Judicial milestones of 2011

Jan 21: Life term upheld for Australian Graham Staines’ killers Ravinder Kumar Pal alias Dara Singh and Mahender Hambram in Odisha.

March 3: Appointment of Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas struck down.

March 7: Court rules Aruna Shanbaug to live but permits passive euthanasia (passive mercy killing) under certain circumstances.

March 7: Nod for common MBBS entrance test.

April 15: Rights activist Binayak Sen granted bail.

April 19: Diktat by khap panchayats ordering coercion held illegal.

May 12: Apex court orders CBI probe in rural job scheme implementation in Odisha.

May 13: Insecticide endosulfan banned.

July 4: Probe team set up on money laundering during the hearing on black money case.

July 5: Court stops Chhattisgarh from using tribals in fight against the Maoists.

July 6: Land acquisition in Greater Noida quashed.

July 6: Court allows French firm to mine in Meghalaya.

Aug 9 : Students allowed to inspect their evaluated answer sheets.

Nov 23: Court says bail should be the rule and jail an exception for accused.

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