Tag Archives: High Court

HIGH COURT UPHOLDS THAIPUSAM INSTRUMENT BAN

In the courts today, Justice Tay Yong Kwang of the High Court dismissed a challenge against the ban on playing musical instruments during the Hindu procession, Thaipusam. 3 concerned Singaporeans, R. Vijaya Kumar, Balasubramaniam and M. Sathiamoorthy, who participated in this year's Thaipusam, had applied to challenge the ban earlier this year. They wanted to see the allowing of musical instruments such as the urumqi to be played at next year's event.

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GOVT’S MND LOSES COURT CASE AGAINST WORKER’S PARTY AHPETC

The High Court has today (May 27) ruled that the Ministry of National Development (MND) is not qualified to withhold the government grants meant for the Opposition Workers’ Party Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol-East Town Council (AHPETC). According to Judge Quentin Loh, only the HDB and residents of the constituency will have the right to appeal to the High Court and compel AHPETC to execute their town council duties.

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COMPANY DIRECTOR FORCED TO PAY FOR ILLEGITIMATE CHILD UNDER WOMEN’S CHARTER

A 53 year-old company director, who is also a father of 3 children, told the court on Friday about his affair with a sales director in the same company which resulted in the birth of his illegitimate child. However, he contended that he should not be forced to pay maintenance for his child as he had no contact with the child and did not even want to acknowledged as the parent.

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LAWYERS ARGUE OVER AMOS YEE’S INTENTIONS IN COURT

The verdict on teenage blogger Amos Yee’s criminal case will be delivered on Tuesday, after prosecutors and defence lawyers today (May 8) argued about the teenager’s primary intention in creating the video, which has landed him in hot water, and whether an image he had uploaded had crossed the threshold for the test of obscenity. Amos, 16, faces two charges for posting an obscene image featuring late former leaders — former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — and a video intended to hurt the religious feelings of Christians.

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LAWYER: BLOGGING IS LIKE DRINKING WATER TO AMOS

Defence lawyers Alfred Dodwell and Ervin Tan had sought a reduction of Amos' S$30,000 bail amount and for him to be allowed to post content online before his trial is completed. The latter condition was too broad and disproportionate, they argued. Amos has been on social media since he was eight and social media engagement is akin to drinking water for the teenager, they said. But DPP Hay argued that Amos had already breached his bail conditions by making two blog postings while he was out on bail. The prosecution was prepared to agree to a lower bail amount and not to have him report to a police station daily if Amos agreed to go for counselling.

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