August of criminal contempt for posting two tweets in which he criticised the Supreme Court's chief justice and said the courts had played a role in "how democracy has been destroyed in India" since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014.[caption id="attachment_28029" align="alignright" width="661"]
Hindu widows will have the rights to both agricultural and non-agricultural lands that belonged to their husbands, The High Court yesterday ruled.
They will also get the right to sell the lands for legal necessities during their lifetime, the HC observed.
Interpreting the Hindu Women's Right to Properties Act, a judgment of Indian Federal Court in 1941, and Adaption Law of 1972, the court said no separation has been made between the agricultural and non-agricultural lands in Bangladesh, and so Hindu widows have rights to the lands of their husbands.