Today’s Legal Updates

Friday, 14th January 2022



Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls- Sabla

  • The Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls- Sabla is an initiative launched in 2012 that targets adolescent girls.
  • The scheme offers a package of benefits to at-risk girls between the ages of 10 and 19 years.
  • It is being offered initially as a pilot programme in 200 districts.
  • The programme offers a variety of services to help young women become selfreliant, including nutritional supplementation and education, health education and services, and life skills and vocational training.

Today’s Legal Updates:-

  1. Today A Delhi court has rejected the bail application filed by Niraj Bishnoi, one of the prime accused in the Bulli Bai App case.
    • The Court noted that a vilification campaign against women, containing derogatory content and offensive material with communal overtones was run on the app made by the accused.
    • The counsel for the complainant had submitted that photographs of some prominent Muslim women were picked for the purpose of insulting and outraging their modesty by making sexually coloured remarks.
    • The app put out details of more than 100 prominent Muslim women allowing users to participate in an ‘auction’ of those women.
    • It triggered an outrage and based on complaints by women who had been targeted by the app, the Mumbai Police and Delhi Police registered separate first information reports.
    • The Delhi Police registered an FIR against unidentified persons for offences under Sections 153A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion etc), 153B (imputations prejudicial to national-integration), 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  2. Today the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that CCTV cameras should be installed in every part of police stations including interrogation rooms as per the mandate of the Supreme Court judgment in Paramvir Singh Saini v. Baljit Singh and others.  (Kaushal v. State of Haryana)
  3. Today the Madhya Pradesh High Court held that MBBS-qualified doctors rendering their services as regular employees in the State Department of Health Services fell in the category of “in-service candidates” for the purpose of postgraduate medical courses. (Dr Vijendra Dhanware v. State of Madhya Pradesh)
  4. Yesterday the Bombay High Court said that BJP leader and member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ashish Shelar should have employed better language when criticising city Mayor and Shiv Sena leader Kishori Pednekar.
  5. Today the prosecution told the Kerala High Court that Malayalam actor Dileep, accused of conspiring to kill police officers investigating a sexual assault case against him, he will not be arrested until January 18 when the anticipatory bail plea filed by the actor and his co-accused is slated for hearing.  (P Gopalakrishnan alias Dileep & Ors. v State of Kerala & Ors.)
    • The actor and his associates are already being tried for hatching a conspiracy to take revenge on a female actor in the Malayalam film industry by having her abducted, sexually assaulted and photographed in a moving vehicle.
    • On 3rd January the Investigating Officer in the case informed the CBI Special Court that further investigation would be necessary after statements from a film director Balachandra Kumar revealed that he had heard Dileep’s statements that indicated his intention to take revenge on the police officers investigating the case.
    • the Crime Branch of the Kerala Police registered a new FIR against Dileep and five others for allegedly threatening the investigation officials.
  6. Today a Mumbai Court was informed that another accused, Uttarakhand native Mayank Rawat has also tested positive for the virus, After fellow accused Vishal Jha and the investigating officer in the Bulli Bai app case tested COVID-19 positive, the Court passed an order remanding Rawat to judicial custody for two weeks, co-accused Shweta Singh, an 18-year-old resident of Uttarakhand, claimed that she was slapped during the course of interrogation.
  7. Today the Kerala High Court said that any parking fees collected henceforth by Lulu International Shopping Mall in Ernakulam from its visitors will be subject to the outcome of the case before the Court challenging the same.  (Pauly Vadakkan v Lulu International Shopping Mall & Ors.)
  8. Today the Delhi High Court issued notice on a plea filed by former cricketer Kirti Azad, alleging irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).  (Kirti Jha Azad v UOI and Ors)
  9. Today the Supreme Court sought response from the Government of Uttar Pradesh on framing of a policy to consider the case of premature release of accused who are 80 years old or above and convicted after long drawn trial.  (Kedar Yadav v. State of Uttar Pradesh)
  10. Today the Udham Singh Nagar Sessions Court,  Uttarakhand acquitted former journalist and activist Prashant Rahi accused of being a Maoist, fourteen years after he was arrested. (State of Uttarakhand v. Prashant Sanglikar)
  11. Today Bollywood actor Salman Khan has filed a defamation suit before the Mumbai City Civil Court against one Ketan Kakkad, a Non Resident Indian (NRI) and others for allegedly making derogatory remarks against him and his family over a land sale transaction.
  12. Today a man accused of rape was denied bail by a Delhi Court, which noted in its order that the first information report (FIR) could not be seen as an encyclopaedia of facts. (State v. Faizan Khan)
  13. Today the Supreme Court held that giving advice to a wife to adjust in order to avoid retaliation from her husband does not constitute cruelty within the meaning of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.  (Deepak Sharma v. State of Haryana and Others)
  14. Amicus Curiae in the marital rape case, Senior Advocate Rajshekhar Rao asked the Delhi High Court if it is reasonable, just and fair in today’s day and age to deny the wife a right to call rape a rape.  (RIT Foundation v Union of India)
  15. Yesterday the Bombay High Court dismissed the election petition filed by Congress leader Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan challenging the election of Shiv Sena Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Dilip Lande from the Chandivali constituency.  (Khan Mohammed Arif Lallan v. Dilip Lande & Ors)
  16. Today the Karnataka High Court directed the State government to continue the operation of a standard operating procedure (SOP) banning all political rallies and mass gatherings, in context of a petition seeking to halt the Mekedatu Padayatra by the Congress.
  17. Today A Kerala Court acquitted former Bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese, Franco Mulakkal, for repeatedly raping a Nun in Kerala.
  18. Today the Supreme Court has held that the failure of the builder to obtain occupation certificate for flats is a deficiency in service for which it is liable.  (Samruddhi Co-operative Housing Society Ltd vs Mumbai Mahalaxmi Construction Pvt Ltd)

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