Today’s Legal Updates

Thursday, 13th January 2022


The Indira Gandhi MatritvaSahyogYojana Conditional Maternity Benefit plan (CMB)

  • Indira Gandhi MatritvaSahyogYojana (IGMSY), Conditional Maternity Benefit (CMB) is a scheme sponsored by the national government for pregnant and lactating women of age 19 and above for their first two live births.
  • The programme, which began in October 2010, provides money to help ensure the good health and nutrition of the recipients.
  • As of March 2013 the programme is being offered in 53 districts around the country.

Today Legal Updates

  1. Today the Allahabad High Court agreed that a review petition ought to be filed against the Supreme Court’s 2018 verdict in Justice KS Puttaswamy v Union of India, in which it was held that linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts was not mandatory.  (Naresh Mandal @ Rakesh v. State of Uttar Pradesh)
  2. Today the Delhi High Court questioned how married women can be denied the right to say no to the husband for sexual intercourse when all others are entitled to file rape case for non-consensual sex.  (RIT Foundation v Union of India)
  3. Today Yes Bank has approached the Bombay High Court seeking directions to Dish TV India Limited to disclose the results of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 30th December 2021.
  4. Today the Allahabad High Court denied bail to four people accused of fraudulently withdrawing ₹5 lakh from the bank account of a former High Court judge via internet.  (Neeraj Mandal @ Rakesh v. State of Uttar Pradesh)
  5. Today the Kerala High Court granted bail to three accused in the alleged political murder of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) State Secretary KS Shan in December 2021.  (Ajith & Ors. v State of Kerala)
  6. Today After two days the Notice issued by the Delhi High Court on Tikoo’s plea against the social media platform’s decision to suspend her account journalist Aarti Tikoo’s Twitter account has been restored.
  7. Today a Delhi court granted anticipatory bail to a man accused of sexually harassing his children by showing them “obscene” photographs.
  8. Today the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has come down heavily on Telegram channel and WhatsApp groups that were used to illegally inflate stock prices by which the administrators of the groups made illegal profits.
  9. Today a plea has been moved before the Allahabad High Court to restrict the number of devotees who will take dip in river Ganga during the upcpoming the Prayagraj Magh Mela this year in view of the rising coronavirus cases.
  10. Today the discharge of Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Chhagan Bhujbal in the Maharashtra Sadan scam being probed by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau, has been challenged before the Bombay High Court by a Mumbai-based activist.
  11. Today Vishal Sudhirkumar Jha, the first arrested in the Bulli Bai case, has opposed the application filed by Mumbai Police seeking his police custody after his COVID quarantine is over.
    • According to Jha, the application seeking his police custody became infructuous after an order of judicial custody was passed by the court earlier.
    •  in response to Mumbai Police’s contention that Jha’s custody would be required for obtaining a One Time Password (OTP) for investigating fake social media profiles, Jha said the same cannot be a ground to seek police custody.
    • In the reply filed through his lawyers Aarti Deshmukh and Shivam Deshmukh, Jha claimed that he has always shown his willingness to cooperate with the probe, which is why he had surrendered on January 4, 2022.
  12. Today the hearing in bail plea filed by Vishal Sudhirkumar Jha first arrested accused in Bulli Bai case, was adjourned for Friday after the Investigation Officer tested positive for COVID-19.
    • The Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police sought adjournment for a day citing the same which was granted by the Magistrate.
    • He had then been remanded to police custody until January 10 when he was sent to judicial custody after he tested positive for COVID-19.
    • The case has its genesis in an app ‘Bulli bai’ which appeared on open source platform GitHub.
  13. Today the Kerala High Court pulled up the State government for the wanting health infrastructure in a hospital despite the State’s highly touted “Kerala model.”  (TM Azad v State of Kerala & Ors.)
  14. Today the Delhi High Court has held there is no blanket bar on courts’ power to examine the decision of government authority to issue a look out circular (LOC) and if it is found that the LOC was issued without application of mind, courts should come to the rescue of the individual.  (Vikas Chaudhary v Union of India and Ors)
  15. Today the Orissa High Court has gone into complete shutdown for five days in view of the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in the State and due to the increase in COVID positive cases among High Court staff members.
  16. Today the Uttarakhand High Court observed that while refusing to defer the upcoming assembly elections in the State Postponing elections is not the job of the Court.  (Sachdanand Dabral v Union of India and Ors)
  17. Today the Bombay High Court sought a status report from the Maharashtra government on its decision to halt its project of publishing the literature of Dr BR Ambedkar.
  18. Yesterday the Supreme Court granted interim bail to former Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajenthra Bhalaji from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) part for a period of four weeks in a government job scam case.  (KT Rajenthrabhalaji vs State through Inspector of Police)
  19. Yesterday Retired judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice Madan Lokur has received a 3-year extension as a judge of the Fiji Supreme Court’s non-resident panel.
  20. Yesterday the Supreme Court observed that in a battle for custody of child, the rights of the parents are irrelevant and it is the child’s welfare which is paramount.  (Vasudha Sethi v Kiran Bhaskar)

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