Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. The Karnataka High Court has sought the response of the Central and State governments in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking registration of domestic workers under the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, (Act) and related Rules, 2009.
  2. The new Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Service Conditions) Bill 2020 introduced by the Central Government in Lok Sabha has sought to override court judgments regarding the service length of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and members of tribunals.
  3. Disha Ravi, the 21-year-old environmental activist, who was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru, has been remanded to 5-day police custody by the Patiala House court, Ravi was apprehended by the Delhi Police on Saturday night alleging that she had made edits to a Google document which was shared as a “toolkit” related to farmers protests.
  4. To mark the release of the eleventh edition of Kanga and Palkhivala’s The Law and Practice of Income Tax, published on the 70th anniversary of the first edition, we have pieced together a video depicting how the original book came into being.
  5. The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently granted protection to a Muslim couple who had married against the wishes of their family, while taking note of submissions that Muslim law presumes that a person who attains puberty is competent to enter into a marriage.
  6. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of the arrest of a Dalit Labour Activist, Nodeep Kaur, through various complaints which were communicated through anonymous emails.
  7. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court recently quashed a sedition case filed against Zakir Hussain, a Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, (LAHDCK) for his demeaning comments on the Indian armed forces in the backdrop of clashes with China at Galwan Valley of Ladakh last year.
  8. State Is The Best Judge To Assess The Threat To An Individual: Bombay HC Denies ‘X’ Category Security To BJP Minority Morcha Head Jamal Siddiqui.
  9. ‘If Foetus Is Given A Choice It Would Definitely Proclaim That It Doesn’t Wish To Be Born’: Madras HC Allows 15 Yr-Old Girl To Terminate Pregnancy.
  10. ‘Duty Cast On State To Provide Adequate Car Parking Space In Courts’ : Kerala HC Directs State, Cochin Corporation To Take Steps To Develop Car Parking area.
  11. Holding a coaching institute liable for ‘deficiency of service’ under the Consumer Protection Act, the District Consumer Redressal Forum at Bengaluru has directed it to refund the fee collected from a father whose daughter failed in the class 9 exams.
  12. Can’t Approach Patna High Court Due To Huge Pendency And Non-Listing Of Matters: Woman Facing Harassment Moves Supreme Court.
  13. Section 357A- Court’s Role Is Only Recommendatory, Court Cannot Fix Any Quantum Of Compensation To Victim: Jharkhand High Court.
  14. No Books, Notes, Or Study Materials Allowed In Exam Hall From All India Bar Examination-XVI (AIBE-XVI).
  15. Gujarat HC Advocates’ Association Writes To Chief Justice Seeking Immediate Resumption Of Physical Functioning Of Courts.
  16. “He Demeaned Indian Forces But Sedition Case Against Him Is Abuse Of Law”: J&K HC Quashes Case Against Councillor For Remarks During Indo-China Face-Off.
  17. Coal Mining Probe: Calcutta High Court Stays Single Judge Bench Ruling, Allows CBI To Investigate Matter Without Any Hindrance.
  18. Police Can’t Deprive A Person Of Right Of Franchise If No Case Registered Against Him/Her On Account Of Unlawful Act: Andhra Pradesh High Court.
  19. Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has accused several media outlets of forcing judges to behave the way they want, and called judges succumbing to such narratives as “the real threat”.
  20. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has moved the Supreme Court against a plea seeking “uniform grounds of divorce” for all citizens of the country, keeping with the spirit of the Constitution and international conventions.
  21. The Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association has on Saturday (13.02.21) written to the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court seeking immediate resumption of physical functioning of the Courts without any further delay. It has stated that if their request is not acceded to, the Managing Committee will stage a protest on 19th February 2021 at 10.30a.m. at entry gate of the High Court.
  22. The Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Thursday (11th February) quashed a sedition case filed against an elected Councillor of LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh) who was accused of making derogatory remarks against the leadership of the Country and against the Armed Forces of the Country.
  23. The Calcutta High Court on Friday (12th February) stayed the Single Judge Bench ruling which had ruled that probe beyond the Railway areas (in the State of West Bengal), shall be conducted by the CBI only subject to specific consent being granted by appropriate authorities of the State of West Bengal.
  24. The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday (08th February) observed that if there is no case registered against the petitioners for any unlawful act, the petitioners cannot be illegally detained by the respondent police officials which may have the effect of depriving them from exercising their right of franchise on the date of election.
  25. In a plea complaining of the cruel manner in which cattle is transported to slaughterhouses, the Madras High Court on Monday (08th February) directed the State Government to file its counter-affidavit within six weeks.
  26. While denying pre-arrest bail to an assistant director of Gujarat State Land Development Nigam Ltd, Ramendrainh Kushvah, the Gujarat High Court on Thursday (11th February) made scathing remark against the corrupt practices of the bureaucrats.
  27. Andhra Pradesh High Court: if there is no case registered against the petitioners for any unlawful act, the petitioners cannot be illegally detained by the respondent police officials which may have the effect of depriving them from exercising their right of franchise on the date of election.
  28. Bihar Elections : Supreme Court Issues Notice To CEC, Political Parties In Contempt Plea Over Alleged Failure To Publish Criminal Antecedents.
  29. Police Attack On Bihar Judge: Supreme Court Dismisses PIL Due To Insufficiency Of Official Record And Non Verification Of Allegations.

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