legal scene was that of confirmation of death penalty awarded to two persons for raping and killing a 22-year-old young BPO employee. The Bombay High Court, in September, upheld the death sentence saying that the crime had left a deep impact on the society and on women travelling alone.
In another development, the high court, in November, dismissed a PIL challenging the allotment of land to two societies -- Nyay Sagar and Siddhant -- reserved for housing judges of the higher judiciary.
In a decision which may have an impact on the Shiv Sena's policy, the high court told the party, which holds its annual Dussehra rally since last 40 years at Shivaji Park, that from next year onwards it should look for a new ground.
In March, the high court granted bail to actor John Abraham in a rash driving case and even suspended his 15-day jail sentence awarded to him by a lower court.
Another actor and filmmaker, who got relief from the high court, was Pooja Bhatt in a seven-year-old case relating to obscenity. The court in December quashed an order of a lower court to initiate criminal proceedings against her for alleged obscenity over the poster of her film 'Rog'.
The Mafatlal family dispute came in public view with the high court in November directing police not to file chargesheet against family matriarch Madhuri and son Ajay, pending their petition seeking to quash a dowry harassment case registered by estranged daughter-in-law Sheetal.
In another development, the cash-strapped Deccan Chargers remained terminated from the IPL after the high court set aside a status quo order passed by an arbitrator on cessation of its membership in the league.