Today’s Legal Updates:

Monday, 13th December 2021

  1. On Saturday National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) are Organized National Lok Adalat were disposed of more than 29 lakh cases its led by Executive Chairman, Justice UU Lalit of the Supreme Court.
  2. Today the Bombay High Court sought the response of the Central government to a plea seeking deletion of name and image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the PM CARES Fund trust and from the trust’s official website.
  3. Today the Allahabad High Court issued notice in a plea seeking the establishment of fast-track police courts in Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the custodial death of 22-year-old Altaf at a Kasganj police station. (PUCL v. State of Uttar Pradesh)
  4. Today the Delhi High Court directed the Centre to expeditiously decide a representation seeking directions that the government take over the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) and come up with an in-house mechanism for television audience research.  (Veterans Forum For Transparency in Public Life v Union of India and Ors)
  5. Today the Supreme Court refused to entertain the West Bengal government’s appeal against the Calcutta High Court order granting protection from arrest to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari in the criminal cases filed against him after his switch from the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
  6. A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court by law students praying that an online Right To Information (RTI) portal should be set up for the apex court since it is a public authority under the RTI law. (Akriti Agarwal & Anr v. Supreme Court)
  7. Today the Kerala High Court questioned a petitioner on his objection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph being affixed to the Covid vaccine certificates while hearing a plea seeking its removal.
  8. Today the Delhi High Court observed that granting anticipatory bail to a Gurugram based builder accused of duping over 800 homebuyers and siphoning money received from banks, will not only impact the case but also the trust reposed by the society in criminal justice system.  (Sidharth Chauhan v Govt of NCT of Delhi through SHO)
  9. Today the Mumbai Police told the Bombay High Court that it will not take any coercive action against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut as long as she cooperates in the investigation into the case registered against her for putting objectionable posts on social media app Instagram, allegedly likening the Sikh community to Khalistanis.
  10. Today the Supreme Court has sought the response of the Central government on a plea by gig workers praying for social security benefits from employers including food delivery apps Zomato and Swiggy and taxi aggregator apps, Ola and Uber.  (Indian Federation of App based Transport Workers v. Union of India)
  11. Today the Supreme Court set aside a Karnataka High Court judgment dismissing an election petition filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader A Manju challenging the election of Janata Dal (Secular) candidate Prajwal Revanna for Hassan constituency in the 2019 parliamentary elections.  (A Manju v. Prajwal Revanna)
  12. Today the Delhi High Court stayed the operation, execution and implementation of two orders passed by the Center for investigation into nine companies related to Sahara Group.  (Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Limited and Ors v Union of India and Ors)
  13. Today in Chile’s center-right President Sebastian Pinera has signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, days after it was approved by Congress in a historic vote, Chile becomes 31st country in the world to recognise same-sex marriage.
  14. Today the Allahabad High Court observed that in a complaint under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments (NI) Act 1881, an accused can be summoned on the basis of an affidavit by the complainant. (Virendra Kumar Sharma v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Another)
  15. Today the Supreme Court held that chargesheet filed against accused persons after a thorough investigation cannot be quashed merely on the ground that other persons who might have committed the offence have not been arrayed as accused or charge-sheeted.  (M/S Suvarna Cooperative Bank Ltd. v. State of Karnataka and Another)
  16. The Bombay High Court is set to decide the issue of whether separate stamp duty is payable on the instruments executed during redevelopment projects in Maharashtra with individual members, like on permanent alternate accommodation agreement (PAAA).  (Adityaraj Builders v. State of Maharashtra and Ors.)
  17. Today the Meghalaya High Court held that in order to decide on juvenility of an accused, the age of the accused on the date of occurrence of crime is what is relevant and not the age on the date of arrest.  (Bashan Skhem Kharsahnoh vs. State of Meghalaya)
  18. Yesterday the Bombay High Court upheld the conviction of a man claiming to be devotee of Macchindranath, for having sexually abused a female devotee under the garb of “blessing her with a child”.  (Yogesh Pandurang Kupekar v. State of Maharashtra)
  19. Yesterday the Delhi High Court observed that organised activities of underworld and clandestine smuggling of narcotic drugs is resulting in drug addiction among adolescents and students of both sexes.  (Ram Bharose v The State)
  20. On Wednesday the Uttarakhand High Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging use of siren on his vehicle by a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the State, Kunwar Pranav Singh and his family members.  (Umesh Kumar v. State of Uttarakhand and Others)

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