Today’s Legal Updates

Wednesday, 12th January 2022


Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS)

  • The mother and Child Tracking System, launched in 2009, helps to monitor the health care system in order to ensure that all mothers and their children have access to a range of services, including pregnancy care, medical care during delivery, and immunizations.
  • The system consists of a database of all pregnancies registered at health care facilities since 1 December 2009, and all births since December 1, 2009.

Today Legal Updates

  1. Today Shivani Sanghi, an international arbitration and litigation specialist, is joining Fieldfisher as a partner and will head the firm’s India practice. Shivani is a dual-qualified lawyer and solicitor-advocate in England and Wales and an advocate in India with a strong practice in high-value India, Russia and CIS-related arbitration and litigation and she will join the firm’s commercial disputes team in London.
  2. Today the Supreme Court ordered that a 5-member judicial committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Indu Malhotra will probe the alleged security lapse that took place during the recent Punjab visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  (Lawyers Voice v. State of Punjab and Others)
  3. Today the Supreme Court issued notice to the Central and Uttarakhand governments on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a probe into the alleged hate speech targeting the Muslim community delivered at the Haridwar Dharam Sansad last year.  (Qurban Ali and Another v. Union of India and Others)
  4. Today the Supreme Court will is hearing the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking probe against the hates speeches targeting Muslim community at the Haridwar Dharam Sansad.
    • The matter will be heard by the three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli.
    • The plea has been filed by former Patna High Court judge, Justice Anjana Prakash, seeking directions for an independent, impartial and credible probe into the matter by a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
  5. Yesterday the Supreme Court held that if an amendment having retrospective operation has the effect of taking away the benefit already available to an employee under existing rules, it would be violative of the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution.  (The Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank vs The Registrar, Cooperative Societies & ors)
  6. Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled while holding that money demanded for the construction of a house will amount to demand for dowry, any demand made on a woman, whether in respect of a property or a valuable security of any nature will amount to dowry as defined in Section 2 of the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.  (State of Madhya Pradesh vs Jogendra & anr)
  7. Today Karnataka High Court bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raju Awasti and Justice Suraj Govindraj came down on heavily on both the Congress Party and BJP led government for the rally held by the former at Mekedatu amidst COVID-19 surge.
  8. Today the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court held that Consent for sexual intercourse under misconception of fact is not free consent, while refusing to quash a case against a man accused of raping and cheating a woman by establishing sexual relations with her under the guise of promise of marriage.  (Navneet Ashok Bangalkar v. State of Maharashtra & Anr)
  9. Today the Bombay High Court orally refused to direct the SFIO to place on record the details of the probe as mentioned in its affidavit, while hearing a plea challenging the summons issued by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in relation to an investigation into the affairs of Binani Cement Limited (BCL).
  10. Today the Delhi High Court has passed an office order extending virtual hearing in the High Court as well as District Courts in Delhi till February 11, 2022.
    • The decision was taken by Chief Justice of Delhi High Court DN Patel after consultation with stakeholders including the members of Administrative and General Supervision Committee of the High Court and after receiving inputs from the president of the Delhi High Court Bar Association and chairperson of the Coordination Committee of the All District Court Bar Associations of Delhi and other senior office bearers.
  11. Today the Supreme Court observed while ordering a probe into the same by a five-member Judicial Committee, a war of words between the Central government and the Punjab government will not address the issue of the security breach that occurred during the State visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Lawyers Voice v. State of Punjab)
  12. Today a special court in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, has issued an arrest warrant against Swami Prasad Maurya, in a seven-year-old case (in 2014) for hurting religious sentiments.
  13. Today the Delhi High Court sought the response of the Central government on a review petition against the practice ‘Talaq-Ul-Sunnat’, the absolute discretion of a Muslim husband divorce his wife without prior notice.  (Reshma vs. Union of India through Ministry of Woman and Child Development, Govt. of India & Ors.)
  14. Today the Kerala High Court berated the State government and K-Rail (Kerala Rail Development Corporation Limited) for the seemingly intimidating tactics adopted by them in laying survey stones on the land identified for the K Rail Silverline project ahead of a social impact assessment.
  15. Today the Maharashtra government assured the Bombay High Court that no coercive action would be taken against Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Nitesh Rane in an attempt to murder case till the pendency of his anticipatory bail plea.
  16. Today the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court upheld the death penalty handed down by Sessions Judge, Pudukkottai, in case under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old child. (State v. Samivel)
  17. Today A Mumbai court granted bail to to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik in the a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mohit Bharatiya.
  18. Today the Supreme Court ordered Supertech builders to make payments to those who had bought flats in Noida’s ‘twin towers’ now facing demolition, or face serious consequences. (Supertech v Emerald Court Owner’s Welfare Association)
  19. Today A public interest litigation (PIL) has been moved before the Allahabad High Court seeking postponement of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly elections in view of the rising COVID-19 cases.
  20. Today the Delhi High Court asked whether courts should step back and refuse to take steps to remedy the situation whenever an issue like marital rape is challenged before them.  (RIT Foundation v. The Union of India)

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