Today’s Legal Updates:

Saturday, 11th December 2021

  1. Today the State of Punjab has moved the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Central government to increase the territorial jurisdiction of Border Security Force from 15 kilometers (km) to 50 kms off the border, for States including Punjab, West Bengal and Assam.  (State of Punjab v Union of India)
  2. Today the Kerala High Court held that an accused in a case is not entitled to have himself subjected to Narco Analysis Test to prove his case as statements obtained through such tests are inadmissible in law.  (Luis v State of Kerala & Anr)
  3. Yesterday the Kerala High Court held that driving vehicle in a reckless and negligent manner even if it is done at a low speed, would still amount to ‘rash and negligent driving’ under Section 279 of the Indian Penal Code.
  4. Today the Supreme Court has designated 18 advocates-on-record/ advocates and 7 retired High Court Chief Justices/ judges as Senior Advocates.
    • The following are the AoRs/ Advocates who have been conferred the gown.
      1.  Ravi Prakash Mehrotra
      2. S Narasimha Bhatt
      3. Dr. Krishan Singh Chauhan
      4. Vishwajit Singh
      5. Devendra Nath Goburdhun
      6. Vijay Panjwani
      7. Pradeep Kumar Dey
      8. Annam DN Rao
      9. Rachana Srivastava
      10. Anil Kumar Sangal
      11. Rajiv Nanda
      12. Arunabha Chowdhury
      13. Ravindra Kumar
      14. Vijay Kumar
      15. Manoj Goel
      16. Yadavilli Prabhakara Rao
      17. G Umapathy
      18. P Niroop
    • The retired High Court Chief Justices/ judges designated as Senior are:
      1. Dr. JN Bhatt (Gujarat/ Patna)
      2. Surendra Kumar (Allahabad)
      3. SK Gangele (Madhya Pradesh)
      4. Vinod Prasad (Allahabad/ Orissa)
      5. L Narasimha Reddy (Andhra Pradesh/ Patna)
      6. AIS Cheema (Bombay)
      7. Noushad Ali (Andhra Pradesh)
  5. Today the Delhi High Court has stayed the operation of notices issued by the Kolkata Police to the three Directorate of Enforcement (ED) officers probing the high profile ECL illegal coal mining case.  (Directorate of Enforcement v State of West Bengal)
  6. On Wednesday the Kerala High Court dismissed a petition that sought directions to all school boards to compulsorily include law as a subject from 8th standard. (Vinod Mathew Wilson v. Union of India & Ors.)
  7. March to Justice: Global Military Law Landmarks, a book of short essays and commentaries by jurists, judges and academics on landmark military law judgments, was launched at a virtual event on Friday.
  8. Today the Karnataka High Court observed that empanelment of an advocate by a bank is a matter of discretion of the bank and a writ court cannot ordinarily interfere and undertake a deeper examination of such matters.  (Thimmanna v. Union Bank of India)
  9. Today the Supreme Court reiterated that services rendered by medical officers free of charge, on behalf of the hospital, would not fall within the ambit of ‘service’ under Section 2(1)(o) of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA).  (Nivedita Singh v. Dr Asha Bharti and Others)
  10. Today A Delhi court has convicted a man for harboring Shahrukh Pathan, one of the accused who had pointed a gun and allegedly threatened to shoot an unarmed Delhi Police personnel during the riots of February 2020.  (State v. Kaleem Ahmed)
  11. Today the Delhi High Court observed that “there is no legal right to an award or medal but only a right for consideration of name for such award/ medal”, while dismissing a plea by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel challenging denial of Gallantry Award for his role in a 2019 operation between the CRPF and armed naxals.  (Manjunath Gouli v. Union of India and Others)
  12. On Thursday the Delhi High Court issued notice to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on a petition filed by suspected ISIS terrorist Abdul Qadeer, who argued that he was a minor when he allegedly joined the terror outfit and his case should, therefore, be dealt with by the Juvenile Justice Board.  (Abdul Qadeer (in JC) v National Investigation Agency)
  13. Yesterday the Rajasthan High Court issued notice to the Jaipur Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in an appeal against an order of the NCLT refusing the petitioner’s request to allow physical hearing. (Dalas Biotech Ltd. vs. Farmasino Pharmaceuticals)
  14. Yesterday The Bombay High Court is set to decide the validity of at least eight circulars/ office memoranda issued by the Central government which enables issuance of Lookout Circulars (LOC) against Indian citizens and foreigners.  (Rihen Harshad Mehta v. Union of India)

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