Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Today The Central government has approved continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary for further five years from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2026 at a total cost of Rs. 9,000 crore.
  2. Yesterday the Supreme Court observed that, Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises sedition is a provision which was used by the British to quell the voice of Indian freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak before the country gained independence.
  3. Yesterday The Supreme Court questioned the Central government as to whether the provision of Sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was still needed after 75 years of independence.
  4. Today the Bombay High Court observed the trial court system has been affected due to COVID-19 pandemic as a result of which the accused are languishing in prisons, while reserving its order in the appeal challenging rejection of bail to a 33-year-old man accused of joining ISIS.
  5. Yesterday The Bombay High Court asked the Federation of Indian Pilots to submit more facts and figures on the number of pilots who took part in the Vande Bharat Mission and similar missions, so that the Court can consider their plea seeking compensation for rendering services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Today the Karnataka High Court has held while there may be illegitimate parents, there cannot be illegitimate children and law should, therefore, recognize the latter and confer them equal protection and rights.
  7. Today The Delhi High Court sought the response of the Central government on a plea against rejection of a candidate from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) Exam on the ground that he was ‘medically unfit’ on account of non-formation of one testicle.
  8. Today the Karnataka High Court opined that Economic backwardness or poverty should not lead to students discontinuing education.
  9. Today The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has intimated that it has passed orders prohibiting the practice of law by three advocates on account of criminal complaints having been filed against them.
  10. Today The Supreme Court reserved orders in a plea filed by the ruling Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Kerala seeking permission to withdraw cases against its leaders for vandalism in the Kerala Assembly in 2015, when it was in opposition.
  11. Today Navneet Kalra, owner of iconic Khan Chacha and Town Hall restaurants in Khan Market, New Delhi has sent a legal notice to India Today Network against the alleged imputations made by the channel against Kalra through its news broadcasts in relation to the alleged Oxygen Concentrators black marketing Case.
  12. Today The Supreme Court of India has taken suo motu cognizance of the delay in releasing convicts by prison authorities even after being granted bail by courts.
  13. The Interactive Session of Women Advocates comprising of women lawyers practising in the Bombay High Court has written to the Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju seeking reservation of seats for woman advocates in the Bar Council of India and the State Bar Councils.
  14. A Delhi court will hear the bail application filed by Umar Khalid on 27th July 2021, in an Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) case related to the Delhi Riots of February 2020.
  15. Yesterday The Madhya Pradesh High Court tasked a two-member committee comprising of two retired High Court judges to examine whether the answer key for the preliminary round of the Madhya Pradesh Civil Judge Exam, 2019 requires correction.
  16. Today the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court observed bail cannot be refused to douse the collective anger and outrage of society, while granting bail to an applicant accused of abetment of suicide of a forest officer.
  17. Today The Orissa High Court has launched a Telegram channel which will serve as a supplementary platform for instantaneous sharing of information concerning the Court.
  18. Yesterday The Delhi High Court directed the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) to decide on the question of whether fee paid for board exams should be refunded in view of the cancellation of these exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  19. Tuesday The Uttarakhand High Court denied bail to a man who has been booked for abetting the suicide of his wife as he would allegedly pressurize his wife to make nude video calls and to have sex chat with different persons.
  20. Yesterday The Kerala High Court held that the Government was entitled to exercise its sovereign powers under Section 433 of Code of Criminal Procedure to commute a sentence in cases where the Court was empowered to impose imprisonment lower than the prescribed minimum sentence.
  21. Today The Kerala High Court sought the State’s response regarding its opinion on reopening retail outlets including textile stores on all days amid the ongoing pandemic.
  22. Today A petition has been moved in the Delhi High Court by an advocate challenging the vires of Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
  23. Today the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to by 29th July place on record an action plan with regard to bridging the technological divide and making available technology to students who are unable to afford it.
  24. Today The Karnataka High Court registry has issued a circular directing the concerned branches on the judicial side to follow directions passed by a bench led by Chief Justice Abhay Oka waiving the office objections raised by the Registry in matters filed from 19th April to 2nd August, for the benefit of the litigants and members of the bar.
  25. Today The full bench of the Gauhati High Court further extended all interim orders passed by the High Court and all other subordinate Courts and Tribunals till July 19.
  26. The Jharkhand High Court has held that in the absence of any allegation of deception, false promise, or inducement at the time of the transaction, merely the breach of undertaking to repay the loan in the manner claimed cannot be a basis for conviction under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
  27. Tuesday The Manipur High Court upheld the decision of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker to accept the resignation of 3 Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs without holding an enquiry and held that the resignation tendered by the petitioners were genuine and voluntary.
  28. Yesterday The Gauhati High Court admitted National Investigating Agency’s appeal against the order of the Special NIA Court discharging him of all the charges in the Chandmari case involving UAPA, sedition, and other offences under the Indian Penal Code.
  29. The Madhya Pradesh High Court has granted protection to a couple receiving threat from their parents after observing that persons, being major, voluntarily marrying each other should not be harassed by anyone merely because they have objection to such a marriage.
  30. The Jodhpur Bench of Rajasthan High Court has directed Child Rights Department of the State Government to ensure that a training programme is conducted for Principal Magistrates posted in Juvenile Justice Boards in order to sensitize them with the mandate of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.
  31. Yesterday The Bombay High Court directed Maharashtra’s Energy Minister Nitin Raut, among others, to respond to a PIL by state BJP media cell chief – Vishwas Pathak – seeking directions to Raut to reimburse the state power companies over Rs 43.55 lakh, allegedly spent on his”illegal” use of chartered flights during the lockdown last year.
  32. Today the Supreme Court ruled the penalty to be unjustified, Forty years after a departmental enquiry ruled a reduction in pay for a railway worker who faced allegations of theft.

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