Members of the media gather outside of the India Supreme Court in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg)

Supreme Court Re-Opens Today After Summer Break, Hectic Week Ahead

The Supreme Court is reopening today after the summer break, and several important judgments are likely to be pronounced, including a decision in the Aadhaar case.

The apex court will resume hearing appeals against an eight-year old verdict of the Allahabad High Court on the Ayodhya dispute and those challenging the practice of polygamy among Muslims.

It is also expected to deliver its verdict on a batch of pleas on who enjoyed supremacy in administering the national capital -- the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, or the Delhi government .

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The top court, which opens after a 44-day summer vacation, has a lengthy list of matters for today, with the cause-list running into hundreds of pages.

A verdict is likely today on a plea challenging the appointment of incumbent Chief Vigilance Commissioner K V Chaudhary and Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin.

Matters pertaining to air pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region, Assam National Register of Citizens, Vaishno Devi - rehabilitation of mule owners and Manipur encounter killings, among others, are likely to come up for hearing.

From today, non-accredited journalists will also be allowed to carry mobile phones into the courtrooms. A circular to this effect read, “Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India has been pleased to allow the media persons/journalists, who have been issued six months passes by the Registry, to carry mobile phones inside the courtrooms on silent mode.”